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BAMBURGH CASTLE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The Bamburgh Castle memorial is in a hollowed out niche below the castle and takes the form of a Portland stone crucifix cross that has a square base upon which is mounted a plinth and pedestal that hold the shaft of the cross. The dedicatory inscription is on the front face of the plinth and the bronze plaques containing the names of the fallen are inset into the rock behind. A wreath has been carved in relief at the base of the cross. There are 20 names for World War 1 and 15 for World War 2. The memorial was originally unveiled by Lord Armstrong and dedicated by local clergymen and dignitaries 15th May 1921. The monies to erect the memorial amounted to about £500 and were raised by public subscription. The sculptor was Mr Milburn and the designers Messrs Hicks & Charlewood. Reference to the memorial can be found in the Alnwick & County Gazette 7th May 1921, 21st May 1921, 3rd September 1921 and 13th May 1922.

Photographs Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2006

TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF BAMBURGH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WARS
1914 - 1919 AND 1939 - 1945
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

1914 - 1919
ROLL OF HONOUR

BREWIS

Alfred Percy
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain), 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers attached 1st/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds 1st June 1917. Aged 22. Son of Alfred Brewis, of 20, Granville Rd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried in NEUVILLE-BOURJONVAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 1.

BURDON-SANDERSON

Guy Askew [James]
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 21st February 1917. Aged 19. Son of the late Richard and Katharine Emily Burdon Sanderson, of Otterburn Dene, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Officer's Section Plot B. Row 4. Grave 6.

CLARK

William Joseph
Private 21177, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 14th April 1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Gateshead, resident Bamburgh. Son of George and Elizabeth Clark, of Radcliffe Cottages, Bamburgh, Northumberland. Buried in EBBLINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 26.

FORESTER

Matthew William
[Listed as Matthew F FORESTER on memorial] Private 40658, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st May 1918. Aged 24. Born Milfield, enlisted Alnwick. Son of Matthew William and Isabella Forester, of Denwick Lane End, Alnwick, Northumberland. Native of Bamburgh, Northumberland. Buried in CAMBRIN MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 15.

HALL

Albert
Private 461030, 15th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 27th May 1918. Aged 31. Enlisted Alnwick. Son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Hall, of Bamburgh; husband of Rebecca Hall, of The Wynding, Bamburgh, Northumberland. Born 3 January 1887. Brother of Philip and William Hall (below). In the 1891 census he is aged 4, son of Elizaberh Hall (a widow), born Bamburgh, resident Victoria Terrace, Bamburgh, Belford, Northumberland; brother to Jane B (11), William (10), John (7) and Dulcie R (2). Admitted to Bamburgh Church of England Aided First School 1892. In 1911 he was aged 24, living with his stepfather John Wallace (a widower), a Domestic Chauffer, born Bamburgh, resident 1 South Victoria Terrace, Bamburgh, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

HALL

Phillip
[Spelt Philip on memorial] Private 269, 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 16th May 1915 of wounds sustained at Gallipoli. Aged 23. Enlisted Blackboy Hill, Perth, Western Australia. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Hall. Next of kin listed as his brother John Hall; brother to Albert (above) and William (below) Hall. Born at Bamburgh, England. Paper hanger and painter by trade. Emigrated to Australia aged 20. Born 12 January 1895. Admitted to Bamburgh Church of England Aided First School 1892. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, stepson of John Wallace, son of Elizabeth Wallce, born Bamburgh, resident South Victoria Terrace, Bamburgh, Belford, Northumberland; natural brother to Jane B (21), William (20), John (17), Albert (13), Dulcie R (12). Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section L. Grave 180. Australian Roll of Honour details

HALL

William
Private 5023, 28th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action at Passchendaele 20 September 1917. Aged 37. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Hall. Native of Bamburgh. Next of kin listed as his brother John Hall; brother to Albert and Philip Hall (above). Emigrate to Australia aged 30. Born 5 March 1881. Admitted to Bamburgh Church of England Aided First School 1887; son of Robert Hall. In the 1911 census he was living with his stepfather, John Wallace, aged 30, a General Labourer, born Ulgham, Northumberland, resident 1 South Victoria Terrace, Bamburgh, Northumberland; also present was his brother Albert. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31. Australian Roll of Honour

LAING

Alexander Torrance
Temporary Captain, 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 24th July 1916. Aged 27. Son of James and Jacobina C. W. Laing, of Mizen Head, Bamburgh, Northumberland. M.A., Cantab., Deacon in Holy Orders. Native of Burton, Bamburgh. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Officer's Section Plot A Row 4 Grave 10.

