FROM 27 APRIL 2016 to 23 AUGUST 2017, entries for this topic NEW PAGES are in chronological order. From 23 AUGUST 2017, they are as they are added.
11 September 2020
FRANKTON John Bernard Staindrop War Memorial under Other Servicemen Researched
11 SEPTEMBER 2020
There are plans afoot to organise a War Memorial for the Village Hall at Lands. The Chairman, Glen Reffin, asked me and Bob Dixon for assistance in compiling a list of names of servicemen who had connections with the village of Lands and the surrounding area which the village hall [formerly the Institute] served. Three individuals have been identified who were previously unknown:
- John Lennard, a merchant seaman. His widow married William Linsley, a long time Lands resident
- Edward MacNamara, Canadian Infantry. His mother lived at Lands Bank and previously, the family lived at Butterknowle
- Henry W.L. Robinson, Northumberland Fusiliers. He lived at Lands Bank before moving to St. Helen’s and Burnopfield
These men can be found under Other Servicemen Researched.
A list of the servicemen with known connections to the Lands district which includes Morley and Windmill, within the rural area of the Evenwood & Barony Parish Council is provided below.
MAURICE SEWELL ARMSTRONG 1894 – 1916 [OKA MORRIS SEWELL]
17453 Lance Corporal Maurice Sewell Armstrong, 15th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action 1 July 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. He was 21 years old and is commemorated on the Butterknowle War Memorial and the memorial plaque in St. John the Evangelist Church, Lynesack. He was known as Morris Sewell and is commemorated under this name on both Butterknowle memorials but Army and CWGC record him as Maurice Sewell Armstrong.
ALBERT BURRELL 1884 – 1918
339885 Private Albert Burrell, the Labour Corps died 2 September 1918 and is buried in Cockfield Cemetery and commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial. He was 34 years old.
ROBERT WILLIAM CONLON 1880 – 1916
31058 Private Robert William Conlon, 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment died of wounds 13 September 1916 and he is buried at Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt. He was 36 years old and is commemorated on the Evenwood War Memorial.
JONATHAN RALPH FEATHERSTONE 1881 – 1917
14017 Private Jonathan Ralph Featherstone, 10th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry died of pneumonia 28 February 1917 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. He was 35 years old and is commemorated on the Etherley War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Etherley.
WALLACE FEATHERSTONE 1882 – 1917
18/65 Private Wallace Featherstone, 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 1 March 1917 and is buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, France. He was about 34 years old and commemorated on the Etherley War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Etherley and the Evenwood W.M.C. Memorial Plaque.
JOHN CHARLES GRAVES 1883 – 1916
32120 Private John Charles Graves, 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry was killed in action, 16 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He was 33 years old and is commemorated on the Evenwood War Memorial.
GEORGE BRYAN HODGSON 1893-1917
CH/1419(S) Serjeant George Bryan Hodgson, 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry was killed in action 20 May 1917 and is buried at Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, France. He was 23 years old and is commemorated on the Butterknowle and Etherley War Memorials and the memorial plaques in St. John the Evangelist Church, Lynesack and Butterknowle Village Hall, formerly in Southside Methodist Chapel.
JOHN LENNARD 1886 – 1915
Second Mate John Lennard, S.S. Teeswood Mercantile Marine died from diabetes 23 October 1915 aged 28. He is buried at Fecamp (Le Val Aux Clercs) Communal Cemetery, France. A local commemoration has not been traced.
EDWARD MacNAMARA 1886 – 1917
2507391 Private Edward MacNamara, Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment died of pneumonia 29 August 1917. He is buried at Barrie Union Cemetery, Ontario, Canada. A local commemoration has not been traced.
WALTER MORLEY 1882-1918
243094 Private Walter Morley, 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action 15 May 1918 and is buried at the ANZAC Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France. He was 35 years old and is commemorated on Evenwood War Memorial.
WILLIAM ALDERSON MOSES 1897 – 1918
220168 Private William Alderson Moses, 7th Battalion, The East Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action 8 June 1918 and is buried in Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery Number 1, Auchonvillers, France. He was 21 years old and is commemorated on Evenwood and Etherley War Memorials.
THOMAS PINKNEY 1883 – 1916
4073 Private Thomas Pinkney, 6th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 2 April 1916 and is buried at Chester Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. He was 33 years old and is commemorated on the Cockfield War Memorial.
