WEST AUCKLAND

WEST AUCKLAND:  WW1 MEMORIALS

There are 4 memorials:

1) West Auckland Memorial Hall

Located on Darlington Road, the Memorial Hall commissioned by the Memorial Hall Committee was formally opened 7 February 1925 by Mrs. Malcolm Smith.  It cost £2,750 with money raised by public subscription and the Miners Welfare Committee on land donated by Messrs. Bolckow & Vaughan. The foundation stone was laid 24 May 1924 by James Robson esq.  Another 4 stones are inscribed by:

  • Sydney Monk esq.
  • R. Doggart esq.
  • Archibald Reed esq.
  • H. Kellett esq.

 2) West Auckland Roll of Honour

Located in the Memorial Hall but transferred from the Methodist Church in the 1980’s, it lists 53 servicemen.  Harold Wilson is named on the Roll of Honour but is not inscribed on the War Memorial.

3) Primitive Methodist Church: Memorial Plaque

The plaque commemorated 5 worshipers:

  • John Jackson
  • John Greenwood
  • Thomas H. Vickers
  • Thomas H. Gibson
  • Norman A. Clay

John Greenwood does not appear on a West Auckland memorial.  He is commemorated on the War Memorial at St. Andrew’s Church, South Church, Bishop Auckland.

4) West Auckland War Memorial

Located on the West Green in front of the pant, the water fountain built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee, the memorial was organised by the Parish Council and unveiled 7 June 2009.  It commemorates 71 servicemen who fell in WW1 including those on the Roll of Honour in West Auckland Memorial Hall, those buried in West Auckland cemetery and several additions.  Some men are also commemorated on the St. Helen’s Colliery Memorial Cottages panels.

There are 2 men named Thomas Smith, one is included below and details can be accessed by clicking on his name and a second is 80111 Private Thomas Smith, 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry who was killed in action 7 April 1916, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

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This research will use the list of 71 names on the War Memorial and include John Greenwood from the Primitive Methodist Chapel Roll of Honour.

NAME REGIMENT DATE CEMETERY
ARMSTRONG W. 1/LEINSTER R 29/05/17 STRUMA MC
BAGLEY W.H. 177/TC RE 04/07/17 NEW IRISH FARM
BAGLEY R 6 YR 07/08/15 HELLES MEMORIAL
BARCLAY J
BESTFORD J 10/YR 28/05/16 BECORDEL-BECOURT
BESTFORD W 19/DLI 19/08/17 TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD
BIRD J.R. RE 30/01/17 WEST AUCKLAND
BLENKIN W. 12/DLI 19/10/17 TYNE COT MEMORIAL
BOWRON J 1/EYR 10/09/18 GOUZENCOURT
BOLTON J
BOLTON G 10/KOYLI 25/09/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
BROWN W 15/DLI 25/09/15 LOOS MEMORIAL
CAMPBELL J  1/8 DLI  26.04.15  MENIN GATE
CASTLING JF 1/5 Y&LR 25/03/18 POLYGON WOOD
CLARK J.  3/DLI  23.10.18 LA VALLEE-MULATRE
CLAY N.A. RAF 19/10/19 WEST AUCKLAND
DAVISON G COLDSTREAM GDS 13/02/15 LE TOURET
DOBBIN H 1/5 LONDON 27/09/18 CHAPEL CORNER
DUNN T.W. 6/DLI 17/09/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
EALES W 2 YR 08/07/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
FIELD JR 1/6 DLI 31/05/18 SOISSONS MEMORIAL
GARDNER W 15 DLI 03/05/17 BUCQUOY FICHEUX
GIBSON TH GRENADIER GDS 13/04/18 PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
GOLDSBROUGH TW 15/DLI 01/07/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
HATHAWAY R 12/SWB 17/05/17 St. SEVER
HEAVISIDE W 2/DLI 07/06/17 PHILOSOPHE nr. LOOS
HEPPLE J. RND 13/11/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
HODGSON J 8 EYR 20/07/16 ABBEVILLE
HOWSON J.S. 4/DLI 19.01.15 WEST AUCKLAND
HUTCHFIELD W 2/WYR 14/04/17 BROWN’S COPSE
HUTCHINSON W 14/NF 28/05/18 SOISSONS MEMORIAL
JACKSON EH 6/DLI 14/04/17 DUISANS
JACKSON JJ 22/DLI 26/03/18 POZIERES MEMORIAL
JACKSON J 6/KOSB 06/02/17 AUBIGNY
JOBLING TJT ? 20/21/09/18  ?
LANE R. DLI 06.06.15 WEST AUCKLAND
LASKEY E RGA 10/08/17 DUISANS
LOCKEY E
LOWSON C 7/LINCS 15/08/18 DAOURS
MASON E 15/DLI 10/04/16 COJEUL
MAUGHAN E 21/NF 12/03/16 RATION FARM
MAUGHAN TP 2/RS 21/07/19 ?
McNEALLY RJ  6/DLI  03/06/19  ?
MEADS G 15/DLI 16//09/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
MILLION J 15/DLI 01/05/18 GROOTBEEK
NELSON GW 171/TC RE 29/04/18 BRANDHOEK
OATES J 2/YR 08/05/18 TYNE COT MEMORIAL
OATES R 14/NF 30/05/18 SOISSONS MEMORIAL
PATTON JW 2/DLI 15/10/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
POLKINGHORN WJ 23/LF 27/09/18 TROIS ARBRES
REWCASTLE G 1/6 DLI 01/11/18 Maing CC
RILEY S 1/SF 06/06/18 SOISSONS MEMORIAL
SANDERSON P 9/HLI 12/01/18 LIJSSENHOEK
SCOTT W 20/DLI 31/07/17 MENIN GATE
SHAW RB 2/4 WRR 29/09/18 MASNIERES
SIDDLE W 1/NF 16/06/15 MENIN GATE MEMORIAL
SMITH T 1/6 DLI 31/05/18 SOISSONS MEMORIAL
SPAVIN G 13 DLI 28/12/16 LIJSSENHOEK
TALLON W ACC 24/03/18 ROSIERES
TEASDALE J 6 EYR 12/07/17 BRANDHOEK
TEASDALE W 9 YR 19/09/16 THIEPVAL
THOMAS RH
THOMPSON RH 1/5 DLI 27/10/17 TYNE COT MEMORIAL
VICKERS TH 2/4 KOYLI 16/04/18 BIENVILLERS
WATSON T 7 YR 01/07/16 FRICOURT
WILKINSON JW 15 DLI 22/10/17 TYNE COT MEMORIAL
WILSON FL 9 EYR 16/08/15 LONGUENESE
WILSON R 1/6 DLI 05/11/16 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
WILSON W 8/LINCS 04/10/17 TYNE COT MEMORIAL
WILSON W 75MGC 04/07/16 PUCHEVILLERS

GREENWOOD J……..312th Bde. R.F.A…………11/08/17………….VRAUCOURT COPSE

 

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