ALAN ABBOTT age 40 2nd/5th Bt Yorkshire Light Infantry / Middx Rgt 27th November 1917
Son of Joseph and Dinah Abbott of High Hill, Keswick, husband of Annie living at 2 Hoddon Place, Headingley, Leeds
29th Dec 1917
Word has been received in Keswick that Private Allan Abbott, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Abbott of High Hill, Keswick, has been killed in action in France on 27th November. Deceased was a old Crosthwaite School boy and became apprenticed to to Mr T.R.Hayes and was one of the first to be taught Alpine gardening, and the fourth that has been killed from the old hands of that famous Lake Rd establishment. From Mr Hayes, Private Abbott went to Headingley, Leeds, and was there when war broke out. He enlisted in the Yorkshire Light Infantry, and was later transferred to the Middlesex Rgt. Deceased was a brother of trooper William Abbott who was killed along with Major Wilson at the battle of Shangani River, South Africa, in their gallant stand against overwhelming numbers of Matabele on 4th December 1893, his deed being recorded in Canon Rawnsley`s book on Heroes. He was brother-in-law of Mr Powley the well known Keswick driver.
GEORGE ARMSTRONG age 28 Pte 51506 24th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers (formally 3332 Border Rgt) 9th September1918
Son of William and the late Mary Armstrong,
of Bassenthwaite Lake Station, Cockermouth,
Cumberland. William was the signalman at Bassenthwaite
Lake Station. George was a member of the Cumberland and
Westmorland Police prior to the war. Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery
which is on the northern outskirts of
FRED ATKINSON age
26 Pte 23436 7th Btn Border Rgt 7th August
Son of George and Jane Atkinson, of Scales,
Threlkeld. Killed in action
Born at Wythburn,
Son of John Bell and Dinah ( Weightman ) , Brother of Mrs F
Thompson, Brigham Lodge, Keswick, he worked for Manchester
Corporation at Thirlmere before the war. Commemerated on
the Thiepval Memorial.
Wythburn Church Memorial
KILLED IN ACTION AT BEAUMONT HAMEL 18 NOVEMBER 1916
AGED 37 YEARS
SOLDIER REST: THY WARFARE O'ER
EDWIN BELL Pte Queens Royal West Surrey Rgt ( Formerly Middx Rgt ) 10th April 1917Of Brooklyn House, Threlkeld, died of wounds, buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, during the First World War, Commonwealth camps and hospitals were stationed on the southern outskirts of Rouen. A base supply depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were also established in the city. Almost all of the hospitals at Rouen remained there for practically the whole of the war. They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross and one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever. In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension, where the last burial took place in April 1920.
ROBERT BERTRAM age 33 Pte 16079 8th Border Rgt 10th April 1918
Son of Mary Bertram, of High Briery,
Keswick, and the late John Bertram; husband of Mary Elizabeth
Bertram, of 29, Rose Terrace, Keswick,
Cumberland. First entered France 29th September 1915, Ploegsteert Memorial commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave. The memorial serves the area from the line Caestre-Dranoutre-Warneton to the north, to Haverskerque-Estaires-Fournes to the south, including the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood. The original intention had been to erect the memorial in Lille. Those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to the south. Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere.
GEORGE LAWSON BIRD age 28 Pte
23847 1st Btn Border Rgt 4th July
Son of James and Elizabeth Bird, of
Rosthwaite, Keswick, Cumberland. Buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, the village of Boesinghe (now Boezinge) directly faced the German line
across the Yser canal. Bard Cottage was a house a little set back from
the line, close to a bridge called Bard's Causeway, and the cemetery
was made nearby in a sheltered position under a high bank.
The sad news reached Rosthwaite on Tuesday morning that Private G. Bird, son of Mr: and Mrs. Bird, Rosthwaite, Post Office, had been killed on 4th July.
His friend, writing to Miss Hackett, Royal Oak Hotel, Rosthwaite, states that Private Bird was killed by a German machine gun bullet. " I am writing to you," be says, "because I am not sure of his home address without going to head-quarters and as he had left a card in the dug out with your address on I thought it best to write to you so that you could break the sad news to his parents at home if it does not happen to get through before.
A party of us were told off to act as a covering party to a working party who were digging a trench. George and I, who have always been the best of pals since meeting a few months ago, were both included in covering party. We went out and carried our duties out all right and got safely back into the trench. We then started to make our way back towards home but owing to the trench being so very muddy we ventured to get out and go along the top and it was then that the poor fellow was hit. The bullet pasted through his head, but he suffered no pain he was unconscious from the first till he passed quietly away about half as hour later on his way down to the aid post. He will be laid to rest sometime to-day behind the lines when I hope to be present. Private Bird was the most sincere mate I have ever had and was
very popular in his company, I will now conclude with deepest sympathy for you and his parents at home.
