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Those Who Returned


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157 servicemen are on Rolls of Honour and another 74 men and 6 women, marked *, are not on any known Roll of Honour but were reported in local newspapers, a total of 237 who are assumed to have survived the war.
The list below includes men and women born elsewhere but living and working on Alston Moor at the outbreak of war, and members of Alston families who had moved away and enlisted elsewhere. Some names are of men who attended the Samuel Kings School.

The Mid Cumberland and North Westmorland Herald (CWH), the Penrith Herald, the Penrith Observer (PO), the Hexham Courant (HC), the Hexham Herald (HH), the Haltwhistle Echo (HE), and the Cumberland News (CN) have been examined.


Known Rolls of Honour on Alston Moor
SP = St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Alston
SPS = St. Paul’s Methodist Sunday School, Alston
SJG = St. John’s Anglican Church, Garrigill
SKS = Samuel Kings School, Alston
(FI) = Family information
(SI) = Primary source information


*Allot Dr.
Called meeting in Nenthead to consider help for Belgian refugees (MCW 24/10/1914)
Of Nenthead, R.A.M.C. enlisted December 1915
(CWH2 Dec 1915)

Armstrong Andrew, Pte, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders SP
Thrice wounded and discharged.
Nenthead Soldiers’ Welcome Home
(CWH 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

Armstrong David SPS

Armstrong George Ernest, Border Regt. SJG

*Armstrong J.H.
1911, Butts (3 rooms)
James Henry Armstrong h m 33 Stone Quarryman, ALQ Alston
Isabella w m 40 “
John Richardson boarder s 50 Joiner (Builder) Penrith
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Married men; J.H. Armstrong, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Armstrong J. Ralph SPS
Enlisted
(HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).

*Armstrong Robert E., Border Regt.
Enlised (MCW 3/10/1914) Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).
Wrote letter to Mrs. Cox about pal Sidney Stephens
(CWH 28/7/1917, p.1, col.7).

*Atkinson E., Commandant, Red Cross Society
Included in Roll of Honour placed in Alston Post Office window (PO 6/8/1915, p.3, col.4).

*Atkinson J.W.
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J.W. Atkinson, Clitheroe (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Barwick Harold SPS
1901, Kings Arms Lane, Harold age 9, b. Murton, Durham. Mother a widow.
1911, Townfoot, Alston (5 rooms)
Elizabeth Annie Little h wid 25 Hetton-le-Hole, Dur.
George Edward Barwick bro s 20 Blacksmith Easington, Dur.
Harold Barwick bro s 19 Grocer’s Assistant “ “
Thomas Foster Stobbart Vis s 18 Engineman (Colliery) Denton Burn

*Beadle Thomas
Of Alston, enlisted with brothers including Errington (HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).

*Beadle William
Of Alston, enlisted with brothers including Errington (HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).

Bell Bertie, R.F.A. SPS, SJG
1911, Dryburn (4 rooms)
John Bell h m 52 Farmer & Builder Allendale
Elizabeth w m 49 “
Bertie s s 20 Stone Mason “
Arnold s s 17 “ “ “
Hannah Lizzie d 14 Mother’s help “
William Sydney s 10 School Alston
Henry Ernest s 9 “ “
Robert Hodgson s 8 “ “
Of Garrigill enlisted, went to Carlisle
(HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).
Garrigill Roll of Honour (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

Bell Fred R., R.G.A. SPS, SJG
1911, Skydes, Garrigill (5 rooms)
William Ward h s 63 Retired Farmer Garrigill
Fred R. Bell neph. m 27 Lead Miner Allendale
Hannah E. niece m 29 Garrigill
E
arnest V. g. neph. 5 mo. Skydes

Bell Geo. Vernon SPS

Bell Geo. Walton, Pte., N. Staffs. SPS, SKS

Bell John R., Sgt., London Scots SPS, SKS
John Richardson Bell, Cpl. 14
th London Regt., 5486. Royal Scots Fusiliers 44499.
Took part in Battle of Gommecourt 1/7/1916. Wounded. Wrote from 16/9/1916 in
Clearing Hospital at Eastleigh Nephew of Sarah Richardson, Alston and Uncle Joe
Richardson, Eals, with whom he was living in 1911, age 14. (FI)
16/9/1916 (Unpublished letter owned by descendant.)
John Richardson Bell to Sarah Richardson, Alston, and Joseph Richardson, Eals
CLEARING HOSPITAL, EASTLEIGH, Hants.
Sept. 16 1916
My dear Auntie Jessie & Uncle Joe,
I expect you will be very much surprised to find me writing from the above address. I know that you will be very pleased to hear that I am safe in good old England once more, only slightly wounded – in the left fore arm and right knee. It was a miracle that I managed to get back to a dressing station that morning. I think Providence must have guided me, for after being hit (we were advancing at the time) I crawled almost into some Huns in a wood, and it was only when I heard them talking that I knew they were there. Immediately I got away from there several tremendous shells fell on the spot.
This is only a temporary stop, I hope to be able to get to Hospital at Newcastle, although that is uncertain.
We have a very good time here, plenty of amusements, etc., and expect to remain here until Tuesday, so that if you write by return I will probably get your letter – but I don’t know, I think it perhaps would be best to wait. As soon as I know I will tell you where I am going.
Hoping to see you soon,
And with love to all,
Your Affec. Nephew,
John

Bell John William SPS
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J.W. Bell, Ashgill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Bell Martin, Border Regt., Army Service Corps SJG
Garrigill Roll of Honour (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

Bell Robert SPS

Bell William SJG

Bell Wm. Hugh SPS
1911, Townfoot, Alston (6 rooms)
Hugh Bell h m 54 Ass’t Overseer & Collector of Rates Knarsdale
Amelia w m 51 Alston
William Hugh s s 20 Railway Clerk “
Florence Hannah d s 18 Cashier “
Amelia Sarah d 15 “
George Walton s 13 School “
William Dawson Walton neph 14 School, Newsboy Kirkby Stephen

Bewley Arthur, A.W. Corps SJG

Bewley William M., Tyneside Scottish SJG
Garrigill Roll of Honour (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

Birkett Arthur SPS

Birkett Fred. SPS
AMHS, newspaper cutting: May 1965, Fred Birkett died aged 67. He was in the
Lonsdales and was wounded towards the end of the war.

Bramwell Albert SPS
AN ALSTONIAN AT THE FRONT
Mr. Charles Bramwell, Alston, has had a letter from his brother, Mr. Albert Bramwell, telling him he has arrived in London on his way to Belgium to join his regiment and expects to be in at the front and in the fighting line within a few days. Mr. Albert Bramwell has spent a few years in South Africa. He is a good shot and, says a correspondent, “is full of fight.” The two brothers above mentioned are sons of Mr. Thomas Bramwell, jeweller and watchmaker, for many years a respected tradesman of Alston (
CWH 19/12/1914, p.1, col.6: CN 26/12/1914, p.7, col.3).

Bramwell Harold SPS
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; H. Bramwell, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).


Harold Bramwell on the right (photo G. Renwick)

1901 The Butts
Joseph Bramwell h m 42 Coal Agent Leadgate
Amelia w m 36 Alston
Elizabeth E. d s 14 “
William A. s 7 “
Harold s 5 “
Mary A. Bell sister 31 Hosiery Worker “

Bramwell John Joseph, Sapper, Royal Engineers SP, SPS

Bramwell Joseph, R.F.A. SJG
1911, Redwing, Garrigill (9 rooms)
Matthew Bramwell h m 64 Farmer Blagill
Mary w m 55 Croglin
Lily d s 22 Garrigill
Thomas s s 20 Lead Ore Miner “
Joseph s s 18 “ “ “ “
Jessie d s 16 “
Lizzie d 11 School “
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J. Bramwell, Redwing (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Bramwell William Arthur SPS
1911, Church View, Alston (4 rooms)
Joseph Bramwell h m 53 Coal merchant Leadgate, Alston
Amelia w m 46 Alston
Elizabeth Eveline d s 24 Asst. School Mistress “
William Arthur s s 18 Apprentice Grocer “
Harold s 15 School “

Brown James, Royal ? SP

Brown J.J., Sig., R.N.R. SKS

*Cairns Albert, R.N.A.S.
A.S. Cairns, son of Mr. A. Cairns joined the Royal Naval Air Service and is now in the army in France. Previously he was a chauffeur with wide mechanical experience (PO 25/5/1915, p.6, col.6).
Alston airman’s fall from seaplane: Albert Cairns, 1
st class mechanic in Royal Navy Air Service, son of A. Cairns, Alston, received a medical discharge from Navy. He was first accepted for service in France, promoted and returned to England with a remarkable record to his credit. Took part in recent air raid over London, but fell from great height from a seaplane into sea and was caught by the propeller (CWH 13/11/1915, p.1, col.5: PO, 23/11/1915, p.3, col.3: HC 27/11/1915, p.8, col.2).

