Alston Moor Historical Society

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Those who returned

THOSE WHO RETURNED

157 servicemen are on Rolls of Honour of Alston Moor and another 74 men and 6 women are not on any known existing Roll but were reported in local newspapers, making a total of 237 people with Alston Moor connections who are presumed to have survived the war.

The following list includes men and women born elsewhere but who were living and working on Alston Moor at the outbreak of war, and members of Alston families that had moved away but whose close relatives and friends were still here. There are also names of men who had been pupils at the Samuel Kings School in the town.

The list is a gazetteer that includes two or three lines of basic information about the individuals where available, and more where there is a story to be told. There are a lot of people about whom nothing is known other than their name and their presence on a Roll of Honour.

Allot Dr., R.A.M.C.
Early in the war Dr. Allot of Nenthead called a meeting in Nenthead to consider help for Belgian refugees. He enlisted in the R.A.M.C. in December 1915.

Armstrong Andrew, Pte, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Andrew Armstrong was wounded three times and discharged.

Armstrong David

Armstrong George Ernest, Border Regt.
George Ernest Armstrong was the son of farmer Frederick W. and Elizabeth Armstrong of Dodbury near Garrigill.

Armstrong James Henry James Henry Armstrong was a stone quarryman with Alston Limestone Quarry Co., who joined up in 1915.

Armstrong J. Ralph J. Ralph Armstrong enlisted in October 1914.

Armstrong Robert E., Border Regt.
Robert E. Armstrong wrote a letter in summer 1917 about the death of his pal Sidney Stephens.

Atkinson E., Commandant, Red Cross Society E. Atkinson was included in Roll of Honour placed in Alston Post Office window, summer 1915.

Atkinson J.W. J.W. Atkinson lived at Clitheroe and was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in 1915.

Barwick Harold
In 1911 Harold Barwick was a grocer’s assistant born in Easington, Durham, who lived at Townfoot with his widowed mother.

Beadle Thomas In 1911, aged 16, Thomas Beadle was a living-in farm servant for farmer Thomas Nicholson of Harbut Law. He enlisted with his brothers, one of whom, Errington was killed.

Beadle William In 1911, aged 18, William Beadle was a living-in farm labourer for farmer Thomas Teasdale at Far Town, Kirkhaugh. He enlisted with brothers, one of whom, Errington was killed.

Bell Bertie, R.F.A.
Bertie Bell, born in Allendale, was a stone mason living in Dryburn. He enlisted in autumn 1914.

Bell Fred R., R.G.A.
Fred Bell of Skydes, Garrigill, was a lead miner before the war.

Bell George Vernon
George Vernon Bell, born in the West Allen, was a stoneman in a coal mine. In 1911 he lived at Shanters, Lambley, Northumberland, in two rooms with his wife and two children.

Bell George Walton, Pte., N. Staffs.
George Walton Bell was the son of Hugh, Assistant Overseer & Collector of Rates, and Amelia Bell of Townfoot, Alston. His brother William and cousin William Dawson Walton also enlisted.

Bell John Richardson, Sgt., London Scots
John Richardson Bell took part in Battle of Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 where he was wounded.

Bell John William
John William Bell lived at Ashgill. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in autumn 1915.

Bell Martin, Border Regt., Army Service Corps
In 1911 aged 15 Martin Bell was living-in farm labourer for farm bailiff John Fawcett of Farnberry near Alston.

Bell Robert

Bell William

Bell William Hugh
William Hugh Bell was a railway clerk, the son of Hugh, Assistant Overseer & Collector of Rates, and Amelia Bell of Townfoot, Alston. His brother George and cousin William Dawson Walton also enlisted.

Bewley Arthur, A.W. Corps

Bewley William M., Tyneside Scottish
William Bewley was listed on the Garrigill Roll of Honour.

Birkett Arthur
Arthur Birkett lived on a farm at Ayle, near Alston with his widowed mother and family. His brother Fred also enlisted.

Birkett Frederick, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. Frederick Birkett lived on a farm at Ayle, near Alston, with his widowed mother and family. He was wounded towards the end of the war. His brother Arthur also enlisted.

Bramwell Albert
Albert Bramwell was the son of Thomas Bramwell, jeweller and watchmaker.

Bramwell Harold
Harold Bramwell was the son of Joseph Bramwell, coal agent. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in 1915 and served in Mesopotamia. His brother William also enlisted.

Harold Bramwell on the right (photo G. Renwick)

Bramwell John Joseph, Sapper, Royal Engineers

Bramwell Joseph, R.F.A.
Joseph Bramwell was a lead miner from Redwing, near Garrigill. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in autumn 1915.

Bramwell William Arthur
William Arthur Bramwell was the son of Joseph Bramwell, coal agent. In 1911 aged 18 he was an apprentice grocer living at Church View, Alston. His brother Harold also enlisted.

Brown James, Royal ? (Unknown)

Brown J.J., Signaller, R.N.R.

