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ALSTON WAR MEMORIAL

Detailed information for World War 1 & 2
Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

The Alston war memorial is located in Penrith Road/Brampton Road, Alston. It takes the form of a four stepped, Penrith red sandstone, base surmounted by a square, Westmorland limestone, plinth and obelisk with the inscription on the sides of the plinth;a laurel wreath is depicted at the base of the obelisk. The memroial was made by Parkin & Son of Crosby Ravensworth & Craig Brothers of Alston-Groundworks. The memorial was originally unveiled 4 September 1922; attended by Earl of Lonsdale, Lord-Lieutenant of Cumberland; dedicated 4 September 1922; attended by Rev. Harvey Rowse, RN. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order within cofnlict; there are 39 names for World War 1 and 12 names for World War 2.

Photographs copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2018

THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED TO THE
GLORIOUS MEMORY
OF THOSE OF ALSTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918
AND
1939 – 1945
“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

1914-1918

ABBOTT Henry
Private 14718, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 24 July 1916. Aged 29. Born Richmond, Yorks, native of Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 34. Grave 8.
ALDERSON Albert E
Company Sergeant Major 204409, 12/13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 28 August 1918. Worked for the Alston Department of North Eastern Railway. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 3.
ARCHER John William
Lance Corporal 372650, 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 25 July 1918. Born Alston, Cumberland, resident and enlisted Hexham. Son of John and Sarah Archer, of 19, Rye Terrace, Hexham, Northumberland. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 18.
ARCHER Thomas
Private 25333, 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 5 June 1918. Aged 26. Born of Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Carlisle. Nephew of Mary Ann Thursby, of Vicarage Terrace, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row L. Grave 14.
ATKINSON Robert
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BEADLE Errington
Gunner 90187, "A" Battery, 285th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 16 September 1918. Aged 21. Born Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Ayrcliffe, Durham. Son of Mrs Matilda Beadle, of Townhead, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 26.
BENNETT James
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BROWN William C
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COLLINSON Joseph William
Private 32310, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 16 August 1917. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Son of William (deceased) and Ann Collinson, originally Vicarage Terrace, Alston then Station Road, Alston; brother of Lawrence Gill Collinson, of Town Foot, Alston, Cumberland. Attested 12 January 1916 in Carlisle, aged 25 years 4 months, born Alston, Cumberland, resident Vicarage Terrace, Alston, Cumberland, Grocer's Assistant by trade, height 5 feet 5 inches, weight 133 lbs, chest 34 inches. Embarked Folkestone 13 pril 1917, disembarked Boulogne, France, 13 April 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 85 to 86.
CRANSTON John Richardson
Private 311220, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died on service 4 August 1916. Aged 20. Born Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Scotton Camp, Yorkshire. Son of John George and Mary E. Cranston, of Alston, Cumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 20 to 22.
DAVIDSON Walter
Private 241313, 5th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 37. Born and resident Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Carlisle. Son of the late Mathew and Elizabeth Davidson, of Alston, Cumberland; brother of Ethel Davidson, of Cross View, Alston. Attested 19 March 1916 at Carlisle, aged 36 years and 1 week, born Alston, Cumberland, resident Cross View, Alston, Colliery Labourer by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 4½ inches, weight 128 lbs, chest 36 inches. With B.E.F. from 23 November 1916 until his death. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
DICKINSON H Dacre
Private 260149, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 5 August 1917. Born and resident Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Penrith, Cumberland. Son of George Dickinson, of King's Arms Lane, Alston, Cumberland. Attested 10 December 1914 at Penrith, aged 22 years of age, a Farm Hand by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 10 inches, weight 9st 11lbs, chest 34½ inches. Embarked Folkestone 17 June 1917, disembarked Boulogne, France, 17 June 1917. Assigned to Cottage Hospital, Penmrith 25 March to 13 May 1915 with pneumonia. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35.
DICKINSON Stephen
