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SPITTAL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2016

The memorial stands on the Main Street, Spital, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. It takes the form of an obelisk mounted on a pedestal atop a three-stepped based. The inscriptions are to be found on three-bronze plaques on the front face of the memorial. The memorial is set in a paved area within a small garden. The memprial was initially unveiled in July 1921 by Brigadier R.W. Riddell, O.B.E. There are 37 names listed for World War 1. In 2009 it was designated a Grade II Listed Building. Details appeared in the Alnwick and County Gazette 16 July 1921. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research.

Photograph Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2016

TO
OUR
GLORIOUS
DEAD

TO THE MEMORY OF
SPITTAL MEN WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

AITKEN
George Mark
Private 42348, 11th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Killed in action 1 October 1918. Aged 37. Born Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted and resident Edinburgh. Son of George and Christina Aitken, of 12, St. Helen's, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed; husband of Elizabeth Brown Clark (formerly Aitken), of 3, Viewforth Square, Edinburgh. Formerly 3214, Lothian and Border Horse. Buried in DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row F. Grave 7.
BEVERIDGE
Michael
Private 50285, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (East Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 19 April 1917. Born Berwick, enlisted and resident Newcastle-on-Tyne. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.
BOSTON
Joseph Henry
Private 352989, 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Killed in action 31 March 1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Edinburgh, resident Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Son of Peter P. and Mary A. Boston, of 1, Hawarden, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Formerly 2099, Lothian and Border Horse. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 13 and 14.
CLEMENTS
Robert Cooper
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 7 [SDGW] or 8 [CWGC] August 1918. Aged 35. Son of Robert C. and Agnes Clements; husband of Minnie Clements, of 1, Wilson's Terrace, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL, Nord, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 28.
COCKBURN
Matthew
Private 37299, "D" Company, 27th Battalion (Tyndeside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 11 April 1917. Aged 23. Born Pittal, Berwickshire, enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed. Son of James and Annie Cockburn, of 67, Middle St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed Northumberland. Formerly 1348, Northern Cycle Corps. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 26.
DORMER
William Chessum
Private 42039, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 July 1918. Aged 37. Born and enlisted Berwick, Northumberland. Son of George and Mary Ann Dormer, of Berwick-on-Tweed; husband of Margueritta V. Dormer, of 12, St. Helen's Terrace, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Formerly 43046, Royal Flying Corps. Buried in HARPONVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 23.
DUMBLE
William
Private 23401, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 20. Born Sittal, Northumberland, enlisted and resident Berwick, Northumberland. Son of William and Isabella Dumble, of 65, Middle St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 34.
ELLIOTT
George
Private 267816, 1st/7th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28 July 1917. Aged 23. Born Spittal, Northumberland, enlisted Berwick. Brother of Mrs. M. A. E. Richardson, of 4, Parliament Close, West End, Tweedmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on NIEUPORT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
ELLIOTT
Joseph
Corporal, 1st Battalion, A.T.C. - No further information currently available
FORSTER
Thomas
Corporal 8821, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 1 November 1914. Aged 29. Born gateshead-on-Tyne, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Son of the late Thomas Forster. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.
FORSYTH
James Elliott
Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Died 18 April 1917. Born and enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Edinburgh. Son of Annie Forsyth, of I, Seafield Cottage, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. and the late Ralph Forsyth. Formerly 2155, Lothian and Border Horse. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 70.
FORSYTH
Ralph
Private 1872, 7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds 3 October 1915. Born Spitallm Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Sun Street, London, resident Phillip Lane, London, E.C. Son of Annie and the late Ralph Forsyth, of Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 18.
HAVERY
John
Private 2120, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 April 1915. Born Berwick, Northumberland, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.
HECKLES
Henry Wilson
[Spelt HECKELS on SDGW] Private 2149, 1st/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 27 May 1915. Aged 26. Born Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Gateshead-on-Tyne, resident Pelaw-on-Tyne. Son of Andrew and Philis Heckles, of Coldstream, Berwickshire. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row I. Grave 7A.
HILLS
Robert Fish
Private 1096, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 March 1916. Aged 30. Born Cunhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, enlisted Birmingham, resident Spittal. Son of John and Sarah How Hills, of Lindisfarne, Spittal-on-Tweed. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row H. Grave 44.
MORTON
Henry
[Listed as Seaman on memorial] Deck Hand 2957SD, H.M. Trawler Gambri, Royal Naval Reserve. Son of Henry and Margaret Morton; husband of Isabella Morton, of 71, Low Greens, Berwick-on-Tweed. 18 January 1918. Aged 22. Son of Henry and Margaret Morton; husband of Isabella Morton, of 71, Low Greens, Berwick-on-Tweed. Born 6 April 1895 in Brandford, Canada. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 31.
NOBLE
Alexander
Lance Corporal 2108, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 26 April 1915. Born Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.
NOBLE
Charles Norman
[Listed as 7th Battalion on memorial] Serjeant 35287, 10th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10 June 1917. Aged 24. Born Berwick, Northumberland, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. Son of John and Jessie Noble, of Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row G. Grave 3.
PATTERSON
George
[Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 42912, 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in action 23 July 1918. Aged 23. Enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed, resident Spittal. Formerly 22647, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Son of Mrs. Margaret Patterson, of 7, Princes St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.
PATTERSON
Prideaux
Private 20253, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds 5 October 1917 [SDGW] or 5 November 1917 [CWGC]. Aged 25. Born, resident and enlisted Berwick, Northumberland. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Patterson, of Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 28.
PIERCY
Andrew
Lance Serjeant 290114, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 31 December 1917. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed. Son of John and Isabella Piercy, of 216, Main St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23 and 162.
PURDOM
Arthur Eugene [Moloney]
[Spelt PURDON on SDGW] Private 34730, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds 13 September 1918. Aged 19. Born Northampton, enlisted Birmingham, resident Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Son of Robert and Emma I. Purdom, of "Blinkbonny," Tudor Hill, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Formerly T8/24767, Hampshire Regiment. Buried in SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, BOISLEUX-ST. MARC, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 15.

