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CHOLLERTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2016

The Chollerton memorial stands on a bend on the A6079 opposite St. Gile's Parish Church in Cholerton. It akes the form of a stone cross of Anglian type standing on a large square plinth, which in turn sits on a threestepped base. The inscriptions are on panels on the pedestal which have been carved in relief. The names from 1914-18 are on the sides of the pedestal, the dedication and the names from 1939-45 are on the front. The whole is set in a neatly kept gravel area. There are twenty-nine names listed for World War 1, plus one civilian, and five for World War 2. The memorial was designed by Messrs Knowles and Leeson of Newcastle and coionstructed by Mr Charlton of Birtley (Builder); the site was the gift of Sir Hubert Swinburn Bart. of Capheaton. It was unveiled on 21 August 1921 by Brigadier-General Riddell C.M.G., D.S.O.

Photograph Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2016

CHOLLERTON PARISH
IN REVEREND AND GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF OUR MEN
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1919

BULLOCK
J Arthur
Private 106972, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 31 October 1918. Aged 19. Born Chollerton, enlisted Hexham, Co. Durham, resident West Woodburn, Northumberland. Son of John and May Jane Bullock, of Ridsdale, West Woodburn, Northumberland. Born at Gunnerton, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXXI. Row C. Grave 2.
BULLOCK
John Harle
Private 19842, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 28 february 1918. Aged 26. Born Camphill, Northumberland, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tynes, resident Barrasford, Northumberland. Son of William and Annie Jane Bullock, of Camp Hill, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 40.
BULLOCK
William
East Yorkshire Regiment - No further information currently available
CARR
Albert [James]
[Listed as J A CARR on CWGC] Private 1823, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26 May 1915. Aged 20. Born Bellingham. Northumberland, enlisted Hexham. Son of Thomas and Barbara Carr, of Colwell, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 137.
CATTERMOLE
George Edward
[Listed as Edward george CATTERMOLE on SDGW] Private M/402512, M.T. Training Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in United Kingdom 5 November 1918. Aged 23. Born London, Middlesex, enlisted Newcastle, resident Benwell. Son of Annie Elizabeth Cattermole, of Livingstone House, Hexham, Northumberland, and the late E. G. Cattermole. Buried in North-West part of CHOLLERTON (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD, Northumberland.
CHRISP
William
[Listed as William CHRISP on memorial] either William CHRISP - Private 9566, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 5 May 1915. Born Morpeth, Northumberland, enlisted Bedlington, Northumberland.

or William John CRISP - Private 200267, 1st/4th Battalion, Northumbeland Fusiliers. Died 14 November 1916. Aged 22. Born hexham, Northumberland, enlisted Bedlington. Son of Robert and Mary Crisp, of The Crags, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in CAYEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.

COWEN
Joseph
Northumberland Fusiliers - No further information currently available
CRISP
Edward
[Listed as Northumberland Fusiliers on memorial] Private 52606, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 25 February 1917. Aged 30. Born Chollerton, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne, resident Barrasford, Northumberland. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Crisp of The Crags, Barrasford, Northumberland. Formerly 23067, East Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 30.
DODD
Albert Edward
Private 3145, 3rd Battalion, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds at 10th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 10 August 1918. Aged 29. Born Barrasford, Northumberland. Educated Chollisford, England. Police Constable by profession. Emigrated aged 24. Resident Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia. Husband of Mrs. Alice Griffin Dodd, of Bowlands Gill, England. Buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 33. See Australian Circular
DODD
Alfred Armstrong
Private 2273, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born and enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.
DODD
John
Private 3352, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Barrasford, Northumberland, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. Buried in ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, MIRAUMONT, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row C. Grave 31.
DODDS
William
Private 147078, 78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action at Abancourt 14 August 1917. Aged 38. Born 12 August 1884 in Northumberland. Son of Ralph and Isabella Dodds, of The Crescent, Gunnertown, Barrasford, Northumberland. Attested and passed fit 1 July 1915 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, unmarried, Machinist Helper by trade, agedd 30 years 11 months, height 5 feet 5¼ inches, chest 37 inches, fair complexion, brown eyes, auburn hair, religious denomination Church of England. Commemorated/Buried in LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY, VIMY, Pas de Calais, France. Annapolis Cemetery Mem. 15. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2559 - 5

Note: There are now 908 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 314 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to a number of casualties known to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate men whose graves in some of the concentrated cemeteries had been destroyed in subsequent fighting.