BIRKBECK age 22 5th Btn Border Rgt
Son of Sarah Birkbeck, of Stanger
House, Stanger St., Keswick, and the late Thomas Henry Birkbeck. Drapers assistant living at 40 Main St, Keswick on enlistment 24th September 1915, contracted tuberculosis April 1916 and discharged as no longer fit for military service 3rd June 1916 with 60% war disability pension, he never recovered and is buried at Crosthwaite
JAMES BIRKETT age 43 Air Mechanic Royal Air Force 7th July 1921Son of Ann Birkett, of Portinscale, Keswick, and the late Joseph Birkett, husband of Sarah Jane Birkett, of 4, Leonard St., Keswick.
James and his father were both blacksmiths, James is buried at Crosthwaite.
JOHN BIRKETT age 26
Gunner 9171 D Bty 104th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 9th August
Eldest son of Isaac and Sarah Birkett, of 3, Tithebarn Court, Keswick, Cumberland. Worked at Thornthwaite mines before the war, enlisted 1914, enlisted September 1914, landed France June 1915, killed by a shell while laying field telephone wires, buried Pozieres British Cemetery, North East of Albert.
BLACKBURN age 30 Lcpl No.1 Coy. 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
17th October 1915
Douglas and Frances Blackburn, of 16, Musgrave St., Castletown,
Penrith. commemerated on the Loos
GEORGE NICHOLSON BLAMIRE age 22 Serjeant 4542 7th Border Rgt 23 April 1917
Son of Mr. Tom and Mary Blamire ( Nicholson ), of 2, High Briery,
Keswick, Cumberland. Entered France 26th September 1915. Commemerated on the Arras Memorial.
JOSEPH R. BLAMIRE age 20 Pte 13522 8th Border Rgt 22nd October 1916
Son of Mr. Tom and Mary Blamire ( Nicholson ), of 2, High Briery, Keswick, Cumberland. Enlisted 9th September 1914, entered France 25th September 1915, died of wounds recieved in action, buried at Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension 3 kilometres north-west of Albert on the road to Doullens, Bouzincourt was used as a field ambulance station from early in 1916 to February 1917, when the Allied line went forward from the Ancre.
Amongst Keswick lads killed in France on Sunday, 22nd October, was Private Jos. Blamire, Border Regiment, son of Mr. T. Blamire, High Briery, who received official information on Monday. Quartermaster Sergt. Harry Clarke, a well-known Keswickian, also wrote stating that at the time of his death Private Blamire was cooking for the battalion signallers. "The Germans started shelling the place where he was, and poor Joe was hIt in the head with a piece of shell. He did not suffer any pain, being killed instantly. We are all sorry to lose him, for he was a general favourite, and, of course, has been with the battalion since its formation. All ranks in the company join with me in offering our deepest sympathy in your great bereavement." Blamire had been previosly wounded, but only slightly, and returned to the trenches without coming to England. For about four years, until the outbreak, of the war, he was a member of the 1st Keswick Scouts, and, though only a small-built youth, he persisted "in his endeavour to do "his bit' for his country, and volunteered with the big batch of Keswickians who went off in October, 1914. Twenty years of age, he was of a lively disposition, and kept any company he happened to be amongst in right good humour. He was an old Brigham scholar, and, like his father, worked at the Briery Bobbin Mill prior to the war.
"He was of a bright and cheerful disposition and full of good humour," wrote "P. S. T.," "and if an opportunity for a prank upon his chums occurred he did not allow it to pas, his Scoutmaster not infrequently being the victim, but all his boyish tricks ware free from malice, and were taken in good part by the subjects, He was always eager to do his companions a good turn, and was a ready volunteer when any work was to be done, and proved himself a real handy man. He will be missed by his brother scouts and scoutmaster."
