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4 September 1916 : Pte Edgar William Burn


Son of Roger (a tailor) and Georgina Burn. Age 16 at the 1911 England Census, Edgar was a watchmaker and apprentice dealer with T.M. Wilcox of Market Place, Alnwick.  Edgar had two younger brothers, Herbert (a draper's assistant) and John. In 1911 the family lived at Centre Terrace, Alnwick, by the time of the war, when their sons enlisted, th...

6 October 1917 : Pte Harold Rowley


Parents John and Sarah (née Owen).  At the 1901 Census, age 6, Harold lived with his two older siblings Louie and Owen, parents and his 76 year old Aunt Jane. His sister Louie died in 1905.  At the 1911 Census, age 16, Harold was working as a clerk. His father John and older brother Owen were blast furnace men. They lived in the 3 room 945 Old...

1 November 1918 : Pte Carl Watson


His parents were Edmonson (Watson cotton twister) and Nancy. Carl Watson was employed as a twister in a cotton mill in Barnoldswick at the time of his enlistment. Conscripted in early 1917, he initially served as 243063 in the 2/5th Northumberland Fusiliers before being transferred on health grounds to the Labour Corps in December 1917. After b...

29 November 1917 : 2nd. Lieut. Hugh Hutchinson


Hugh was a Law Clerk in a solicitor's office of Smith's Dock and Co, the shipbuilders and repairers, in the Bull Ring, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the Tyne quayside.  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, only coming home in early...

008: Summer 1983


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011: Summer 1984


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1914 The Memoirs of a Volunteer by Harry Fellows


[This article first appeared in Stand To! No 11 Summer 1984 pp.34-35. At this time, there were more than 170 members of the Western Front Association who were veterans of the First World War, like Harry Fellows they shared reminiscences, their memoirs, diaries and letters. Members of the WFA have access to a growing online archive of back issues...

021: Winter 1987


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Crossing No Man’s Land. Experience and Learning with The Northumberland Fusiliers in the Great War


Reviewed by Bob Wyatt. Crossing No Man’s Land is the 17th in Helion’s acclaimed series of Wolverhampton Military Studies. It publication was preceded by three articles by the author which appeared in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. These preliminary writings covered the regiment’s deployment on the Somme, the Territorial...

14 September 1917 : Pte Robert Coates Walker


The youngest of five children born to Charles Walker an accountant and insurer. At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at Prospect House, Cononley.  Robert Walker was a clerk with Messrs.Whitworth, Armstrong & Co, Newcastle (following on from being a shopkeeper at a local Co-op). He had formerly been a member of the National V...

11 April 1918 : Pte Jack Whiteley


Youngest of five children and of three boys: William and Allen and then Jack.  Parents, Fenton (a foreman at a woollen cloth manufacturer) and Ann Elizabeth (née Relsish), at the time of her son’s death his mother was living at 273 Scout Hill, Dewsbury. At the 1911 Census, the family of seven lived in a 4 roomed dwelling in Ravensthorpe. Jack's...

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 Novemb...

24 September 1917 : Petty Officer (Acting) Tommy Egdell, DCM


One of ten children, of Robert (a labourer) and Thomasina (née Blyth) five boys and five girls born between 1875 and 1901 of New Row, Alnwick, Northumberland. Tommy married Alice Allan (July 1900). At the 1901 Census he was an engine driver in a stone quarry.    Before the war they lived in at 277, Maypole Street, Ashington where Tommy was a mi...

12 January 1916: Pte Arthur Swindlehurst


Arthur was the son of Edward Swindlehurst (a train driver) and Hannah Maria Swindlehurst. In 1901, age 10, Arthur lived at home with his parents and siblings Amy (19), Edward (16), Thomas (10) and Alfred (8). His older siblings worked in a local mill.  In 1911, age 20, Arthur was still at home with Amy, Thomas, Alfred and Alice. Arthur was a sh...

11 February 1917: Pte David Walling


David was one of six children. His father was a mason’s labourer, his older siblings weavers from leaving school. At the 1911 Census we learn that the Walling family consisted of 13 people living in a five roomed dwelling, this included the Head of House’s brother-in-law (a widower), his three children and a cousin. Age 23, in the spring of 191...

Ivor Thord-Gray - Mercenary, Spy? Thief? … and CO 11th Northumberland Fusiliers


Ivor Thord-Gray was a man for whom war (to paraphrase Lord Reith) was ‘in his bones’.  A Swede, born Ivar Thord Hallström (the change in name being for reasons unknown) in Stockholm on 17 April 1878, he set out on a life that would have made good fiction if it were not actually true. After two years on merchant ships (1893-5), he landed in Cape...

25 November 1916 : Pte Thomas Dawson


  Thomas's father Michael was a coal miner. As the children got older they too found work in the mine, which is where we find Thomas age 15 (below the ground) and his older sister at 18 working 'above the ground'. It is most likely they worked at Pelton Colliery which saw considerable expansion between 1902 and 1910, from 678 employees (520 und...

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 the 19...

The Fighting Fifth and the First Attack at Bellewaarde Ridge 16 June 1915 - John Beech


Unfortunately the planned talk about Lt-Gen Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow by Andy Lonergan has been cancelled.   Instead we will have a talk by our Branch Chairman, John Beech, entitled 'The Fighting Fifth and the First Attack at Bellewaarde Ridge 16 June 1915' which covers the attack made by 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers on this date.   Membe...