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20 August 1897 : Cpl / Flt. Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM


As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack r…

4 August 1916 Lieutenant Noel Alexander Target MC


The son of Felix Alexander Target MICE, Civil Engineer, Indian Public Works Department, of Donnington, Pinner, and his wife Nita, daughter of Harrison Chilton; educated at Haileybury College. He became a Civil Engineer, Indian Public Works Department Noel was originally intended for the Indian Police, for which he had just qualified when war was…

11 October 1916 : 2nd Lt William Robert McCann


William Robert McCann was the son of Mr and Mrs James McCann of ‘Fernagh', Whiteabbey, County Antrim. At the 1901 Census, William only 4, was with his Parents James and Jane, siblings and a lodger  at 11 Lawterh Street, Duncairn War, Antrim. Ten years later he had another sister. He went to the Western Front with the 1/7th Durham Light Infant…

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16 May 1917 : Pte Tom Spencer


Tom was part of a large family, the sixth child of his father James (a farm bailiff) and his mother Kezia. According to the English Census returns for 1881 to 1911 the family lived at Low Close (farm), Steeton with Eastburn, nr Keighley, Yorkshire. The couple had ten children in all between 1881 and 1902. In 1911 those over 14 in the family wer…

21 October 1917 : Pte Friend Whitwam


Zachariah Friend was a card dealer at a woollen mill. Friend was baptised 25 April 1877. Friend had two sisters, Clara and Sarah. At the time of the 1901 Census, Friend lived with his parents and younger sister Sarah at 126 George Street. Both Friend and Sarah worked in a woollen mill, Friend as a cloth finisher. Later that year, on 2 Novem…

20 September 1914 : 2nd Lieut. Roger Marshall


The youngest son of five children of parents Anthony and Jessie Marshall of Anstead Farm, Chathill, Northumberland. At the 1891 Census the household included the Marhsall parents, the five children age 13 to two months (Roger), a governess and six domestic servants.  Roger was educated privately at the boys' boarding school Merchiston, Edinbur…

30 January 1915: Pte Alexander Whitelaw


He was the son of Alexander Whitelaw (a foreman carpenter with Messrs Currie & Co, of Leith) and Agnes Whitelaw (née Stonehouse)   Alex was educated Couper Street School, Leith. He enlisted 1902 served for three years with the Colours and nine years with the Reserve.  On mobilization he rejoined his Regiment 17 August 1914. Alexander w…

2 March 1916: Pte John Hardy Taylor


His parents were Thomas (a general labourer) and Emma Taylor. At the 1901 Census, John (age 16) was a horse keeper. He was living at home with brothers John (1893) and Edwin (1894) At the 1911 Census, Emma Taylor (now widowed) was at home her boys John, Edwin, and two boarders Robert Tate and Annie Tate. By this time, 1911, John was working …

13 June 1917 : Major Alfred Osborn Wraith


Alfred was the second son of George (Colliery Director, Weardale Steel, Coal and Coke Co. Ltd) and Fanny (née Osborn) He was educated at the North Eastern County School and Barnard Castle School. He served 10 years with the Durham Light Infantry Territorials. He was a keen athlete and played hockey for the County of Durham. Qualified as a …

‘Wisht Lads: Washington in the Great War by Peter Welsh


Pen & Sword, 2014,  £12.99, 172pp ISBN: 9–781–783–463–855 [This review by Peter Hart first appears in Issue 103 of Stand To! The Journal of The Western Front Association which is published three times a year. Members receive this and Bulletin, as well as gaining access to the entire archive of Stand To!, Gun Fire and Free access to our digiti…

'The 18th D.L.I. : A Battalion on the Learning Curve' with Alistair Fraser


Alistair Fraser is a well known speaker and researcher who has published  work – notably the excellent Ghosts on the Somme which he co-authored. He will be speaking about a North East Battalion, the 18th DLI.

Durham Men in the Great War by John Davison


School of Education Durham University 2001, card covers 129pp. ISBN 1 870268 26 1.  Obtainable from the University School of Education, Leazes Road, Durham DH1 1TA at £8.50 plus 70p postage. The small mining village of Bowbum, near Durham, consisted of only five streets alongside the pit in 1914. There was no war memorial in Bowburn until t…