JAMES ELLWOOD BOADLE age 21 Pte
13682 Border Rgt 18th April 1917
Son of James Boadle and Sarah Jane ( Ellwood ), of 3, Southey St.,
Keswick. Buried St Johns, Keswick
WILLIAM WALLACE BOUSTEAD age 30 Pte 23503 10th Border Rgt 14th June 1918
Son of the late Christopher Murray and Annie Boustead. Enlisted 13th December 1915, buried St Johns, Keswick
TAYLOR BOUSTEAD age 27 Pte 7th Border Rgt 23rd April 1917
Son of the late Christopher Murray Boustead and Annie Boustead. Killed in action, Bay 6 Arras Memorial
LAURENCE BOUSTEAD age 30 Pte 23505 7th Border Rgt 23rd April 1917
Son of the late Christopher Murray Boustead and Annie Boustead. Killed in action, Bay 6 Arras Memorial
EDWIN JOHN BOOW age 24 Pte 21834 2nd Btn Border Rgt 1st July 1916
Son of John and Elizabeth Ann Boow, Field House, Borrowdale have
received official notice of the death of their eldest son Pte
Edwin Boow, who was killed in the great advance in France on 1st
July. deceased enlisted 25th May 1915 and proceeded to France
17th December 1915. Previous to enlisting he had worked for Mr Leyland at the
Borrowdale quarrys. He was highly respected by the inhabitants
of Borrowdale to whom he had endeared himself by his cheerful and
kindly disposition. Buried at Dantzig Alley Cemetery, Mametz
Son of Thomas and Margaret Bowron, of 1, Church Terrace, Shap, Westmorland, born Keswick , enlisted 9th December 1915, entered France 13th July 1916, died of wounds recieved 6th November 1917 ( mustard gas shell ), bured at Dozinghem Military Cemetery north-west of Poperinge near Krombeke.
EDWARD KENTIGERN BOWLER age 22 Pte 27747 Machine Gun
Corps 12 August 1916
Son of Staff. Q.M.S. Bowler (Royal Army Service Corps) and Mrs. W. J. Bowler, living at 25 Church St, Keswick in 1901. Entered France 28th November 1914, died of wounds, buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, east of Amiens.
JOHN MOFFAT BRAGG age
20 8th Btn Border Rgt 7 July 1916
Eldest son of Clement and Hannah Bragg, of Bridge House, St. John's Vale, Keswick, Cumberland. He was a carter for Mr Dawson, Threlkeld before the war and enlisted at Keswick 13th November 1915, landed France 28th April 1916, died of wounds ( arm, side and shoulder ) recieved on 3rd July 1916 and buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension between Amiens and Arras.
FRED BROWNRIGG Pte 307066 2nd/8th Lancashire Fusiliers 29th July 1917
Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Wm. Lawson, 18, King's Head Court, Keswick, who, this week has received word from the War Office that her son, Private, Frederick Brownrigg, has died on his country's service. Pte. Brownrigg was the elder, son of Mrs. Lawson's first husband; the late Mr. Joseph- Brownrigg. He was so keen to serve his country that he enlisted before he reached army age, and was barely' nineteen years old when he met his death on the battlefield. As stretcher 'bearer in the Lancashire Fusiliers he saw much service immediately behind the firing line, and had some very narrow escapes. Whilst rescuing wounded comrades on 27th July be received terrible injuries from an enemy shell and succumbed two days later. Previous to enlisting he was serving his apprenticeship with Mr. J. B. Fleming, grocer, Market-square, and for some time he was errand boy for Mrs. Francis, Station-street, and both his employers speak of him with the highest praise. He is an old Crosthwaite School boy. It stepfather, Gunner Wm. Lawson, enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery at the first call for then in August, 1914, buried Coxyde Military Cemetery.
JAMES BROWNRIGG age 29 Pte 113521 Machine Gun Corps 12th Dec 1917
Son of Robert and Jane Brownrigg, living on New St , Keswick in 1891, Kirkee Memorial commemorates more than 1,800 servicemen who died in India during the First World War.
WILLIAM BUTTERWORTH age 27 Pte 357183 1st/10th Bn King's (Liverpool Regiment) 12th July 1918
Son of Daniel and Margaret Cannon of Bassenthwaite ; husband of Jessie Barnes (formerly Cannon), of High Abbey, Embleton, Cockermouth, Cumberland. Commemerated at Tyne Cot Memorial
Word came on Thursday that James Chapman who was reported missing since 26th October, had been killed on that date. His parents John and Grace Chapman ( Hindmoor ), of 15, Leonard St., Keswick, were told in a letter that Cpl Chapman went over the top in charge of a lewis gun team and was soon after hit in the head and killed outright. James had been a shoe maker for Mr Ritson, Station St, before enlisting on 4th December 1915, he went to France 23rd June 1916 and was recommended for the Military Medal on the 3rd of Oct 1917, gazetted 25th Jan 1918. Commemerated on the Tyne Cot Memorial which bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.
WILLIAM CORFIELD age 22 L/Cpl 17247 2nd King Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 8th May 1915
BASSENTHWAITE BROTHERS DIE SIDE BY SIDE, DEATH AT YPRES CONFIRMED FROM DARDANELLES.