Private 23550, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 24 October 1916. Aged 33. Born Wanwood, Alston, resident Bridge End, Alston, enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Son of Walton and Sarah Dickinson, of Bridge End, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 4.
DOUGLAS Andrew
Private 27650, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 29 April 1918. Aged 23. Born Linty Green, Durham, resident Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Penrith, Cumberland. Brother of M. Douglas, of 9, George St., Amble, Northumberland. Formerly 2439, Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 3.
DOUGLAS John
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DOWSON Joseph Henry
Private 17518, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born and enlisted Alston, Cumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
FEATHERSTONE William Foster
Private 23138, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 20 August 1917. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Son of Mary Jane and the late John Walton Featherstone, of Cross View, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row I. Grave 11.
HAVELOCK John A
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JACKSON Herbert John
Private 23304, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 27 August 1916. Born and enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Son of John Walter and Elizabeth Jackson, of High Annat Walls, Alston, Cumberland. Attested 10 January 1915 at Carlisle, aged 19 years 5 months, a Marine? Apprentice by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 7¼ inches, weight 142 lbs, chest 36 inches. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
LITTLE William John
Private 8504, 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 8 July 1915. Born Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Newcastle-On-Tyne. Buried in RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.
MILLICAN Frederic Arnold
[Transcribed as MILLIGAN] Staff Sergeant 150006, Canadian Army Service Corps. Died of Pernicious Anemia at Alston Cottage Hospital, Alston, Cumberland, 8 May 1918. Born Newcastle-on-Tyne 5 August 1873. Husband of Hannah Millican. Next of kin Mr James Millican. Civil Engineer by trade. Married. Attested 20 July 1915 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, aged 40 years, height 6 feet ½ inch, chest 39 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes,Iron Grey hair, rligious denomination Wesleyan. Sailed from Montreal aboard S.S. "Corsican" 25 September 1915. Buried in ALSTON CEMETERY, Cumberland. Section D. Row "U". Grave 151. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6204 - 21
MOORE Thomas
Private 2354, 1st/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 8 June 1916. Aged 23. Born Nenthead. Son of John and Margaret Moore, of Vicarage Square, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 11A.
NICHOLSON James Dixon
Drummer 11/17488, 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 3 July 1916. Aged 28. Son of James and Ruth Nicholson, of Market Place, Alston, Cumberland; husband of Alice (nee Cousin) Nicholson, of Ivy House, Nenthead, Alston, Cumberland, married 16 October 1911 in Alston, Cumberland. Attested 7 January 1915 at Carlisle, aged 27 years 3 months, born Alston, Cumberland, Hairdresser by trade, married, height 5 feet 9 inches, weight 147lbs, chest 34½ inches. Buried in WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 7.
NIXON Robert
Private 414201, 13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died of wounds 23 March 1918. Aged 38. Born Alston-With-Carrgill, Cumberland, enlisted Alston. Son of Robert Nixon, of Alston, Cumberland; husband of Elizabeth Angus (formerly Nixon), of 96, Southwood Rd., Ramsgate. Buried near the West boundary in ST. LAURENCE-IN-THANET CHURCHYARD, Kent.
OXLAND Nowell
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PICKERING Matthew Henry
Private 23844, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 12 October 1916. Born Alston, Cumberland, resident Newcastle-On-Tyne, enlisted Ashington, Northumberland. Formerly 29213, Northumberland Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.
RALPH Walter
Private 27375, 14th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 21 July 1916. Born Birmingham, enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Formerly 14405, Border Regiment. Buried in DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 38.
RAMSAY Thomas Errington
[Spelt RAMSEY on CWGC] Private 26262, 31st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 23 July 1918. Aged 26. Enlisted Alston. Son of John and Mary Jane Ramsey, of Mill Lane, Alston, Cumberland. Formerly 23315, Border Regiment. Buried in LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 7.
RENWICK Alice
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ROBSON Alfred
Private 35501, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 20 September 1918. Aged 25. Born Alston, Northumberland (sic), enlisted Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Son of Mary Harriet Robson, of Wesley House, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, and the late Ralph Robson. Formerly 76133, West Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 10.