Calvert Frank, Tyneside Scottish SPS
Enlisted
(MCW 27/2/1915)

Carrick Joseph SPS

Carrick R.R., Cpl., D.L.I. SKS

*Cleminson Harrison
Late of Alston, enlisted
(HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).

*Cleminson James
Late of Alston, enlisted (HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).

Coulson William, Gunner, R.F.A. SP

Cousin Fred, A.S. Corps SJG

Cousin Joseph, L. Corps SJG

*Cousin William, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers
One of Nenthead soldiers missing (CWH 29/6/1918, p.1, col.5).
Nenthead wounded: Son of Jacob Cousin, Nenthead, wounded in back of head (CWH 12/8/1916, p.1, col.7).

*Cousin W.A.C., Sgt., Northl’d Fusiliers


News from the British Red Cross Society, POW somewhere in Germany. He enlisted in August 1915, now recommended for Commission. (CWH 10/8/1918, p.3, col.3).

Cowen John, Northl’d. Fusiliers SJG

Cranston Arthur L. SPS

Currah Robert Walton, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Once wounded SP, SJG

Currah Thomas William, Royal Marines SJG
1911, High Crossgill, Garrigill (9 rooms)
Joseph Currah h m 67 Farmer Alston
Elizabeth w m 64 “
Hannah Ellen d s 40 “
John s s 36 Miner, lead ore “
Thomas s s 27 ditto “
Alice Florence d s 23 Farmer’s daughter, dairy maid “

*Dargue Thomas, Pte., DLI
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme? T.B. Dargue, The Holms, enlisted in the transport section of the DLI. He joined his regiment at Rugeley, Staffordshire, on Monday (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).
Son of Mrs. Dargue, Alston, in hospital in France, wounded on 27 July
(HC 12/8/1916, p.10, col.2: CWH 19/8/1916, p.1, col.5: PO, 22/8/1916, p.3, col.3, repeated on 29th).
Pte. Thomas Dargue, The Holms, Alston, has been at home for 8 days. Wounded in July 1916 and again in September. He has since been in hospital in Leeds
(CWH 2/6/1917, p.1, col.6).

*Dent R.P., 9
th Shropshire Lt. Inf’y.
Son of Rev. W.R. Dent of Wolverhampton, native of Garrigill, gazetted 2nd Lt. 9th Bn. Shropshire Light Inf. (HE 12/3/1915, p.4, col.4).

*Denwood J., 11
th (Lonsdale) Bn. Border Regt.
Licensee of Golden Lion, enlisted
(HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).
Not there in 1911. In trades directories of 1914 and 1921, not before or after.
Mike Milbourn (01228 525804) has medals.

Dickinson Ivan SPS

*Dickinson Jacob, Sgt., W & C Yeomanry
Sgt. Dickinson of West and Cum Yeomanry was called up at the outbreak of war now at Northampton (HE 16/10/1914,p.4, col.5).
Alston Soldier’s Choice: Sgt. Jacob Dickinson returned from France for holiday. After serving 10 years in army was given chance to return to civilian life. Chose to re-enlist, been granted 1 month’s furlough
(PO, 2/11/1915, p.7, col.4).

Dickinson John SPS
1911, Hundy, Alston (4 rooms)
POSSIBLE
John Dickinson h m 32 Mining Clerk, Lead and Zinc Co. Alston
Carola w m 33 “
Ivera d 10 School “
Henry s 9 “ “
Louisa d 7 “ “
Herbert s 1 “

Douglas Mark, Pte., Army Service Corps SP
1901 census: Bluebell Hotel: John R. J. Douglas, widower, innkeeper, Mark Douglas age
8, Andrew Douglas age 6, John Douglas age 2; all three born Tanfield, Durham.
Andrew and John both died.


Mark Douglas (photo’s S. Danby)

Driver Mark Douglas, 227 Coy., ASC (Supply), 29th Div. Train, BEF

Dowson John, Cpl. SPS
Of Hexham, late Alston, admitted to Chadwick Hospital, Carlisle (HC 20/10/1917, p.8, col.2).

Dowson Lancaster SPS
1911, Kate’s Lane, Alston (4 rooms)
Elizabeth Dowson h wid 46 Garrigill
Joseph Lancaster s s 19 Postman, Civil Service Gateshead
Frederick William s s 18 Grocer’s Apprentice “
John s s 16 Weaver, Hosiery Works “

*Dryden John, Pte., 2
nd Artillery, Border Regt.
Enlisted (MCW 3/10/1914, HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
CWH, 6/2/1915, NENTHEAD’S ROLL OF HONOUR p.1, col.8.
Born about 1884, the son of Barron and Hannah Dryden, Fairhill, Nenthead, wrote from France. Trained at Shoeburyness then 3 weeks in France and another week “hard drilling” and then to the trenches.
Pte John Dryden, 2
nd Border Regt., wrote home: NENTHEAD SOLDIER ON LIFE IN THE TRENCHES. Since I joined the colours I have gone through a lot and seen a lot. I thought that when we were in England we had a grand and jolly time of it, but since we left its shores we have got to know what life is like, although I do not wish to go back to my native home, for I have left for a good cause and intend to do my duty if God spares me.
Trench life is all right in fine weather but in wet weather it is ‘chronic’, sometimes you are up to the knees in mud and water.
I have not received a scratch yet, but I have had some near escapes, and comrades have fallen beside me. We can see the Germans walking about in their trenches, they sometimes yell like pigs.
(HE 16/7/1915, p.4, col.5: CWH, 17/7/1915, p.3, col.6)
Pte. John Dryden, Border Regt., son of Mrs. Dryden of Whitehall, Nenthead, wounded and in hospital in Cheltenham (
CWH 11/8/1917, p.1, col.1).

Durry? John, Pte., Royal Army Medical Corps SP

Edgar Fred SPS

Edgar William SPS

Elliot G.R., Pte., D.L.I. SKS

Fawcett Herbert, Pte, 9
th Border Regt. SP

Fawcett Hugh, Sapper , Royal Engineers SP

Fawcett James, Sgt, Commercial Battalion, Newcastle, D.L.I. Once wounded SP, SPS
Enlisted
(MCW 3/2/1915)

Fawcett M., Lance-corporal, King’s Own Royal Lancashire. Once gassed SP
1911, Chapel Terrace, Alston (2 rooms)
Matthew Fawcett h m 26 Cartman, Lead Mining Co. Alston
Helen w m 24 “
John s 3 “
William s 2 “
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Married men; M. Fawcett, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

*Featherstone T.
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5). On leave for Xmas, to be married before returning (MCW
26/12/1914)


*Forster R., 2
nd Lt., W & C Yeomanry, King’s Own Yorks. Lt. Infantry
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
Robert Forster, divisional road surveyor for Alston, a native of Carlisle, joined Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, received commission as 2
nd Lt. in 11th Bn. of King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (PO 20/7/1915, p.7, col.3).
Wounded by a bullet to the left shoulder, in hospital in London (
CWH 1/1/1916, p.1, col.5).

