FRANK GARDINER age 29 Sgt 8th Border Rgt 27th Oct 1916
of John and Mary Ann Gardiner, of 93, Main St., Keswick, Cumberland.
Sergeant Frank Gardiner, Border 'Regiment, Keswick, who has died from wounds received in France, was one of Keswick's most promising young men. Educated at Crosthwaite Boys School under Mr. Swinburn, he was the first to win a Hewetson Scholarship. He proceeded to Keswick School, and under the Rev. Cecil Grant passed his matriculation for the London University, after brilliant success in both Oxford and Cambridge Senior Locals. After leaving school he spent wine time in his father's carpenter's shop, and also continued his studies, passing examinations under the Board of Education in practical mathematics, solid geometry building construction, and joinery, also obtained honours for the City and Guilds examination in woodwork, and was a member by examination of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters and Joiners. For a time he worked under the Cumberland Education Committee as teacher of woodwork in the elementary schools, and also conducted woodwork classes for teachers at Keswick. At the outbreak of the war he was woodwork teacher at the Workington Secondary School. He was a splendid athlete, and several years captained the Keswick Rugby football team, also playing in county matches, and at hockey and tennis he was no mean opponent, a member of the old Volunteers and the newer Territorials, he was an expert marksman, and besides winning medals at Bisley, he one year won the Lord Lieutenant's cup for the county, and the county bronze medal for the best shot. He was one of the Crosthwaite bell-ringers, and during his short furlough home relieved the young lady who had taken his place for the period of the war. He went with the Border Regiment to Burma soon after the outbreak of the war, but on the expiration of his time of enlistment sought more active service, returned to England, joined another battalion of the same regiment, and was eventually drafted to France with his old rank of sergeant. He was seriously wounded on Sunday, 22nd October, and conveyed to the base hospital, his relatives receiving an intimation from the chaplain. A leg was amputated on Friday, and he later dictated a letter to a comrade in hospital, but during the same evening he passed away. He was the only remaining son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gardiner, Main-street, and the deepest sympathy of the town and district is felt for them and for his four sisters.
DANIEL GATE age 21 8th Btn Border Rgt 10 Aug 1917
Fourth son of Tom Gate, of The Green, Legburthwaite, Thirlmere, Cumberland. Born Bassenthwaite
JAMES GIBSON age 31 Lcpl 11th Btn Border Rgt 4th July 1917
Husband of Agnes Gibson, of 3, Banks Place, Keswick. Private23627 b. Borrowdale, Cumberland e. Keswick Cumberland, Died of wounds
JOHN GILLBANKS age 38 Pte 5th Border Rgt 10th July 1917
Son of William and Elizabeth Gillbanks.
Mr. Wm. Gillbanks, Myrtle Villa., Keswick, received a letter on Monday from a Captain in command of a Labour Company in France stating with deep sympathy that Private John Henry Gillbanks was killed in action on 10th July whilst very nobly doing his duty.
The deceased, who was 39 years old last April, was educated at Brigham School and served his apprenticeship' with Messrs. Isaac and Timothy Hodgson. On the conclusion of the Boer War, he went out to South Africa, where he was engaged in mining engineering. He returned to England in 1915 and early last year joined the 5th Borders and whilst serving in the trenches throughout the winter in France contracted trench feet and strained an ankle, causing his removal to a base hospital.
It was only quite recently that he was transferred to a Labour Company behind the lines. His only brother, Benjamin Gillbanks, is serving with the Border Territorial force at Poona.
THOMAS GILL age 39 Pte 1st Border Rgt 27th Jan 1917
Son of Thomas and Mary Gill, of Keswick, Cumberland; husband of Isabella Gill, of Portmulgrave, Hinderwell, Yorks.
Mr and Mrs T Graves have received word of the death of their son in a letter from his chum *Pte James Duffield, Braithwaite.
HAROLD L GRAVES Cpl 7th Norfolk Rgt 2nd April 1916
direct to Mrs Graves, he said, " Although I feel so ill and my nerves
so shattered, and I am utterly miserable I feel it is my duty to write
to you, though it tears my heart to do so. On the second of April I was
sitting in my dugout, and was just about to make myself a little
breakfast, when someone put his head in and shouted "stretcher bearers" .
Little did I think when I rushed out that I was going to see poor
Harold lying there. It gave me an awful shock, I closed my eyes and
wished the earth would swallow me up for I could see instantly that I
was helpless, and that it was impossible to save him, but thank god I
was by his side. He never spoke though I knelt by his side for 15
minutes before he closed his eyes, poor lad both his legs and one arm
were broken, a mine had been exploded and lumps of chalk had struck him.