Cairns Albert S., R.N.A.S. Albert Cairns joined the Royal Naval Air Service early 1915. Previously he had been a chauffeur, and with his wide mechanical experience he became a 1st class mechanic in Royal Navy Air Service. He received a medical discharge from Navy after he had taken part in an air raid over London, when he fell from a seaplane, was caught by the propeller, then fell from a great height into the sea.

Calvert Frank, Tyneside Scottish
Frank Calvert enlisted in late 1914 or early 1915.

Carrick Joseph

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

Cleminson Harrison Harrison Cleminson had moved away from Alston, and enlisted autumn 1914. In 1911, aged 16, he was a living-in painter for Robert Hall, a painter in Prudhoe. Born in Rochester, Cumberland, he was the brother of James.

Cleminson James James Cleminson had moved away from Alston, he enlisted in autumn 1914. In 1911, aged 14, he was a living-in farm labourer for farmer John Watson, High House, Rottington, Whitehaven Born in Rochester, Cumberland, he was the brother of Harrison.

Coulson William, Gunner, R.F.A.

Cousin Fred, A.S. Corps
Fred Cousin lived at Low Sillyhole, Garrigill, where he worked on his father’s farm.

Cousin Joseph, L. Corps
There are two candidates: 1911 Low Sillyhole Garrigill John Cousin h m 65 Farmer Alston Elizabeth w m 59 “ John Joseph s s 28 Miner “ Thomas s s 18 Worker at home “ Fred s s 16 “ “ OR 1911 Dykeheads, Nenthead Isaac Cousin h wdr 70 Farmer Nenthead Joseph s s 28 Lead Miner “ Alice d s 25 Housekeeper “

Cousin William, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers William Cousin, a labourer at the Vieille Montagne lead and zinc works, was the son of Jacob Cousin, Nenthead. He was reported missing in June 1916 and word came later that he had been wounded in the back of his head.

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

In summer of 1918 there was news from the British Red Cross Society, that Sgt. Cousin was a POW somewhere in Germany. He had enlisted in August 1915, and was then recommended for a Commission.

Cowen John, Northl’d. Fusiliers

Cranston Arthur L.
Arthur Cranston was born in Alston, the son of John George Cranston, a grocer & furniture dealer, and his wife, Mary. In 1911, age 23, Arthur Cranston was a bank clerk, boarding at 24 Grey Street, Newcastle.

Currah Robert Walton, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Robert Walton was wounded once. In 1911 age 18, he was a living-in farm servant for Thomas William Smith of Silly Hole, Garrigill.

Currah Thomas William, Royal Marines
Thomas was a lead miner, the son of farmer Joseph and Elizabeth Currah of High Crossgill, Garrigill.

Dargue Thomas, Pte., DLI Thomas Dargue was the son of Mrs. Dargue, of the Holms, Alston. He enlisted in the transport section of the DLI and joined his regiment at Rugeley, Staffordshire, in 1915. He was wounded on 27th July 1916 and came back home to recuperate. After returning to the front he was wounded again in September. In June 1917 he was still in hospital in Leeds.

Dent R.P., 9th Shropshire Lt. Inf’y. A native of Garrigill, the son of Rev. W.R. Dent of Wolverhampton, R.P. Dent was gazetted as a 2nd Lt. in the 9th Bn. Shropshire Light Infantry early in 1915.

Denwood J., 11th (Lonsdale) Bn. Border Regt. J. Denwood was the licensee of the Golden Lion (long since demolished); he enlisted in autumn 1914.

Dickinson Ivan
Ivan Dickinson was the son of farmer Stephen Dickinson of Bridge End, Alston, and his wife Sarah.
Dickinson Jacob, Sgt., Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Sgt. Dickinson was called up at the outbreak of war and in October was Northampton. After serving 10 years in army he was given chance to return to civilian life, but he chose to re-enlist, being first granted 1 month’s leave. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct in France in summer 1918.

Dickinson John
It is possible that this is John Dickinson, clerk for the Vieille Montagne Lead and Zinc Co., who lived at the Hundy, Alston, with his wife Carola and their children.

Douglas Mark, Pte., Army Service Corps
Mark Douglas was the son of John R. J. Douglas, a widower, one time innkeeper of the Bluebell Hotel, from Tanfield, Durham. He enlisted as a Driver with 227 Coy., ASC (Supply), 29th Div. Train, BEF. His brothers Andrew and John also enlisted, sadly were both killed.

Mark Douglas (photo’s courtesy of S. Danby)

Dowson John, Cpl.
John Dowson of Alston had moved to Hexham. He was admitted to Chadwick Hospital, Carlisle, in October 1917.

Dowson Lancaster
Lancaster Dowson had been born in Gateshead, in 1911 he was a postman living in Kate’s Lane with his widowed mother and family.

Dryden John, Pte., 2nd Artillery, Border Regt. Born about 1884, the son of Barron and Hannah Dryden, Fairhill, Nenthead, John Dryden enlisted in autumn 1914. He trained at Shoeburyness, then for 3 weeks in France and another week “hard drilling”, and then to the trenches from where he wrote home. In the summer of 1917 he was wounded and in hospital in Cheltenham.