*Gilmore Patrick, L/c., Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers
Letter from Patrick Gilmore, youngest son of Patrick Gilmore of Butts. Left Alston some
years ago, had nephew of same name, went to school together, Big Pat and Little Pat.
(MCW 5/12/1914)
Pte. Pat Gilmore, Northl’d Fusiliers, wrote to Mr. T.J. Storey:
“I have not had time for any writing lately as we have been kept busy engaging the Germans, and we had a rough task of it, but we gained our object, and we pushed them well back. We started our advance on the 26
th and we kept it up for three days. Our regiment was the first to advance to take the first line of trenches, and we had a very hard battle, and I am sorry to say we have lost a great many of our lads, some of the best that could be found in the Army but we knew when we started that we had a stiff task to perform, and we also knew we were sure to lose a lot of men.
We were not sure whether we could take the position or not, as the Germans had boasted many a time that it was impregnable. But they altered their opinion when we took three lines of trenches from them and a great many prisoners in the one day. A great many of them were coming across to surrender when their own artillery caught them and nearly wiped the whole lot out. They are supposed to be the pick of the German army who are against us here, but the prisoners we are taking here are a snivelling cringing lot. All you can get out of them is ‘England soldier comrade’ and England army good army’, but it won’t wash with Tommy, as we have not forgotten the Lusitania, and we are sure to get our revenge before long.
I got slightly wounded in the knee in the last affair with a lump from one of their 6” howitzers, and I was fortunate that it was not more serious
(HE 18/6/1915, p.5, col.5).
BORDER REGIMENT’S GOOD NAME
Private Patrick Gilmore wrote a letter to Mr. T.J. Storey, Alston: Just a few lines to let you know, after a few hard weeks engaged with the Huns, I am still alive. I am glad to state that we drove them back from a very strong position which looked impregnable. It was nearly impossible for our shellfire to interfere with them, as their dug outs were from 16 to 20 feet underground, and we had an open plain of 500 yards to cross between this trench and ours. Their machine guns gave us a lot of trouble. We captured two of them when we took the trench, and about 150 prisoners. This is my company alone, but the remainder of the company did well, too; they captured other two machine guns, four field guns and a number of prisoners. After taking the trench we pushed on for another 1,000 yards and then dug ourselves in. The Border regiment is still keeping up its good name. We can feel the winter drawing on fast, and it is very cold and frosty at nights, but I think they will let us have a couple of months at home this winter. It would give the lads a chance to pull themselves together before the spring, as it is my opinion this war will last a bit yet (PO 19/10/1915, p.7, col.6)
Pte Pat Gilmore, Northl’d Fusiliers, mentioned in dispatches, commended for distinguished conduct recommended for special distinction
(PO 9/11/1915, p.7, col.5: HE 12/11/1915, p.5, col.5).
Previously in 2
nd Border Regt. was in South African War and towards the end was attached to 5th Mounted Infantry. Rejoined ‘E’ Company Border Regt. and went though Burmah Expedition. Notable athlete and member of Border Regt. team that won the Association Football Cup in India in 1902-03. Called up as a reservist at beginning of war and at Front since and seen a good deal of fighting. After recent engagement was called forward on parade and presented with a certificate (HC 27/11/1915, photo, p.2, col.?).
1891, Butts
Patrick age 11, s. Patrick, general dealer, b. Ireland.
Patrick age 7, b. Alston, s. Peter, mineral dealer, b. Carlisle.

*Glendinning George, Border Regt.
Of Nenthead enlisted in Border Regt., left Carlisle on Wednesday for training in Shrewsbury (HE 16/7/1915, p.4, col.5: CWH, 17/7/1915, p.5, col.8: PO 20/7/1915, p.7, col.3)
1911 Overwater
Mary Ellen Glendinning h wid 37 Nenthead
George s s 16 Lead & Zinc washing floor Carlisle
Edward s 13 School Carlisle
Gladys d 8 - Lanark
Isaac Hetherington bro. s 39 Lead & Zinc washing floor Nenthead

*Goodfellow John W., Border Regt.
Enlisted in Border Regt. at Carlisle (PO, 19/10/1915, p.7, col.6).

*Graham, J.
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Married men; J. Graham, Ashgill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Gregg L., Bomb., R.F.A. SKS

Grey Wilfred SPS

Haldon Thos. Wilson, Pte., R.A.S.C. SPS, SKS
1911 Townfoot, Alston (5 rooms)
Hugh Haldon h m 52 Grocer Alston
Elizabeth w m 52 “
Anne d u 29 Assisting in house “
William s u 26 Grocer “
Thomas Wilson s u 17 Clerk to Limestone Co. “
Ernest Harrison gs 6 “
Left on Thursday for training in the Army Service Corps in Gateshead. Will be missed by Wesleyan Sunday School, where he was secretary, also in choir (
CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.4).
On Band photo at Templecroft with Joseph Collinson, c.1905.

Haldon William SPS
1911 Townfoot, Alston (5 rooms)
Hugh Haldon h m 52 Grocer Alston
Elizabeth w m 52 “
Anne d u 29 Assisting in house “
William s u 26 Grocer “
Thomas Wilson s u 17 Clerk to Limestone Co. “
Ernest Harrison gs 6 “
Alston Military Tribunal: Mr. Haldon appealed for exemption for his son William because of his important business. William was in sole control and a partner in the mill. His younger son had been employed in the mill but had joined up straight away. It was not possible for the elder Mr. Haldon to take William’s place because of ill health – doctor’s statement. If William went away the mill would have to close. There were only two 16 year-old employees. The case of hardship deemed doubtful by Mr. Cousins, military representative. The application was refused notice of appeal was given (
CWH, 27/5/1916, p.1, col.3).
Alston Miller’s Appeal: Aroused much interest in the district. Hugh Haldon appealed on behalf of his son William. Mr. Haldon senior held doctor’s certificate that he must not remain in the mill and must not lift heavy weights. Application refused. Applicant gave notice of appeal
(HE 2/6/1916, p.5, col.1).
County Appeal Tribunal: Appeal by Hugh Haldon for son William was dismissed
(CWH, 15/7/1916, p.1, col.4).
Hugh Haldon’s death: Townfoot about 60 years of age, miller and grocer. In usual health at Wesleyan evening church service on reaching home became unwell and died almost immediately. Left widow, daughter and two sons in army (
HH 16/12/1916, p.8, col.4).

*Halkier J.A., 4
th Northl’d Fusiliers
Of Wellgill, included in local recruiting (HH 15/1/1916, p.8, col.4).

*Hall Nicholas J.
County Appeal Tribunal: Appeal by Nicholas J. Hall, hotel keeper, Alston, dismissed (CWH 15/7/1916, p.1, col.4).

*Harrison Edmund, Pte.
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home: Arrived by last train (CWH 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

*Harrison Herbert, Pte.
Of Nenthead, wounded (CWH 14/7/1917, p.1, col.6, HH 21/7/1917, p.8, col.4).

Harrison John, Pte., Highland Regiment SP

*Harrison R.J.
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Married men; R.J. Harrison, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Harrison William, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers SP

Henderson E., Cpl., R.E. SKS

Herdman Francis Lewis, M.G. Corps SJG

Herdman John, Yorks. Regiment SPS, SJG
1911, Crown Lane, Alston (2 rooms)
Elizabeth Herdman mother s 55 Garrigill
John s s 20 Gen. Lab. Limestone Quarry “
Florie d 13 School Alston
Wilfred s 10 “ “
Sapper John Herdman awarded Meritorious Service Medal



Herdman Robert Walton, Pte., Border Regt. SJG
Of Alston, wounded in left hand, in hospital in Leicester (PO, 11/12/1917, p.3, col.3).

*Hetherington J., Sgt.
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
Presentation to Alston Soldier: Alston Welcome Home Committee on Friday at the Town Hall. Sgt. J. Hetherington. He volunteered at the first recruitment meeting in Alston on 6/9/1914. Awarded the Military Medal when a corporal 6/9/1916 for “bravery in the field”, his heroic behaviour on ‘No Man’s Land’, he was given a gold watch and an ‘albert’
(a watch chain with a cross bar, after prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort) by the Welcome Home committee. (PO, 12/2/1918, p.5, col.3: CWH, 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4: HH 16/2/1918, p.8, col.2).

