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Bugler. W. Nairn .     Army 7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Sjt. J. Napier .     Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte John William Narvidge .     British Army 1st Btn. Essex Regiment   from Malden, Essex

(d.14th Apr 1917)

John Narvidge was my great uncle. His father, Alexander, was a Russian refugee and boot maker who moved to Maldon in Essex with his English wife, Sarah.

John enlisted at Chelmsford, Essex, joining the 1st battalion Essex Regiment in 1914, we believe he was probably underage when he enlisted, having been born in Hackney in 1897. He died in battle at Monchy-le-Preux on April 14th 1917 and is buried at Arras. He was recorded as missing on 1st June 1917 in the Essex Chronicle together with many of his comrades. His name is recorded on the War Memorial in Maldon High Street. We have no photos of him but if anyone has it would be wonderful to see his face.

Chris Johnson



Sjt. F. Nasby .     Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte. A. E. Nash .     British Army 8th Royal Veterinary Hosp. (York) Army Veterinary Corps (d.20th May 1917)




Sgt. Enoch "Knocker" Nash MM..     British Army 10th Btn Kings own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from Hemsworth

My grandfather, Enoch Nash served in the KOYLI during WW1 from 1914 until demobbed in February 1919 in the 10th Battalion. He was awarded the military medal for bravery which I have in my possession, along with his 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. I believe he was awarded the Military Medal for bringing in his wounded captain (Capt. W. M. Penny) although he very rarely spoke of his war "it being too terrible". I don't have the citation for the medal and have had no luck trying to trace it.

Barry Nash



Flt Sub. Lt. G. E. Nash .     Royal Naval Air Service B Flight 10 Naval Sqd.   from Canada




Pte. Thomas Nash .     British Army 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers   from Pendleton, Salford

(d.1st July 1916)

Thomas Nash was the elder of my two uncles both in the same battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, and both killed on 1st July 1916. He was 34 and his younger brother James was 20 when they died. They were 2 of 5 brothers who all fought in the war, the other three surviving. They are both remembered on Thiepval memorial, and at St Thomas church, Pendleton.

Eric Nash



Pte William David Nash .     British Army C Company Border Regiment   from Bolton-on-Swale

(d.1st July 1916)

My uncle, William David Nash, enlisted on 6th October 1914 aged 19 years 4 months. He was in the 11th Lonsdale Battalion of the Border Regiment. Although a Yorkshire lad, he was working at Orton Hall in Cumbria as a groom or footman and so he enlisted at Kendal. His father had been a groom and carter at Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire, so in his choice of job William was following in his father's footsteps. He died on 1st July 1916 during an advance on the Leipzig Redoubt from Authuille Wood. The Battalion lost 516 men that day. He is buried in the Lonsdale Cemetery at Authuille, grave ref 1.C.18. He was very much mourned by his (much younger) sister Agnes - my mother.

Liz Cooke



Lt. G. Nathan .     Army Durham Light Infantry




Pte. Henry Charles Nation .     British Army 1/5th Btn. Kings Liverpool Regiment   from Liverpool

Henry Charles Nation was my grandfather, I never knew. The photograph I had given to me by my mother of her 'father' was of an English looking man. I only found out that Henry was my grandfather when I traced his death record and found that he had died in the County Asylum in Liverpool in 1941. With this information I went to the archives in Liverpool who managed to find a case file for him and a photograph. I knew I had Jamaican blood in me but thought it was several generations back, but looking at the photo of Henry I realised it was only one generation back.

Henry had enlisted in July 1916. He had a wife and 3 girls. On his medal roll it says that Henry had been with the Kings Liverpool Regiment and had been demobbed in July 1919. It says in Remarks: "Medals forfeited under Art. 1236.B. of the Pay Warrant as amended by A.C. 298 of 1920". I'm not sure what that means! Henry returned home, but sometime in 1922 his wife and children left him, which was the final straw I believe for Henry. He ended his days in Rainhill County Asylum.

Steve Nation



Pte. Robert Nay .     Australian Imperial Forces 33rd Btn.   from Salisbury St., Uralla, New South Wales.

(d.10th Jun 1917)




Abraham Alexander Naylor .     British Army 206th (Glasgow) Field Coy. Royal Engineers   from Stoke on Trent

Maggie Naylor



Hubert Hepworth Naylor .     British Army 15th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)   from Thatched Cottage, Burnage Lane, Didsbury, Manchester

(d.1st July 1916)

Hubert Naylor served with the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots and was killed on the 1st of July 1916.

