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Cpl. Thomas Patrick McKenna .     British Army 528 Field. Coy. Royal Engineers   from Jarrow

(d.10th Nov 1917)

Thomas Patrick McKenna served with 528th Field Company, Royal Engineers and died of wounds on the 10th November 1917. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. His younger brother William of 22nd Brigade RFA was also among the fallen.

Thomas was born in Jarrow. son of William and Elizabeth McKenna nee Watson of 48 Charles Street, Jarrow. He was married to Minnie McKenna nee Storey of 15 Frederick Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census Thomas(24) a ships plate rivetter is living at 9 Gibson Street Jarrow with his wife of 2 years Minnie(23) and they have a son Thomas Edward who is two years old.

Vin Mullen



Gnr. William McKenna .     British Army 22nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.29th Sep 1918)

William McKenna served in 22nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery and died on the 29th September 1918. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and us buried in Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1914 Star, War and Victory Medals. His older brother Thomas Patrick, 528 Field Company, Royal Engineers was also among the fallen.

William was born in Jarrow 1890, son of William and Elizabeth McKenna nee Watson of 48 Charles Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census William is listed on the rolls of the his RFA unit.

Vin Mullen



Private Donald McKenzie .     British Army 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders   from Elgin, Scotland

Donald McKenzie was my grandfather. We have no information - just that he was a private in the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, this was on his marriage certificate. He never talked about his experiences to his sons. We would like to find out more.

Fiona McDonald



Pte. Herbert McKenzie .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal West Surrey Regiment   from Bury, Lancashire

(d.8th Oct 1917)

My Great-Grandfather Herbert McKenzie was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1885. He enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment 10th Battalion in 1916. He was transferred at some point to the 10th Queens' (Royal West Kents) and in October 1917 he was in the 118th Coy, Labour Corps.

He was killed by enemy artillery fire, south of Ypres on the 8th of Oct 1917 and is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery.

Michael Deakin



Hugh McDonald McKenzie VC DCM.     Canadian Expeditionary Force 7th Company Canadian Machine Gun Corps   from Canada

(d.30 October 1917)

S. Flynn



Pte John McKenzie .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers (d.5th Jan 1917)

McKenzie, John. Private, 19/895, Killed in Action on 5th January 1917.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

19th Btn, Northumberland Fusiliers records show that he was attached to and died with the 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis



Pte. Norman George McKenzie .     British Army 5th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.14th Nov 1916)

Norman George McKenzie served with the 1st/5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action aged 27 on the 14th November 1916. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals and that he was killed in action.

Norman was born in Jarrow 1889, son of John and Mary McKenzie nee Barrie. In the 1911 census the family is living at 56 Stead Street, Jarrow with John(50) a ships rivetter and his wife of 26 years Mary(46) having had 10 children with 8 surviving. Five are single and living at home. Norman George(21) a labourer in the shipyard, George Barrie(17) a hairdressers assistant, Janet Aitken(13), Bridget Aitken(9) and Hilda Lizzie(6) are at school.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Robert McKenzie .     British Army 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry   from Hebburn

(d.9th Aug 1915)

Robert McKenzie enlisted at Jarrow and served in the 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. He was killed in action age 27 on the 9th August 1915 and is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph and on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. His medal card records the award of the 1914 Star, War and Victory Medals and that he was killed in action.

Robert was born in Belfast, 1888 and lived in Hebburn. In the 1901 census the family is living at 2 James Street, Hebburn with Robert(53) carpenters labourer in shipyard and his wife Catherine(37) who has 8 children living there. Flora Ann(16) perfumery(?) factory worker, Maggie Jane(14) domestic servant, Robert(13) rivetter catcher in shipyard, Katie(11), Isabella(9) and John Charles(7) are at school with David(3) and Jessie(1) at home.

Vin Mullen



William McKenzie .     British Army Royal Field Artillery   from Liverpool

I am currently reaching desperation point to find any further details about my grandfather's military service. The few things we know for sure is that he enlisted virtually the day war was declared but at the time he was only 14. He served in France in the early days and was somehow discovered to be under age and was returned to UK.

He re-enlisted in 1915, aged only 15 and was to see action in Ypres and Passchendale. I have a picture of him on horseback at what seems to be a pretty substantial stable block so I assume its in England. He survived the war and took part in a football tournament in Belgium in 1919 and won a medal.

Unfortunately, because he was under age , records probably would not be accurate, as he would no doubt, have lied about his date of birth if not his name as well, on both occasions. If anyone can help or advise a course of action , I'd be eternally grateful. Many thanks.

Pete McKenzie



Pte. John James McKeown .     British Army 14th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers   from Hebburn

(d.27th Oct 1918)

John James McKeown enlisted at Newcastle and served in the 14th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died from wounds age 25 on the 27th October 1918 and is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the War and Victory Medals. A memorial in Berlin may indicate a death as a POW.

