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TOW LAW WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © transcribed Dave Charlesworth 2007
researched Martin Edwards 2007.

The memorial is situated on the A68, at the southern end of Tow Law, on sharp right hand bend junction of Wolsingham Road with Bridge Street and High Street. It takes the form of a marble figure of a soldier upon two sandstone steps and a marble pedestal with ionic pilasters at each corner. Soldier stands with rifle, bayonet missing, at the ready and gestures as though warding off the enemy. The names are listed mainly by Regiment with rank but have beenj sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of reading and research. See the Tow Law Deerness and District History Society web site for the true ordered transcription. Note that Sunniside is also spelt Sunnyside and the inclusion is direct from the source. The bayonet has been fixed since this photograph was taken. The memorial was dedicated on 10th September 1921.

Photograph Copyright © Dave Charlesworth 2007
Tow Law War Memorial Dedication 10 September 1921 (below)
Tow Law War Memorial plaque in the church of St Philips & St james (below)

FOR COUNTRY
ERECTED
BY THE INHABITANTS OF TOW LAW, THORNLEY, SUNNISIDE, HEDLEY HOPE, EAST HEDLEY HOPE, AND SATLEY, TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT MEN WHO, AT THE CALL OF KING AND COUNTRY, LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM, AND, AFTER ENDURING HARDSHIPS AND FACING DANGER IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR 1914 - 1919, PASSED FROM AMONG THEIR COMRADES BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF SACRIFICE, GIVING THEIR OWN LIVES THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM.

1914 FOR COUNTRY 1919

AGAR

John Robert
Private 2646, 1st/6th Battaion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 17th July 1916. Aged 19. Enlisted Crook, Durham, resident Tow Law. Son of William and Jane Ann Agar, of 5, Victoria Avenue, Crook, Co. Durham. Buried in FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, France. Plot IX. Row K. Grave 9.

AGAR, MM

Nicholas Raine
Private 31875, 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th September 1917. Born Lanchester, Sunderland, Tow Law. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A.

ARMSTRONG

Dryden
Private 20530, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 30th December 1915. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook, Durham. Buried in HOUPLINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 2.

ARMSTRONG

Watson
[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Private 11211, 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died in Mesopotamia 15th September 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Sunderland. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 25.

BAINBRIDGE

John Thomas
Private 22782, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 11th November 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Bainbridge, of 50, High St., Rowlawn (sic), Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

BARKER

William
Private 33026, 11th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 5th October 1916. Born Catterick, enlisted Tow Law. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

BOAL

William
Private 36678, Labour Companies, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died in United KIngdom 14th March 1917. Born Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Formerly 65212, Durham Light Infantry. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 3. Row M. Grave 16.

BRADLEY

John James
Private 4105, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 16th March 1916. Aged 23. Born Coundon, Co. Durham, enlisted Consett, resident Tow Law. Son of Henry and Rose Bradley, of 1, Office Row, East Hedley Hope, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 78.

BRADWELL

Fred
Private 14813, 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 20th June 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Buried in CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 13.

BROOKS

Henry [H]
Private 45619, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 27th November 1916. Aged 25. Born Stanley, enlisted Sunniside, Durham. Son of Mrs. Hannah M. Brooks, of Front St., Sunnyside, Tow Law. Buried in ST. THOMAS CHURCHYARD, STANLEY, Durham.

BRUNTON

J R
Private Durham Light Infantry the only man possibly fitting this description is James BRUNTON, Lance Corporal 1844, 1st/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 19. Born North Shields, enlisted Gateshead. Son of Robert J. and Elizabeth Brunton, of 15, Robert St., Gateshead. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

BURROWS

Daniel
Private 23435, 19th Battalion (Tyneside Pioneers), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 16th April 1918. Aged 21. Born Manchester, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of Daniel and the late Annie Burrows, of East Hedley Hope, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No. 1, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 33.

CAVE

Thomas William
Private 18254, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 8th July 1916. Aged 31. Born High Grange, Crook, Durham, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of John Thomas and Jane Cave, of 4, Chapel St., Quebec, Co. Durham; husband of Elizabeth Jane Cave, of 7, Richardson's Row, Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

CHARLTON, MC

Bernard Hedley
Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Battalion (Territorial), Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) - Officer Commanding 4th Yorkshire Battalion. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Aged 32. Born 22 May 1895 in Guisborough, Yorkshire. Emabrked in France 1915. Son of the late William Charlton and of Frances Elizabeth Charlton, J.P., of The West Garth, Guisborough, Yorks; husband of Mrs. D. F. Money (formerly Charlton), of 79, Wodeland Avenue, Guildford. Awarded the Miltary Cross (M.C.). Manager of the Hedley Hope Colliery, Tow Law. Bernard was of a mining family from Westgate, Guisborough - his father, William, is given as a Mining Engineer in the 1891 Census. His name appears on the Guisborough Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row I. Grave 16.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for Bernard Hedley Charlton 1917:

CHARLTON Bernard Hedley of Hedley Hope Tow Law county Durham died 22 March 1918 in France on active service Administration (with Will) Durham 27 June (1917) to Dorothy Frances Charlton widow. Effects £773 10s. 1d.