RUTHERFORD Joseph Herbert
Private 2211, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 26. Born Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. Son of Mrs. Jane Rutherford, of Kate's Lane, Alston, Cumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.
SPARK Thomas Edwin
Private G/62910, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 26 April 1918. Born and resident Alston, Cumberland, enlisted Penrith, Cumberland. Formerly 16380, Border Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 14 and 15.
SPOTTISWOOD Joseph
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STOBBART Roland Walton
Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died 6 March 1918. Aged 18. Son of Isaac Whitfield Stobbart and Margaret Stobbart, of 29, Croydon Rd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. Native of Alston, Cumberland. Buried in NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (ST. NICHOLAS) CEMETERY, Northumberland. Plot D. Row C. Grave 120.
THOMPSON Lloyd Maurice
Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 25 January 1917. Aged 23. Son of William and Annia Maria Thompson, of Spring House, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 5.
TURNBULL William
Lance Sergeant 15856, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 6 August 1916. Aged 24. Born Tynedock, Durham, resident Blyth, Northumberland, enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Son of Thomas Stoker Turnbull and Margaret Turnbull, of 2, Hunter Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland. Native of Tyne Dock, South Shields. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 15.
VIPOND Harry James
Private 16323, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 26 February 1917. Born Knarsdale, Northumberland, resident Blanchland, Northumberland, enlisted Newcastle-On-Tyne. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.
WALTON Harold F
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WYMES Ernest
Private 17418, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 4 September 1917. Aged 24. Born Newcastle, Northumberland, enlisted Alston, Cumberland. Husband of Hannah Wymes, of Crown Lane, Alston, Cumberland. Buried in ADINKERKE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row D. Grave 6.
1939-1945
ARMSTRONG Thomas Alan
Pilot Officer (Navigator) 177963, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13 September 1944. Aged 24. Son of Christopher and Mary Alice Armstrong, of Kinniside. Buried in CARLISLE (DALSTON ROAD) CEMETERY, Cumberland. Ward 16. Section O. Grave 109.
BRAMWELL John Ivan
Sergeant 1379133, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 October 1941. Aged 32. Son of Elizabeth Bramwell; husband of Ermyntrude B. Bramwell, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. No known grave. Commemorated at ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 242.
DICKINSON, DFM Richard Cuthbert
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) 525760, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 13 September 1940. Aged 26. Son of Richard and May Dickinson; husband of Mary Dickinson, of Gateshead, Co. Durham. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 13. Row B. Grave 12.
DIXON William H
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JOHNSTON John W
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MORGAN Ivan [Arthur]
Warrant Officer (Pilot) 1316136, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 July 1944. Aged 21. Son of Norman W. Morgan, and of Marie J. Morgan, of Alston, Cumberland. Buried in NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (WEST ROAD) CEMETERY, Northumberland. Section R. Grave 836.
PLAYFAIR Peter John
Flying Officer 138476, 142 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7 August 1943. Aged 20. Son of John W. M. and Florence Mary Playfair, of Madulsima, Ceylon. No known grave. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 6, Column 2.
RICHARDSON Thomas William
Leading Aircraftman 1482086, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18 May 1946. Aged 31. Son of James Ernest and Charlotte Richardson; husband of Annie Richardson, of Alston. Buried in ALSTON CEMETERY, Cumberland. Section D. Consecrated Grave 570.
SHIELD John Reginald
Private 3855063, 2nd Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 21 September 1944. Aged 30. Son of John Joseph Shield and of Clara Shield (nee Richardson). No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 74.
SPARK Reginald Lascelles
Lance Corporal T/10688121, 716 (Airborne) Lt. Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 22 June 1944. Aged 21. Son of Arnold Bardgett Spark and Alice Spark, of Alston, Cumberland. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IIA. Row B. Grave 6.
TUCKER Ronald Yeaman
Sergeant 552711, 235 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18 July 1940. Aged 18. Son of Anthony Tucker, and of Jane Elizabeth Tucker, of Leadgate, Cumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 20.
WALKER Harold
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