THE bloodiest month of the First World War is recalled in details of local émigré men who played parts in significant aspects of the conflict’s history.
Two of the casualties in the list provided by the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project this week are men who were former residents of the borough whose relatives felt it was important they be remembered by their inclusion in the local Roll of Honour.
John Storey Haw was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers when he was killed aged 37.
At the outbreak of war he was serving in the Merchant Navy in the Far East but left his ship and signed up with the Army.
Initially attached to a unit of the South Wales Borderers, he was engaged in the siege of Tsing Tau, a German treaty port on the China coast, and part of the Kaiser’s Asian imperial possessions.
The project is seeking details on how John then came to be in Western Europe and serving with a local regiment.
He was killed on July 7 on the Somme and is buried at Serre Road Cemetery.
Nicholas Mainger, possibly a relative of John Manger (sic) featured in last week’s casualty list, was an emigrant to Australia who was killed at the battle of Fromelles.
That battle was a significant and ‘painful’ baptism of fire for the Australian Imperial Forces in France.
Nicholas is remembered on the panels at ‘VC Corner’ Cemetery, where all those commemorated are victims of the battle with no known resting place.
It is possible he is amongst those recently reburied following the discovery of a mass grave created by the German forces at Pheasant Wood to take a large number of British and Australian dead from the ill-fated battle.
Any information about him may add to the fascinating picture of the war now emerging as the project progresses.
And a local resident has provided the project information regarding his grandfather, William Henry Grant, who was in the July 7 casualty list.
He was killed at La Boiselle on July 1, 1916, fighting with the 20th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish).
William’s story features in the extensive coverage of the history of the Tyneside Scottish Brigade, by Graham Stewart and John Sheen.
The story of his part and cry out on the battlefield will be featured in a future article.
The project has now received information about William, including photographs taken in uniform and with his former workmates at Smith’s Docks, previously unavailable to researchers and others interested in his part in the ill-fated attack that morning.
The project’s work groups are now working from their base in the Linskill Community Centre, which is open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays to anyone interested in joining the project.
THIS week’s casualty list gives details of men who were killed or died in the month of July, 1916.
Davis, Horace Newton, age 25, Lance Corporal, A Company, 11th Battalion NF, KIA, 18th, 37 Edith Street, Tynemouth, son of John George and the late Charlotte, enlisted, September, 1914.
Dodds, Andrew B, Sergeant, 12th Battalion DLI, KIA, 17th, 63 Little Bedford Street.
Dryden, John, Drummer 26th Battalion NF (Tyneside Irish), DOW, 8th, 3 Cross Street, Milburn Place.
Emms, J W, 12th Battalion NF, KIA, 13th, 7 St Johns Street, Percy Main.
Fell, George A, Private, 12th Battalion NF, KIA, 21st, 60 Queen Street.
Harrison, James Lumsden, age 39, Lance Corporal, 28th Battalion Australian Imperial Forces, KIA, 29th, late of North Shields, son of Thomas and Cecilia.
Haw, John S, age 37, Private, 11th Battalion NF, KIA, France, 7th, foster son of Hannah E Forrest, 104 Marine Approach, South Shields, left ship at Shanghai, August 1914, attached South Wales Borderers, fought at Tsingtau (German treaty port), buried Serre Road No. 2 Cemetery, Rouen.
Henderson, W H, age 18, Private, 19th Battalion DLI, died on active service, 19th, 66 Coburg Street, son of Henry Bewick and Mary Walker Henderson.
Jamieson, John, age 27, Private, D Company, 4th Battalion NF, KIA, 29th, 50 Middle Street, Milburn Place, son of George and Livinia, of Whitby, husband of Emma, employee of Smiths Dock Company Ltd.
Kay, Robert, age 23, Private, 9th Battalion NF, KIA, 7th, 26 Prospect Terrace, son of Mr J S and Mrs M J Kay.
Limbrick, James R, Private, 15th Battalion NF, DOW, 12th, 9 Tynemouth Road.
Mainger, Nicholas, age 42, Private, 53 Battalion Australian Imperial Forces, KIA, 19th, late of 7 Stormont Street, son of Nicholas and Mary Ann.
McEwan, Dougald, Private, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, KIA, 19th, 2 St George’s Terrace, Cullercoats.
Mellerborg, Julius Alexander, age 21, 9th Battalion NF, KIA, 7th, 72 Church Way, son of Catherine.
Myock, Michael E, Gunner, 119th Battery, 27th Brigade RFA, KIA, 27th.
Redpath, Harold E, age 28, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion NF, KIA, 15th, Newcastle Arms, Fish Quay, son of J T and R Redpath, husband of Kate Lillian, of 12 Bridge Road, Emsworth, Hampshire.
Reed, Nicholas, Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion NF, KIA, 14th, 7 Camden Street.
Robson, E, Gunner, age 38, 59th Siege Battery RGA, KIA, 18th, son of Mary Robson, Tyne Dock, husband of Grace, served in the South African War.
Wanless, George A, age 26, Private, 12th Battalion NF, DOW, 14th, 20 Cromwell Terrace, son of Thomas and late Ann.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AR.