Remember: on this Day Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:43:47 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (The Western Front Association) 29 November 1917 2nd. Lieut. Hugh Hutchinson died of his wounds Hugh Hutchinson 29NOV1917
2nd Lieut. Hugh Maxwell Hutchinson, 26th Northumberland Fusiliers - Tyneside Irish


Born 10 May 1894, Stockton on Tees, County Durham. Hugh was a Law Clerk in a solicitor's office, Smith's Dock and Co, in the Bull Ring.

He enlisted with the Newcastle Commercials (Quaysiders) August 1914.

After training he entered France 15 July 1915. He was out there 21 months without leave, and came home early in 1917. Discharged 31st July 1917 (as received his Commission in the 3rd Northumberland Fusiliers). Wounded November 24th, 1917, and died of his wounds November 29th.

He was recommended for a commission by the C.O. of the battalion.

At the time of coming home he was acting sergeant-major, and had been twice recommended for the D.C.M. He returned to France in September 1917, as second-lieutenant of the 26th Northumberland Fusiliers, Tyneside Irish, was wounded (while in the trenches) by a shell on November 24th, 1917. He was so badly wounded that he never got beyond the clearing Station and died there on November 29th, 1917.

He was 23 1/2 years of age at the time of death. The wound to the head was so severe that his case was apparently hopeless from the first, but in addition to the head wound he was badly wounded in the right arm, side and leg. He is buried in the British Cemetery, Ficheux, south-west of Arras.

Died at No. 20 Casualty Clearing Station, France.

 29 November 1917 died of his wounds.

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28 November 1918 Signaller Pte Harry Banks died of his wounds Harry Banks 28NOV17
266245, Signaller Pte. Harry Banks, 2/6th Battalion, 62nd (2/West Riding) Division


Harry was born in Gargrave, Yorkshire.

He was a weaver at Shuttleworth's Shed, Earby.

Harry joined up in late 1914 and served for three years. This Territorial Force formed at Skipton. Early in 1915 they were moved first to Derbyshire and then to Newcastle. In 1916 he would have been on Salisbury Plain and then Halesworth, Suffolk and Bedford.

He will have served through The Battle of the Marne, The Battles of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines and First Ypres.

In January 1917, the battalion was mobilised for war and sent to France where it took part on the Western Front in the following operations: Ancre, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Arrass offensive, the battle of Bullecourt and action on the Hindenburg line concluding 1917 with the Cambrai Operations.

In early 1918 the 2/6th was disbanded. Harry would have continued to serve through the Battles of Bapaume, Arra, Scarpe, Canal du Nord.

The battalion ended the war on 11 November 1918 east of Maubeuge, France.

Harry died of gunshot wounds to the head some two weeks after hostilities had ended.

He was buried in Grevillers British Cemetry. He is remembered on a local memorial in Gargrave.



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26 November 1914 Michael Reid lost at sea Able Seaman Clarke 26NOV14
SS 114412 Stoker 1st Class Michael Reid, H.M.S. Bulwark

Michael was from Wark on the River Tweed, Northumberland. At the outbreak of the war, he was living lat Bamborough Terrace, North Shields, Northumberland. He was a labourer.

Michael was killed by an internal explosion aboard his ship on 26th November 1914. HMS Bulwark, a 15,000-ton battleship, was moored at Kethole Reach on the River Medway. She was taking on coal from the airship base at Kingsnorth, on the Isle of Grain.

An explosion ripped the ship apart 7.50am, as the crew were having breakfast. The explosion was heard as far away as Whitstable to the south and Southend (in Essex) to the North.

Eye witnesses stated that once the smoke had cleared, there was no sign of the ship.

Michael Reid has no grave. He is remembered on the Portsmouth Memorial.



Source: Historic Medway

Source: Northumbria World War One 



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24 November 1918 1st Lieut Thomas Rodman Plummer 24 Nov1918
1st Lieut. Thomas Rodman Plummer, American Red Cross


Born at New Bedford, Massachusetts on February 28th, 1862, Thomas was an artist before the war.

A graduate of Harvard University in 1884, he also studied architecture at the College of Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Too old to enlist at the time of the outbreak of war, he instead offered his services to the American Red Cross in 1917.

He was director of a mobile canteen for the troops (Franco-American Mobile Canteen No.31) at Moyenmoutier, Vosges but fell ill soon after the Armistice.

Thomas died at Raon-l’Etape, Vosges on 24th November 1918 and was buried in the local cemetery at Moyenmoutier.

Still buried in Moyenmoutier Communal Cemetery, Thomas’ headstone is a privately purchased version of an official ABMC headstones.


Source: Harvard University: A Roll of Honor (3rd Ed. May 1920)

24 November 1917 died of an illness 


Research by David O’Mara


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23 November 1915 Cpt Norman M C Dryden 23NOV Dryden
Cpt. Norman M C Dryden 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers


Norman Dryden was born in 1881. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.

He started work for the Board of Tade and was a deputy superintendent in the South Shields Mercantile Office and a Scout Master of the 1st Christ Church Boy Scouts at the outbreak of war. He was living in North Shields.