Hetherington R., Sig., M.G.C. SKS

Hetherington Stanley SPS

*Hodgson David
Of Bayle Hill, enlisted (HC 1/5/1915, p.3, col.5).

*Hodgson John J., Northl’d Fusiliers.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).
1911, Kate’s Lane, Alston (4 rooms)
POSSIBLE
John Hodgson h m 56 General Labourer Alston
Hannah w m 55 Allendale
John s s 26 Lead Miner Alston
Matthew s s 23 “ “ “
1911, Bayle Hill (5 rooms)
POSSIBLE
Joseph Hodgson h m 51 Butcher Farmer Alston
Elizabeth Ann w m 49 “
Thomas s s 24 Farmer’s son, Farming & Butchering Alston
John s s 22 Farmer & Shepherd Alston
David Renwick H s s 18 Farmer’s son working on farm, Alston Jane Renwick H d 14 Alston
Ann d 12 “
Mary d 10 “
Runella White H d 7 “

*Hodgson Joseph, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers


Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).
Pte. Joseph Hodgson at Ypres with the 4th Nl’d Fusiliers.
Born c.1892 son of Mary Ann, stepson of Couper Doyle. 1911, labourer on ‘arriving’ floor, living in Overwater.
Last week Pte. Hodgson was suffering from a gas attack but he wrote to his friends to tell them he had recovered
(HE 14/5/1915, p.4, col.5: HE 21/5/1915, p.4, col.5).
Pte. Joseph Hodgson Northl’d Fusiliers is the first invalided soldier belong this district to return home, suffering from the effects of gas
(HE 18/6/1915, p.4, col.4).
One of Nenthead Soldiers Missing (CWH 29/6/1918, p.1 col.5).
‘Tolls of War’; Heavy Alston Losses; Prisoner
(CWH 17/8/1918, photo, p.3).
Photographed with his mate William Teasdale, killed. (SI)

*Hopkins Charles, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915,, p.1, col.8).

*Hymers Charles, Pte.
Of Nentsbury, wounded (CWH 18/8/1917, p.1, col.4).
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home
(CWH 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

Ingledow R.W.B., Sgt., N. Staffs. SKS

Irving John William SPS
1911, 3, Victoria Square, Alston (5 rooms)
John Irving h m 57 Joiner and Cartwright Alston
Frances Ann w m 54 “
Maude d s 19 “
Mable d s 16 “
John W. s 13 School “
Bertha d 12 “ “
Thomas E.C. s 10 “ “
Florence E. Poughes 14 Haltwhistle

*Jackson Allan, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, Windy Hall.
(CWH2 1916)

Jackson Arthur SPS
1911, High Annat Walls (6 rooms)
John Watson Jackson h m 50 Foreman platelayer Kirkhaugh
Elizabeth Ann w m 51 Alston
Joseph s s 20 Working on farm “
Arthur s s 19 Joiner’s apprentice “
Thomas s s 16 Draper’s apprentice “
Herbert John s 14 School “
Sarah Jane Edgar serv s 25 “

*Jackson John, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, Windy Hall. (
CWH2 1916)

Jackson J.W.S., Cpl., R.E. SKS

Jackson Thomas, Pte., Border Regt. SPS, SKS
1911, High Annat Walls (6 rooms)
John Watson Jackson h m 50 Foreman platelayer Kirkhaugh
Elizabeth Ann w m 51 Alston
Joseph s s 20 Working on farm “
Arthur s s 19 Joiner’s apprentice “
Thomas s s 16 Draper’s apprentice “
Herbert John s 14 School “
Sarah Jane Edgar serv s 25 “


*James Josephine Mabel
Sister of Wilhelmina Martha James.

*James Wilhelmina Martha
1911 Clarghyll Hall (17 rooms)
Jane Catherine Helen James h wid 89 Private Means Limerick, Ireland
Wilhemina M. d s 64 Writer of fiction & PM Durham city
Elizabeth Mary d s 56 P M Alston
Mildred Alethea d s 51 Wood Carver & PM “
Magdelene Helen d s 47 Nurse (indec) & PM “
Margaret Wright Gibson nurse s 33 Sick Nurse Bromfield, Cumb.
Mary Elizabeth Jarvis serv wid 40 Cook (Domestic) Warkworth
Isabella Snowball “ s 20 House Waiting Maid Walker
Dora C. Dodds “ s 21 Housemaid Felling
Maud Graham “ s 18 Between Maid Haswell, Dur.


Also known as authoress Austin Clare, at the age of sixty-nine, together with her sister Mabel, in August 1915 she travelled to Salonika in Greece to serve with the British Red Cross, working with the Serbians at Monastir near the Greek border. She was the senior Red Cross worker there and earned official recognition when she was mentioned in army despatches in March 1917. For her services she was awarded the Royal Serbian Order of St. Sava, Fifth Class by Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia. The letter of notification from Lt. Col. H. Fitzpatrick on 1st May 1918, read, “we have always been proud of your fine record of self sacrificing work, for which I hope you will soon receive due Recognition.” Soon afterwards she was awarded the O.B.E.


Jardine John, M.L. Infy. SJG
Garrigill Roll of Honour, Black Watch (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

*Johnson Archibald, Pte.
Nentheads Soldiers Welcome Home: Wounded or disabled, discharged. Presented with a savings certificate (CWH 2/2/1918, p.1, col.3).

*Johnstone James, Northl’d Fusiliers.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Kearton Arthur, Border Regt.
1911 Masonic Buildings, Alston (3 rooms)
John Kearton h m 64 Quarryman Alston
Jane w m 60 “
Mary d s 29 Hosiery Worker “
Arthur s s 22 Quarryman “
Ethel d s 18 Dressmaker “
Harry gs 6 “
Ralph Mowbray s-in-l m 23 Coal Miner Ryton
Violet Mowbray d m 25 Alston
John Wilson M s 1 “
Of Masonic Buildings, Alston, enlisted (PO, 9/11/1915, p.3, col.4).

Kearton Fred, Sapper, Royal Engineers SPS
1911, Market Place, Alston (8 rooms)
Hugh Kearton h m 58 Joiner and Builder Alston
Sarah Jane w m 53 Milliner “
Thomas s s 27 Joiner “
Fred s s 23 “ “
Mary Hannah Emerson serv s 21 Gen Servant Domestic Stanhope
Of Alston, enlisted then to Chatham for training (HE 12/3/1915, p.4, col.4: PO 16/3/1915, p.3, col.3). Served in Mesopotamia 1917. Carved face on rock at Table Mountain, 100 miles above Baghdad. (SI)

Kearton Hugh, Royal Engineers SPS
1911, Market Place, Alston (8 rooms)
Hugh Kearton h m 58 Joiner and Builder Alston
Sarah Jane w m 53 Milliner “
Thomas s s 27 Joiner “
Fred s s 23 “ “
Mary Hannah Emerson serv s 21 Gen Servant Domestic Stanhope
Youngest son of Hugh Kearton, joined. 2nd son now in forces (PO 22/6/1915, p.3. col.4).

Kearton Vipond, Pte, Border Regt. Once wounded SP, SJG
1911, Rotherhope
Thomas Kearton h m 58 Farmer Alston
Annie w m 48 “
Hugh s s 24 Farmer’s son working on farm “
Vipond s s 21 Ditto “
Richard Cooper serv s 62 Agricultural Labourer Sedgefield, Durham

Keenleyside William SPS
1911, Town Head, Alston (3 rooms)
Thomas Keenleyside h m 52 Hawker, Post Office Pensioner Alston
Mary Jane w m 45 Beadnell, N’ld.
William s s 16 Labourer, Limestone works Alston
Mabel Jane d 11 School “
Harold s 8 “ “

Lancaster Herbert W., Pte. SPS
1911, Church Gates, Alston (6 rooms)
John Lancaster h m 57 Corn Merchant Alston
Susannah w m 46 “
Herbert s s 23 Assistant in business “
Mary d s 18 “
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
Pte. Herbert Lancaster, brother of bride, one of groomsmen at Alston Wesleyan Church when L/c. E.T. Storey married Mary Walton Lancaster only daughter of John Lancaster, Alston, on Thursday (
PO 31/8/1915, p.3, col.1).