CHARLTON

Samuel
Private 17993, 10th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 4th January 1916. Born and resident East Hedley Hope, enlisted Durham. Buried in HOUPLINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 11.

CHARLTON

William
Private 2720, 26th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 21st June 1916. Aged 37. Enlisted Sunniside, Durham. Son of William and Tamar Charlton; husband of the late Annie Charlton. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 2. Row J. Grave 3.

CLAUGHTON

James
[Spelt CLOUGHTON on SDGW & CWGC] Private 18649, 8th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 27th September 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

COATES

George Robert
Gunner 91966, "Y" 6th Trench Moetar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 18th October 1917. Aged 24. Enlisted Aldershot, Hampshire, resident Tow Law. Son of Robert Preston Coates and Mary Ann Coates, of Westgarth House, 49, Bridge St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in LOOS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XX. Row E. Grave 19.

COLLINGWOOD

Joseph
Private 20/509, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 26th June 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Buried in TANCREZ FARM CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 3.

COLLINGWOOD

Thomas William
Private 30185, 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry attached 1st/6th Battalion Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 4th August 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Son of Joseph and Martha Collingwood, of 33, Baring St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in AUTHUILE MILITARY CEMETERY, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 31.

COLLINSON

Thomas Gibson
Private Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 27. Born Auckland Park, Durham, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Husband of Annie Collinson, of Soldiers Homes, Crook, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

CORR

William [Joseph]
Private 25009, 19th Battalion (Tyneside Pioneers) Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 29th October 1917. Born Tow Law, enlisted Sunderland. Formerly 18700, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Buried in RUISSEAU FARM CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 1.

CROWE

George
Private 40454, 8th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 29th September 1917. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Formerly 31413, 11th Reseve, Cavalry Regiment. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 1.

CROWE

Joseph Elliott
Private 206160, "D" Company, Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch), Tank Corps formerly 32245, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 16th September 1916. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Tow Law. Formerly 32245, Machine Gun Corps. Son of George and Jane Ann Crowe, of Hedley Hope, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France.

DAWSON

Robert
Private 21/1462, 21st Battalion (Tyneside Scottish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th March 1916. Born Sunnyside, Durham, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne.

DOWSON

Charles [Henry]
[Listed as DAWSON on SDGW and as Private on Memorial] Lance Corporal 4108, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Inafntry. Died of wounds 23rd February 1916. Aged 17. Born Thornley, Co. Durham, enlisted Consett, resident Tow Law. Son of Charles Henry Edward and Fanny Dowson, of 10, High St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 61.

EVANS

James
Private 16/1355, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 1st July 1916. Aged 26. Born Langley Park, Durham, enlisted Consett. Son of Mrs. Agnes Evans, of 24, Campbell St. Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

FITZSIMMONS

W
Private, Durham Light Infantry - No further information currently available

FOSTER

John Henry
Private 46424, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 7th November 1918. Born Barnard Castle, enlisted Sunderland, resident Crook. Son of Henry and Sarah Jane Foster, of 7, Reservoir Terrace, Stanley, Co. Durham. Buried in DOURLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 22.

GRAHAM

William
Private 47091, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 6th October 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Formerly 78964, Northumberland Fusiliers. Buried in BOIS-DES-ANGLES BRITISH CEMETERY, CREVECOEUR-SUR-L'ESCAUT, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 12.

GRAHAM

William [Albert]
Private 301718, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 25th April 1917. Aged 30. Born and enlisted Tow Law. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

GUY

John George
Private 24546, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th September 1917. Born Lanchester, Co. Durham, enlisted Durham, resident Cornsay, Co. Durham. Husband of Mrs. Guy, of 4, Office St., East Hedley, Hope, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A.

HALL

Charles [Henry]
Private 19447, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 8th July 1916. Aged 29. Born Isle of Wight, Hampshire, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of the late John and Ellen Hall; husband of Mary E. Hall, of 6, Old Rows, Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

HANLON

Frank
Private 14560, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 1st July 1917. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

HARLE

John
Private 37258, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 26th March 1918. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. No known grave. Commmeorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 68 to 72.