The 1/6th Batt. N.F. are remembered for their first in action in April 1915.

On the 24th, they were moved up to the Ypres salient. On the morning of the 25th, the 6th and other Northumberland Fusiliers together with the Durham Light Infantry and Yorkshire Regiments went into action at St. Julien. Captain Dryden was severely wounded in this engagement.

Later in 1915 Captain Dryden was appointed to the signalling section of the Farnley Park Bombing and Signalling School at Otley. He was in training quarters at Otley, when, after cycling to his brother's residence in Selby, he became Ill from cerebrospinal meningitis. He died on November 23rd, 1915.

He was buried with full military honours.



Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project Northumbriawarone 


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21 November 1915 Cpt John Cropper drowned John Cropper MD 21Nov1915
Cpt John Cropper MD

John Cropper was born in 1864.

He was educated at Charterhouse and studied medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge.

On qualifying as a doctor he became a house-surgeon at Huddersfield Infirmary and also worked at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital.

In November 1915, he joined the RAMC and eventually rose to the rank of Captain. He was drowned when the Britannic hit a mine and sank.

 21 November 1915 drowned




Source. RAMC in the Great War, John Cropper, accessed 10 November 2015,

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21 November 1914 Pte Jacob Garson died of wounds Garson 21NOV1914
801 Pte. Jacob Garson, B Squadron Northumberland Hussars


Jacob was born in 1886 in North Shields, Tynemouth Northumberland and was living in Albury Park Road, at the outbreak of the war.

He was a motorcyclist despatch rider. He died in Boulogne after being shot through the lungs during the cavalry operations in Belgium.

He was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

He was a member of St. Oswin Lodge, Freemasons and Tynemouth Golf Club and is remembered on memorials in both establishments. In a centenary celebration, his home in Albury Park is marked with a ‘house blue plaque’.

21 November 1914 died of wounds





 SOURCE: Northumberland First World War One, accessed 3 November 2015,
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27 November 1916 Joshua J Mitchell died of his wounds
Joshua Mitchell 27NOV16
145053 Sapper Joshua J Mitchell Royal Engineers, Training Centre (Newark)

Joshua was born in Ossett 24 December 1895, the youngest son of four surviving children.

He enlisted in Dewsbury, joining the Corps of Royal Engineers, Service No. 145053. He embarked for France in June 1916. It is most likely that he was wounded during the final stages of the Battle of the Somme, the local paper reporting that he received his wounds on 4 November when he was approaching his 21st birthday.

21 November 1916 died of his wounds at St.Luke’s Hospital, Halifax.




(C) Wilson, Ashby and Howe, June 2014 (Permission given to reproduce here)

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20 November 1915 Sgt Charles Edmond Turner killed in action DSC05792
Sgt. Charles Edmond Turner, 28033, 12 Battalion Prince of Wales’ Own West Yorkshire Regiment.


Charles Turner was born in Leeds. He served as an apprenticeship as an electrician and plumber with Messrs R. Bailey and Sons, Bridlington.

Charles enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1915. Later, he was transferred to the West Yorks. In November 1915, he went to France.

Sgt. Turner was killed in action at Cambria. He has no known grave.


20 November 1915 killed in action





Source: The Great War Heroes of Bridlington. p.281


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19 November 1916 Thomas Buglass
Buglass 19DEC16
9239 Thomas Tosgacg 
Buglass 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 13th Battalion


Thomas was born in South Shields 18/10/1891.

He enlisted on the other side of the Tyne in North Shields.

The 10th were mobilised at the beginning of July and entered France via Boulogne on 9 September 1915.

Ten weeks later he was dead.

According to a letter home after his death he had helped to capture a village and a thousand prisoners, but unfortunately,  gave his life as part of the price.

His Captain described him as "an excellent soldier in every way,” "absolutely fearless,” and "very popular.”

19 November 1916 killed in action





Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project Northumbriawarone 

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16 November 1914 Pte Ernest Griffiths Allsup died of his wounds 16Nov1914
4701 Pte. Ernest Griffiths Allsup, 1st Bn., East Lancashire Regiment


Born near Chorley, Lancashire in 1893, Ernest was working as a cotton weaver in Nelson, Lancashire at the time of the outbreak of war.

He had previously enlisted into the 3rd Battalion of the East Lancs as a Special Reservist and, as such, was called into full-time service on 4th August 1914.

After a short period of training, he embarked for service on the Western Front with the 1st Battalion on 15th September 1914 and joined his new unit whilst they were engaged in the Battle of the Aisne.

After fighting in the Battle of Armentieres in October, Ernest’s battalion settled into trench warfare in the vicinity of Le Gheer and Ploegsteert where he suffered from a head injury due to shell fire on 14th/15th November 1914.

After being evacuated back to No.14 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, Ernest died of his wounds at about 11:00am on 16th November 1914. He is buried in Wimereaux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

16 November 1914 died of his wounds




Research by David O'Mara


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