MATHEW THOMAS RAINE 1885 – 1917
54506 Rifleman Matthew Thomas Raine, 1/7th battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action 9 October 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. He was 32 years old and is commemorated on the Evenwood War Memorial.
JOHN CALEB RICHARDS 1890 – 1915
54973 Acting Bombardier John Caleb Richards, 44th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery died 18 September 1915 and is buried at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery, Wales. He is commemorated on the Etherley War Memorial and the Etherley Roll of Honour, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Etherley.
HENRY WHITWELL LOMPTON ROBINSON 1880-1917
26/572 Private Henry Whitwell Lompton Robinson 21st [Tyneside Scottish] Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers died of wounds 18 October 1917 aged 37. He is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated on Burnopfield War Memorial, County Durham.
OLIVER RUSHFORD M.M. 1894 -1918
250440 Private Oliver Rushford M.M., 1/6th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 30 May 1918 and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France. He was 24 years old and commemorated on the Evenwood and Etherley War Memorials and the Rolls of Honour in St. Paul’s Church, Evenwood and St. Cuthbert’s Church, Etherley.
CECIL WILLIAM SEDGEWICK 1897-1917
250422 Private Cecil William Sedgewick, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry was killed in action 4 October 1917 and is buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. He was 20 years old and is commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial.
JOHN CECIL ABRAHAM SEWELL c.1892-1918
6/1670 Lance Corporal John Cecil Abraham Sewell, 1/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry died of influenza and pneumonia 1 December 1918 and is buried in Evenwood Cemetery. He was 27 years old and is commemorated on the Cockfield War Memorial.
MARTIN SIMPSON 1893-1918
60571 Private Martin Simpson, 9th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment died of wounds 22 October 1918 and is buried at Maurois Communal Cemetery, France. He was 24 years old and commemorated on the Evenwood War Memorial.
JOHN ROBERT SMITH 1897-1920
2842 Private John Robert Smith, 5th Battalion, the Guards Machine Gun Regiment died of pulmonary tuberculosis 8 April 1920 aged 22 and is commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial.
HERBERT WARDLE M.M. 1897-1917
131539 Sapper Herbert Wardle M.M. 234th Field Company Royal Engineers was killed in action 31 July 1917 and is buried at New Irish Farm, Ypres, Belgium. He was 20 years old and is commemorated on the Evenwood War Memorial.
JOHN ALFRED WARDLE 1880 -1916
3914 Private John Alfred Wardle, 1st/6th 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. He was 35 years old and is commemorated on the Chilton War Memorials in the parish church and the working men’s club.
THOMAS WATSON 1888-1916
18866 Private Thomas Watson, 7th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action 1 July 1916 and is buried at Fricourt British Cemetery, France. He was 28 years old and is commemorated on the West Auckland War Memorial.
LOCK DOWN: CORONAVIRUS
Due to the covid 19 restrictions, any commemorations associated with the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War have been cancelled. Our own plans for VE Day and VJ Day have been scuppered. Over recent weeks, I have added 2 sections to deal with the Second World War: a Roll of Honour which provides profiles for many of the men and women who lost their lives in WW2 and a series of WW2 related stories.
19 February 2020
COCKFIELD R.A.M.C. PHOTO: A photo was published in the Northern Echo 24 June 1915 which showed 6 Cockfield soldiers serving with the R.A.M.C. This page provides details. It can be found under Miscellaneous Details.
11 February 2020
SALLY’S LAMENT: Rosie Anderson wrote and performed this song, a tribute to Sally Smith at several of our “In the Pink” film screenings – delighted to say that 8 February 2020, Rosie was awarded FOLKLUB NEWCASTLE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR 2020. Have a listen:
After having this photo since 1986, we think that we’ve finally identified all the lads. Have a look at Miscellaneous Details.
23 January 2020
Frank Mattimoe [Middlesbrough] Formerly of Gordon Gill, Ramshaw. My thanks to Philip Lees who published , “Little Ireland” 2004 and undertook extensive research into Frank Mattimoe and his family particularly the Ramshaw connections.
6 December 2019
Since we have sold all the DVDs & complimentary booklets, the text of the book has been published here together with amendments, notably the correct details for Private Ralph Kirup from Cockfield.
6 September 2019
Frederick Maxwell BRITTON 1893 – 1977 born Evenwood and lived for many years at Cockfield, awarded MM and Bar – featured in the Returned Soldiers section.
