This section will look at the people involved with the schools.
Around the time of the Great War there were 2 schools at Cockfield, the “top school” being the Council School [the County Mixed School] and the “bottom school” being the Church of England School. Pupils passed from one to the other at will until they reached the age of 13 when they could leave to find work. Work was usually at the pit, typically Gordon House Colliery owned by the North Bitchburn Coal Company Ltd. Some pupils did work elsewhere and a few sought further education at Bishop Auckland Grammar School. Durham County Council was the education authority.
This work researches those on the Cockfield Council School Roll of Honour displayed in Cockfield Primary School undertaken by Rachel Wood with contributions from John Hallimond & KNR. It is published here with Rachel’s permission.
One additional member of staff, Ambrose Miller Lockey has been identified and teachers employed at Cockfield Church of England School have also been included in this work. Their full names and the regiments in which they served is given below [or ships in the case of RN servicemen].
Click on the name for a brief account of their war service.
COCKFIELD SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR
STAFF BUT NOT ON THE ROLL
Pte. John James Close 14th DLI 32627
Pte. William Edgar Corner 6th DLI 4117/203856, Royal Engineers 458760
Pte. John George Dowson 1st East Yorks. Regiment 51598
Pte. George Dowson Gargett 1st/6th, 2nd DLI 3600, 12th Northumberland Fusiliers 35331
Pte. Charles William Brown Hall 2nd/4th, 1st/5th, 7th, 2nd/3rd, 1st Lincs. Regiment 202346
Air MechanIc Joseph Wilfred Hammond RNAS & RAF K224506
Pte. Percy Hood 16th Northumberland Fusiliers 323
Pte. Matthew Henry Hunter 1st/6th DLI 3997
Pte. Bertie Kirby RAMC 2nd Northumbrian 1671
Pte. Jasper Kirby Northumberland Fusiliers 83728
Pte. Jeremiah Cameron Lee 1st/6th DLI 3666
Ordinary Seaman Robert Alfred Morrell Royal Navy J86102
William Henry Pounder (Heaviside)
Pte. Frank Robson 2nd/20th DLI 96194
Pte. Joseph William Robson RAMC 1676
Pte. Sydney Sams 13th DLI 78450, 12th DLI 55832, 9th York and Lancs. Regiment
Pte. Eldred John Spence Machine Gun Corps. 161830
Pte. Eric Marmaduke Spence RAMC 1682
Ordinary Seaman Richard Redvers Stirk Royal Navy K50317
Cpl. Robert Holliday Walker RAMC 97115
Pte. Robert William Wallace 1st/6th DLI 3974
Ordinary Seaman Edgar Williamson Royal Navy J78582
Pte. Thomas Edgar Wood 1st/7th DLI 277236
COCKFIELD CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL
Frederick Alexander Archibald Royal Navy M5203
John William Broumley (enlisted but did not serve)
Pte. Norman Christon Prince of Wales’s own Regiment 1st/5th 54339
Pte. Joseph Guy Coldstream Guards 23955
Sgt. James Halstead Nutter RAMC 64337
Pte. Robert Trewick 9th DLI 66458
Pte. W. Gordon B. Walker 3rd DLI 36093