Lancaster J., Cadet, R.A.F. SKS

Lancaster Thomas W. SPS

Lawson W., Capt., D.L.I., 17
th D.L.I. SKS
W. Lawson, B.Sc., master at Alston Secondary School received commission as 2nd Lt. in the 17th DLI (HE 18/6/1915, p.4, col.4).
11/8/1915: MINUTES OF CUMBERLAND EDUCATION COMMITTEES AND SUB
COMMITTEES, CRO, Vol. 13, 1915-1916: The governors of the Samuel Kings School recommended that the difference between the salary and army pay and allowances of Mr. W. Lawson, B.Sc., Assistant Master, be paid while he is serving with the forces. The Finance Committee recommended agreement.
Alston school master wounded. Lt. Wesley Lawson, DLI, wounded in face 29
th Sept. in High St. Military Hospital, Manchester. Graduate of Durham University, 1912 captained University team. Was on the staff as supervisor of Physical Training and Bayonet Practice. Was assistant master at SKS Secondary School. Mother at Heaton Road, Newcastle (HH 12/10/1918, p.8, col.3).

Leatherby John, R.G.A. SJG

Lee Charles SPS

*Lee Mina, Nurse


Nurse Mina Lee

1901, Randleholm
William Lee h m 75 Farmer Kirkhaugh
Catherine w m 66 Corbridge
Samuel s s 36 Farmer Alston
Elizabeth
d s 30 “
George s s 24 Farmer “
Wilhelmina d s 23 (no occupation) “
Elizabeth Bone serv s 24 Gen. serv. dom. Rockliffe
1911, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Wilhelmina Lee, Nurse, 32, single, Midwifery pupil, b. Randalholme
AN ALSTON NURSE AT THE FRONT: Sister of Mr. Lee of Randleholm. To serve in field hospital. Had been nursing in Edinburgh for some years. The hospital was given and fully equipped by Lady Wemyss of Wemyss Castle
(CWH, 26/12/1914, p.1).
LETTER FROM ALSTON NURSE: Nurse Mina Lee (photo) of above article sent letter describing her life in France. One of 30 nurses. Her ward had 20 cases, all surgical, many got septicaemia which was no surprise as they had to wait for 24 hours before receiving attention
(CWH, 10/4/1915, p.1, col.2).
Roll of Honour placed in Post Office window included Nurse Lee, Hospital DU, France (
PO, 6/8/1915, p.3, col.4).
Letter from Nurse Lee
(HC 21/8/1915, p.2, col.8).
Miss Mina Lee, Park House, Alston, officially mentioned for gallant conduct and distinguished services by her C-in-C, British Salonika Forces (
PO, 25/6/1918, p.2, col.5).

Little Arnold SPS

Little Edwin SPS
1911, Town Head, Alston (9 rooms)
Joseph Little h m 69 Veterinary Surgeon Alston
Rachel w m 64 “
Edwin s s 36 Veterinary Surgeon “
Meggie Pickering serv s 20 Servant, Domestic “
Son of Mr. Little, veterinary surgeon of Alston, received a military appointment as veterinary surgeon. Previously employed by a government vet in London (HC 15/3/1915, p.8, col.3).

Little H.W., Pte, South Lancs. SKS

*Lowe H.
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; H. Lowe, Skelgill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

*Lowe John W., Gunner, R.F.A.
Of Skelgill, enlisted (HC 1/5/1915, p.3, col.5).
Letter from Gunner J.W. Lowe, RFA:
Just a line to let you know that I am going on all right. We are staying two or three miles away from a town, and when one enters the town one is struck by the seemingly peaceful aspect of it. The men and women are working just as usual, and the children are playing about the streets, although certain parts of the town have been nearly knocked to pieces by the German Huns, even the graves in some of the churchyards are smashed to pieces, and in some cases the churches are knocked down. I think these Germans are ‘kultured’ enough to commit almost anything.
Our life here is practically underground, and I find my experiences as a miner very useful to making a dug out. I have a dug out which I made myself. I sunk it 7 feet down then drifted 4 feet, and I put in a lot of hay, and so I am as cosy as a king.
Some of our section were playing at marbles the other day with bullets from German shrapnel. I don’t know how it comes but a lot of their shells never seem to explode. Of course that is none the worse for us. I have never known many of their ‘Jack Johnsons’ to fail. You should see the holes they make. You can easily put a horse and cart out of sight in the hole. (
HE 20/8/1915, p.4, col.5)
Gnr. J.W. Lowe, RFA, Nenthead wrote home (CWH, 11/12/1915, p.1, col.4).
Wrote that a comrade had died in his arms, he had had to carry him to doctor under shell fire. He had been wakened in his dugout one morning by rat with wet feet sitting on his face. The rat was bayoneted. Rats as big as rabbits (CWH, 1/1/1916, p.3, col.7).

Mallinson Joseph Wm. SPS

Martindale John William, Pte., 33 Labour Company SP

Maughan E.J., Cpl., Northl’d. Fusiliers. SKS

Maughan G.S., Smn. Gnr., R.N. SKS

Maughan J.C., Bomb., R.G.A SKS

*MacMillan, Robert


(
Photo. S. Renwick)

Private 2843, 2/1 Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry (Cavalry) on the right.
Of Skelgill, enlisted (
HC 1/5/1915, p.3, col.5).
Family story: (1) served in Salonika, (2) almost drowned in River Jordan.
b.1895 went to School in Sparty Lea in Allendale. Moved to Alston Moor.
Father died when Robert aged 14 (1909). (FI)
Several photos from Paul McMillan

*McLaren ? Pte.
Pte. McLaren, husband of Mrs. McLaren, Hill Top, Nenthead, a POW in Germany (CWH 11/5/1918, p.1, col.6).

Millican Charles A. SPS

Millican Frederick A., A.S. Corps SPS, SJG
1911, Tynehead House, Tynehead
John Millican h m 48 Farmer Alston
Catherine w m 47 “
John Wallace s s 24 Farmer’s son working on farm “
Frederick s s 22 ditto “
Thomas William s s 20 ditto “
Maude d s 19 Farmer’s daughter, dairy maid “
Herbert s s 17 Horseman on farm “
Hannah Coulthard niece 12 School “

Millican Hugh Jackson, Border Regt. SJG
1911, Garrigill ( 6 Rooms)
John Wallace Millican h m 48 Farmer Alston
Annie w m 48 Kirkhaugh
Hugh Jackson s 18 Lead Miner Alston
Emily Rebecca d 16 Gateshead
Frank Norman s 14 School “
Henry Wallace s 9 “ Alston

Millican John James SPS

Millican J. Russell SPS

*Millican J.W., Northl’d Fusiliers
Garrigill Roll of Honour (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

Millican Wilfred, DLI SPS
Enlisted
(MCW 27/2/1915)
1911, Garrigill (4 rooms)
Wilfred Dent Millican h s 28 Lmstn Quarryman, County Highways Garrigill
Marian sis s 26 Dressmaker “
Jennie sis s 23 Servant, Domestic “
Winnie sis s 17 “ “ “
Edison bro 13 School, Scholar “

*Moffatt Thomas William, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

Moore Ernest SPS

Nicholson Harold, L/Cpl., Machine Gun Corps SP

Nixon Joe, Border Regt. SJG

*Oxley Edward, Pte., Border Regt.
1911, Kate’s Lane, Alston (2 rooms)
Edward Errington Oxley h m 28 Limestone Quarry Labr. Hexham
Elizabeth Ann w m 33 Alston
Matthew Lloyd s 1 Hexham
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
Son of Mr. Oxley, Hall Stile Bank, Hexham, wounded, in hospital, Manchester (HC 12/8/1916, p.10, col.2).