22 August 2019
Harry MONK [West Auckland] photograph of his headstone and a report of our visit to the cemetery added
12 July 2019
Some of the men commemorated on St. Helens Colliery Memorial Cottages are also commemorated on the memorial which was located in St. Luke’s church, Tindale Crescent. This memorial is now in St. Andrew’s church, South Church, Bishop Auckland. St. Luke’s church was demolished many years ago. Details will have been added to the St. Helens page.
4 July 2019
John Walton GILL [Woodland] photograph added, kindly provided by Hazel Carter [his niece].
18 MARCH 2019
EVENWOOD NATIONAL SCHOOL A.F.C. 1910-1911: Those on the photograph have been researched and fortunately none were lost during the War. Search under Evenwood at War.
7 MARCH 2019
WEST AUCKLAND MEMORIAL HALL: photographs of documents added – Bills of Quantities, Specification and Articles of Agreement dated 11 March 1924. Courtesy of WAMH Committee.
28 FEBRUARY 2019
Edward LASKEY [West Auckland] Additional details added. Thanks to Neville Laskey.
14 FEBRUARY 2019
West Auckland Memorial Hall – the minutes of the West Auckland Heroes Fund Committee have been examined, selected notes made and added to the previous submission. Thanks to the WA Memorial Hall committee.
5 FEBRUARY 2019
George Arthur HOWSON [Fieldon Bridge, Tindale Crescent] the cousin of J.S. Howson buried in West Auckland cemetery, we have not found a local memorial for this soldier. Thanks to Colin Howson.
Sydney MONK [West Auckland] a profile for Second Lieutenant S. Monk, 10/DLI formerly 4/Royal Fusiliers and later Managing Director of West Auckland Brewery Co. is found in the Personalities section. Details courtesy of Peter Monk.
20 JANUARY 2019
Luther Dixon KIRBY [Cockfield] Details from the 21/Manchesters War Diary have been added.
Ralph KIRKUP [Cockfield] The correct details have been added. Research undertaken by Karen Roberton and verified by Bob Dixon confirm that Ralph DIXON served in the American Expeditionary Force and died 13 October 1918.
Harry MONK [West Auckland] A photograph and obituary provided by Peter Monk have been added.
15 NOVEMBER 2018
During the screening of our film “In the Pink” we have received a number of photographs and information. We are grateful to the following people for sharing their family possessions – Lynda Clark [W.A. Moses], Judith Parker [Percy Little], Leanne Jamieson [Bill Weatherald], Pat Clarey [George Spavin], Savanna Marie Singleson-Fletcher [Ralph Hodgson], Colin Howson [Joseph Howson], Lily Vardy [Jim Wilkinson], Audrie Bestford [John Bestford], Suzanne Tate [W. Polkingthorn], Neville Davison [George W. Davison], John Clark [J.J. Jackson], Katy Hebdon [John Sewell], John Wray [W.R. Storey] and Mark Dowson [J. Jackson KOSB]. Details of the above soldiers have been updated.
24 APRIL 2018
Photographs for GEORGE MEADS & ROBERT BAYLES [West Auckland] JOHN HODGSON [St. Helens] and ALFRED BROWN [Others Researched]
11 APRIL 2018
Private PERCY SANDERSON [West Auckland] details of 1/9 Highland Light Infantry War Dairy added
8 APRIL 2018
Private JOSHUA PARKER [Witton Park] new details. Thanks to Alan Sewell.
2 APRIL 2018
Second Lieutenant J.G. STOBART [Fir Tree] details provided
26 MARCH 2018
New service details for GEORGE NIXON DENT [Butterknowle & Copley] and THOMAS HUBERT GIBSON [West Auckland]
19 MARCH 2018
New service details for GEORGE WILLIAM DAVISON [St. Helens & West Auckland]
18 MARCH 2018
New service details for JOSEPH GUY [Cockfield]
12 MARCH 2018
Amended details for RICHARD WILLIAM BAKER [St. Helens], EDWARD MASON [St. Helens & West Auckland] JOHN BARCLAY [West Auckland] and GEORGE HARVEY [Cockfield] have been posted.
27 FEBRUARY 2018
New details for Lieutenant J. EDEN [Other servicemen researched], Private S. TEASDALE, [Cockfield], Serjeant J. BARCLAY [West Auckland] and Private G. HARVEY [Cockfield] added.