Thorla Langley



Pte. Tom Close Naylor .     British Army 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment   from Todmorden

(d.7th Jun 1917)




Pte. J. Neal .     British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)




Lt. William John Thomas Neal DCM..     Australian Imperial Force. 13th Australian Machine Gun Coy   from Allora, Queensland.

Billy Neal enlisted at Toowoomba, Queensland, he named his father, William Neal as his next of kin.

Justin P Neal



Pte. Edgar John Neale .     British Army 7th Btn. West Surrey Regiment

My fathers own father, Private Edgar John Neale G/13095, Queens Royal West Surrey Reg. 7th Btln., was injured twice, once on the Somme in Sept 1916 and gassed.

Edgar John Neale letter (27th October 1916) – transcript about the Somme

How a Kettering Soldier was Knocked out. (Kettering Leader newspaper)

Pte. E.J. Neale, of the Royal West Surrey’s (Queen’s) who is in an Oxford hospital, suffering from wounds received in France, has written to Mr. G. Horden, of High Street, Kettering. Amongst other items of information are the following :- "You did not know that I was in the Machine Gun Section. It is a hot job if they got to know whereabouts you are. The machine gun went out of action about a quarter of an hour before I got hit in the elbow. Then about five minutes afterwards I got hit in the jaw, but as soon as the machine gun went wrong, we had to pick up dead men’s rifles, as we had not time to put it right, as the Germans were getting all round us, so we had to open rapid fire. Then they got nearer, and we had a hand to-hand fight, which was not very pleasing, but it had to be done, or we should all have been wiped out.," speaking about a charge, "over the top", he says: "as soon as we started, the Germans shelled us, put the machine guns on us,…… and opened rapid fire….. our Corporal fell, and I dragged him into a shellhole and bandaged him up". ……"in another shellhole" he says "a shell dropped only three feet behind me, and happened to be a ‘dud’, and it only covered us with soil. After a little while, I got with some more of our chaps, and we went on further as they had quietened down a lot, and we got to where we wanted to get. Night was getting nearer, and when it got dark, they started shelling heavily. Eight of us had to hold a strong place at all costs. We did hold it, but what a time they gave us! But we gave them more than they gave us. We were glad to see the day break, for we were tired and hungry. We had still to keep on till I got the knock-out, when I came to my senses, I had lost a lot of blood”. He also relates how it took him about three hours to get back to the dressing station. He is now getting on well in hospital.

Steuart Neale



L/Cpl. George Neale MM & Bar.     British Army 22nd Btn. (Trench Mortars) Northumberland Fusiliers   from Blyth

(d.30th Aug 1916)

George Neale MM & bar (Sitting)

I was researching our Family Trees and attended a course at our local library. The tutor on the course was researching his ancestor in The Tyneside Irish and he was very interested when I told him about the MM and Bar of my husband's grandfather, George Neale. He arranged for my husband and I to accompany him to the Archives in Alnwick Castle. I did not find out much more than I had already researched.

However during the course I told the tutor that I remembered my uncle William Emmerson Metcalfe had several medals which I had seen when I was a child. I thought he was in the Durham Light Infantry, but after much searching on the internet I found he too had served with the Northumberland Fusliers and he too had been awarded the MM. He did survive the war and lived into his 70s. Other than his Medal card I could not find anything more as he and his family are all deceased now .

I thought that was the end of it until someone on one of my genealogy sites informed me that uncle Emmerson's medals were for sale at a Medal Dealers shop in Hexham. I was able to buy back the medals - I don't know how they came to be for sale - and now, along with George Neale's MM and Bar, we will pass them down through the family. Sadly, however, when George's widow died his other medals and many mementos were split among the family and are now in Canada with the family of George's only daughter.

This is not the end. On reading on your website today I think I am right in assuming that both George Neale and William Emmerson Metcalfe were involved in the same assault on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the day that George was awarded his MM. Emmerson Metcalfe had to wait until 2 Nov 1918 for his MM and he survived but George was killed on 30 Aug 1916 .

Irene Neale



Pte. Herbert Cecil Neale MM..     British Army 132nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps   from Kettering, Northants

Bert Bert was awarded the Military Medal on 22nd January 1917, in service around Ypres.

Steuart Neale



Thomas Neale .     Royal Navy HMS Minotar   from Blandford, Dorset

I am looking for any information about Tom Neale who served on HMS Minotaur, in the First World War, maybe prior, during and after.