Parmley Amos Robinson, R. Engineers SJG
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; A.R. Parmley, Garrigill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

*Parmley James.
County Tribunal at Carlisle heard an appeal by Thomas Walton, a farmer of 220 acres, for his shepherd James Parmley, his only manservant, on the ground that he was indispensable. Tribunal disagreed and said his place could be taken by a man over military service age. Appeal was dismissed (CWH, 13/5/1916, p.1, col.5).

Parmley John, Border Regt. SJG
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J. Parmley, Garrigill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Parmley Thos. E. A. SPS

Pickering Charles SPS

Pickering Frank R. SPS
1911, Globe Lane (2 rooms)
Francis Ralph Pickering h m 33 Stonemason Alston
Annie w m 33 Wylam, N’ld

Pickering John E. SPS

Pickering John S., Pte., M.M., R.A.M.C. SKS, SPS
1911, Burnleigh House, Alston (5 rooms)
Thomas Pickering h wdr 43 Grocer & Provision Dealer Alston
John Summers s s 16 Grocer’s Assistant “
Percy Kenneth s 7 “
Elizabeth Carr vis m 46 “
Sarah Ann Hall serv s 38 Gen. Servant Domestic “


An Alston Military Medallist: John S. Pickering, ‘Jack’, of the RAMC, stretcher bearer attached to the Northumbrian Field Ambulance, was awarded the Military Medal “for conspicuous bravery in the field on many occasions.” The eldest son of Mr. T. Pickering, grocer, he was too modest to tell of the reason for his award, so a letter sent to Alston by half a dozen of his chums (CWH 21/12/1918, (photo), p.1, col.4).

Pickering Joseph E. SPS

Plank George, Northl’d. Fusiliers SJG

*Potts William, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, of Leipsic. CWH2 1916

Renwick William, Pte., Manchester Regt. SJG, SKS

*Reynolds, Arthur, Tyneside Irish
Enlisted
(MCW 27/2/1915)

Richardson Harold, M.G. Corps SJG
1911, Low Dryburn (8 rooms)
William Simon Richardson m 65 Farmer Allendale
Hannah w m 62 Alston
William s s 35 Shepherd “
Tom s s 29 Lead Miner “
Hannah d s 27 Farmer’s Daughter, Dairy work “
Harrold s s 17 Apprentice, Cooperative Grocery Store “
Maud d 7 “
Ethel d 7 “
Annie Lodge vis. - 40 Nurse Simonside, Durham
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; H. Richardson, Dryburn (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Richardson, Isaac, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. SJG
Of Garrigill, enlisted, to Carlisle (
HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).
Social at Garrigill: Pte. Isaac Richardson of the Lonsdale Bn. acted as MC. (CN 30/1/1915, p.8, col.6).
Garrigill Roll of Honour (HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).

*Richardson, Joe C., Cpl.
Of Harbut Lodge Cottage, severely wounded in chest on active service with heavy gun battery on western front (CWH 3/8/1918, p.3, col.5).

Ridley, Harry B. SPS

Robson, Richard Percy, Border Regt. SJG
Of Alston, included in local recruiting (HH 15/1/1916, p.8, col.4).

Robson Robert, Pte., Border Regt. SJG
Late of Priorsdale, severely wounded and in hospital in Chester (CWH 14/7/1917, p.1, col.6: CWH 28/7/1917, p.5, col.5: HH 21/7/1917, p.8, col.4).

*Roddam, Norman C.
Son of Mrs. Roddam, Craig Nook, Nentsbury, in Union of South Africa Forces.
A reservist, worked for NER emigrated to Rhodesia. (MCW 5/12/1914)
*Rogerson, William A., Royal Engineers
Late district surveyor of Alston, received a commission after 4 months training at Dover with engineering unit of Royal Naval Division (CWH 23/1/1915, p.1, col.5).

*Rutherford John, Pte.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. (CWH 6/2/1915 p.1, col.8).
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home on Wednesday evening (
CWH 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

*Rutherford John James, Pte., Royal Engineers
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8). b.1889 son of Jonathan and Elizabeth
J.J. Rutherford joined up, had been secretary of Nenthead cricket club (HE 7/5/1915, p.4, col.3). Worked as builder and joiner.
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home (CWH 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

Rutherford Lawrence SPS
1911, Kate’s Lane, Alston (4 rooms)
Jane Rutherford h s 42 Washerwoman Nenthead
Herbert s s 24 Quarryman, Haydon Bridge “
Fanny d s 22 Servant, Housemaid Alston
Lawrence s 15 Grocer’s Errand Boy “

Saint Edward E.A. SPS
E.F. Saint of Sandhill joined and being experienced motor driver was sent to London for transport work (HE 14/5/1915, p.4, col.5).
1901, Low Bayles; Ernest Edward Saint, age 16, father a platelayer with NER.
1911, Townfoot, Alston (4 rooms)
Ernest Edward Saint h m 26 Farm labourer Haltwhistle
Hannah Elliott w m 26 Alston
Marjorie Evelyn d 6 mo. “

*Scofield Emma, Sister
Matron of Cottage Hospital enlisted as territorial nurse, promoted to sister in Newcastle. (MCW 27/2/1915)
Roll of Honour placed in Post Office window. 1
st Northumberland Hospital, Newcastle. (PO 6/8/1915, p.3, col.4)
1911 census, Miss Emma Schofield, Matron at Cottage Hospital, age 31, single, born in St. Giles, Durham. (Plus nurse and three patients, 1f, 2m)

Scott Herbert, Cpl., M.G.C., SPS, SKS
1911, Fairhill View, Alston
William Scott h m 44 Draper’s Traveller Alston
Sarah w m 45 Haydon Bridge
Herbert s s 16 Draper’s Apprentice Alston
Lloyd John s 14 School “
John father m 80 Old Age Pensioner, Retired Lead Miner “
Mary mother m 73 Old Age Pensioner “
Left on Thursday for training in the Army Service Corps in Gateshead. Will be missed by Wesleyan Sunday School, also in choir (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.4).
On Alston band photo with Joseph Collinson, c.1905.

Scott Lloyd J., Cpl., Tank Corps SPS, SKS
1911, Fairhill View, Alston
William Scott h m 44 Draper’s Traveller Alston
Sarah w m 45 Haydon Bridge
Herbert s s 16 Draper’s Apprentice Alston
Lloyd John s 14 School “
John father m 80 Old Age Pensioner, Retired Lead Miner “
Mary mother m 73 Old Age Pensioner “

*Scott Sidney, Army Service Corps (Motor Transport)
Son of Mr. T.E. Scott, Nenthead enlisted and left for the south of England December
1915
(CWH2 Dec 1915)

*Scully John, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Shearson G.L., Lancashire Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

Shield John Joseph, Border Regt. SJG
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J.J. Shield, Garrigill (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).
1911, West View, Garrigill (4 rooms)
Alfred Shield h m 54 Limestone Quarryman Garrigill
Phoebe w m 49 “
Flor
ance d s 27 “
John Joseph s s 26 Woodman “
Arnold
s 11 School “
Minnie Stalker vis 3 Carlisle

*Short Nichol Pte.


One of Nenthead soldiers missing (CWH 29/6/1918, p.1 col.5).
‘Tolls of War’; Heavy Alston Losses: Of Nenthead, a prisoner (CWH 17/8/1918, photo, p.3).

Simpson Charles V.C. SPS

Simpson John W. SPS

*Smith Andrew
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).

Smith Arthur, Trooper, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry SPS
Of Mark Close, joined in Penrith on Tuesday for the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry (HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).
Trooper Arthur Smith, son of Robert Smith, Mark Close, of W & C Yeomanry, in Alston recruiting
(HE 30/4/1915, p.4, col.5: HC 1/5/1915, p.3, col.5: CN 1/5/1915, p.5, col.4).