7 FEBRUARY 2018
WEST AUCKLAND BREWERY [Miscellaneous Details] 5 men with connections to the brewery were killed during or shortly after the war. Some details are given.
18 JANUARY 2018
Corporal W.R. STOREY [Evenwood] photograph added, source Illustrated Chronicle 25 November 1916.
5 DECEMBER 2017
The Zeppelin Raid on Evenwood & Ramshaw, 5/6th April 1916: amended details provided by Colin Turner added.
29 NOVEMBER 2017
80111 Private THOMAS SMITH, 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry has been identified. He is commemorated on the West Auckland War Memorial. There are 2 men on the memorial named Thomas Smith.
19 NOVEMBER 2017
Comprehensive research has not been undertaken. Any new details would be gratefully received.
3 NOVEMBER 2017
17th Durham VA Hospital
Patient R. MOTHERSHAW – Details from his death certificate added
OTHER SERVICEMEN RESEARCHED
Lieut. J. EDEN: Further details
Midshipman W.N. EDEN: new details
20 OCTOBER 2017
17th Durham VA Hospital THE RED HOUSE, ETHERLEY, BISHOP AUCKLAND
A new article which includes new research taken from the Red Cross website and photographs courtesy of the Stobart family descendants has been added to replace the previous article.
W. LOWTHER: photograph when he was at Officer Training School
5 OCTOBER 2017
The following photographs have been added
CLARK. J. Headstone; CAMPBELL J. Inscription; WILSON W. Inscription; THOMPSON R.H. Inscription; SIMPSON C. Inscription; GREENWOOD J. Headstone; HEPPLE J. Headstone; DOBBIN H. Headstone; GUY J. Headstone; DENT G.N. Headstone; SHAW R.B. Headstone; BESTFORD W. Headstone; WOODING J. Headstone; REWCASTLE G. Headstone
DIXON H. Family member’s visit; WATSON S. Family member’s visit and possible wedding photograph
23 AUGUST 2017
ETHERLEY: CLARKE J.
30238 Lance Corporal John Clarke, 1/6th Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry died 27 March 1918 and is buried in Namps-Au-Val British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Billy Row War Memorial near Crook, the Etherley War Memorial and the roll of honour in St. Cuthbert’s Church.
27 April 2016:
The Toll; Some Analysis: Burials & Commemorations: Additional details are provided which relate to the 12 men who were buried in Germany, Salonica, [Greece], Italy, Gallipoli [Turkey], Norway, the 20 UK burials and 1 Australian burial.
12 May 2016:
West Auckland: ARMSTRONG William
Cockfield: ELLERTON Joseph & KIRBY Bertie,
The above soldiers are buried in Salonika Greece. Photographs of their graves, Sarigol and Struma Military Cemeteries have been added. My thanks go to Martin Gibson, Alan Wakefield and members of the Salonika Campaign Society and Minas and his daughter for taking the time and trouble to take these photographs.
Evenwood: WREN John William
Chatham Naval Memorial: inscription of his name photographed by William Clark RE
14 May 2016:
Cockfield: HOLLIDAY James: photographs added
Other Soldiers Researched: BEST Henry: photographs added
27 May 2016:
The Evenwood lads have enjoyed their annual battlefield tour and visited a few of the Gaunless Valley men – Bestford J; Robinson B; Gaskin F; Watson T; Brunskill F; Watson S; Hodgson JA; Robinson J; Featherstone JR; Hodgson JE; Wilson W; Davidson W; Eales W; Baker RW; Neal T; Harrison JC; Bowron JW; Best H; Vickers TH; Gardner W; Laskey E; Jackson EH; Jackson J; Brown W; Thompson F; Hobson G; Davidon GW and some of Tom Rowlandson’s friends, Venn T; Garbutt W; Armstrong WG; Johns W; Olsen H. Photos will be provided on updated pages. We’ve also visited the Bradford brothers – Roland Boys; James Barker and George Nicholson Bradford. A page on these heroic Durham men will be posted in due course.
31 May 2016:
Cockfield: WALKER Betram Ralph: Following up on information provided by Helen Morton we found the parentage of BRW and amended his entry accordingly.
14 June 2016:
Butterknowle & Cockfield: APPLEBY Leonard & SMITH John Robert: Following up on information provided by Helen Morton and Brian Carter we have made entries for these 2 servicemen.
