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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


Born 23 November 1895 at London, 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. Noel was originally intended for the Indian Police, for which he had just qualified when war was declared in August 1914. Noel's…

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16 May 1917 : Pte Tom Spencer


He was part of a large family, having nine brothers and sisters most of whom lived at Low Close Farm. In 1911 they were variously employed as farm labourers, cloth weavers, wood sawers, and worsted winders. Tom was employed as a spinning and draw over-looker by Messrs W Wilson and Son at Eastburn prior to his enlistment. Tom enlisted on 1 Dec…

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 Annstead 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, Edinbu…

30 January 1915: Pvt Alexander Whitelaw


Son of Alexander Whitelaw (Foreman Carpenter with Messrs Currie & Co, of Leith, Shop Owners) and Agnes Whitelaw (nee Stonehouse) Educated Couper Street School, Leith. Enlisted 1902 served for three years with the Colours and nine years with the Reserve. 9 July 1908 he married Jane Jackson and they lived on Coburg Street, Leith. They had two s…

2 March 1916: Pte John Hardy Taylor


Parents Thomas (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 at rivet heat…

13 June 1917 : Major Alfred Osborn Wraith


2nd son of George (Colliery Director, Weardale Steel, Coal and Coke Co. Ltd) and Fanny (née Osborn) Educated at North Eastern County School, Barnard Castle. 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 mining engineer and went to South Africain 1910. …

‘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…