I and three other stretcher bearers carried him out of the trench to
the cemetery where he was buried by our chaplain. He was a brave lad and
died doing his duty, may God comfort you all.
*James Duffield was killed later the same year.
THOMAS GRAVES 2nd/5th Bn King's (Liverpool Regiment) 31st Oct 1917
THOMAS P GREENWOOD age 29 Sgt Royal Army Medical Corps 19 Dec 1917
Son of Richard and Annie Greenwood of Garden Villa, Threlkeld, Penrith, Cumberland.
NORMAN ATKINSON GRISDALE age 20 Pte 6th Border Rgt 16th August 1915
son of Mr Joseph and Eleanor Grisdale, 13 Wordsworth St, Keswick
Journal Tuesday 31st August 1915, Pte Norman Grisdale of the 6th
Border, who left the employment of Mr Postlethwaite, Grocer, Keswick to
enlist soon after the war started, has written to say he is wounded in
the shoulder, but does not think his condition is at all dangerous. He
was wounded on the 7th at the Dardanelles and is expected to proceed to a
ALBERT RAINE HALL age 33 Sgt 2nd Border Rgt 14th Jan 1915
Husband of Jane Hall, of 14, High Hill, Keswick, Cumberland.
JOHN HANDFORD age 32 2nd/4th Btn Border rgt 13 Nov 1918
Son of Susanna Handford, of Bungalow, St. John's Vale, Keswick, Cumberland, and the late William Handford.
TOM HETHERINGTON age 30 Drv Royal Field artillery 27th May 1918
on St Herbert St, Keswick , with his wife and one child. worked as a
butcher with Mr Adamson, Keswick before enlisting in Sept 1916. he was
killed by a shell while visiting a Keswick friend in the same battalion.
WILLIAM HIND age 25 8th Btn Border Rgt 17 April 1918Son of Joseph Hind, of Crummock View, Threlkeld
FRANK HINDMOOR age 22 7th Btn Border Rgt 23 Oct 1917
Son of Thomas and Ann Hindmoor, of Dale Bottom, Keswick, Cumberland.
W. J. G. HOARE Cpt 11th Royal Fusiliers 25th October 1916
His father was the Vicar of St Johns, Keswick in 1901
JOHN C HODGSON age 33 Cpt 10th Border Rgt 28th June 1915
Born on 8th November 1882 and educated at Keswick School. Son of Isaac and Emily Catherine Hodgson of Newlands House, Stanger Street, Keswick, Cumberland. Before enlisting he was the French master at Penzance County School, Cornwall (now Humphrey Davy School) from January 1910 until July 1914 and prior to that taught at De Aston School, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. He wrote an article on his experiences at Gallipoli in June 1915, just before he was killed, and this was published in the midsummer edition (No 15) of The Penwithian in 1915.
ISAAC HODGSON Lt 2nd Border Rgt 20th April 1916
Youngest son of Mr Isaac and Mrs Emily
Catherine Hodgson, Newlands House, Stanger St, Keswick. badly wounded
with the 1st btn Border Rgt at the Dardenelles in Aug 1915. After his
recovery he embarked for France in February with the 2nd Btn, he was
wounded in the head and though carried to a dressing station behind the
lines, he died without recovering consciousness and was buried on Good
THOMAS ALLAN HODGSON age 21 Cpl 8th Btn Border Regiment 20th Jan 1916
Son of Timothy and Mary Ann Hodgson, of 39, Blencathra St., Keswick, Cumberland.
enlisted in Sept 1914 and was sent to France in Sept 1915, on the night
of 20th January 1916 he was reported missing believed killed.
FRANK HODGSON Pte 5th Border Rgt 28th January 1916
Youngest son of Mr J J Hodgson Lake Rd, Keswick, died of wounds.
JOSEPH W M HODGSON age 21 5th Btn Border Rgt 16 Sept 1916
Son of Arthur G Hodgson, Ratcliffe Place, Keswick, formerly a Keswick postman but latterly had worked with his father as a boatman on the lake.