Brian Neale



Pte. Anthony Neary .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers   from Burnley, Lancs.

(d.29th Jun 1915)

Anthony Neary was born in Coulkarney, Co. Mayo. He enlisted in Burnley and died on the 29th June 1915. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn



Sto 1 John Neave .     Royal Navy HMS Torrent   from Coxhill, Lincs

(d.23rd Dec 1917)

Jack Neave was my great uncle, brother of Joseph Neave. He was lost at sea on HMS Torrent.

Patrick Draper



Pte. Walter Neave .     British Army 10th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.30th Aug 1917)

Walter Neave served with the 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. He was executed for desertion on 30th August 1917 and is buried in Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Ste. Catherine, France.

s flynn



Pte. Robert Moses Nedderman MM.     British Army 5th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment   from Oldham, England

(d.20th July 1918)

Sgt. Robert Moses Nedderman, MM

Robert Nedderman was killed in action 20th July 1918, aged 24 and buried in the Marfaux British Cemetery in France. He was the husband of the late Sarah Ellen Nedderman (formerly Thorpe), and father of Annie and Robert Nedderman of Oldham, England.

Lance-Corporal Nedderman was awarded the Military Medal in March 1918. According to the official record, the medal was awarded, "for absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty as stretcher-bearer during an attack on March 28, when he attended to the wounded under the heaviest shell fire, and on one occasion when a man from one of the forward posts had been wounded before reaching our line, brought him in under heavy machine gun and rifle fire". He was also wounded 3 times between March 1915 and July 1918.

s flynn



Pte. Albert Needham .     British Army 4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment   from 5 Railway Cottages, Sutton Bank, Hull

(d.29th Apr 1915)

Albert Needham was my uncle and came from a family with 7 siblings, two sisters and 5 brothers. Not a lot is known about him and I didn't know he existed until I started researching my family history. The saying "survivors never really talked about the war" was certainly true in this case. My Father, who was twelve when the war ended, never mentioned these events at all. He also had a second brother, that served with the Northumberland fusiliers, who was Killed during the war as well. I can only imagine how his father felt because not only did he loose two sons to the war he also lost his wife and a younger son and daughter during this period which shows that not only did people have to worry about their children fighting in a war but also had to deal with the traumas of every day life as well. Thank god their sacrifices, not only in ww1 but also ww2 and subsequent conflicts, were not in vain and has enabled us to live in freedom as we do today.

John needham



Pte. Albert Needham .     British Army 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.6th Feb 1915)




Pte. Samuel Needham VC..     British Army 1/5th Btn. Bedfordshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Samuel Needham served with the 1/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment and died on the 4th November 1918, Age: 33. He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He was the son of Septimus and Mary Needham, of Grimsby.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30982, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following:-

For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when with a strong patrol which was heavily attacked by the enemy and forced back in confusion. At this critical moment Pte. Needham ran back and fired rapidly at a body of the enemy at point-blank range. His action checked the enemy and enabled the patrol commander to reorganise his men. The patrol had many casualties, but successfully got back all their wounded, and it was due to the action of individuals, of which this is the most outstanding, that the entire patrol was not cut off. Pte. Needham's example was of the greatest value at a critical moment, and the bold and determined stand made by him did more than anything to inspire confidence, and undoubtedly saved a critical situation.

S Flynn



Pte. William Needham .     British Army 17th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from 5 Railway Cottages, Sutton Bank, Hull

(d.26th April 1918)

William Needham was my uncle and came from a family of 7 siblings, two sisters and 5 brothers. Not a lot is known about him and I didn't know he existed until I started researching my family history. The saying "survivors never really talked about the war" was certainly true in this case. My Father, who was twelve when the war ended, never mentioned these events at all. He also had a second brother, who served with the East Yorkshire Regiment and who was also killed during the war.

I can only imagine how his father felt because not only did he lose two sons to the war he also lost his wife and a younger son and daughter during this period which shows that not only did people have to worry about their children fighting in a war but also had to deal with the traumas of every day life as well. Thank God their sacrifices, not only in ww1 but also ww2 and subsequent conflicts, were not in vain and has enabled us to live in freedom as we do today.

John Needham



L/Cpl. James William Neeham .     British Army 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire   from 15 Bowker Stree, Radcliffe, Bury, Lancashire

(d.17th February 1917)

Andy Bickerdike




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