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Sgt. Alex McIntyre .     British Army 1st Btn Irish Guards   from Londonderry, Co. Derry

(d.5th Aug 1917)

S. Flynn

Colour Sjt. Alexander McNeil McIntyre .     British Army 1/4th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers   from Loudoun Kirk, Galston, Scotland

I recently had a trip to the battlefields of WWI in Northern France (Vimy, Ypres etc) and went there completely oblivious to the fact that I was walking in my Great Great Uncle's footsteps. It was only in April 2011 that I was told of the medals which my grandmother has from him. She has two of the three that he should have, The British Victory medal, War medal and the 1914/15 Star, the latter I don't know what happened to. My Grandmother had been told that he had died in the war but I was sceptical as I could find no record of his death. In July 2011 I had another shot and found that he had survived. It wasn't until late August/early September when I found out that he had emmigrated to the USA to start a family.

David Nisbet

Pte. James McIntyre .     British Army 1st Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment (d.28th Oct 1914)

James McIntyre served in the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment and died on the 28th October 1914. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Panel 4, His medal card records the award of the 1914 Star, War and Victory Medals.

James was born in Jarrow 1883. From 1891, 1901 and 1911 census he seems to be living with relatives by name Raven (grandfather 1891) Navin (uncle 1901) and in 1911 at Birkenhead as a lodger. But cannot trace parents.

Vin Mullen

2nd Lt. John McIntyre MM & Bar..     British Army 6th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment

John McIntyre was born in Choppington Northumberland in 1894. He joined the East Yorkshire Battalion in 1914 aged 20 as a private. He landed in Suvla Bay on 8th August 1915 and spent 4 months surviving the cold, lack of food and the Turkish guns until he left on 19th December for Mudros.

In January 1916 he was made sergeant and by February his unit was defending the Suez Canal. The Middle of May they embarked from Egypt to Marseilles via Malta. They arrived at St. Pol on 13th July 1916. In the following year and three months John was awarded the Military Medal and Bar and moved through some of the more famous battle grounds as listed in his war diary. On 13th December 1917 John McIntyre returned to England.and was noted as a candidate for admission to Officer Cadet in the Royal Air Force. He had two letters from King George inviting him to become an officer of the Royal Air Force in September 1918.

In 1919 he relinquished his Royal Air Force Commission. At some stage during his war service he had broken his ankle and never had it set so he suffered from this injury later in life. He had shrapnel wounds on his face but like many men never talked fully about what happened.

We heard about the Turkish throwing bombs which they threw back if they had time. We saw that he was not afraid of rats and that he could kill them with his bare hands. He never bragged about his medals so we didn't know how he won them and he is mentioned in the regimental diary and the date but not what he had done to deserve them. I expect he thought people would not believe what or where he had been because his regiment had been to a lot of fighting arenas. The final thing I have learnt from the study is that John's elder brother James was in the same regiment as him and he was killed on the 11th August 1917 so he probably didn't want to talk about any of it in case it upset his parents.

John's only son Hoodless Robinson McIntyre, a Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, was killed on 26th September 1944 in the mountains of the Gallic Line and is buried in the War Cemetery in Fienza, Italy. John died in 1979 in Bradford.

Nora Clyde

Pte. Sinclair McIntyre .     British Army 9th Battalion Gordon Highlanders   from Portsoy, Banffshire

(d.29th June 1917)

Sinclair McIntyre was a first cousin of my great-grandmother. He was one of 9 children of John McIntyre and Eliza Ann Macdonald. I have a photo of the children, but do not know which one is which. He served with the 2/6th & 9th Battalions of the Gordon Highlanders and was killed on the 29th June 1917.

I am writing a book on my Hamilton and McWilliam ancestors. His father's branch remained in Scotland, but all the other siblings emigrated to Canada in the 1850s.