Durry? John, Pte., Royal Army Medical Corps

Edgar Fred
Fred Edgar was the son of farmer John Edgar and Annie of Blagill Hill Top; Fred was a mason’s labourer. His brother William also enlisted.

Edgar William
William Edgar was the son of farmer John Edgar and Annie of Blagill Hill Top; William was a lead miner. His brother Edgar also enlisted.

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

Fawcett Herbert, Pte, 9th Border Regt.
Herbert was a farm labourer, the son of Smith Fawcett, a lead miner of Leadgate, and his wife Jane.
Fawcett Hugh, Sapper , Royal Engineers
Hugh Fawcett, a platelayer, lived at Mill House, Leadgate, with his wife Isabella and their family.

Fawcett James, Sgt, Commercial Battalion, Newcastle, D.L.I. James Fawcett enlisted early in 1915 and was wounded once.

Fawcett Matthew, Lance-corporal, King’s Own Royal Lancashire.
Matthew Fawcett, a cartman for the lead mining company, lived in two rooms at Chapel Terrace, Alston with his wife Helen and their children He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme and was gassed once.

Featherstone T. T. Featherstone enlisted in the autumn of 1914 and was allowed home on leave for Christmas that year to be married.

Forster Robert, 2nd Lt., W & C Yeomanry, King’s Own Yorks. Lt. Infantry Robert Forster, a native of Carlisle, was the divisional road surveyor for Alston. He joined Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry in autumn 1914 and received his commission as 2nd Lt. in 11th Bn. of King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in July the next year. At the end of 1916 he was wounded by a bullet to the left shoulder and sent back to hospital in London.

Gilmore Patrick, L/c., Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers Patrick Gilmore was the youngest son of Patrick Gilmore, a general dealer of the Butts, who had left Alston some years before. He had nephew of the same name with only a few years age difference between them. They went to school together, Big Pat and Little Pat.

Glendinning George, Border Regt.
Born in Carlisle, George Glendinning was the son of widow Mary Ellen Glendinning and lived at Overwater, Nenthead, where he worked on the lead and zinc ore washing floor.

Goodfellow John W., Border Regt. John Goodfellow enlisted in Border Regt. at Carlisle in the autumn of 1915.

Graham J. A married man living at Ashgill, J. Graham was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in the autumn of 1915.

Gregg L., Bombardier, R.F.A.

Grey Wilfred
A native of Alston, Wilfred Grey, a draper’s assistant, had moved to Wolsely Gardens, Newcastle, where he lived with his wife Margaret.

Haldon Thos. Wilson, Pte., R.A.S.C.
Thomas Wilson Haldon was a clerk to the limestone company, the youngest son of Hugh Haldon, a grocer and miller at Townfoot, and his wife Elizabeth. He was secretary of the Wesleyan Sunday School and a member of the choir. His brother William also enlisted.

Haldon William
William Haldon was a grocer and miller in the business of his father Hugh Haldon, at Townfoot. Hugh went to Alston Military Tribunal to appeal for exemption for William because William was in sole control of the business and a partner in the mill. His brother Thomas also enlisted.

Halkier J.A., 4th Northl’d Fusiliers J.A. Halkier lived at Wellgill and enlisted in the autumn of 1915.

Hall Nicholas J. Nicholas J. Hall, as a hotel keeper, appealed for exemption at the County Appeal Tribunal in summer 1916 but it was dismissed.

Harrison Edmund, Pte. In February 1918 Edmund Harrison arrived by last train to Alston of the day in time to attend the ‘Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home’.

Harrison Herbert, Pte. Herbert Harrison, a lead and zinc mine worker on the ore dressing floor, was the son of widow Hannah Harrison of Nenthead. He was wounded in the summer of 1917.

Harrison John, Pte., Highland Regiment
It’s possible that this is John George Harrison, a lime filler who lived at Blagill Head with his wife, Mary and family.

Harrison R. J. R. J. Harrison was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for married men late in 1915.

Harrison William, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers

Henderson E., Cpl., R.E.

Herdman Francis Lewis, M.G. Corps
Francis Lewis Herdman was the son of farmer Lewis Joshua Herdman of Howgill Syke, Tynehead, and his wife Mary.

Herdman John, Yorks. Regiment & R.E.
Formerly a general labourer in the limestone quarry, living in Crown Lane with his widowed mother Elizabeth, as Sapper John Herdman he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Herdman Robert Walton, Pte., Border Regt.
Robert Walton Herdman was wounded in the left hand late in 1917 and was in hospital in Leicester.

Hetherington J., Sgt. Sgt. J. Hetherington volunteered at the first recruitment meeting in Alston on 6th September 1914. As a corporal he was awarded the Military Medal in 1916 for “bravery in the field”, namely his heroic behaviour in ‘No Man’s Land’. In 1918 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 Alston Welcome Home Committee at Alston Town Hall.

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

Hetherington Stanley

Hodgson David David Hodgson of Bayle Hill enlisted in spring 1915.

