THE TOLL

THE TOLL

THIS SECTION NEEDS TO BE RE-WRITTEN DUE TO NEW INFORMATION.  IT WILL BE DONE AS TIME PERMITS. BRIEF NOTES ADDED BELOW.

The toll relates to all the villages in the Gaunless Valley – St. Helen’s, West Auckland, Etherley, Evenwood, Cockfield, Butterknowle, Copley and Woodland in chronological order.  It will take the form of tables for:

It will name the serviceman, give his unit, date of death and local war memorial.  Click on the particular year(s) of interest above to find details.  The initials to the right hand side of the table indicates on which war memorial(s) he appears:

  • SH: St. Helen’s Colliery Memorial Cotages
  • WA: West Auckland
  • SA: St. Andrew’s, South Church
  • EW: Evenwood
  • EY: Etherley
  • CF: Cockfield
  • BK: Butterknowle
  • CY: Copley
  • WL: Woodland

To date 234 men have been researched:

  • 1914:3
  • 1915: 23
  • 1916: 57
  • 1917: 63
  • 1918: 82
  • 1919-21: 6

TOTAL: 234

There are still 8 men not positively identified.  They are:

  • CLARK J. Etherley [SERVED, DIED & LIVED AT BILLY ROW]
  • HARVEY George Cockfield [SERVED, DIED IN 1918 AND BURIED AT COCKFIELD]
  • APPLEBY Leonard, Butterknowle [IDENTIFIED BUT HIS MILITARY SERVICE HAS NOT]
  • BARCLAY John, West Auckland [SERVED, DIED IN 1918 AND BURIED AT PENRITH]
  • BOLTON John, West Auckland [MYSTERY MAN]
  • LOCKEY Edward, West Auckland [PROBABLY EDWARD LASKEY]
  • THOMAS Robert Henry, West Auckland[MYSTERY MAN]
  • SMITH Thomas, West Auckland IF there were 2 [BOTH IDENTIFIED, ONE LOCAL, AND THE OTHER SERVED WITH THE CANADIANS]

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