We Will Remember Them

papaver_rhoeas_poppy_fieldOn August 4th 1914 Britain declared war on Germany – a war which was to see millions die.  Neither my wife nor I lost any direct ancestors in that dreadful conflict but, like every family in the land, we lost many relatives. Here are brief details of sixteen of our relatives who paid the ultimate price during what was to be called World War One.  Most of this information is courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission with additional information (shown italicised) from myself and other family members.

ROBERT EDWARD ATKINSON
Rank: Private
Service No: 231382
Date of Death: 06/11/1917
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 31st Bn.
Grave Reference: I. A. 17.
Cemetery: DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of William and Annie Atkinson, of Bute Hall, Dunston-on-Tyne; husband of Jennie Atkinson, of Woodbine House, Westgate, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.

THOMAS ATKINSON
Rank: Steward
Date of Death: 11/03/1917
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine S.S. “Kwasind” (Quebec)
Panel Reference:
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of William and Ann Atkinson; husband of Ida Olive Atkinson (nee Black), of 1, Kensington Terrace, Dunston-on-Tyne. Born at Dunston-on-Tyne.
SS Kwasind, 2211 tons, hit a mine and sank off Southwold while on a voyage from Bilbao to Hartlepool with a cargo of iron ore.

EDWARD BOLTON
Rank: Private
Service No: 3922
Date of Death: 16/09/1916
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry 1st/9th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bolton, of 30, East St., High Spen, Rowlands Gill, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

FRANCIS JOHN (JACK) BRAMMALL
Rank: Driver
Service No: 1943
Date of Death: 30/09/1918
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Australian Field Artillery 4th Div. Ammunition Col.
Grave Reference: III. B. 4.
Cemetery: DOINGT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of Alfred George and Alice Brammall, of Lindisfarne, Tasmania.  Jack was wounded in action near Cambrai on September 29 and he died next day at the 41st Casualty Clearing Station.

JOHN JOSEPH (JACK) FLETCHER
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 19366
Date of Death: 11/06/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Yorkshire Regiment 9th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 33.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Margaret Edith Kell, of 7, St. Luke’s Terrace, Ferryhill, Co. Durham.

WILLIAM FLETCHER
Rank: Rifleman
Service No: 45328
Date of Death: 04/11/1918
Regiment/Service: Rifle Brigade posted to London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
Grave Reference: II. A. 16.
Cemetery: CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Margaret Edith Kell, of 7, St. Luke’s Terrace, Ferryhill, Co. Durham.

JOHNSON HOPE
Rank: Private
Service No: 63752
Date of Death: 27/09/1918
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers 12th/13th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 3.
Memorial: VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Ralph and M. J. Hope, of 2, Queen St., Sunny Brow, Willington, Co. Durham.

JOSEPH MILLING
Rank: Private
Service No: 33307
Date of Death: 18/12/1917
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry 10th Bn.
Grave Reference: XXXIX. C. 22.
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of David and Helen Milling, of Felling; husband of Jessie Hardwick (formerly Milling), of 39, Stephenson Terrace, Felling, Gateshead.

GEORGE WILFRED PHILIPSON
Rank: Private
Service No: 1039
Date of Death: 02/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Bn.
Grave Reference: C. 7.
Cemetery: MEAULTE MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Thomas Heslop Philipson of Consett and his wife Jane.

HARLAND PHILIPSON
Rank: Private
Service No :6601
Date of Death: 27/12/1917
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 26th Bn.
Grave Reference: B. 27.
Cemetery: UNDERHILL FARM CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of William and Margaret Philipson, of Black Jack, Charters Towers, Queensland.   Killed in Belgium.

NICHOLAS JOHN PHILIPSON
Rank: Private
Service No: 2456A
Date of Death: 28/12/1916
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. C. 22.
Cemetery: BULLS ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS
Additional Information: Son of William and Margaret Philipson, of Black Jack, Queensland. Native of Charters Towers, Queensland.

AINSLEY MORRIS PHILLIPSON
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 28147
Date of Death: 07/04/1918
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Grenadier Guards 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. F. 9A.
Cemetery: MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT
Additional Information: Son of Matthew William  and Mary Jane Hails Phillipson, of Haydon Fell, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. Died of wounds.

WILLIAM BURNETT ROW
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 14/04/1918
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. F. 71.
Cemetery: BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD
Additional Information: Son of Henry and Mary Row, of 3, Windsor Terrace, South Gosforth, Newcastle-on-Tyne.   Killed in France.

JAMES SHANKS
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 4196
Date of Death: 18/09/1916
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry 1st/8th Bn.
Grave Reference: VIII. D. 33.
Cemetery: ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, MIRAUMONT
Additional Information: Son of George and Mary Sarah Shanks; husband of Cecilia Hume (formerly Shanks), of 3rd X St., Sacriston, Co. Durham.

GEORGE COOMER TITTENSOR
Rank: Private
Service No: 47638
Date of Death: 09/09/1918
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. F. 32.
Cemetery: BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOUR
Additional Information: Son of John and Margaret Tittensor, of 74, Garden St., Newcastle, Staffs.; husband of Grace Tittensor, of London Rd., Newcastle, Staffs.

WALTER TITTENSOR
Rank: Private
Service No: G/17960
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Bay 3.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Margaret Tittensor, of 74, Garden St., Newcastle, Staffs., and the late John Tittensor.

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