Hodgson John J., Northl’d Fusiliers. There are two candidates for John Hodgson: John, son of John Hodgson, a general labourer, and Hannah, of Kate’s Lane, or John, son of Joseph Hodgson, a butcher and farmer, and Elizabeth Ann, of Bayle Hill.

Hodgson Joseph, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers

Joseph Hodgson was born c.1892 son of Mary Ann and stepson of Couper Doyle of Overwater. As Pte. Joseph Hodgson he was at Ypres with the 4th Nl’d Fusiliers. His name was on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915. In the spring of 1915 Joseph, a former labourer on the lead and zinc ore-dressing floor, was caught in a gas attack. He returned home, suffering from the effects from which he recovered. In summer of 1918 he went missing in action then was reported to be a prisoner of war.

Hopkins Charles, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. George Charles Hopkins, a lead miner, was the son of widower George Hopkins, also a lead miner, of Overwater in Nenthead. He was listed on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour.

Hymers Charles, Pte. Charles Hymers, a lead miner, was one of five sons and a daughter of widow Isabel Hymers, a farmer at Hudgill. He was wounded in the summer of 1917.

Ingledow R.W.B., Sgt., N. Staffs.
Robert Wallace Beaumont Ingledow was a son of Walter Taurobert Ingledow, vicar of Knarsdale, and his wife Emma. He was listed on the Roll of Honour at the Samuel Kings School. His brother Walter also enlisted and was killed in 1917.

Irving John William
John William Irving was the only son of John Irving, a joiner and cartwright, and his wife Frances Ann of 3, Victoria Square, Alston.

Jackson Allan, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Allan Jackson lived at Windy Hall; his brother John also enlisted.

Jackson Arthur
Arthur Jackson, a joiner, was one of four sons of John Watson Jackson, a foreman platelayer, and his wife Elizabeth Ann, of High Annat Walls

Jackson John, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry John Jackson lived at Windy Hall; his brother Allan also enlisted.

Jackson J.W.S., Cpl., R.E. J.W.S. Jackson appears on the Roll of Honour in the Samuel Kings School
Jackson Thomas, Pte., Border Regt.
Thomas Jackson, a draper’s apprentice in 1911, was one of four sons of John Watson Jackson, a foreman platelayer, and his wife Elizabeth Ann, of High Annat Walls

James Josephine Mabel Mabel Josephine James was the sister of Wilhelmina Martha James. (See below)

James Wilhelmina Martha Wilhelmina Martha James was the daughter of Octavius James, vicar of Kirkhaugh and his wife Jane. The family lived at Clarghyll Hall near Alston.

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.
John Jardine of Garrigill is named on the village’s Roll of Honour; he had also been in the Black Watch.

Johnson Archibald, Pte. Archibald Johnson had been wounded and discharged. At Nenthead Soldiers’ Welcome Home; with other men he was presented with a savings certificate.

Johnstone James, Northl’d Fusiliers. James Johnstone was listed on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Kearton Arthur, Border Regt. Arthur Kearton was formerly a quarryman, the son of John Kearton, also a quarryman, and his wife Jane, who lived with their family at the Masonic Buildings, Alston. He enlisted in late 1915.

Kearton Fred, Sapper, Royal Engineers
Fred Kearton was a joiner, the son of Hugh Kearton, joiner and builder in the Market Place, and his wife Sarah. In 1917 he was serving in Mesopotamia where he carved a face on a rock at Table Mountain, 100 miles above Baghdad.

Kearton Hugh, Royal Engineers
Hugh Kearton was a plumber, the youngest son of Hugh Kearton, joiner and builder in the Market Place, and his wife Sarah. He joined up in summer 1915.

Kearton Vipond, Pte, Border Regt.
Vipond Kearton was the son of farmer Thomas Kearton and his wife Annie of Rotherhope
He was wounded once.

Keenleyside William
William Keenleyside was a labourer in the limestone works, the son of Thomas Keenleyside, a hawker and ‘Post Office Pensioner’, and his wife Mary Jane of Town Head.

Lancaster Herbert W., Pte.
Herbert Lancaster worked with his father John Lancaster as a miller and corn merchant, Alston The family, including Herbert’s mother Susanna, lived at Church Gates. He enlisted in autumn 1914.

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

Lancaster Thomas W.

Lawson W., Capt., D.L.I., 17th D.L.I.
Born in County Durham, Wesley Lawson, B.Sc., was a master at Alston Secondary School who received his commission as 2nd Lt. in the 17th DLI in 1915. A graduate of Durham University, 1912 captained University team. Was on the staff as supervisor of Physical Training and Bayonet Practice. He had been wounded in the face 29th September 1918 and was in the High Street Military Hospital, Manchester.

Leatherby John, R.G.A.
John Leatherby was of Garrigill.