Nancy Conn

Pte. William McIntyre .     British Army 1st/1st Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars   from Golborne Steet, Ashon-in-Makerfield

(d.17th Oct 1918)

Chris Collier

L/sgt Andrew Charles "Mac" McIver .     British Army 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry   from Newcastle upon Tyne

From his service records, I have discovered that my grandfather Andrew Charles McIver initially joined the special reserves at the age of 17, ( No 400700 ). After a few months he reached the age of 18 and joined the Durham Light Infantry, ( No 11555 ), and I believe, posted to Colchester for training with the 3rd Battalion. He was posted to France in May or June 1915 to join the 2nd battalion DLI, where, on the 8th August he received a bayonet wound at the "Hooge". He was sent to the 5th northern hospital in Leicester for treatment until Dec 1916 when he posted back to France. Between this posting date and Mar 1917 he was gassed and once again returned to England but only until May 1917 when he was returned to France but I am unsure if he was still part of the DLI or he had at this point was in the 798 area employment coy. Its very difficult to decipher the service records as they are very faint and damaged, I do however know that in May 1919 he was a stretcher bearer at the Windmill camp in Boulogne from an order slip that he kept that is now 90 years old. On his discharge he was serving as a L/sgt with the West Yorkshire Regiment at the Northern command discharge centre in Ripon. Grandad very rarely spoke of his time in WW1 so its only by the aid of various wesites, mostly unreadable records and the DLI museum that this part of his life can be recorded and remembered.

The only story that he ever related to me was that at some time he was a "runner" between trenches. On carrying a message to his officer he was slightly wounded in the leg, when entering the command post his officer glared at him and ask " why are you not standing straight man", "I've been injured in the leg sir, sorry sir", grandad replied, with that the officer moved over to him and proceeded to cut open his trouser leg, with this grandad got very aggitated, " stay still, whats wrong with you man?" the officer growled, "Its the other leg sir", said poor grandad. He went two days with a racy split in his trouser leg.

D Coldrake

Pte. James McIvor .     British Army 6th Btn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers   from Jarrow

(d.16th Mar 1916)

James McIvor served with the 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers and was killed in action age 19 on the 16th March 1916. He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph, St. Paul's Church and is buried in Tancrez Farm Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals and that he was killed in action.

James was born in Jarrow 1897, son of Patrick and Ellen McIvor nee Clifford of 133 Salem Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family is living at 372 High Street, Jarrow with Patrick(42) a general labourer in the shipyard and Ellen(37) his wife of 17 years who had 10 children, 8 of whom survived and are of school age living at home. James 14, John 12, Patrick 10, Peter 8, Thomas 6, Agnes 4, Francis Joseph 2 and Eleanor who is 4 months old.

Vin Mullen

Spr. Robert Finlayson McKay .     Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.   from Lairg, Scotland

(d.2nd Oct 1917)

Pte. Edward McKee .     British Army 9th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.10th Oct 1916)

Edward McKee served with the 9th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment and died on the 10th October 1916. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and on the Thiepval Memorial Pier . His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

Edward was born in Hebburn 1891, son of Edward and Janet McKee nee Jardine of Jarrow. He was married to Catherine Garrity (formerly McKee nee McGee) of 31 Shamrock Street, Hebburn. In the 1911 census the family is living at 22 Wilberforce, Jarrow with Edward(60) a copperworks labourer and his wife of 23 years Janet(52). They had 7 children but only 3 survived. Edward(20) a brass core maker in copper tube works, Thomas James Jardine(17)a grocers assistant and Robert Jardine(14) a grocers apprentice.

Vin Mullen

A/Capt Harry Olphert McKee MID..     British Army 12th Btn Royal Irish Rifles   from Londonderry

Uncle Harry McKee, as I knew him, was my father's uncle and I knew him all my life until he died in 1966. He would tell us about the Great War but never about the fighting. One of his friends was in charge of some mules and refused to eat steak in Belgium in 1919 as he was not a "cannibal". After the war he had something to do with the A Specials in Londonderry, but I'm not sure exactly what. I have been unable to find anything about his service record as we don't know his Army Number, but I know he was Mentioned in Despatches at least once as he has two oak leaves with his medals, as well as a Belgian Croix de Guerre.

Malcolm H. McKee

Pte J McKee .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers   from 16, Birkett St., Wallsend-on-Tyne

(d.13th Jul 1917)

McKee, J. Private, 19/120, Killed in action on 13th July 1917.

Buried in Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery Somme, in grave II. F. 11.

Son of Mrs. D. McKee, of 16, Birkett St., Wallsend-on-Tyne.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis

Pte. James Mckee .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Kilkeel.

My Grandfather James McKee was Private 40652, 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Formally 2090 North Irish Horse), he was badly wounded Passchendaele in August 1917, suffering wounds to his neck and waist. On release from hospital he was transferred to The Royal Army Service Corps, Horse transport section.