HARLE

James [Haswell]
[Listed as Private on memorial] Corporal 2813, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 5th November 1916. Aged 23. Enlisted Bishop Auckland, resident Sunnyside, Durham. Son of William Harle, of 15, Arthur Terrace, Stanley, Crook, Co. Durham, and the late Phoebe S. J. Harle. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 39.

HARLE

James
Private 16/1357, "A" Company, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 34. Born Saltley, Durham, enlisted Consett. Son of the late Thomas and Jane Harle; husband of Dorothy Isabella Harle, of 68, High St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

HENDERSON

William
[Listed as Lance Corporal on SDGW] Corporal 301068, No. 1 Company, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 25th April 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Consett. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Henderson, of 10, Office Row, East Hedley Hope, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 17.

HEWITSON

John Thomas
Private 101537, 1st/5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 17th July 1918. Aged 24. Born Sunnside, Durham, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of Mrs. Gardner (formerly Hewitson), of Sunniside, Tow Law, and Mr. Gardner (stepfather); husband of Wilhelmina Hodgson (formerly Hewitson), of 9, Railway St., Tow Law. A miner. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETRY, Durham. Section 3. Row H. Grave 33.

HILDRETH

Charles
Private 45678, 11th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Formerly 4219, Durham Light Infantry. Buried in BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 11.

HOBSON

R
Private Northumberland Fusiliers probably Robert HOBSON, Private 24244, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial), Northumbelrand fusiliers. Died 14th August 1918. Aged 29. Born Mossley, Lancashire, enlisted Marsden, Yorkshire. Husband of Ann Charlesworth Hobson, of 2, Ing Head, Marsden, Huddersfield. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Plot I. Row G. Grave 16.

HOLLIDAY

George Lancelot
Private 1002002, 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 7th October 1918. Aged 25. Born East Hedley Hope, Durham, enlisted Crook, resident Sunnyside, Durham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lance Holliday, of Tow Law; husband of Elizabeth Jane Holliday (nee Blair), of Front St., Sunniside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in BOIS-DES-ANGLES BRITISH CEMETERY, CREVECOEUR-SUR-L'ESCAUT, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 19.

HUMPHREYS

John Theodore Gordon
Lieutenant, 40th Pathns, Indian Army. Died 19th July 1917. Aged 21. Son of the Rev. H JHumphreys, of Plas Hendref, Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire, Wales. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 4. Row AA. Grave 9.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Part 3, Page 147.

HUMPHREYS, JOHN THEODORE GORDON, Lieut., 40th Pathans, Indian Infantry, yst. s. of the Rev. Henry James Humphreys, Vicar of Thornley, Tow Law. co. Durham, by his wife, Sydney, dau. of Robert Griffith Williams, Q.C. b. Llangan Rectory, Bridgend, co. Glamorgan, 10 July, 1890; educ. Durham Grammar School, and ‘Wellington College; was gazetted Lieut. 20 May, 1917 (as from killed in action at the Battle of Mgergeri 19 July, 1917, having led his men out of a nullah where they were exposed to machine-gun fire, and was returning to help his Commanding Officer. Buried there. His Colonel wrote: He was considered a brave officer and a good comrade, and that was the best that could be said of a soldier,” and Capt. Wadeson: “Your son was regarded in the Regiment as a brave and promising officer, and his loss is keenly felt by all. He was always cheery and willing, however trying the circumstances, and did very good work in the action at Rombo, on 18 April last, when Major Macpherson was killed. On that occasion he moved about very coolly under heavy fire.” Unm.

HUMPHREYS, MC

Noel Forbes
Captain, 10th Battalion, Tank Corps. Died of wounds 27th March 1918. Aged 27. Son of Henry James and Sydney Humphreys, of Thornley Vicarage, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Born at Llangan Rectory, Bridgend, Glam. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXVIII. Row E. Grave 1.

HUMPHREYS

Henry St. Giles
[Listed as S H Humphrey's on memorial] Lost on the 'Lusitania' 7th May 1915. Resident in LA he was one of three sons of the Rev. Henry James Humphreys, Vicar of Thornley Village, Tow Law, Co Durham lost in World War 1. Born 1 September 1885, baptised 29 September 1885 at Llangan, son of Henry James ans Sydney Humphreys. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1885 in Bridgend Registration District, Glamorgan. In the 1891 census he is aged 5, born Glamorganshire, son of Henry J and Sydney Humphreys, resident Rectory, Langan Village, Llangan, Bridgend, Glamorganshire. In the 1901 census he is listed as Henry Giles Humphreys, aged 14, a pupil. born Llangan, Glamorgan. resident at College, Denstone All Saints, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Sailed from Liverpool to New York USA 20 April 1912 on the Cunard Line ship 'Caronia', aged 26.