Lee Charles
Before the war Charles Lee had been a lead and zinc miner, living with his wife and father-in-law, Robert Doyle, also a lead and zinc miner, and his wife, at Wellgill, Nenthead

Lee Mina, Nurse

Nurse Mina Lee Wilhelmina Lee, Nurse, was one of the Lee family of Randalholme. She had been nursing in Edinburgh for some years before she went first to serve in French field hospital. She was named on the Roll of Honour placed in Post Office window in summer 1915, and she was officially mentioned for gallant conduct and distinguished services by her Commander in Chief of the British Salonika Forces.

Little Arnold

Little Edwin
Edwin Little was a veterinary surgeon, the son of Joseph Little, also a veterinary surgeon, and his wife Rachel, at Town Head. In spring 1915 he was appointed as a military veterinary surgeon, having previously been employed by a government vet in London.

Little H.W., Pte, South Lancs.

Lowe Hugh Hugh Lowe, a shoemaker of Skelgill, was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in autumn 1915.

Lowe John W., Gunner, R.F.A. A coal hewer of Skelgill, John W. Lowe enlisted in the spring of 1915, he wrote two letters home from the front that were published in the local press. In the second he wrote that a comrade died in his arms after he had carried him to doctor under shell fire.

Mallinson Joseph William

Martindale John William, Pte., 33 Labour Company

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

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

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

MacMillan, Robert, 2/1 Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry (Cavalry)

(Photo. S. Renwick) Robert MacMillan of Skelgill, Private 2843, 2/1 Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry (Cavalry) is on the right; he served in Salonika, and in the Middle East where he almost drowned in River Jordan.

McLaren ? Pte. Pte. McLaren, husband of Mrs. McLaren, Hill Top, Nenthead, was a POW in Germany in spring 1918.

Millican Charles A.

Millican Frederick A., A.S. Corps
Frederick Millican was the son of farmer John Millican of Tynehead House and his wife Catherine

Millican Hugh Jackson, Border Regt.
Hugh Jackson was a lead miner the son of farmer John Wallace Millican of Garrigill and his wife Annie.

Millican John James

Millican J. Russell
It’s possible that John Russell Millican was the son of draper John Holmes Millican of Front Street, Alston and his wife Eunice, but from the 1911 census he looks too young to have taken part in the war. This needs to be checked, John Russell is far too young but it’s an uncommon name.

Millican J.W., Northl’d Fusiliers On Garrigill Roll of Honour in 1915.

Millican Wilfred, DLI
Wilfred Dent Millican of Garrigill was a limestone quarryman for the County Highways. He enlisted early in 1915.

Moffatt Thomas William, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. Thomas William Moffatt was a native of Alston who had moved with his father, a farm labourer, mother, four brothers and a sister to live in two rooms at Billy Hall Farm, near Crook in County Durham. He was listed on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Moore Ernest
Ernest Moore was the son of William Moore, a railway engine driver, and his wife Mary Ann, of School Terrace, Alston.

Nicholson Harold, L/Cpl., Machine Gun Corps

Nixon Joe, Border Regt.

Oxley Edward, Pte., Border Regt. Edward Errington Oxley was a limestone quarry labourer, born in Hexham the son of Mr. Oxley of Hall Stile Bank, Hexham, who lived with his wife Elizabeth Ann and family in Kate’s Lane, Alston. He enlisted in autumn 1914, was wounded in the summer of 1916 and was in hospital in Manchester.

Parmley Amos Robinson, R. Engineers
Amos Robinson Parmley of Bridge End, Garrigill, was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in 1915.

Parmley James. In 1916 the 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. The Tribunal disagreed and said his place could be taken by a man over military service age, so the appeal was dismissed.

Parmley John, Border Regt.
John Parmley of Garrigill was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in 1915.

Parmley Thos. E. A.

Pickering Charles

Pickering Frank R.
Francis Ralph Pickering was a stonemason who lived with his wife Annie in Globe Lane, Alston.

Pickering John E.

Pickering John S., Pte., M.M., R.A.M.C.
John Summers Pickering was the son of widower Thomas Pickering, a grocer and provision dealer of Alston who lived at Burnleigh House.

Known as ‘Jack’, he was a stretcher bearer in the RAMC attached to the Northumbrian Field Ambulance. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal “for conspicuous bravery in the field on many occasions.” He was too modest to tell of his award, so a letter was sent to Alston by half a dozen of his friends.

Pickering Joseph E.

Plank George, Northl’d. Fusiliers

Potts William (Walter?), Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry It’s possible that this was the Walter Potts who lived at Leipsic, Alston, with his father, farmer William Potts and mother Margaret. The family of ten lived in three rooms.

Renwick William, Pte., Manchester Regt.

Reynolds Arthur, Tyneside Irish Arthur Reynolds enlisted early in 1915.

Richardson Harold, M.G. Corps
Harold Richardson was the son of farmer William Simon Richardson of Low Dryburn and his wife Hannah. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in 1915.

Richardson Isaac, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
Isaac Newton Richardson was a lead and zinc miner of Garrigill, who enlisted in 1914. At a ‘Social’ in Garrigill, Private Isaac Richardson acted as MC. He is on the Garrigill Roll of Honour.