David Hawthorne

Pte. John Bernard McKee .     British Army 4th Btn. Black Watch   from Dundee, Scotland

Colin McKee

Pte. Patrick McKee MM.     British Army 7th/8th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

(d.20th Nov 1917)

The actions which lead to Private Patrick McKee and his Ballymoney comrade Lance Corporal John Laverty being decorated are unrecorded. What is known, is that over a two week period in August 1917, Private McKee and Lance Corporal Laverty acted with such heroism that they were both awarded the Military Medal shortly afterwards. In November that year, McKee and Laverty held off a German attack with a heavy machine gun, while their fellow servicemen withdrew. Both men manned the gun to their deaths. They have no known grave and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.

S. Flynn

Pte. Patrick McKee MM..     British Army 7/8th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Ballymoney

(d.20th Nov 1917)

Private Patrick McKee served with the 7/8th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers and died on the 20th November 1917.

Ciaran Goggins

Pte. Quinten McKellar .     British Army 20th Battallion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry   from Coventry

Apparantly Quinten McKellar went missing for about 9 months in 1917/1918 no-one seems to know how, why or where he was, does anyone have any records of this?

Lynn Wood

Pte. William Mckelvey .     British Army 16th Pioneer Battlion Royal Irish Rifles   from Killyleagh

My great uncle, William McKelvey came from a townland called Ballymacarron just outside Killyleagh. He joined the 16th Royal Irish Rifles Pioneer Battlion Co Down on the 18th of January 1915. He had worked as a farm labourer before the war. The Down pioneers were nicknamed The Terrors who, as well as working on the trenches and roads and railways while under fire, had to be ready to fight like an ordinary rifle man. William served all through the war and at the age of 31 he emigrated to Canada to work at farming and his sister my grand mother never saw him again.

Austin Cheevers

Pte. C. McKendrick .     British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)

Bdr. John McKenna .     British Army 332 Bde. Royal Field Artillery   from Jarrow

(d.22nd Jun 1916)

John McKenna, served in 332nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery and died age 21 on the 22nd June 1916 He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph and is buried in Jarrow Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

John was born in Greenock Scotland 1895, son of John and Catherine McKenna of 59 High Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family is living at Cliff Villa, Jarrow with John(41) a shipwright and Mary(39) his wife of 19 years. They have 9 children, all single and living at this address. John(17)a pit lad, Angus(15) general labourer in shipyard, Alex(13), Dorothy(11), Archie(9), Daniel and James(both 7) and Margaret(6) all at school. Joseph is one year old.

Vin Mullen

Sgt. Stephen McKenna DCM & Bar, CdeG..     British Army 37 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps   from Jarrow

(d.28th March 1918)

Stephen McKenna, enlisted at Jarrow and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps with 37th Field Ambulance. He was killed in action age 29 on the 28th March 1918 and is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery. I.L.3. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. He also received the gallantry awards of the DCM (15th April 1916) and Bar (22nd September 1916) together with the French Croix de Guerre.

Stephen was born in Jarrow 1888, son of Joseph and Bridget McKenna. In the 1911 census the family is living at 215 Whitfield Road, Scotswood, with Joseph(46) a general labourer and his wife of 26 years Bridget(43). They had 11 children and 8 survived. Six are single and living at this address, Stephen(22) a general labourer, Kate(21) a domestic cook, Joseph P(19) coal miner, Hugh(17) and John(14)are colliery labourers, Rose Mary(11) is at school.

Vin Mullen

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

Lt. Hugh McDonald McKenzie VC, DCM, CdeG..     Canadian Expeditionary Force Canadian Machine Gun Corps (d.30th Oct 1917)

Lieutenant Hugh McKenzie served with the Machine Gun Corps, Canadian Army during WW1. He died on the 30th October 1917, Age: 30 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France). Son of the late Mrs. Jane McDonald McKenzie, of 23, James St., Dundee, Scotland.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30523, dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:-

For most conspicuous bravery and leading when in charge of a section of four machine guns accompanying the infantry in an attack. Seeing that all the officers and most of the non-commissioned officers of an infantry company had become casualties, and that the men were hesitating before a nest of enemy machine guns, which were on commanding ground and causing them severe casualties, he handed over command of his guns to an N.C.O., rallied the infantry, organised an attack, and captured the strong point. Finding that the position was swept by machine-gun fire from a ' pill-box ' which dominated all the ground over which the troops were advancing, Lt. McKenzie made a reconnaissance and detailed flanking and frontal attacking parties which captured the 'pill-box', he himself being killed while leading the frontal attack. By his valour and leadership this gallant officer ensured the capture of these strong points and so saved the lives of many men and enabled the objectives to be attained.

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

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