JAMES HODGSON age 20 Pte 1st Lancs Fusiliers 6th Sept 1917
JOHN W. HODGSON age 21 Pte 1st Border Rgt 19th May 1917
Son of Robert and Alice Jane Hodgson, of 16, Poplar St., Keswick.on of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Hodgson, of 8, Wickhams Court, Keswick; Pte Hodgson leaves a
widow and child at Cedar Cottage, Greta Side. He was a shoe-maker for
Fred Birkett before enlisting in January 1916 and went to France last
July. He was shot through the head by a sniper while bringing rations up
WILLIAM HOGARTH age 21 Pte 11th Border Rgt 1st July 1916
Son of Tyson Hogarth, of 8, Borrowdale Rd., Keswick, Cumberland, and the late Isobel Hogarth. Lance Corporal 14445 b. Workington, Cumberland e. Keswick (Thornthwaite), Cumberland, Killed in action
CHARLES HOLDSWORTH PTE 5th Btn Canadian infantry 16th Aug 1917
Son of George Holdsworth, Ullock Farm, Portinscale, Keswick
JAMES SCOTT HOLLIDAY age 23 Sgt 7th Border Rgt 4th May 1918
Son of Isaac and Annie Holliday, of Keswick; late of Wigton.
EVAN JONATHAN HUGHES age 25 11th Btn Border Rgt 14th April 1917
Private 17358 b. Keswick, Cumberland e. Kendal (Ambleside), Westmorland, Killed in action
HYWEL HUGHES age 29 2nd Btn Border Rgt 7th Oct 1917Husband of Maggie Hughes, of 122, Newton Rd., Millom, Cumberland.
ISAAC HUNTER MM Pte 8th Border Rgt 21st March 1918
GEORGE HERBERT JACKSON Cpl 11th Border Rgt 18th November 1916
THOMAS JOHNS Pte 25th Btn Royal Fusiliers 15 June 1915
Eldest Son of Mr and Mrs B Johns, 4 Eskin Place, Keswick. Died of dysentery German east Africa
STEPHEN JOHNS 2nd Lt Royal Engineers 14th March 1916
Third son of Mr and Mrs B Johns, 4 Eskin Place, Keswick.
feel a few words at this trying moment to you might help to ease the
suffering which time alone can efface. Your son was killed by a shell on
the 14th inst. He was at his post of duty and another man was killed by
the same shell during a slight gas attack. His last words were " well
boys, if we are to be killed , let us be cheerful " , he was buried
yesterday (15th) two miles behind the firing line in a little cemetery
of apple trees.
ARTHUR JOHNS Lt Royal Engineers 25th September 1917
Son of Mr and Mrs B Johns, 4 Eskin Place, Keswick
It was with great regret that a large
number of Keswickians heard this week that Second-Lieut. Arthur Johns
youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Johns, Eskin-place, Keswick, had been
killed in action. The sad news is made all the more tragic by the
fact that Mr. and Mrs. Johns have already lost two sons in the war,
and now they are called upon to bear a third terrible bereavement.
The sympathy of all Keswick is with the bereaved parents and the
young officer's wife in their irreparable loss.
The sad intelligence was conveyed to
the deceased officer's wife in a letter from a captain, who wrote:—
He was killed on the morning of 25th
September, while about 100 yards back from the front line. Some of
his men were wounded by a shell and he was helping to put one of the
wounded on a stretcher when another shell came,
killing him instantly. 'He was very popular with his men; they would
do anything for him.
Capt. Norman Lee wrote to Lieut. Johns'
mother, and said :—
He was a fine fellow and a thoroughly
good officer—one of the best—and both officers and men of the company feel
the loss very deeply, and most sincerely condole with you in your
great loss. It may he a little comfort to you to know that his death
was instantaneous, and that he could not have suffered at all. The
funeral will take place at a military cemetery close by our present
headquarters, and you may rest assured that, as long as we are near,
his grave will always be carefully tended.
Second-Lieut. Johns was educated at
Kendal Grammar School, and later at Keswick High School under the
Rev. Cecil Grant. When his school days were over he underwent a
course of training for engineering at the Camborne School of Mining,
where he obtained certificates of the highest merit. He was a member
of the Mining and Metallurgic Institute in London. He held important
posts as an engineer in Nigeria. and returned to England just before
the outbreak of hostilities. Immediately on war being declared he
joined the army and had been in France seven months when he met his
death. He hoped to secure leave during the present month.
JAMES V T JORDAN age 22 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 9th Oct 1917
Son of James Evand Jordan and Fannie Bessie Jordan, of 24, High St., Erdington, Birmingham. Born keswick
ROBERT JUST age 21 8th Border Rgt 3rd July 1916
son of Mr and Mrs R Just, Portinscale. Originally from Grasmere, Robert
was at the outbreak of the war a driver and under-gardener for Mrs
Black , Underscar, Keswick, his father is head gardener at Derwent Hill.