First World War project forges link in New Zealand

THE list of casualties provided by the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project published in the News Guardian on August 11, 2011, included details of a Northumberland Fusilier, Charles Lewis Byder.

Charles was killed in action at the ill-fated assault at Suvla Bay, on the Dardanelles peninsular.

That report has prompted an enquiry from New Zealand from a great niece who emigrated from England in 1973.

The project is now hoping that its new link will be able to assist in the search for information on the background and military history of the men from Tynemouth who enlisted into New Zealand units during the First World War.

The Robinson family in East Levin, Horowhenua are seeking any information about Charles Byder (son of Daniel and Mary Winifred Byder) and who is commemorated on the memorial at St Cuthbert’s Church in Albion Road, North Shields.

He was the brother of our contact’s grandmother Mary Jane.

Any reader with knowledge of the Byder family and any living relatives are asked to contact the project who will then pass on any information or contact details.

Meanwhile a member of the Tynemouth Project team who is leading research into the Commonwealth and Dominion servicemen listed on the Tynemouth Roll of Honour is hoping that the new contact in New Zealand will be able to assist in the search for information on the many men who joined overseas units but had family connections to Tyneside.

David Grey, a local graphic designer and supporter of the project has a personal interest in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces through a family connection for which he is hoping to obtain further information.

David’s grandfather lost a cousin, William Sanderson, who had enlisted into a New Zealand unit in 1915 and was killed in action in the Siniai area in fighting with the Ottoman Turkish forces seeking to cut the vital link through the Suez Canal – see this week’s casualties list.

William was a trooper in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and was sent to Egypt as part of the 6th reinforcement of the Canterbury unit.

He was killed in the defence of Bir El Abd an oasis 22 miles east of Romani on the track to El Arish which deployment was aimed at stopping the Turkish advance towards the canal.

A question to be resolved is the exact date of his death which is shown in the Tynemouth Roll as August 19, 1916, but listed on the Commonwealth War Graves register as being August 9.

William was the son of George and Alice Ann of Ashfield Grove in the Rosella estate, off Ayres Terrace.

At that time he had two sisters Sally (Sarah) and Georgina (a third sister, Mary, was born after his death).

At present, David has no knowledge of why William was in New Zealand at the time of his enlistment.

He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial cemetery east of the Suez Canal in Egypt.

If any reader has any information regarding William Sanderson, to assist David, please contact the project via any of the addresses shown in the casualty column.

Anyone interested to learn more about the project or volunteering in the many aspects of its work is welcome to contact them at the Linskill Centre from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

THIS week’s list gives details of the men who were killed or died in the First World War in the month of August, 1916.

Bailey, Robert George, Private, 2nd Battalion Royal Berks Regiment, DOW, 30th, 19 Camden Street.

Defty, William, age 25, Private, 11th Battalion NF, DOW, 2nd, 31 Milton Terrace, born Sunderland, son of Henry John and Margaret, enlisted 28th (Reserve) Battalion (Tyneside Scottish).

Errington, John Catherall, age 20, Lance Corporal, 1st/6th Battalion NF, KIA, 13th, 42 Park Crescent East, son of Thomas and Isabella of 11 Springfield, Rosella Estate.

Hogg, Henry Dunn, age 27, Rifleman, 16th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps, KIA, 25th, son of William George and Mary A, 15 Brannen Street.

Martin, Joseph, KIA 16th, details needed.

Newman, George, Lance-Sergeant, Canadian Scottish (Manitoba Regiment), DOW, 20th, 5 Upper Penman Street.

Newton, Benjamin, J R R, Pioneer, 1st Special Brigade RE, KIA, 24th, son of Mrs S Newton, of 11 Camden Lane.

Peugh, William, Rifleman, 11th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, KIA, 29th.

Robson, Joseph, Merchant Navy, LAS, 14th, details needed.

Sanderson, William, age 26, Trooper, Canterbury Mounted Rifles NZEF, KIA 19th, son of George and Alice, of 12 Ashfield Grove, Rosella Estate, North Shields.

Smith, William, Private, 9th Battalion NF, KIA, 8th, 19 Church Street.

Tate, Harry, Sergeant, 22nd Battalion NF (Tyneside Scottish), KIA, 26th, 20 Cleveland Avenue, Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.

Key:

KIA – killed in action

DOW – died of wounds

LAS – lost at sea

NF – Northumberland Fusiliers

DLI – Durham Light Infantry

RND – Royal Naval Division

RNR – Royal Naval Reserve

RFA – Royal Field Artillery

n Anyone with information on this week’s list or who wants to find out more about the project, should visit www.tynemouthworldwarone.org, e-mail contact@tynemouthworldwarone.org or write to Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AR.