John was born in East Jarrow 1893, son of Patrick and Mary Jane McKeown nee Grinley of Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family is living at 14 Cuthbert Street, Hebburn with Patrick(54) a furnace man in a chemical works and his wife of 36 years Mary Jane(51) who had 11 children, 9 of whom survived. 5 are single and living at home, Minnie(30),at home, Lizzie(21)hand-drill machinist in electrical works, Joseph(19) an apprentice bricklayer, John James(18) a boiler maker in alkali works and Thomas(15) is a shop boy. Mary(20), a niece is living here as well and works as a domestic servant.

Vin Mullen



Cpl. John Hill McKibben .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Newtownards

(d.9th May 1915)

I have only just discovered my long lost relative, John McKibben. At the moment all I know is that he was 22 when he died, and his name is on panel 9 Ploegsteert Memorial. His parents were James and Mary of 47 Robert Street Newtownards.

Pat Gallon



Pte. William James McKibben .     British Army Royal Irish Rifles   from Newtownards

William McKibben and his brother John, both served with the Royal Irish Rifles.




Pte David McKibbin .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers   from 41, Marian St., Bensham, Gateshead-on-Tyne.

(d.29th Aug 1916)

McKibbin, David. Private, 19/618, Killed in action on 29th August 1916. Aged 21 years.

Buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, in grave IV. G. 9.

19Btn Historical records shows him as 19/618 & 19/619. ALSO spelling his surname as McKibbon, CWGC has it spelt McKibbin.

Son of David and Elizabeth McKibbin, of 41, Marian St., Bensham, Gateshead-on-Tyne.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis



Company Sjt Mjr. A. McKie .     Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




L/Sgt. James McKiernan .     British Army 15th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers   from Salford

My Great Grandfather James McKiernan (service number 10642) enlisted in Salford with the 15th Lancashire Fusiliers and left for the Western Front on 22.11.1915. By the end of the war he had been promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant. James survived the war and died in 1955.

Maria McKiernan



Pte. William Edward McKinery .     Australian Imperial Forces 36th Btn.   from South Melbourne.

(d.7th Jun 1917)




2nd Lt. H. S. McKinlay .     Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte. Thomas McKinley .     British Army Kings Own Scottish Borderers   from 68 Elba St, Ayr, Scotland

Our grandfather Thomas McKinlay lived in our house in Ayr, till he died in 1946. I grew up to stories about India, Lord Roberts and the famous march in 1880 from Kabul to Kandahar. I have a record of his marriage to our grandmother in 1894 but I have never been able to find substantial records of his life prior to this date.

Another story I was told when I was growing up, is that it was said during WW1 he coloured his hair black, enlisted, then washed the black out and came home. I always thought this was just a story till I was using Ancestry search and found 9 pages of his WW1 military history.

He enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on the 13th Oct 1914 in Dalmillington, regimental #8323, his age was listed as 34yrs. The history sheet shows my grandmother's name and where they lived it also listed my mother name [Flora]. He was discharged 22nd Dec 1914 as not suitable for service, they were unsure if his real age was 44 or 49, although Lieut Colonel A.W. Pennyman of the KOSB in Berwick wanted to retain him

I also have a picture of him in an army uniform which I think may be around that time, but I can't identify the cap badge. These records did give me further history on him . He served in the Scots Fusiliers #1923, 7yrs 127dys with the colours and 4yrs, 238dys in the reserve , discharged in 1898. Although I have this info its difficult to get more records from these days.

Thomas Strachan



Pte. W. McKinley .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)




Spr. J. J. McKinnon .     Australian Imperial Forces 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy.




2nd Lt. Thomas McKnight .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Tullyinkisay Co Tyrone

(d.21st Feb 1917)

Thomas Mcknight was my great uncle. He is buried in Berks Cemetry in Belgium.

Anne Dunlop



Pte. George McLaren .     British Army 1/7 Battalion Black Watch   from Lochee, Dundee

(d.13th Nov 1916)

My grandfather, George McLaren was a reservist with the 7th Battalion Black Watch. A postcard from him to his daughter (my mother) Joan, in 1912 (only two at the time) is from the training camp Monzie, near Crieff. It would appear that he probably went to France in 1915, arriving at Boulogne on 2nd of May 1915. Sadly I do not know for certain what his activities were until his death at the Battle of Acre Heights on 13th November 1916 while carrying ammunition forward towards the German front line. Mist and mud made the advance difficult and the weight of the ammunition boxes made progress slow. The original letter, written by Captain A K Watson to my Grandmother still exists and tells of how her husband died. This is a small scrap of paper dated 17th Nov 1916 and, no doubt, written in moments during combat conditions. A small number of letters from my grandmother and from his brothers were returned (which I still have). He is buried in the Y-Ravine Cemetery.

