COCKFIELD METHODIST CHURCH MEMORIAL PLAQUE

COCKFIELD METHODIST CHURCH MEMORIAL PLAQUE

The Cockfield Methodist Church memorial plaque commemorates 10 soldiers.  Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the 1914-1918 Great War were:

  • Ebeneezer Bradley
  • John George Dowson*
  • George Gargett*
  • Moses Hammond
  • John C.B. Hutchinson
  • Bertie Kirby*
  • Luther Kirby
  • Jerry C. Lee*
  • Robert W. Wallace*
  • Edgar Wood*

Those marked thus * are also commemorated on the Cockfield Council School roll of honour.  Brief details of these men are given below:

Ebeneezer Bradley 1893-1918

81318 Private Ebenezer Bradley, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) died of wounds 24 October 1918 and is buried at Premont British Cemetery.[1]  He was 25 years old, unmarried, the son of Edwin Stobart and Linny Bradley. [2]  The family lived at 11 Mayfield Terrace, Cockfield.  Ebenezer worked as a miner at Gordon House Colliery.[3]

John George Dowson 1899 – 1918

51598 Private John George Dowson, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action 11 September 1918 and is buried in Honnechy British cemetery, France.[4]  He was 19 years old, unmarried and lived with his father Joseph and step-mother Kate Dowson at Fell View, Cockfield.[5]

George Dowson Gargett 1896 – 1917

35331 Private George Dowson Gargett, 12th Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers was killed in action 16 June 1917.  He had no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. [6]  He was 21 years old, unmarried and lived at 2 Mayfield, Cockfield with his parents Alfred and Annie.  George worked as a coal miner. [7]

Moses Hammond 1897-1917

24712 Private Moses Hammond, 2nd Battalion, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was killed in action 3 April 1917 and is buried at Savy British Cemetery, France.[8]  He was 20 years old, unmarried, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hammond and lived at 13 Mayfield Terrace, Cockfield.

John Joseph Burrell Hutchinson 1898-1918

66570 Private John Joseph Burrell Hutchinson, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) died of wounds 10 June 1918 and is buried in Cockfield cemetery. [9]  He was 20 years old, unmarried, the son of John and Sarah Hutchinson.  The family lived at Peth Row Farm, Cockfield where John worked as a farmer.[10]

Bertie Kirby 1893-1918

388253 Private Bertie Kirby, 2nd (Northumbrian) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps died 1 October 1918 and is buried at Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Salonika, Greece.[11]  He was 25 years old, unmarried and lived at 7 Mayfield Terrace, Cockfield with his parents Thomas and Annie.  Bertie worked as a coal miner.[12]

Luther Dixon Kirby 1891-1917

51653 Private Luther Dixon Kirby, 21st Battalion, the Manchester Regiment was killed in action 24 October 1917.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.[13]  Luther was 26 years old, the son of James and Jane Kirby[14]  and married to Sarah (nee Bowman).[15]

Jeremiah Cameron Lee 1893-1916

 3666 Private Jeremiah Cameron Lee, 6th battalion, the Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action 1 October 1916 and is buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, France. [16]  He was 23 years old and married to Mary Jane (nee Corner).  They lived at 13 Jubilee Terrace, Evenwood. [17] Jeremiah “Jerry” worked as a coal miner.

Robert William Wallace 1895 -1916

 3974 Private Robert William Wallace, 1/6 Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 1 October 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.[18]  He was 22 years old, unmarried and lived with his parents Robert and Margaret Wallace at Front Street Cockfield.  He worked as a coal miner.[19]

Thomas Edgar Wood 1897-1918

277236 Private Thomas Edgar Wood, 1/7th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 26 March 1918.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.[20]  He was 20 years old, unmarried and lived with his parents Robert and Ann Wood at Front Street Cockfield. [21]

References:

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] 1911 census

[3] Army Form B.  Attestation Form

[4] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[5] 1911 census

[6] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[7] 1911 census

[8] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[9] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[10] Army Form B.268 Proceedings on Discharge

[11] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[12] 1911 census

[13] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[14] 1901 & 1911 census

[15] England & Wales Marriage Index 1915-2005 Vol10a p.427 Teesdale Q2 1917

[16] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[17] CWGC

[18] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[19] 1911 Census

[20] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[21] 1911 Census

Photographs:

Cockfield Methodist Church Memorial Plaque

Cockfield Methodist Church Memorial Plaque

 

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