ELLIOTT
John
Private 2517, 1/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 April 1915. Aged 38. Born Allendale, Northumberland, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. Husband of Hannah Bella Elliott, of Ellwood Cottage, Barrasford, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.
FENWICK
James
Private 1348, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 April 1915. Aged 19. Born Chollerton, enlisted Bedlington, Northumberland. Son of James and Isabella Fenwick, of South Farm, Gunnerton, Barrasford, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.
FORREST
Thomas
Driver T4/161111, 1st Company, Southern Division Train, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 20 March 1919. Aged 25. Son of John and Hannah Forrest, of Wood Hall, Barrasford, Northumberland. Native of North Shields. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot III. Row D. Grave 17.
FOWLER
Francis
Northumberland Fusiliers - probably Frank FOWLER, Private 42537, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 August 1918. Born Swinburn, Northumberland, enlisted Hexham, resident Barrasford. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINSART, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 38.
KEANING
James [H B]
[Spelt KEENING on memorial] Corporal 37479, 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 29. Born New Abbey, Kirkcudbright, enlisted Bellingham, Northumberland. Son of Robert and Agnes Keaning, of East Cludere, Dumfries; husband of Annie Keaning, of G, H, The Cottages, Scotswood-on-Tyne. Married Annie Woodcock in the Newcastle Upon TYne Registration District 1915. Buried in BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot. I. Row A. Grave 3.
MORGAN
H
Royal Navy - No further information currently available
NEVIN
Thomas William
Private 1788, "B" Company, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 26. Born Whitfield, Northumberland, enlisted Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Son of Thomas W. Nevin, of Colwell, Barrasford-on-Tyne, Northumberland, and the late Hannah Nevin. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.
RICHLEY
Charlton
Private 2075602, 13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed by an enemy shell while on sentry duty in a trench East of Cherisey 39 August 1918. Born 10 April 1882 in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Attested and passed fit 23 August 1917 at Montreal, Canada, aged 35 years 4 months, height 5 feet 10 inches, chest 36 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8258 - 50
ROBSON
John
Durham Light Infantry - No further information currently available
RUTTER
John
Private 6864, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died in United Kingdom 3 October 1916. Aged 20. Born Barrasford, Northumberland, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. Son of Christopher Rutter, of Barrasford Mill, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in North-West part of CHOLLERTON (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD, Northumberland.
RUTTER
Robert
Private 200775, 27th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 23 October 1917. Born Alnwick, Northumberland, enlisted Hexham, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23 and 162.
SMITH
George
Northumberland Fusiliers - No further information currently available
SURTEES
Andrew
Serjeant 435662, 2nd Division, Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Died 3 May 1917. Aged 27. Born 4 March 1890 in Chollerton, Northumberland. Son of Thomas and Isabella Surtees, of Colwell, Barrasford, Northumberland. Passed fit 24 August 1915 and attested 30 August 1915 at Calgary, Canada, Mason by trade, unmarried, aged 25 years 5 months, height 5 feet 10¾ inches, chest 39½ inches, fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 22. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9428 - 58
SURTEES
Richard
Private 235626, 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 22 August 1918. Aged 26. Born in hexham, Northumberland, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Son of Thomas and Isabella Surtees, of Colwell, Barrasford, Northumberland. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 42.
TAYLOR, MiD
Hugh
Captain, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action 19 December 1914. Aged 33. Son of Thomas and Mona Taylor, of Chipchase Castle, Wark-on-Tyne; husband of Mary Taylor. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in LE TROU AID POST CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 7.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume I, page 390:

CAPTAIN HUGH TAYLOR, 2nd BATTN. SCOTS GUARDS, was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, of Chipchase Castle, Northumberland, and was born on the 24th December, 1880.