Richardson Joe C., Cpl.
Joe Richardson of Harbut Lodge Cottage, while on active service on the western front with a heavy gun battery, was severely wounded in the chest in the summer of 1918.

Ridley Harry B.

Robson Richard Percy, Border Regt.
Richard Percy Robson of Alston joined up in early 1916.

Robson Robert, Pte., Border Regt.
Formerly of Priorsdale, Robert Robson was severely wounded and in hospital in Chester in the summer of 1917.

Roddam Norman C. The son of Mrs. Roddam of Craig Nook, Nentsbury, Norman Roddam had worked for NER before emigrating to Rhodesia. As a reservist he joined the Union of South Africa Forces in 1914.

Rogerson William A., Royal Engineers William Rogerson was formerly the district surveyor of Alston. After four months training at Dover he received a commission with engineering unit of Royal Naval Division.

Rutherford John, Pte., Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. John Rutherford, a lead miner, was the son of Joseph Rutherford, also a lead miner, of Pleasant House, Nenthead, and his wife Sarah Jane. He was on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour, and attended Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home in 1918.

Rutherford John James, Pte., Royal Engineers John James Rutherford was the son of Jonathan Rutherford, a joiner and builder in Overwater, Nenthead, and his wife Elizabeth. Before he joined up, John James Rutherford was a joiner, and had been secretary of Nenthead cricket club.
He was on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour and attended Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home in 1918.

Rutherford Lawrence
Lawrence Rutherford was the son of widow Jane Rutherford, a washerwoman of Kate’s Lane.

Saint Ernest Edward
Ernest Edward Saint of Sandhill had been a farm labourer, when he enlisted in spring 1915, being an experienced motor driver, he was sent to London for transport work.

Scofield Emma, Sister Emma Scofield, born in St. Giles, Durham, was matron of Ruth Lancaster James Cottage Hospital. She enlisted early in 1915 as a territorial nurse and was soon promoted to sister in Newcastle.

Scott Herbert, Cpl., M.G.C.,
Herbert Scott was the son of William Scott, a draper’s traveller, and his wife Sarah, of Fairhill View, Alston. He trained at first in the Army Service Corps in Gateshead before his transfer to the M.G.C. His brother Lloyd also enlisted.

Scott Lloyd J., Cpl., Tank Corps
Lloyd John Scott was the son of William Scott, a draper’s traveller, and his wife Sarah, of Fairhill View, Alston. His brother Herbert also enlisted.

Scott Sidney, Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) The son of Mr. T.E. Scott of Nenthead, Sidney enlisted and left for the south of England in December 1915.

Scully John, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. John Scully was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour.

Shearson G.L., Lancashire Regt. G. L. Shearson was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour.

Shield John Joseph, Border Regt.
John Joseph Shield was a woodman, the son of Alfred Shield, a limestone quarryman of West View, Garrigill, and his wife Phoebe. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men.

Short Nicholas Pte.

In 1911 Nicholas Short, aged 14, born in Nenthead, was a shepherd living at home at Herd’s House Whitfield, Northumberland, with his mother, father and ten brothers and sisters in four rooms. In June 1918 he was reported missing and two months later came the news that he was a prisoner of war.

Simpson Charles V.C.

Simpson John W.

Smith Andrew Andrew Smith enlisted in autumn 1914.

Smith Arthur, Trooper, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry
Arthur Edward Smith, the son of farmer Robert and Ellenor Smith of Mark Close, joined the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry in Penrith in 1914. His brothers Thomas and Robert also enlisted.

Smith Robert L., Pte., Northl’d. Fusiliers
Robert Leicester Smith was the son of farmer Robert and Ellenor Smith of Mark Close. His brother Arthur and Thomas also enlisted.

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

Smith Thomas William Thomas William Smith was a son of farmer Robert and Ellenor Smith of Mark Close. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in 1915. His brothers Arthur and Robert also enlisted.

Smith Thomas William, Northl’d Fusiliers
Thomas William Smith was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Snowden Thomas Thomas Snowden was a joiner, the son of Robert W. Snowdon, also a joiner, and his wife Frances, of Grange House, Alston. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme in 1915.

Spark George V., Oper., Mer. Mar.
George Vipond Spark was the son of Thomas Spark, a butcher and farmer, and his wife Isabel, of Nentholm, Alston. His brothers Harold and Thomas also enlisted. Thomas was killed in 1918.

Spark Harold

Spark H.L., Sgt., Royal Fus.
Harold Lee Spark was the son of Thomas Spark, a butcher and farmer, and his wife Isabel, of Nentholm. His brothers George and Thomas also enlisted. Thomas was killed in 1918.

Sproat George, Pte.
George Sproat, a lead miner, was one of four sons of Police Constable Robert Sproat and his wife Mary Ann of Grove Cottage. In spring 1917 he was wounded and moved to Warncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, where he was progressing favourably. His brothers Lowingham and either Isaac or Robert were also in the army.