Note: For those not familiar with the story of the Cunard steamship RMS Lusitania, she was a British passenger liner, carrying a number of Americans, torpedoed off the Irish coast by the German submarine U-20 on 7th May 1915. The sinking and subsequent deaths of several civilians is cited by many to be one of the first modern examples of "total war." The nature of the explosions that sank the ship and the politics surrounding her demise have never been satisfactorily explained and to this day remain shrouded in a cloud of mystery. - See The Lusitania Resource

HUNTER

Robert
Private 241939, 2nd/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died 10th June 1918. Born and enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot II. Row B. Grave 5.

HUTCHINSON

Arthur Whitwell
Company Serjeant Major 19/759, 19th Battalion (Tyneside Pioneers), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 27th March 1918. Aged 26. Enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Son of John and Isabel Hutchinson, of Thornley Village, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 16 to 18.

HUTCHINSON

John Alderson
Private 18/1084, 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Born Thornley, Co. Durham, enlisted Durham, resident Tow Law.

HUTCHINSON

Thomas Edward
[Listed on memorial as Yorkshire Regiment] Private 35238, 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 29th September 1918. Aged 21. Born Sundrland, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of Hedworth Fleming Hutchinson and Margaret Ann Hutchinson. Formerly 39527, East Yorkshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6.

HUTCHINSON, MM

Wiliam
Corporal 24775, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th September 1917. Aged 39. Born and resident Wheatbottom, Crook, Durham, enlisted Durham. Brother of Mrs. M. E. Hunter, of 81, Front St., New Washington, Co. Durham. Native of Crook, Co. Durham. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 23.

HUTTON

Frederick Branwell
[Listed as Private on memorial] Guardsman 22911, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 25th September 1916. Born gateshead, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 4. Row F. Grave 8.

JONES

John
Private 95605, 1st/5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 16th July 1918. Enlisted Newcastle, resident Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 8.

LEAROYD

Gordon
Private 201343, 7th Battalion, Tank Corps. Died of wounds 22nd September 1918. Aged 28. Born Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Husband of Elizabeth Jane Learoyd, of 5, Arnold St., West Auckland, Co. Durham. Formerly 32047, Machine Gun Corps. Buried in SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, BOISLEUX-ST. MARC, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 1.

LEE

C
Private, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) there is a Edward LEE, Private 18253, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 2nd July 1916. Aged 35. Born Byers Green, Spennymoor, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of Mary and the late Edward Lee, of Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE. Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 17.

LEWIS

W C
Able Seaman Tyneside Z/7263, 223rd Machine Gun Company, Royal Naval Division. Died 2nd April 1918. Buried in ENGLEBELMER COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.

LOWSON

Thomas
Lance Corporal 16/1358, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10th February 1917. Aged 28. Born Tow Law, enlisted Consett. Son of George and Margaret Ann Lowson, of Thornley, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row K. Grave 18.

LUTHILL

J
Private Durham Light Infantry - No further information currently available

MADDISON

R [J]
[Listed as Royal Field Artillery on memorial] Gunner 193666, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 22nd MArch 1920. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section I. Row C. Grave 27.

MAIL

C
Private Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) - No further information currently available

MARLEY

Martin
Private 31806, 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 6th May 1917. Born Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-VITASSE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 12.

MARLEY

William P
Private 6/2879, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 8th February 1916. Aged 22. Enlisted Tow Law. Son of Robert and Sarah Marley, of 2, Hopwood's Yard, Dans Castle, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row L. Grave 3.

McANINLY

John Joseph
Private 16/1359, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Born Tow Law, enlisted Consett. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

McCORMICK

James
Private 14683, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Born Lanchester, enlisted Bishop Auckland, resident Tow Law.

McDOUGALL

A
Sapper, Royal Engineers - No further information currently available

MILBURN

Alfred
Corporal 18679, 12th/13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 4th October 1917. Born Crook, enlisted North Shields. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row E. Grave 12.

MOORE

Thomas
Private 16/1362, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 18th July 1916. Born Crook, Durham, enlisted Consett. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 30. Grave 8.

MORALEE

Thomas
[Listed as Private, Yorkshire Regiment on memorial] Lance Corporal 51207, 25th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died in Mesopotamia 13th Noveber 1918. Born Hedworth, Durham, enlisted Gateshead. Formerly 4643, 18th Hussars. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VI. Row L. Grave 4.