McLAREN

James
No further information currently available

MATTHEWSON

George A
Private 235336, 1st/4th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light iNfantry). Killed in action 9th October 1917. Enlisted Alnwick. Formerly 2724, Northumberland Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 108 to 111.

ROGERSON

David Pickett
Private 308028, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 29th April 1918. Enlisted Alnwick, resident Bamburgh. Formerly 3044, Northumberland Fusiliers. Buried in LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row E. Grave 20.

ROSS

Hugh
Private 10782, 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Bamburgh, enlisted Alnwick. Son of William and Isabella Ross, of 3, Church Row, Bamburgh, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 40 and 41.

SANDERSON

Harry
No further information currently available

SPRATT

James
Private 95618, 51st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 25th February 1920. Aged 19. Son of John and Jane Spratt, of Smeafield Farm, Belford, Northumberland. Native of Beedle, Belford. Born 6 June 1900. Admitted to Bamburgh Church of England Aided First School 1908. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 3.

TAYLOR

George
No further information currently available

THOMPSON

George Lyall
Private 27289, 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born West Bartop (sic), Belford, enlisted Alnwick, resident West Barton (sic). Formerly 2797, Royal Field Artillery.

THOMPSON

John J
probably John J W Thompson, Private 41344, 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th September 1918. Aged 19. Born Easington, enlisted Alnwick. Son of John and Margaret Thompson, of Bradford, Belford, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 4.

WAKE

Thomas Henry
Private 1989, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th April 1915. Aged 25. Born Bamburgh, enlisted Alnwick. Son of Richard and Mary Wake, of The Gatehouse, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.

WAKE

Wilfred Hereward
[Spelt Wilfrid on mmeorial] Private 1598, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th April 1915. Aged 20. Born Belford, enlisted Anstead. Son of Richard and Mary Wake, of The Gatehouse, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.

WILSON

Robert
No further information currently available
1939 - 1945
ROLL OF HONOUR

ANDERSON

William
No further information currently available

COSKIN

Cecil
Fusilier 4275390, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 1th April 1941. Aged 21. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 5.

DAVIDSON

Leslie
Gunner 1764481, 76 (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 22nd January 1944. Aged 23. Son of James and Jane Davidson, of Glororum, Northumberland. Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XI. Row B. Grave 35.

GIBSON

Thomas Aidan
Sergeant (Navigator) 1673230, 640 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2nd February 1945. Aged 21. Son of Thomas John and Catherine Gibson, of Bamburgh. Buried in north side of ST. AIDAN CHURCHYARD, BAMBURGH, Northumberland.

HALL

Robert
Fusilier 4275395, 1st Battaion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 25th October 1942. Aged 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hall, of Bamburgh, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 57.

HART

Ernest Benjamin Lomas
Captain 44687. 9th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 24th May 1940. Aged 33. Son of Colonel E. J. Hart, O.B.E., and Mrs. Hart; husband of Beatrice (Peggy) Hart, of Pewsey, Wiltshire. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 39.

HINSON

Nicholas A
No further information currently available

MORGAN

Charles
No further information currently available

MORTON

Kenneth Storey
Major 64114, Royal Artillery attached to H.Q. Coastal Command, Royal Air Force. Died 8th November 1943. Aged 28. Son of John and Hilda Susie Morton. B.Sc. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 2. Column 1.

NAIRN

James
Gunner 4274092, 3 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 31st August 1944. Aged 26. Son of Robert and Margaret Jane Nairn, of Belford, Northumberland. Buried in MONTECCHIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.

POTTS

David Malthorn Dunlop
Lieutenant AI/693, 1st Battalion, 16th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army. Died 11th February 1940. Aged 24. Buried in KARACHI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 1.

POTTS

George M
probably George Mathwin POTTS, Lieutenant 179326, Royal Artillery. Died 5th March 1943. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 3.

SINTON

John Humble
Leading Aircraftman 517970, 149 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18th December 1939. Aged 24. Son of George and Hannah Isabella Sinton, of Bamburgh, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 2.

SOUTER

Ian Brack
Lieutenant, H.M.S. Hereward, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th May 1941. Aged 27. Son of Sir William Alfred Souter, R.E., and Lady Souter, of Gosforth, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 60, Column 2.

STRAUGHAN

James
Corporal 645807, Royal Air Force. Died 3rd July 1943. Aged 22. Son of James and Ann Isabel Straughan, of Bamburgh, Northumberland. Buried in KILKERRAN CEMETERY, CAMPBELTOWN, Argyllshire. Division 4. Grave 616.

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