Sproat Lowingham, Lt., D.L.I.
Lowingham Sproat, who worked in a solicitor’s office, was one of four sons of Police Constable Robert Sproat and his wife Mary Ann of Grove Cottage. His brothers George and either Isaac or Robert were also in the army.

Stagg Arthur Arthur Stagg, a retired marine engineer, lived at Hill House, Alston, with his wife Ethel. He enlisted as driver and left Alston for training in March 1915.

Stephen J.J., Bombardier, M.M., R.F.A.
John J. Stephen the son of Police Sergeant John L. Stephen and his wife Ellen, worked in a solicitor’s office before the war. He was awarded the Military Medal for “conspicuous service”.

Stephenson W. W. Stephenson enlisted in the autumn of 1914.

Storey Ernest Thirlwall, L/c, 8th Border Regt.
Ernest Thirlwall Storey enlisted in the autumn of 1914. He was a bank clerk, the second son of Thomas James Storey, a dentist, and his wife Mary of Temple Croft. He married Mary Walton Lancaster, only daughter of John Lancaster, Alston, one Thursday in August 1915 and went on honeymoon to the Lakes.

Storey George
George Storey worked in his father George William Storey’s stocking factory and lived with his family at South Tyne House at the Old Brewery.

Storey Harold, Lt., M.C., D.L.I.
Harold Storey was a son of George William Storey, owner of a stocking factory, and lived with his family at South Tyne House at the Old Brewery.

2nd Lt. Harold Storey was awarded the Military Cross in the autumn of 1917.

Storey John, 2nd Lt., Army Service Corps, 38th (Welsh) Division John Storey was a dentist, the eldest son of Thomas James Storey, also a dentist, and his wife Margaret, of Temple Croft, Town Foot, Alston
He fought in Battle of Pilkem, 31st July -2nd Aug 1917, the Battle of Langmarck 16th-18th August, 1917 and the Battle of Menin Road 20th-25th Sept. 1917. On either the 24th or the 27th April 1918 he was severely wounded by shrapnel to the left side of his chest and was in hospital in France. 2nd Lieutenant John Storey was awarded the Military Cross, on the 9th June 1918 the HQ of 4th Army sent a certificate of congratulation signed by (General) ‘Rawlinson’.

Storey Joseph John, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt.
John Joseph Storey of Garrigill, was born in Alston of a shepherding family that had moved to Tynehead from Stanhope. He enlisted in the autumn of 1914, and he was listed in the Garrigill Roll of Honour the next year.

Storey Thomas Symington, Lt. Surg., R.N.
Thomas Symington Storey was the 3rd son of Thomas James Storey a dentist, and his wife Margaret, of Temple Croft, Town Foot, Alston.

Stout Charles Clinton, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. Before the war Charles Clinton Stout worked with his father, Simon Stout, a farmer of Greenends and a carting contractor for the Vieille Montagne Lead and Zinc Company. He was on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915. His brother Joseph also enlisted.

Stout Harry, Pte. Early in 1918 Harry Stout attended the Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home, he had been either wounded or disabled, or both, and discharged, he was presented with a savings certificate.

Stout Russell, Pte. Before the war Joseph Russell Stout worked with his father, Simon Stout, a farmer of Greenends and a carting contractor for the Vieille Montagne Lead and Zinc Company. He had been wounded and attended Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home. His brother Charles also enlisted.

*Stout William Pte. William Henry Stout, a lead ore dresser, was the son of William Stout, a lead miner, and his wife Ann, of Hill Top, Nenthead. He was wounded or disabled, and discharged. He attended the Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home in 1918 when he was presented with a savings certificate.

Swindle Isaac, Royal Air Force
Isaac C. Swindle, a lead miner, was the son of widow Jane Swindle, a farmer at Low Lee House, Garrigill.

Tatters Thomas H., Northl’d Fusiliers Before the war Thomas Henry Tatters was a labourer on the zinc ore dressing floor, who lived with a relative, Elizabeth Tatters, in Overwater, Nenthead. He was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Teasdale Arthur
Isaac Arthur, a lead miner, lived with his father Thomas Teasdale, a widower who farmed at Hayring, Nentsbury, and his family.

Telford J. J. Telford enlisted in the autumn of 1914.

Thomlinson William, Pte, North’d Fusiliers.
William Thomlinson was wounded once.

Thompson Fred, Pte., 11th ?Southlanders
Fred Thompson was the grandson of David Thompson, a lead miner and farmer at Aimshaugh, Leadgate, and his wife Ellen.

Thompson Joseph, A.O.C. Joseph Thompson left Nenthead via Carlisle for the south to join Army Ordnance Corps early in 1915.

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

In the summer of 1916 J.W. Thompson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Thompson of Blagill, was wounded and seriously ill in a hospital near London. Two years later he was wounded again and taken prisoner.

Tindle Martin A. W.
Martin Augustus Walter was born in West Hartlepool and was the grandson of Martin Tindle, a grocer and provision dealer, of East View, Alston, and his wife Hannah.

