Weatherald WN

WILLIAM NORMAN WEATHERALD (1895 – 1918)

11502 Private William Norman Weatherald, Royal Army Medical Corps was killed in action 9 August 1918 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and the St. Helen’s Colliery Memorial Cottages. [1]  He was 23 years old Sson of William and Agnes Weatherald.

Family Details

William Norman Weatherald was born 1895[2] at Castleside near Consett, County Durham the son of William[3] and Agnes Weatherald.  There were at least 6 children:[4]

  • Agnes Gertrude born c.1890 at Castleside
  • Lizzie born c.1892 at Jarrow
  • Mary Lillian born c.1893 at Castleside
  • William Norman born 1895 at Castleside
  • Thomas Anthony born 1897 at Castleside
  • George born 1900 at Castleside

William’s father died in 1900 [5] leaving Agnes to raise 6 children.  In 1901, she lived at 20 Front Street, Castleside and by 1911 the family had moved to Bishop Auckland living at 3 Ravensworth Avenue, Cockton Hill.  She worked as a caretaker of offices for a railway company.  William aged 16 worked as a colliery labourer at Auckland Park Colliery [6] and presumably later worked at St. Helen’s Colliery by the time he enlisted into the army.  The family lived at 18 Ravensworth Avenue by January 1915. [7]

Service Record

The service records of Private W. N. Weatherald and the war diary of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) have not been researched.  He did not see service abroad before 31st December 1915.[8]

The Allied Advance in Flanders commenced 18 August 1918 and continued in to September thus there was no recognised offensive taking place at this time.  It is concluded that Private W.N. Weatherald was a victim of the usual violence of warfare, shelling, machine-gun fire or sniper fire.  He has no known grave.

Private W. N. Weatherald was awarded the British War and Victory medals.[9]

Commemorations

Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing – Private N. Weatherald has no known grave and is commemorated on this memorial along with almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are unknown.  The Memorial to the Missing forms the north eastern boundary of the Tyne Cot Cemetery and is one of 4 memorials to those with no known graves in Belgian Flanders.  The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and unveiled in July 1927. [10]

References:

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales BMD Birth Index 1837-1915 Q1 1895

[3] England & Wales BMD Marriage Index 1837-1915 Q4 1886 Weardale Vol.10a p.334

[4] 1891, 1901 & 1911 census

[5] England & Wales BMD Death Index 1837-1915 Q4 1900 Lanchester Vol.10a p.206

[6] 1911 census

[7] Army Form B.2505 for 17/1265 Private Thomas Weatherald attested 08.01.1915

[8] Medal Roll

[9] Medal Roll

[10] Commonwealth war Graves Commission

Photographs:

WEATHERALD BROTHERS
Thomas seated & WILLIAM

TYNE COT MEMORIAL WALL

TYNE COT MEMORIAL WALL

WEATHERALD W.N. TYNE COT MEMORIAL Inscription

WEATHERALD W.N.
TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Inscription

WEATHERALD W.N. Medal Roll

WEATHERALD W.N.
Medal Roll

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