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

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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

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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…


5 August 1916 Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth MC

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Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth M.C. 13th Bn Durham Light Infantry  George was born on 12 July 1885 to parents Julia Marguerite (nee Wigan) and Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth, Kt., LL.B, a solicitor and manager of the North-Eastern Railway. He was christened on 30 August in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire by his grandfather the Reverend George Butte…


5 November 1916 : Pte Charles Illingworth killed in action on this day

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Born 10 November 1891 in South Ossett, York. Charles Wilton Illingworth, was the son of Andrew, a fine cloth drawwer and Sarah At the 1911 Census Charles, age 19, was living at home at No.6 Grove Street, Ossett with his parents, sister Mary and widowed Aunt Emma.  Charles enlisted 11 December 1915 transferring to the DLI 20 October 1916. From h…


056: September 1999

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The Thing Called 'Armistice' by A S Taylor

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(This article first appears in Stand To! No. 74 September 2005 pp 51-52) Stand To! 72 had just arrived, and as I sat in my office I eagerly ripped open the package to scan it, before putting it away to read in detail when I got home. At that moment a work colleague came in just as the journal was open at the article on the 15 (Service) Battalion D…


16 May 1917 : Pte Tom Spencer

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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

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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

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The youngest son of parents Anthony and Jessie Marshall, Roger was educated privately at the boys' boarding school Merchiston, Edinburgh.  In  August 1910, Roger entered the Royal Artillery’s Special Reserve. In April 1913 he was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate. He was noted as an excellent shot and rider. Roger was gazetted 2nd …


30 January 1915: Pvt Alexander Whitelaw

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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

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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

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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. …