Tweddle Joseph
Joseph Somerset Tweddle was a plumber born in Newcastle. He was the stepson of Emily Mary Tweddle, a boarding house keeper of the Hillcrest (now Alston House), Alston

Varty John, R.A.M.C.
John Varty, a bootmaker and dealer, was the son of farmer Joseph Varty and his wife Sarah of Rotherhope Side. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in late 1915.

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

Varty Watson or Walton, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

Walters Philip, R. Engineers

Walton J. Bales

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

Walton J. Edwin

Walton Harrison, Pte., Border Regt. Harrison Walton, the youngest son of Mrs. Walton, a widow, of Overwater Nenthead, enlisted in the Border Regiment in 1915. He was wounded in left arm in 1916 and possibly disabled, and discharged. He attended the Nenthead Soldiers Welcome Home where he was presented with a savings certificate.

Walton John, Sgt., Royal Inniskillings
Sgt. John Walton was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Walton John, Pte., 4th Nl’d Fusiliers John Walton, a farm worker, was one of eight children of widower William Walton, a butcher living in Grisedale Lane. He enlisted at Hexham in the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers in the autumn of 1914. He was wounded only a few months later in April 1915. He was wounded a second time a little over a year later and was in a hospital in Sussex.

Walton John, Pte., Northl’d Fusiliers
John Walton was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men in late 1915. His brothers Robert and Thomas also enlisted.

Walton John G. John G. Walton, a groom and general servant, appealed twice to the County Appeal Tribunal for exemption in 1916 but he was refused.

Walton Robert S. Robert Walton was the brother of Thomas and John.

Walton Thomas, Pte. 24286, Border Regt. Thomas Walton was the brother of Robert and John. His marriage, like many others at the time, did not survive the strain of the war.

Walton William Dawson
Before the war William Dawson Walton, the nephew of Hugh Bell, assistant overseer and collector of rates, and his wife Amelia, of Townfoot, was a grocer’s apprentice living at Annat Walls. He was brother-in-law to John, Robert and Thomas Walton who joined up. His cousins William, Hugh and George Walton also enlisted. He was sworn in under Lord Derby’s Scheme for single men on the 25th November 1915, aged 18 years 11 months, and his height was 5 feet 4½ inches. He joined the 12th Border Regt., then on 19th December 1916 he was transferred to the Signal School and became Gunner 146348 of the 33rd Coy., Royal (Garrison) Artillery. In 1917 he lost his right eye and was admitted to London General Hospital on the 18th October. He was discharged on the 10th April next year.

Watson Cyril Lancaster
In 1911 at the age of 10 Cyril Lancaster Watson was a visitor with his mother Emily and brother Norman, aged 3, at 279, Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, staying with Thomas Anderson Millican and his family, all born in Alston. Cyril must have been only just of age to enlist before the war finished, unless of course he lied about his age on enlistment.

Watson Fred.
Frederick Watson, a labourer in lead and zinc mines, was the stepson of James Archer, a waggon driver for the lead and zinc mine works, living at Nentsbury.

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

Watson Harrison, Sgt. Sergeant Harrison Watson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson, School Terrace, The Butts, Alston. The family of ten lived in four rooms. In 1918 he was a POW in Germany. Before the war he was serving an apprenticeship as a grocer at the Co-op.

Watson John On the 9th September 1916, John Watson was prosecuted at the magistrates’ court for being an absentee from the army and he was handed over to the military escort. There are two candidates for John Watson: 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
Before the war Samuel Watson lived and worked on his brother Joseph H. Watson’s farm at High Rotherhope.

Samuel Watson (photo. M. Strong)

Watson Thomas W.

Watt R.T., Cpl. R.T. Watt, formerly of Newcastle, lived in Croft Terrace, The Butts. In the spring of 1918 he was in hospital in Eastbourne having been wounded in left shoulder,

Wilkinson Robert, Lonsdale Bn., Border Regt. Robert William Wilkinson was the son of widow Frances Hannah Wilkinson, a grazier of High Galligill. He was listed on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915.

Wright James, North’d Fusiliers James Wright was the son of Edward Wright, a stationary engineman with the lead and zinc mines, and his wife Mary Jane, of Bloomsbury House, Nenthead. The family of ten lived in 4 rooms. He enlisted in the autumn of 1914 and was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915. His brother Thomas also enlisted.

Wright Thomas, North’d Fusiliers Thomas Wright was the son of Edward Wright, a stationary engineman with the lead and zinc mines, and his wife Mary Jane, of Bloomsbury House, Nenthead. The family of ten lived in 4 rooms. He was named on Nenthead’s Roll of Honour in 1915. His brother James also enlisted.

Wright W., Pte. W. Wright was “with the Canadians” when he was wounded in spring 1915.

Yielder Hilda Elizabeth or Hannah Maud, Nurse ‘H. Yielder’ was a nurse at the Northumberland War Hospital and was included in Roll of Honour placed in Alston Post Office window in 1915. Hilda and Hannah were daughters of Richard Yielder, a farmer and a magistrate, and their mother Jemima at Harbut Lodge.

Young Walter, D.L.I.

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