The news has been received by their widowed mother at North Row, Bassenthwaite, of the deaths of Lance Corporal William and Private Richard Corfield, 2nd King Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and the story of the manner in which Mrs Mary Jane Corfield, after a long period of waiting, had her fears as to their fate in Belgium confirmed from the far-away, trenches in the Dardanelles is as sad as it is romantic. The soldier brothers were the sons of the late Mr. Alfred Corfield, who was for many years a gardener in the employ of Mr. Thomas Hartley, Armathwaite Hall, Keswick, and they resided in the picturesque valley for the greater part of their lives.
Several years ago they went into Durham, Richard being head gamekeeper and William under gamekeeper on a large estate. At the outbreak of war they joined the colours, and going out to France with their regiment they fought side by side in the trenches at Ypres when the Germans were making their desperate attempt to break the British line at that point in May. Subsequent events have shown that they fell and died almost, together. Their deaths, however, were not officially reported, and their mother made anxious inquiries. One of these was to place an advertisement in a Sunday newspaper, and it has been by this method that she has had definite news as to her sons fate. This came in a letter from Private Allen Lattimer, of the same regiment, an extract, from which is given below. Needless to say, there is great sympathy with Mrs. Corfield in her great bereavement.
Private Lattimer, in his letter, states: "It is with a feeling of deep regret I have to write this letter to you. I am at the time of writing in the trenches somewhere in the Dardanelles, and by chance happened to pick up part of the “Umpire “ dated 19th September, containing. an advertisement from you of news concerning your sons, Richard and William. I am very sorry indeed, to have to inform you that they were both killed on 8th May near Ypres, in Belgium. They were together in the same trench as myself Richard was killed first, a bullet passing through his head. William said to me: "I am afraid Dick is done for," and scarcely had he uttered the words than he himself was shot dead, a bullet likewise hitting him in the forehead. They both died within two minutes of each other, their deaths being almost instantaneous. There were eight of us in the same trench, and Captain Forwood, who was in charge of our Company, was another who was killed. I myself received two bullets, one in the shoulder and one through the leg, which necessitated my detention in hospital for two months. I wrote and informed the captain's wife of his death, and I often wished I had known your address previously, and then I could have informed you straight away. They were two brave men, and you can be proud that they both died doing their duty."
HENRY WILLIAM DARGAN age 32
Sgt 5th Btn Rifle Brigade 1st November 1918
Husband of Mary Ellen Dargan ( Moore ) married 1916, of 17, Otley Rd.,
Keswick, Cumberland. born Isleworth Midx, entered France 14th Dec 1914, shrapnel wound chest 2nd May 1915, gunsot wound left ankle 25th Aug 1916, gun shot wounds right buttock and head 25th May 1918, died of pneumonia at Havre, France
MARK LAURANCE DAVEY age 37
4th South African Infantry 9th August 1916
Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Davey ( Robson ), of Keswick, Cumberland, member of Keswick volunteer fire brigade before leaving for South Africa 6 years before the war.
Wounded in both legs by a shell at Delville Wood 18th July, right leg was later amputated but died of gangrene in hospital, buried at Etaples, the cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.
JOHN HENRY DOVER age 21 Pte 23627
11th Border Rgt 15th December 1917
Son of Reuben and Sarah Dover, living at Stonethwaite in 1901. Died of wounds, buried Mendinghem Military Cemetery , north-west of Ypres.
JAMES NELSON DOVER age 31 Rfm 2nd Kings Royal Rifle Corps 20th September 1914
Born Keswick, Living on St Johns St, Keswick in 1891, enlisted Sheffield 26th Nov 1901 to 24th Nov 1909 and renlisted June 1913 while living at 4 Banks Place,Keswick, wife Martha Jane Wise, died of natural causes on train from base at Havre to the firing line, at the inquiry the men who were with him attributed it to exposure, buried at St Desir War Cemetery.
It was not till 12th September that Rifleman Dover left Southampton, and his wife had a letter from him on the 18th, announcing his safe arrival in France. The absence of any further news aroused her anxiety and stimulated inquiries, notwithstanding the fact that the separation allowance was received regularly, but the War Office has apparently as yet had no advice of his death, for on Monday of this week her allowance was paid as usual. At the early age of 23. the war has made her a widow,with two young children a girl two and a half years old, and a boy fourteen months. Both the latter have, been suffering from whooping cough and one of them is seriously ill with bronchial-pheunomia. Though a German bullet has not laid their father low, he has died in the execution of his duty on the field of battle and for his motherland. Of an old Keswick family, Rifleman Dover was educated at Brigham School under the late Mr. T. E. Hight, and early enlisted, in the 1st King's Royal Rifles, serving in them about twelve years, seven of which he spent in Egypt. On his return to civil life and Keswick, he found employment as " handy-man with 'Mr. Anthony Spedding, of The Storms, and he married a daughter of Mr. E. Wise, shoemaker, and settled down as a family man. when the war broke out he eagerly answered the call as an Army Reserve man, and was recruited to the 6th Ring's Royal Rifles, but quickly transferred to the 2nd.