25 June 2016:
Personalities: Dr. A. Campbell; Joe Blenkinsop; Wade Emmerson; J.F. Steel [Evenwood] & James H. Nutter [Evenwood & Cockfield]
8 July 2016:
Miscellaneous Notes: the Lost Generation – examines the 3 fallen officers and the Vane, Eden, Stobart and Innes-Hopkins families, the “leading families” of the area
1 – 8 August:
Cockfield Schools: some details – brief notes on those on the Roll, teachers and pupils. Research provided by Rachel Wood
Cockfield: WALKER B.R.: Photographs of his headstone in Manchester Southern Cemetery.
Evenwood: WREN J.W.: Photograph of HMS BLACK PRINCE ribbon
Other Servicemen Researched: SALTMARSH F.: Teesdale Mercury report of his Military Medal
5 October 2016
Other Servicemen Researched: Details of ARNISON A.; CANT J.T.; COOKE E.E.J. &
DINSDALE W. added
6 October 2016
Other Servicemen Researched: Details of HIRST F.; MARSHALL J.; METCALFE R.T.;
MILBURN J.T.; OATES J.J. & PINKNEY J.H. added
12 October 2016
Other servicemen researched: Details of ROBINSON E.; SMITH W. & WARDLE J.A. added
20 October 2016:
West Auckland: CASTLING J.F. further research added
28 October 2016:
Miscellaneous Details: St. Helen’s Colliery Institute Football Team 1909-10 Details of players including Wylam Blenkin, Percy Little & Thomas Hindmarch all KIA
7 November 2016:
We visited Soissons and Thiepval Memorials and various CWGC cemeteries – photographs of inscriptions and headstones were taken for the following servicemen – FIELD J.R.; LITTLE P.; SMITH T.; TYMAN H.R.; HUTCHINSON W.; OATES R.; LOWTHER W.; RILEY S.; TEASDALE S. AND SUMMERSON H.W. On the 100th anniversary of the engagement at the BUTTE DE WARLENCOURT where the 6th, 8th & 9th Battalions of the DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY suffered over 1000 casualties, we commemorated the occasion by visiting the Butte, Warlencourt CWGC cemetery and Thiepval Memorial. We also visited an exhibition prepared by the residents of the village of Warlencourt-Eaucourt to commemorate this and the sacrifice of the British and French forces on the Somme and the effect on their community – see Miscellaneous Details: the Butte de Warlencourt commemoration.
16 November 2016:
Details of the 17th Durham Voluntary Aid Hospital: The Red House, Etherley, Bishop Auckland can be found under Miscellaneous Details
17 November 2016:
RAINE J.H. [Evenwood] – addition of family photographs
1 December 2016:
Photographs for R. Hebden, W. Siddle, F.L. Wilson, J. Campbell & J.W. Spence [St. Helens, West Auckland, Evenwood & Butterknowle] were uploaded, sourced from the Illustrated Chronicle :
7 February 2017
E.A. Oliver aka E.O.Kirby [Cockfield] – information was received regarding Edwin’s family and has been included in his profile.
2 March 2017
L. Appleby [Butterknowle] & H.G. Lennox [Other Servicemen Researched] – additional family information added
24 April 2017
J. Wardle [Chilton born Lands] Other Servicemen Researched – photos of the memorials in Chilton WMC & St. Aiden’s Church, Chilton
J. Eden & W.N. Eden [Windlestone Hall] The Lost Generation – photographs of commemorations situated in St. Helen’s Church vestry.
J. Heseltine [Evenwood] photograph of family headstone commemoration in Evenwood cemetery.
St. Helen’s Church – photographs of the memorial windows & the Eden brothers memorials
26 April 2017
J. Eden [Kirk Merrington] details of his service published in Other Servicemen Researched
12 June 2017
H.R. Tyman [Other Soldiers Researched] New information provided by David Gibson gives details of his tank  and a battle map to show its movement ad the location where it took a direct hit [Bois du Harpon]
16 August 2017
WILSON Robert: photograph added
CLAY Norman Andrew: details from Death Certificate
JOBLING Thomas Joseph Thubron: details from Death Certificate
McKEALEY Robert James: details from Death Certificate
MAUGHAN Thomas Preston: details from Death Certificate
HARVEY Stephen: details from Death Certificate
SEWELL John Cecil Abraham: details from Death Certificate
SMITH John Robert: details from Death Certificate