NATTRASS

Thomas [James]
Private 201296, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 37. Born Wolsingham, Durham, enlisted Consett, resident Tow Law. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Nattrass, of Blackfield, Tow Law; husband of Sarah Nattrass, of Satley Village, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commmeorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

NELSON

Albert
Private 18774, 14th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 13th April 1917. Born and enlisted Crook. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, France. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 1.

NICHOLSON

Matthew
[Listed as Yorkshire Regiment on memorial] Private 17629, 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th April 1918. Born and enlisted Crook, resident Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 4.

PEARSE

John George
[Spelt PEARCE on CWGC] Private 41785, 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 11th October 1917. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Son of Margaret Harrigan, of Front St., Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Formerly 174469, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row J. Grave 5.

PECKETT

James W
Private 2897, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Enlisted Tow Law. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

POOLEY

Thomas
Private 2960, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 26th April 1915. Enlisted Durham, resident East Hedley Hope, Tow Law. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 36 and 38.

PROUD

Robert
[Listed as Yorkshire Regiment on memorial] Private 14282, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th February 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21 and 31.

PROUD

Robert Arthur
Private 95770, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of owunds 1st November 1918. Aged 20. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Crook. Son of William and Jane Ann Proud, of Sunniside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 62. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.

RICHARDSON

G
Private 17871, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died 5th July 1916. Aged 30. Son of John and Margaret Richardson, of Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 3. Row N. Grave 6.

ROBINSON

G
Private Durham Light Infantry could be a mis-trancription there is a Oliver ROBINSON, Private 45448, 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th August 1916. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

ROBINSON

Joseph Watson
Gunner 115111, "A" Battery, 250th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 27th May 1918. Aged 21. Born Sunnyside, Durham, enlisted Crook. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Robinson, of 3, Garden Row, Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 11.

ROBINSON

Robert [Errington]
[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Lance Corporal 16/847, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 7th April 1918. Aged 30. Born Tow Lane, Tow Law, Durham, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of Joseph and Isabella Robinson, of 45, Dans Castle, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXXIII. Row E. Grave 20A.

ROBINSON

Robert Errington
[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 16/847, 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 7th April 1918. Aged 30. Born Tow Law, Durham, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of Joseph and Isabella Robinson, of 45, Dans Castle, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXXIII. Row E. Grave 20A.

ROBSON

Herbert Sydney
Acting Bombardier 62961, "A" Battery, 111th Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 23rd July 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne, resident Tow Law. Son of William Johnson Robson and Elizabeth Robson, of 3, Inkerman, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row F. Grave 30.

ROWELL-BROWN

Joseph William
[Listed as Joseph Rowell BROWN on SDGW] Private 16/1351, "D" Company, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 8th June 1916. Aged 21. Born Rookhope, Durham, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Son of Thomas and Margaret Ann Rowell-Brown, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Enlisted 3rd January 1915. Buried in WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 15.

SIMPSON

Alfred [Ralph]
Private 250348, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 14th April 1917. Aged 23. Enlisted Crook, resident Sunnyside, Durham. Son of Thomas Simpson, of Arthur Pit, Crook, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

SMITH

George Pallister
Sergeant 45095, "B" Battery, 115th Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in Salonika 14th December 1917. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Durham. Son of John James and Maria Smith, of Darlington, Durham; husband of Elizabeth Johnson (Formerly Smith), of 42, Stable Row, Stanley Pit, Crook, Co. Durham. Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 1347.

STEARMAN

James
Private 95890, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 25th October 1918. Aged 30. Born Waterhouses, enlisted Sunderland, resident Tow Law. Husband of Mary Ellen Bowey (formerly Stearman) of 9, West Rd., Crook, Co. Durham. Buried in PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 11.

STEPHENSON

Ralph
Private 22/941, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 23rd October 1916. Aged 26. Born Wolsingham, Durham, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Husband of Emily Stephenson, of 39, Bridge St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

TARN

John
Private 96304, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 29th October 1918. Aged 23. Born Sunniside, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Son of Joseph and Annie Tarn, of 7, Old Rows, Sunnyside, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in ST. BENIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.

THOMPSON

Robert
Private 204654, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 21st September 1917. Born Sunnyside, Durham, enlisted Bishop Auckland, resident Tow Law. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A.

TODD

Mark Ronald
Gunner 771849 and 142972, Royal Field Artillery. He survived the war, but died in 1919 of wounds received. Born 1892 in Brompton, Yorkshire. A butcher in the Crook-Tow Law area, enlisted on 6th December 1915. Burial details unknown.

