Gargett G.

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. [1]  He was 21 years old and is commemorated on the Cockfield War Memorial, the plaque in the Cockfield Methodist Church and the Roll of Honour for Cockfield Council School.

Family Details

George Dowson Gargett was born 8 July 1896 [2] at Butterknowle to Alfred and Annie Gargett.[3]  There were at least 4 children:

  • George Dowson born 1896 at Butterknowle
  • Mabel bc. 1898 at Cockfield
  • Laura bc.1900 at Cockfield
  • Alfred bc.1903 at Cockfield [4]

Also Lillian (1915-2005) is recorded on an ancestry family tree.

In 1901, the family lived at Fell Buildings and Alfred worked as a coal miner (hewer). [5]  George attended Cockfield Church of England School then Cockfield Council School between 14 January 1907 and 4 July 1910, leaving at the age of 14 to take up work.[6]

By 1911, the family lived at 2 Mayfield, Cockfield and Alfred (father) worked as a coal miner (hewer) and 14 year old George worked as a coal miner (pony driver). [7]

Service Details

George enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry being given the regimental number 3600 and was later transferred to the 12th battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers, regimental number 35331. [8]

The service details of Private G.D. Gargett have not been researched and the war diary of the 12/Northumberland Fusiliers has not been consulted. [9]

The 12th (Service) Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers was formed at Newcastle as part of K3, Kitchener’s New Army and came under the orders of 62nd Brigade, 21st Division.  It landed in France in September 1915 and in August 1917 amalgamated with the 13th battalion coming the 12/13th Battalion.[10]  The 62nd Brigade comprised the following units:

  • 12th, Northumberland Fusiliers
  • 13th, Northumberland Fusiliers
  • 8th, East Yorkshire Regiment left November 1915
  • 10th, Yorkshire Regiment disbanded February 1918
  • 1st Lincolnshire Regiment joined November 1915
  • 62nd MGC joined March 1916
  • 62nd Trench Mortar Battery joined June 1916
  • 3/4th the Queens joined August 1917
  • 2nd, Lincolnshire Regiment joined February 1918

The Division saw action in 1915, the Battle of Loos; 1916, the Battle of the Somme including the Battles of Albert, Bazentin Ridge, Flers-Courcelette, Morval and Le Transloy then in 1917, the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the First and Third battle of the Scarpe, the Flanking Operations around Bullecourt which were part of the Arras Offensive. [11]  In particular, the 21st Division as part of the 7th Corps, Third Army, was involved in the Actions on the Hindenburg Line, 20 May – 16 June 1917 as part of the Flanking Battles on the Bullecourt Flank [12] which are relevant to the service of Private G.D. Gargett.

Between 20 May and 18 June 1917, the 12/Northumberland Fusiliers lost 3 officers and 60 other ranks killed in action or died of wounds, 2 officers and 54 other ranks on 16 June including Private G.D. Gargett. [13]

Private G.D. Gargett was awarded the British War and Victory medals. [14]

Commemorations

Arras Memorial: Private G.D. Gargett has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial located in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras.  There are almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died between Spring 1916 and 7 August 1918, particularly during the Arras Offensive April-May 1917, who have no known grave and are commemorated on this memorial.[15]

References:

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] Cockfield Council School Admissions Register

[3] 1901 census

[4] 1901 & 1911 census

[5] 1901 census

[6] Cockfield Council School Admissions Register

[7] 1911 census

[8] Medal Roll card index

[9] WO95/2155: 12/Northumberland Fusiliers Sept1915-July1917

[10] http://www.1914-1918.net/northfus.htm

[11] http://www.1914-1918.net/21div.htm

[12] http://www.warpath.orbat.com/battles_ff/1917.htm

[13] Officers & Soldiers Died in the Great War

[14] Medal Roll card index

[15] CWGC

Photographs:

Arras Memorial

Arras Memorial

GARGETT G. Inscription Arras Memorial

GARGETT G.
Inscription
Arras Memorial

Cockfield Methodist Church Memorial Plaque

Cockfield Methodist Church Memorial Plaque

Cockfield Council School Roll of Honour

Cockfield Council School Roll of Honour

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