Smith Robert L., Pte., Northl’d. Fusiliers SKS

Smith Robert R., R.A.M.C. SJG, SPS

*Smith T.
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; T. Smith, Mark Close, (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Smith Thomas Wm., Northl’d Fusiliers SPS
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Snowden T.
1911, Grange House, Alston (7 rooms)
Robert W. Snowdon h m 44 Joiner Alston
Frances w m 39 Nenthead
Thomas s s 20 Joiner Nentsbury
Mabel Edna d s 18 Confectioner Alston
Constance Hannah d 12 School “
Hilda d 8 “ “
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; T. Snowden, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Spark George V., Oper., Mer. Mar. SPS, SKS

Spark Harold SPS

Spark H.L., Sgt., Royal Fus. SKS

Sproat George, Pte. SPS
1911, Grove Cottage, Alston
Robert Sproat h m 46 Police Constable Lanercost, Cumberland
Mary Ann w m 49 Brampton, “
Isaac s s 20 Limestone Quarryman Cleator Moor
George s s 18 Lead Miner “ “
Robert s s 17 Surface Weighman “ “
Lowingham s 15 School (Office Boy) Solicitor’s Office “
Pte. Sproat, son of Police Constable Sproat, Alston, wounded. Moved to Warncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, and progressing favourably. 3 sons in army, youngest training for a commission (CWH 12/5/1917, p.3, col.3).

Sproat Lowingham, Lt., D.L.I. SPS, SKS
1911, Grove Cottage, Alston
Robert Sproat h m 46 Police Constable Lanercost, Cumberland
Mary Ann w m 49 Brampton, “
Isaac s s 20 Limestone Quarryman Cleator Moor
George s s 18 Lead Miner “ “
Robert s s 17 Surface Weighman “ “
Lowingham s 15 School (Office Boy) Solicitor’s Office “

*Stagg Arthur
1911, Hill House (8 rooms)
Arthur Stagg h m 31 Retired Marine Engineer Alston
Ethel w m 23 Richmond, Surrey
Louisa Jones serv s 20 Gen. Servant Domestic Coedpoeth, Wales
Of Hill House, enlisted as driver, left Alston for training (
HE 12/3/1915, p.4, col.4. PO
16/3/1915, p.3, col.3)
.

Stephen J.J., Bombardier, M.M., R.F.A. SKS
1911 Police Station, Alston
John L. Stephen h m 43 Sergeant of Police Premnay, Aberdeenshire
Ellen w m 40 Annan
John J. s 14 Solicitor’s Office Aspatria
Edward s 13 School “
Mary J. d 11 “ “
George F. s 9 “ “
William E. s 6 “ Wigton



*Stephenson W.
Enlisted (
HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).

Storey Ernest Thirlwall, L/c, 8
th Border Regt. SPS
Enlisted (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
1911, Temple Croft, Alston (6 rooms)
Thomas James Storey h 51 Dentist Alston
Margaret w 45 Edinburgh
John s 23 Dentist Alston
Isabel Mary d 22 “
Ernest Thirlwall Storey s 18 Bank Clerk “
Thomas Symington s 12 At School “
Annie Teasdale serv. 31 General Servant (Domestic) Coanwood
Alston Wesleyan Church; L/c E.T. Storey, 8th Border Regt. second son, b.1893, of T.J. Storey, Temple Croft, married Mary Walton Lancaster only daughter of John Lancaster, Alston, on Thursday. Pte. Herbert Lancaster brother of bride one of groomsmen. Honeymoon in Lakes (PO 31/8/1915, p.3, col.1).

Storey George SPS
1911 South Tyne House
George William Storey h m 56 Hosiery Manufacturer Alston
Mary Elizabeth w m 46 Mohope
George s s 21 Helping his father Alston
Harold s s 16 Going to school “

Storey Harold, Lt., M.C., D.L.I. SPS, SKS


2nd Lt. H. Storey awarded Military Cross (CWH 3/11/1917, photo, p.3, col.4).

*Storey John, 2
nd Lt., Army Service Corps, 38th (Welsh) Division
1911, Temple Croft, Alston (6 rooms)
Thomas James Storey h 51 Dentist Alston
Margaret w 45 Edinburgh
John s 23 Dentist Alston
Isabel Mary d 22 “
Ernest Thirlwall Storey s 18 Bank Clerk “
Thomas Symington s 12 At School “
Annie Teasdale serv. 31 General Servant (Domestic) Coanwood
Of Town Foot, wounded on 24
th April in back, in hospital in France. Eldest son, b.1888,
of T.J. Storey, dentist. Prior to war was dentist in Alston (HH 4/5/1918, p.8, col.4).
2
nd Lieutenant Storey, son of Mr. T.J. Storey, Alston, awarded Military Cross (CWH, photo, 27/7/1918, p.1).
Cumberland News p.3 ud 1917/1918 from daughter Elizabeth Storey (e-mail 17/7/2014)
‘The Military Cross has been conferred upon Second-Lieutenant John Storey, A.S.C. He is the son of Mr. T.J. Storey of Temple Croft, Alston. Previous to joining the Army he was practicing as a dentist with his father at Alston, Haltwhistle, and Hexham. Towards the close of last year he received a letter of congratulation from his commanding officer for some smart work done when he was acting as column officer for a battery of artillery. The officer wrote (on 6/10/1917); “I am sure that in the length of the line in France no battery commander has greater cause to be grateful to his column officer and to the whole column, nor is there any battery where the branches of the services dovetail more completely and this I consider is entirely due to the way that you have always led your men to think. I thank you very much indeed.”
On the 27th April Second-Lieutenant Storey was severely wounded by shrapnel to the left side of his chest.’
9/6/1918 the HQ of 4
th Army sent certificate of congratulation on his receipt of the M.C. signed by ‘Rawlinson’. He was with the 38th Welch Division. Attended public school at Ellesmere, Shropshire, where he was on the Shooters VIII team in 1903.
Fought in Battle of Pilkem, 31
st July -2nd Aug 1917, Battle of Langmarck 16th-18th August, 1917 and Battle of Menin Road 20th-25th Sept. 1917 (Elizabeth Storey – also has the newspaper article and MC certificate.)

Storey Joseph John, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. SJG
Of Garrigill, enlisted, to Carlisle (
HE 13/11/1914, p.4, col.5).
Garrigill Roll of Honour (
HE 2/4/1915, p.5, col.2).
Born in Alston of a shepherding family that had moved to Tynehead from Stanhope.
In 1911 he was a shepherd at Bridge End, Garrigill, age 29, married to Mary Jane, age 30,
born Forest-in-Teesdale

Storey Thomas Symington, Lt. Surg., R.N. SKS
3
rd son, b. 1899, of T.J. Storey.
1911, Temple Croft, Alston (6 rooms)
Thomas James Storey h 51 Dentist Alston
Margaret w 45 Edinburgh
John s 23 Dentist Alston
Isabel Mary d 22 “
Ernest Thirlwall Storey s 18 Bank Clerk “
Thomas Symington s 12 At School “
Annie Teasdale serv. 31 General Servant (Domestic) Coanwood

*Stout Charles Clinton, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Stout Harry, Pte.
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home: Wounded or disabled, discharged. Presented with a savings certificate (CWH 2/2/1918, p.1, col.3).

*Stout Russell, Pte.
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home: Wounded (CWH, 16/2/1918, p.1, col.4).

*Stout William Pte.
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home: Wounded or disabled, discharged. Presented with a savings certificate (CWH 2/2/1918, p.1, col.3).

Swindle Isaac, Royal Air Force SJG
1911, Low Lee House, Garrigill (6 rooms)
Jane Swindle h wid 53 Farmer Alston
Isaac C. s s 24 Lead Miner “
Vipond s s 23 Farmer’s son working on farm “
Sarah J. Craig niece s 29 Dairy maid “

*Tatters Thomas H., Northl’d Fusiliers
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

Teasdale Arthur SPS

*Telford J.
Enlisted (
HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).

Thomlinson William, Pte, North’d Fusiliers. SP
Once wounded

Thompson Fred, Pte., 11
th ?Southlanders SP

*?Thompson Joseph, A.O.C.
Left Nenthead via Carlisle for the south to join Army Ordnance Corps (HE, 19/2/1915, p.4, col.4, MCW 20/2/1915).

*Thompson J.W., Pte., D.L.I.