VASEY, MM

Henry
Gunner 80820, 64th Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 5th May 1918. Aged 21. Born Stanhope, enlisted Consett. Son of Jonathan and Sarah Vasey, of 6, Inkerman, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, France. Plot/Row/Section I. Grave 78.

VITTY

John
Private 3185, 1st/6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 5th November 1916. Aged 34. Enlisted Bishop Auckland, resident Tow Law. Son of John Thomas and Dorothy Vitty, of 19, Baring St., Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

WALKER

John [William]
Private 16523, 8th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 22nd August 1915. Aged 21. Born and resident Woodyfield, Crook, Durham, enlisted Sunderland. Son of Christopher and B. Walker, of 24, Gladstone Terrace, Sunny Side, Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 55 to 58.

WARD

Thomas
Private 22/94, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 11th November 1916. Aged 23. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of Francis and Mary Ward, of 24, Wolsingham Rd., Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 5.

WATSON

Harold
Rifleman C/1698, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 15th September 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Son of George and Jessie Watson, of 3, Thornley Terrace, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 19. Grave 24.

WAUGH

George Hildreth
Private 30701 [SDGW] or 30301 [CWGC], 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 7th June 1917. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 36 and 38.

WELSH

George Samuel
Private 54942, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 11th October 1918. Born and resident Tow Law, enlisted Bishop Auckland. Formerly D/27836, Dragoon Guards. Buried in WELLINGTON CEMETERY, RIEUX-EN-CAMBRESIS, Nord, France. Special Memorial B. 9.

Note: The village was captured in October, 1918, in the Pursuit to the Selle; and the cemetery was made by battalions of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment immediately after. It was then increased by the concentration of graves from a wide area, mainly South of Rieux. There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 80 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 20 soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. Another special memorial bears the name of a soldier from the United Kingdom, buried in Vendegies-sur-Ecaillon German Cemetery, whose grave could not be found. The cemetery covers an area of 769 square metres and is enclosed by a low brick wall. VENDEGIES-SUR-ECAILLON GERMAN CEMETERY was a small cemetery at the crossing of the Chaussee Brunehaut and the Vendegies-Bermerain road, containing the grave of one soldier from the United Kingdom who fell in October, 1918. The graves of three soldiers from the United Kingdom, who fell in October, 1918, were removed from VERCHAIN-MAUGRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY to Wellington Cemetery.

WHITFIELD

Matthew
Private 20021, 14th battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 21st May 1916. Aged 37. Born Willington, Co. Durham, enlisted Durham, resident Hedley Hope. Son of Thompson and Pheobe Whitfield, of 26, Office Row, Consay, Durham; husband of Sarah Annie Whitfield, of 21, Chapel St., East Hedley Hope, Tow Law. Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 36 and 38.

WILSON

Percy
Private 22/244, 22nd (Pioneer) Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th June 1917. Aged 23. Born Waskerley, Co. Durham, enlisted Crook, resident Tow Law. Brother of Mrs. H. I. Raine, of 3, North Rd., Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row D. Grave 26.

WINTER

John
Driver 45106, 67th Brigade Small Arms Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Salonika 7th April 1918. Enlisted Durham, resident LAnchester, Durham. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 1390.
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ALLAN

Charles David
Private 4468336, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 19th April 1944. Aged 21. Son of Charles and Martha Allan, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 7.

BATES

Norman
Lance Corporal 4399186, 2nd/4th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 25th September 1943. Aged 23. Son of David and Ada Bates, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 44.

BELL

C
Sergeant (Pilot) probably Charles Armstrong BELL, Sergeant, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th March 1943. Aged 29. Son of James A. and Elizabeth Bell; husband of Frances Bell, of Langley Park, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 142.

BOAL

William
[Listed as Aircraftman 2nd Class on memorial] Aircraftman 1st Class 943541, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st October 1941. Buried in REYKJAVIK (FOSSVOGUR) CEMETERY, Iceland. Plot/Row/Section C38. Grave 15.

BRYDON

John Lovat
Sergeant (Observer) 656407, 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 29th July 1942. Aged 25. Son of Catherine Brydon, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 15.

CARRIGAN

John Leonard
Private 4456687, 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 19th May 1940. Aged 34. Son of Joseph and Mary Ellen Carrigan; husband of Elizabeth H. Carrigan, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No know grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, France. Column 122.

DIXON

John [Joseph]
Leading Aircraftman 532692, 223 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th June 1940. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Mary Alice Dixon, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 240.