Note: This is the only Arthur E PURDOM who died in the conflict and the details from the memorial match exactly but his connection with Spittal remains unclear currently.

RICHARDSON
George
Private 2489, 1st/6th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 15 May 1915. Aged 34. Born Leeds, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Son of the late Henry and Agnes Cowen Richardson, of Berwick-on-Tweed. Occupation in civil life was dentistry. Born at Leeds. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 5.
RICHARDSON
Samuel Alexander
[Listed as Serjeant-Piper on memorial] Lance Serjeant 3707, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of wounds in Paris 20 September 1914. Aged 34. Born and resident Berwick, Northumberland, enlisted Gateshead, Northumberland. Son of William and Jane Richardson; husband of Alice Gladys Richardson, of 12, Haverlock St., Chalk Farm, London. Born at Berwick. Buried in CITY OF PARIS CEMETERY, BAGNEUX, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Section 19. Plot I. Row A. Grave 7.
RIDPATH
Thomas
Private 14394, VIII Corps Cyclists Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Died 29 December 1918. Aged 29. Born at Mount Pleasant. Son of Samuel and Sarah Ridpath, of Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in AUBERCHICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 8.
ROBSON
William
[Memorial states 7th Battalion] Corporal 202885, "W" Company, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 27. Born Blyth, Northumberland, enlisted Berwick. Son of Isaac and Kezia Robson, of The Retired Railwaymen's Cottages, Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed; husband of Mary Isabella Robson, of 6, Palace Green, Berwick-on-Tweed. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2 and 3.
ROWNTREE
Richard J
Private 16/1430, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Gateshead-on-Tyne, enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried in LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row W. Grave 7.
RUTHERFORD
William
Acting Corporal 6887, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 31 July 1916. Born and resident Berwick, Northumberland. enlisted York. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D.
SCOTT
William F
[Listed as 7th Battalion on memorial] Private 38284, 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 22. Born Tweedmouth, Northumberland, enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed. Husband of Catherine White Hosback (formerly Scott), of 68, Osborne Crescent, Tweedmouth, Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 21.
STRASSHEIM
Jacob
[Served as STRAUGHAN]Corporal 7/1944, 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 27 March 1916. Aged 23. Born Gateshead-on-Tyne, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. Son of Jacob and Elizabeth Strassheim, of Spittal; husband of Isabella Strassheim, of 39, Main St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed.Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 6.
SYKES
David
[Lance Corporal on memorial] Acting Corporal 8026, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds in the United Kingdom 7 february 1917. Born Spittal, enlisted Berwick, resident Tweedmouth. Son of James and Elizabeth Sykes, of 16, West St., Spittall, Berwick-on-Tweed; brother of Oswald (below). Buried in TWEEDMOUTH CEMETERY, Northumberland. Plot C. Row C. Grave 403.
SYKES
Oswald
Private 37209 [CWGC] or 37200 [SDGW], 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 24 February 1917. Aged 26. Enlisted Nerwick-on-Tweed. Son of James and Elizabeth Sykes, of 16, West St., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed; brother of david (above). Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 24.
THOMPSON
James
Private 52604, 3rd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 9 August 1918. Born and resident Spittal, enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed. Buried in TWEEDMOUTH CEMETERY, Northumberland. Plot A. Row U. Grave 53.
WALTON
William Blackett
Private 1054576, 244th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Died 7 April 1917. Born 27 January 1885 in Whitfield. Clerk by trade. Unmarried. Resident 33 St Famille Street, Montreal. Passed fit 7 october 1916 and attested 24 October 1916 in Montreal, Canada, aged 31 years 9 months, height 5 feet 11 inches, chest 37 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in BRIGHTON CITY (BEAR ROAD) CEMETERY, Sussex. Plot/Row/Section ZIX. Grave 33. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10069 - 41
WILSON
David
Private 2088, 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 2 May 1915. Aged 23. Born Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. Only son of Margaret Brown (formerly Wilson), of Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed, and the late Thomas Wilson. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 25.
WOOD
John
Seaman Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve - No further information currently available
WOOD
John J
Private 2141, 7th Battalion (Territorials), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 26 April 1915. Aged 21. Born Berwick-on-Tweed, enlisted Alnwick, Northumberland. Son of James and Georgina Wood, of 9, Albert Rd., Spittal, Berwick-on-Tweed. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.

TO THE MEMORY OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SPITTAL
WHO FELL IN THE 1939 - 1945 WAR

Last updated 15 November, 2016

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