Ken Kennedy



ERA. Edmund McLarney .     Royal Navy HMS Raglan (d.20th Jan 1918)

Engine Room Artificer Edmund McLarney served on board HMS Raglan and was killed in action age 31 on the 20th January 1918 when the ship was sunk by a powerful enemy force in the Dardanelles. He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph and is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery.

Edmund was born in Jarrow 1886, son of Mary McLarney (nee Riley) and the late Hugh McLarney of 19 Grange Road, West Jarrow. In the 1911 census Edmund(24)single, a marine engineer fitter and his brother Joseph Septimus(29) single, an elementary school teacher are living with their widowed mother Mary(64) at that address.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Daniel McLaughlin .     British Army 7th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Bellarena, Limavady

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Daniel McLaughlin was born 1898, to James and Ellen. His sister Miss M. McLaughlin lived in Ballyleighery, Bellarena, Limavady, Co. Londonderry. Daniel lost his life on the 7th of June 1917 and is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery.

The family wish to obtain as many records of Daniel as possible and none of the family members currently alive have any idea of where Daniel's medals are or where any documents have gone to. We would be grateful for any info or help.

Editors Note: Bailleul is several miles behind the front line and was the location of a number of Casualty Clearing Stations, it is safe to assume that Daniel was wounded in the opening attack of the Battle of Messines, evacuated via the medical routes and succumbed to his injuries whilst being treated at one of the Casualty Clearing Stations.

William



CSM. Patrick McLaughlin .     British Army 1st Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Hebburn

(d.27th Mar 1916)

Patrick McLaughlin, Company Sergeant Major served in "X" Coy. 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action age 33 on the 27th March 1916. He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph, St Paul's Church and on the Ypres(Menin Gate)Memorial. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

Patrick was born and enlisted in Jarrow, son of Michael and Mary McLaughlin (nee Costella) of 32 Stanley Street Jarrow. He was married to Helena McLaughlin (nee McKenna) of 1 James Street Hebburn.

1891 census Jarrow

  • 33 Stanley Street Jarrow
  • Michael McLauglin age 23 born Glasgow Labourer
  • Mary wife age 21 born Newcastle
  • Roseanna daughter age 2 born Jarrow
  • Margaret daughter age 2 months born Jarrow

1891 census Jarrow

  • 30 to 36 Stanley Street Jarrow Lodging House
  • Michael McLaughlin age 32 born Scotland Lodging House owner
  • Mary wife age 30 born Newcastle Northumberland
  • Rose Ann daughter age 11 born Jarrow Scholar
  • Margaret daughter age 10 born Jarrow Scholar
  • Patrick McLaughlin son age 8 born Jarrow Scholar
  • Mary daughter age 4 born Blyth Northumberland

1901 census Jarrow

  • 28 to 38 Stanley Street Jarrow Lodging House
  • Michael McLaughlin age 42 born Scotland Lodging House owner
  • Mary wife age 40 born Newcastle Northumberland
  • Rose Ann daughter age 21 born Jarrow
  • Margaret daughter age 20 born Jarrow
  • Mary daughter age 14 born Blyth Northumberland
  • Elizabeth daughter age 7 born Jarrow
  • Ellen daughter age 4 born Jarrow
  • Michael McLaughlin son age 8 months born Jarrow

1901 census Bradford

Patrick Mclaughlen age 19 born Jarrow Soldier

1910 ratepayers

  • Michael McLaughlin occupier of 30 to 36 Stanley Street Jarrow Lodging House owner
  • Michael McLaughlin owner of 26 to 36 Stanley Street Jarrow
  • Patrick McLaughlin occupier of 28 Stanley Street Jarrow

Vin Mullen



Pte. David Aitken McLean .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots   from Springburn, Glasgow

(d.12th May 1915)

David McLean age 33, died of wounds sustained during fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke. He was the son of Peter and Isabella McLean and husband of E. Taphouse (formerly McLean) of 175 Wellfield Street, Springburn, Glasgow. David is remembered in Ypres on the Menin Gate.

Vin Mullen



Spr. J. L. McLean .     Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.   from Main st Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia

(d.28th Jun 1917)




Pte. William McLellan .     British Army 1st Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers (d.8th Nov 1914)

William McLellan served in the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers and died age 29 on the 8th November 1914. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Hagle Dump Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1914 Star, War and Victory Medals.

William was born in Jarrow 1885, husband of Margaret McLellan nee Thompson. In the 1911 census they are living at 122 Woodhorn Road, Hirst Ashington with William(25) a miner stoneman (below ground) and his wife of 3 years Margaret(22). They have one daughter, Isabella who is 111 months old. Also living there is his brother Neil(23) same work as his older brother.

Vin Mullen



McLennan .     Army 7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte. John McLennan .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.12th May 1915)

1st John McLennan died of wounds sustained in fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium. John is remembered in Ypres on the Menin Gate.

Vin Mullen




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