FAWCETT

James William
Private 14792853, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 28th April 1945. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fawcett, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in CELLE WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 10.

GILL

Fairless
Private 3323929, 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died between 14th and 15th April 1945. Aged 31. Son of Fred and Rose Annie Gill; husband of Florence Gill, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 1.

GOWLAND

Thomas
Leading Aircraftman 1484816, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 31st July 1944. Aged 23. Son of Thomas Dixon Gowland and Mary Ellen Gowland, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 282.

GRAHAM

John Albert Wwilliam
Leading Seaman P/JX 151005, H.M. Submarine Rainbow, Royal Navy. Died 19th october 1940. Aged 23. Son of William Albert and Mary Graham; husband of Florence Emily Ida Graham, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 37, Column 3.

GREEN

John George
Private 1567987, Corps of Military Police. Died 18th March 1944. Aged 24. Grandson of Sarah Green. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 8. Row 23. Grave 33.

HILDRETH

Harry [Lowe]
Marine PO/X 104141, H.M.S. Fidelity, Royal Marines. Died 1st January 1943. Aged 18. Son of Harry and Jenny Hildreth, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 79, Column 3.

HILDRETH

J A
Private possibly John Allen HILDRETH, Private 4469541, 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 22nd March 1943. Aged 28. Son of Ralph and Beatrice Hildreth; husband of Madge Hildreth, of Swalwell, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 29.

HILDRETH

Thomas Edward
lance Corporal 2985028, 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died 2nd June 1940. Aged 21. Son of Joseph and Annie Maria Hildreth, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in FRANLEU CHURCHYARD, France. Row A. Grave 3.

HOBSON

Harry
[Listed as Flight Sergeant on memorial] Sergeant 1005604, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20th March 1947. Aged 34. Son of Johnathan Vickers Hobson and Amelia Jane Hobson, of Tow Law; husband of Muriel Hobson, of Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 8. Row 24. Grave 35.

HOLDEN

Frederick
Leading Air Mechanic (L) SF/X 1286, H.M.S. Blackcap, Royal Navy. Died 31st May 1943. Aged 22. Son of John Thomas Holden and Isabella Holden, of Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 8. Row 26. Grave 9.

HUMPHRIES

Roy
[Spelt HUMPHREYS on CWGC] Craftsman 7614244, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 18th August 1944. Aged 25. Son of Edward and Jane Elizabeth Humphreys, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in FOIANO DELLA CHIANA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row G. Grave 5.

JOHNSTON

Robin Quentin Featherstone
[Transcribed at JOHNSON] Major, Durham Light Infantry. Died 20th January 1941. Aged 40. Son of Harold Featherston Johnston and of Margaret Sarah Johnston (nee Bell); husband of Christine Mary Johnston, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, Lybia. Plot 7. Row O. Grave 11.

KIRBY

T
probably Thomas RAYNE, Master, S.S. Empire Lawrence (Sunderland), Merchant Navy. Died 6th March 1942. Aged 54. Husband of Eva Kirby, of Cullercoats, North Shields, Northumberland. His son Thomas Rayne Kirby, also died on service. Mentioned in Desptaches. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 130.

KIRBY

T K
probably Thomas RAYNE, Master, S.S. Rio Dorado (London), Merchant Navy. Died 16th March 1941. Aged 19. Son of Thomas Rayne Kirby and Eva Kirby, of Cullercoats, Northumberland. His father Thomas Rayne Kirkby also died on service. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 87.

LAWSON

W R
Trooper probably William Robert LAWSON, Trooper 3184115, 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died between 18th and 19th May 1940. Aged 36. Son of William Robert and Annie Lawson; husband of Sarah Jane Lawson. Buried in HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, Belgium. Plot 12. Row D. Grave 3.

MAWSON

A
Private probably Arnold MAWSON, Private 14409283, 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 30th Janauary 1944. Aged 21. Born and resident Co. Durham. Son of Alfred and Sarah Ellen Mawson. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 10.

McKENZIE

G W
Private probably George William McKENZIE, Private 4469289, 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died 15th September 1944. Aged 24. Born and resident Co. Durham. Son of Daniel and Meggie McKenzie; husband of Dorothy McKenzie, of Wadebridge, Cornwall. Buried in GRADARA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row D. Grave 69.

McMILLON

M M
Corporal. D. - No further information currently available

MILNER

Alfred John
Private 4469576, Pioneer Corps. Died 15th September 1942. Aged 26. Son of Anthony and Margaret Milner; husband of Hilda Milner, of Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 8. Row 26. Grave 20.