Alston men wounded: J.W. Thompson, Pte., Border Regt., son of Mr. & Mrs. T.W. Thompson, Blagill, wounded and seriously ill in hospital near London (HC 15/7/1916, p.8, col.3: HH 15/7/1916, p.8, col.3).
Wounded and prisoner
(CWH, 14/9/1918, photo, p.1).

Tindle Martin A. W. SPS

Tweddle Joseph SPS
1911, Hillcrest, Alston (20 rooms)
Emily Mary Tweddle h m 46 Boarding House Keeper Bensham, Durham
Joseph Somerset T. stepson s 23 Plumber Newcastle
Dorothy Mary T. dau. adopted 13 School Oxford
Mary Richardson serv s 31 Cook Alston


Varty John, R.A.M.C. SJG
1911, Rotherhope Side (8 rooms)
Joseph Varty h m 68 Farmer Alston
Sarah w m 52 “
Isaac s s 26 Lead Miner “
John s s 24 Bootmaker and Dealer “
Joseph Walton s s 21 Assistant Bootmaker “
George s s 19 Worker on farm “
Bessie(?) Sarah d 15 Farmer’s daughter, Dairy work Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; J.W. Varty, Rotherhope (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5).

Varty R.E., Sig., R.N. SKS

Varty Watson or Walton, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery SP, SJG

Walters Philip, R. Engineers SJG

Walton J. Bales SPS

Walton J.C., R.O.M.S., N. Lancs. SKS

Walton J. Edwin SPS

*Walton Harrison, Pte., Border Regt.
Harrison Walton, Nenthead, enlisted left on Monday to join the Border Regt. in Carlisle (HE 5/11/1915, p.4, col.4: PO, 9/11/1915, p.3, col.4).
Youngest son of Mrs. Walton of Overwater was wounded in left arm during the great offensive (
CWH 15/7/1916, p.1, col.4).
Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home: Wounded or disabled, discharged. Presented with a savings certificate
(CWH 2/2/1918, p.1, col.3).

*Walton John, Sgt., Royal Inniskillings SPS
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Walton John, Pte., 4
th Nl’d Fusiliers
1911, Front Street, Alston (9 rooms)
CHECK
Frances Walton mother s 76 Housekeeper Alston
William h wdr 52 Butcher “
Robert Stobbs s s 20 “ “
Thomas s s 19 Labr. Limestone Quarry “
John s s 17 Working on farm “
Dorothy Kirtley d s 16 Housekeeper “
Jessie d 13 School “
William Stobbs s 11 “ “
Annie Victoria d 10 “ “
Stewart s 8 “ “
J. Walton enlisted at Hexham in the 4th Nl’d Fusiliers (HE 16/10/1914, p.4, col.5).
Wounded
(HE 21/5/1915, p.4, col.5).
Alston men wounded: Pte. John Walton, NF, wounded a second time, in hospital in Sussex, son of
John Walton, Grisedale Lane, was first wounded in April 1915 (HC 15/7/1916, p.8, col.3).

Walton John, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers SPS
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme: Single men; John Walton, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5). John Walton brother of Robert and
Thomas (FI; Kathleen Walton)

*Walton John G.
County Appeal Tribunal: Appeal by John G. Walton, groom and general servant again refused to grant exemption. Given until 10th October (CWH, 15/7/1916, p.1, col.4).

Walton Robert S.
Brother of Thomas and John (FI; Kathleen Walton) SPS

Walton Thomas
Brother of Robert and John (FI; Kathleen Walton) SPS
Private 24286, Border Regiment. Awarded British War medal and Victory medal, lent by
Kathleen Walton 3/7/2014, see photo’s.



Walton William Dawson SPS
1911, Townfoot, Alston (6 rooms)
Hugh Bell h m 54 Ass’t Overseer & Collector of Rates Knarsdale
Amelia w m 51 Alston
William Hugh s s 20 Railway Clerk “
Florence Hannah d s 18 Cashier “
Amelia Sarah d 15 “
George Walton s 13 School “
William Dawson Walton neph 14 School, Newsboy Kirkby Stephen
Local recruiting – Alston: Sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme 25/11/1915 aged 18 years 11 months, height 5 feet 4½ inches: Single men; W.D. Walton, Alston (PO 7/12/1915, p.7, col.5). 12th Border Regt., 19/12/1916 transferred to Signal School, Gunner 146348, 33rd Coy., Royal (Garrison) Artillery. Awarded British War medal and Victory medal, lent by Kathleen Walton 3/7/2014, see photo’s.
Photocopy of service record – a lot of entries too faint to read. Lost right eye, admitted
to London General Hospital 18/10/1917(although date faint). Discharged 10/4/1918.
Brother-in-law to John, Robert and Thomas (Kathleen Walton, FI)
b.28/12/1896. Before the war a grocer’s apprentice, living at Annat Walls. By 10
th April
1918 had joined the Rechabites. d. Apr.-June 1973

Watson Cyril Lancaster SJG

Watson Fred. SPS

Watson G.E., Cpl., R.A.F. SKS

*Watson Harrison, Sgt.
1911, Butts (4 rooms)
Robert Watson h m 44 Limestone Quarryman Alston
Mary Jane w m 39 “
William s s 20 “ “ “
John Hetherington s s 16 Labourer in Limestone Quarry “
Harrison s 14 Assistant Grocer “
Ethel d 11 School “
Hannah d 9 “
Alexander s 6 “
Mary Helen d 4 “
Bertha d 1 “
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson, School Terrace, Alston, a POW in Germany. He was his serving apprenticeship as a grocer at the Co-op before the war (CWH, 4/5/1918, p.3, col.8).

Watson John SPS
1911, Butts (4 rooms)
POSSIBLE
Robert Watson h m 44 Limestone Quarryman Alston
Mary Jane w m 39 “
William s s 20 “ “ “
John Hetherington s s 16 Labourer in Limestone Quarry “
Harrison s 14 Assistant Grocer “
Ethel d 11 School “
Hannah d 9 “
Alexander s 6 “
Mary Helen d 4 “
Bertha d 1 “
1911, Kate’s Lane, Alston (3 rooms) POSSIBLE
Frances Watson h wid 64 Alston
Elizabeth Sarah d s 41 Home “
Joseph s s 36 Lead Miner “
Thomas s s 32 County Council Roadman “
Frances d s 29 Home “
Jane d s 27 “
John s s 24 Lead Miner “
Walton s s 19 Limestone quarryman “
Donald gs 3 “
Cyril gs 1 “
Watson Samuel, Pte., Royal Garrison Artillery SP, SJG
1911, High Rotherhope (6 rooms)
Joseph H. Watson h m 34 Farmer Alston
Mary A. w m 32 “
Samuel bro s 23 Working on farm “
Arthur s 6 School “
John s 4 “
Frances M. d 2 “

From Margaret Strong (nee Watson): 23/10/1886-12/12/1969. Buried at St. John’s Garrigill. Documents include photo in uniform, Pass for recruits, 11/12/1915, Change in payment to wife/mother, Mrs. E. Watson, 16/6/1916; Cessation of allowance to wife/mother, 10/2/1919; Soldier’s Demobilization Account, 3/2/1919; Letter from brother Tom in mental hospital in New Zealand, 18/2/1916; Army Reserve Notice for older brother, Joseph, 22/6/1916.


Samuel Watson (photo. M. Strong)


Watson Thomas W. SPS

*Watt R.T., Cpl.
Croft Terrace (formerly of Newcastle) wounded in left shoulder, in hospital
Eastbourne (
HH 4/5/1918, p.8, col.4).

*Wilkinson Robert, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Wright James, North’d Fusiliers
Son of E. Wright, Bloomsbury, enlisted (MCW 28/11/1914)
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour
(CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Wright Thomas, North’d Fusiliers
Nenthead’s Roll of Honour (CWH, 6/2/1915, p.1, col.8).

*Wright W., Pte.
With Canadians, wounded (HE 21/5/1915, p.4, col.5).

*Yielder Hilda Elizabeth or Hannah Maud, Nurse
Included in Roll of Honour placed in Alston Post Office window. At Northumberland War Hospital (PO, 6/8/1915, p.3, col.4).

Young Walter, D.L.I. SJG


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