He was educated at Harrow and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with honours. He joined the Scots Guards in June, 1904, becoming Lieutenant in May, 1905, and Captain in November, 1914. Previous to the war he was Machine Gun Officer of his battalion, and on going to the front he became Brigade Machine Gun Officer.

He led his company in an attack near Rouges Banes on the night of the 18th-19th December, 1911, and succeeded in reaching and occupying part of the German trenches. He returned alone to the British trenches to report, and while going back to rejoin his men was caught by machine-gun fire and killed instantaneously. During the informal Christmas truce his body, which was lying near the German trenches, was brought over to the British lines by the Saxon soldiers with their heads bared, and was buried in the little military graveyard at La Cardonière Farm.

He was mentioned in Field-Marshal Sir John French's Despatch of the 14th January, 1915, for gallant and distinguished conduct.

It is interesting to note that on Christmas Day, when the Saxons and British soldiers met during their " truce," each side collected and brought the dead to the centre of the space between their respective lines. Two trenches were dug, and the British and Saxon soldiers were buried, the English Chaplain reading the service, which was translated into German as he read. The soldiers afterwards fraternised for some hours.

Captain Taylor married, in 1907, Mary, daughter of Henry Villiers Stuart, of Dromana, and left a son and a daughter.

TELFORD
Robert
Police Constable. Fatally injured on patrol by a bomb dropped from an enemy airship 15 June 1915 at Willington Quay, Willington, Tyne and Wear. Born 1893 in Hexham Northumberland. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, a Farm Labourer, born Hexham, resident with his widowed mother, Margaret, at Wheat Hill Barrasford, Chollerton, Northumberland. Buried in Simonburn Parish Church Cemetery, Chollerton, Northumberland.
WELTON
John [James]
Private 1260, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 21 April 1915. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Bellingham, Northumberland. Son of William and Eleanor Welton, of Bavington Mynes, Capheaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried North of the Church tower in CHOLLERTON (ST. GILES) CHURCHYARD, Northumberland.
WELTON
John William
Private 50938, 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 July 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Barrasford, enlisted Hexham. Son of John Welton, of The Crags, Barrasford, North Tyne, Northumberland. Buried in LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE, Nord, France. Plot 1. Row C. Grave 7.
YE THAT LIVE ON MID ENGLISH PASTURES GREEN
REMEMBER US, AND THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
1939-1945
BELL
[Thomas] Michael
Major 67772, "C" Squadron, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 9 August 1944. Aged 29. Son of Henry Stanley Bell and Annie Bell, of Capheaton, Northumberland. M.A. (Cantab.). Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 7.
BUCKTON
John
Sergeant 1530083, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 April 1945. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot 7. Row A. Grave 5.
CARR
John [George]
Private 3191134, 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 7 April 1945. Aged 27. Son of George William and Wilhelmina Carr, of Chollerton, Northumberland. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 10. Row H. Grave 14.
McPHERSON
Richard Armstrong

Able Seaman C/SSX 17511, H.M.S. Eskimo, Royal Navy. Died of wounds 13 April 1940, received when his ship was torpedoed the previous day. Aged 24. Husband of Victoria McPherson, of Gunnerton, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 35, Column 3.

Note: On 12 April 1940 Eskimo was hit by a torpedo fired from German destroyer Z2 Georg Thiele. The explosion caused severe damage, blowing off Eskimo's bow. After temporary repairs, by the shipwrights of the fleet repair ship Vindictive at Skjelfjorden in Norway, Eskimo was able to return to the Vickers Armstrong works at Newcastle for rebuilding.

TAYLOR
Thomas Ian
Major 56639, 4th Queen's Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 4 July 1942. Aged 29. Son of Lt.-Col. Thomas George Taylor, D.S.O., and Josephine Margaret Taylor, of Wark, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 15.

Last updated 16 November, 2016

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