MILNER

W
Private possibly William MILNER, Private 14375847, 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 6th December 1943. Aged 34. Son of William Dobson Milner and Amelia Milner; husband of Margaret Jane Milner, of Eastbourne, Darlington, Co. Durham. Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 19.

MOFFITT

Thomas [William]
Private 5679396, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died 6th September 1944. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Moffitt, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, France. Division 67. Row P. Grave 13.

MOODY

John [Thomas]
Private 13027061, Pioneer Corps. Died 16th November 1941. Aged 35. Son of William and Barbara Moody, of Tow Law; husband of Catherine Moody, of Tow Law. Buried in TOW LAW CEMETERY, Durham. Section 8. Row 25. Grave 16.

MOSES

Francis Victor
Ordinary Telegraphist C/JX 197846, H.M.S. Vimiera, Royal Navy. Died 9th January 1942. Aged 22. Son of Walter Harrison Moses and Emma Elizabeth Moses, of Crook, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 59, Column 3.

Note: HMS Vimiera was an Admiralty Class Destroyer built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.), Wallsend, laid down in October 1916, launched 22nd June 1917, and commissioned 19th October 1917. HMS Vimiera under the command of Lt. Cdr. Angus Alexander Mackenzie, RNR, was sunk by a mine in the Thames estuary off East Spile Buoy 9th January 1942.

NASH

H
Corporal - No further information currently available

PATTISON

J E
LAC W - No further information currently available

PORTREY

L
LA/C probably Thomas Lloyd PORTREY, Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1030622, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th May 1943. Aged 30. Son of Albert and Margaret Elizabeth Portrey; husband of Agnes Portrey, of Rothwell, Yorkshire. Buried in SCHAFFEN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Belgium. Collective grave 12-14.

REES

John Robert
Bombardier 1568434, 155 Battery, 52 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 18th April 1945. Aged 32. Son of David and Mary Ellen Rees, of Wolsingham, Co. Durham; husband of Emily Rees, of Wolsingham. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row E. Grave 15.

REES

Leslie
Cook (S) P/MX 100360, H.M.S. Laforey, Royal Navy. Died 30th MArch 1944. Aged 20. Adopted son of George and Mary Rudkin Hind, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 87, Column 1.

ROBSON

A
Pilot Officer - No further information currently available

ROBSON

John [George]
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1683375, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 10th April 1944. Aged 20. Son of John and Sarah Amelia Robson, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in ESBJERG (FOURFELT) CEMETERY, Denmark. Plot A. Row &. Collective grave 24.

RUDKIN

L
Steward - No further information currently available

SMALL

David [William]
Private 4468517, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry/ Died 4th September 1944. Aged 21. Son of Francis Watson James Small and Minnie Small husband of Emily May Small, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 2.

THIRWELL

C
P O - No further information currently available

TREVOR

Guy
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 144178, 540 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th December 1945. Aged 25. Son of Arthur and Olive May Trevor. of Castle Eden. Buried in ST. JAMES CHURCHYARD, CASTLE EDEN , Durham. Row 1. Grave 13.

TURNER

M
Gunner probably Mark George TURNER, Gunner 1438917, 4 Battery, 2 A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 27th May 1940. Aged 20. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 12.

VICKERS

Thomas Henry
Lieutenant 176398, 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 2nd November 1942. Aged 27. Son of Thomas Herbert and Florence May Vickers, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Qualification - B. Sc. Agriculture. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XXIII. Row D. Grave 4.

VITTY

Thomas [Kitchener]
Private 3607757, 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died 24th September 1943. Aged 29. Son of Robert Stephenson Vitty and Margaret Hannah Vitty, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row D. Garve 28.

WALL

Douglas [Haig]
Lance Bombardier 906955, 124 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died between 19th and 20th June 1942. Aged 23. Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Wall. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 33.

WHEATLEY

Robert Milburn
[Listed as P.O. on memorial] Chief Motor Mechanic P/MX 79739, H.M. Motor Torpedo Boat 220, Royal Navy. Died 13th May 1942. Aged 30. Son of John Robert and Elizabeth Jane Wheatley, of Tow Law, Co. Durham; husband of Jean Wheatley, of Tow Law, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 69, Column 1.

WILLIAMSON

William Hedworth
Major 58754, 102 (The Northumberland Hussars) Light A.A./Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 31st October 1942. Aged 36. Son of Frederick Charles and Phyllis Williamson; husband of Diana Mary Williamson, of Mortimer, Berkshire. Qualification - B.A. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot X. Row J. Grave 12.

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