DOUGLAS GORDON EASTON age 25
Pte 18th Australian Infantry 3rd May 1917
Son of Mr and Mrs George Easton 4 Wordsworth St, Keswick, formerly Nags Head, Wythburn, enlisted 4th October 1915 at Cootamundra, New South Wales, entered France 11th August 1916, killed in the Second Battle of Bullecourt: two weeks of bitter trench fighting which eventually, and at the cost of 2,250 Australian casualties, cleared and held part of the Hindenburg Line. Commemerated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial east of Amiens.
JOHN EDMONDSON age 27 Pte 24717
1st Border Regt 13th April 1918
Son of John and Dinah Edmondson, of Seathwaite Farm, Keswick, Cumberland. Living at the Forge, Keswick at enlistment 10th Dec 1915 , entered France 27th July 1916, wounded in action 21st Oct 1916 ( shrapnel wounds back, abdomen, left wrist and ankle ) , missing presumed dead 11th - 13th April 1918, commemerated Ploegsteert Memorial south of Ypres.
JOHN EDWARDS Pte 14430 8th Btn Border Rgt 10th April 1918
Son of William and Mary Edwards, Kings Head Court, Keswick, working as a gardener before the war, enlisted 7th Sept 1914, entered France 26th Sept 1915, wounded 7th July 1916 ( g.s.w face and abdomen ), missing presumed dead 10th April 1918, commemerated Ploegsteert Memorial south of Ypres.
EDWIN EVANS age 27 Pte 26060 8th Border Rgt 10th April 1918
Son of Edwin Atkinson Evans and Fanny Evans, husband of Annie (Borthwick) 21 Rose Terrace, Keswick, enlisted terratorials 12th Jan 1909, served in India 29th Oct 1914 to 3rd Dec 1915, commemerated Ploegsteert Memorial south of Ypres.
* Edwin`s son Edwin was killed in action in Italy, 19th Feb 1944 aged 28.
THOMAS FORSYTH Pte 73736 28th Canadian Infantry 15th July 1917
Mr. and Mrs. John Forsyth, Barclay House, Ratcliffe-place, Keswick, received a letter on Saturday from a chaplain with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France, stating that their son, Private Tom Forsyth, had been killed by a shell and buried in one of the soldiers' cemeteries.
Private Forsyth, who had reached the age of 28, was a native of Keswick, and received his education at Blackman's School, and then at Brigham under the late Mr Highton. He was apprenticed to the late Mr John Morley, draper, but in 1908 went to Canada where he was making good headway as an assistant surveyor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, when the war broke out. He at once volunteered for active service • and came over to England with the second contingent of the Canadian forces, and was amongst some of the first of them to see service in France. He was wounded in the head and left shoulder by shrapnel in 1916; and was invalided home but returned to his company in November last and went right away to France. He was a lad of fine spirits and always spoke cheerfully of his army life. His elder brother, Walker Forsyth, who served his apprenticeship with the late Isaac Tyson, tailor, Keswick, is serving with the Durham Light Infantry in France.
JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE FISHER age 21 Cpl 14435 8th Border Rgt 15th July 1917
Joseph Braithwaite Fisher, second son of Mrs Fisher, Portinscale, he was a shepherd with Mr Allison, Rosthwaite before enlisting at the outbreak of war. He was born on St Herbert St, and attended Brigham School under the late Mr E Highton and for many years was in St Johns choir. His elder brother is serving in Mesopotamia.
LEWTHWAITE FOSTER age 38 Sgt Machine Gun Corps 12th October 1917
Son of Robert and Jane Foster, of Keswick; husband of Hannah Foster, of 101, Main St., Keswick, Cumberland. worked as a joiner before the war, enlisted 4th July 1916, entered France 14th Dec 1916, wounded 5th May 1917 ( g.s.w. left side ), buried Poelcapelle British Cemetery north-east of Ypres
HERBERT FORRESTER age 31 Pte 25441 9th Border Rgt 25th December 1918
Son of William and Sabing Forrester, of Keswick, Cumberland, England; husband of Mary E. Forrester, of 78, Salem Avenue, Toronto, Canada.