WILLIAM PARISH  age 35  Pte  23903   Royal Lancaster Rgt   14 October 1917

     Son of James and Rosetta Parish; husband of Maud Parish, of Leonard St., Keswick, enlisted 10th December 1915, entered Messopotamia 23rd October 1916,  buried Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery

JAMES  PARK   age  21   Pte 9087  3rd Btn  Coldstream Guards    17th September  1914

Born Keswick, son of Barwise and Sarah ( Grisdale ) living in Consett, Durham,  in 1901. entered France 12th Aug 1914, died of wounds, commemerated at  La Ferte-sous-Jouarre , 66 kilometres to the east of Paris, the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial commemorates nearly 4,000 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force who died in August, September and the early part of October 1914 and who have no known grave.

WILLIAM  WALKER  PARK  age 24   260447   7th Border Rgt   27th March 1918

Son of John and Margaret Park , Brother of Sarah Jane Park, of Brown Beck Farm, Naddle, Keswick., enlisted 31st May 1915, entered France 6th Dec 1915, killed in action,  buried Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension west of Albert.

PERCY  PETTMAN  PATEY  age 30  2nd/4thBtn LeicestershireRegiment    5th  July 1917                                                                  

Son of Helen Sophia Patey, of " Latrigg ", Kingsdown, Deal, and the late Henry Horn Patey. Born keswick, living at Thornthwaite in 1891. commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.

JOHN PEET        Pte 25/1532  25th (Tyneside Irish) Bn   Northumberland Fusiliers      1st July 1916

   Mrs Peet, Heads lane , Keswick, received word on Wednesday morning of the death of her husband Pte John Peet, Northumberland Fusiliers, he had enlisted 12 months ago and proceeded to France just before Christmas.
Before enlisting deceased worked at Thornthwaite mines and occupied his spare time in stuffing wild birds and animals. He had a wide reputation for his taxidermist skills. For a time he worked in the barytes mines at Ulverston and for twelve months was engaged in some gold mines in West Africa.

He is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Peet and Ann ( Thwaites ) 7 Hendersons Court, Keswick, commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.


THOMAS EDWARD PEILL  age 38  Pte 18976  2nd Yorkshire Rgt   18th June 1918

Youngest son of Mr and Mrs W Peill, Church St, Keswick, husband of Louisa Peill, of Church St., Castleton, Yorks, entered France 29th Aug 1915, killed in action, buried Philosophe British Cemetery between Bethune and Lens.




 ALBERT  CYRIL  PINKNEY  age 19  Pte 36351  Machine Gun Corps  23 April 1917

Son of William and the late Charlotte Pinkney. Living on Church St, Keswick in 1901, enlisted 23rd November 1915, entered France 17th July 1916, killed in action,  buried Philosophe British Cemetery between Bethune and Lens.

CHARLES  MARTIN  PEARS   age 19  2nd Lt   52  Sqn  Royal Flying Corps    23rd Nov 1917

  Son of Joseph Henry and Laura L. Pears, of 20, Southey St., Keswick, Cumberland. Joseph had a grocers shop on Leonard St. Charles Pears attended Brigham and Keswick Schools and was training to be a teacher before enlistment, he had been with his squadron for four months when he was killed.

2nd Lt C M Pears (pilot) and 2nd Lt William Henry Harston (observer, formerly 7th Bn, Northamptonshire Regiment) of No 52 Sqn RFC were killed in a mid air collision while flying on a artillery observation sortie in RE 8 A3546 on 23 November 1917. 

 The other aircraft RE 8 A4273  Lt C.H.M.Platt & 2Lt G. J.Cooke who were  killed was also from 52 Sqn.  No 52 Sqn was based at Bray-Dunes aerodrome at the time. They are buried at Zuidcoote Military Cemetery.


ROBERT POSTLETHWAITE  age 20   Pte  23305   11th Bn Kings Own Royal Lancaster Rgt   28th May 1917                                 

    Son of Edward and Kate Postlethwaite, of High Snab, Newlands, Keswick, before the war he was a auxiliary postman doing the Newlands round he also worked part time at Swinside farm and Derwent Bank.

He was  killed in action at Gouzeaucourt, buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, south west of Cambrai.

THOMAS BENNET POSTLETHWAITE  age 62  Merchant Navy  SS Daybreak  24th Dec 1917

   Husband of Mary Postlethwaite (nee Robinson), of Brookside, Applethwaite, Keswick, they had three sons Joseph a Corporal in Mesopotania, Sydney an air mechanic in the Royal Naval Air Service and James who is foreman timber loader on the C.K. and P. Railway. Thomas had been at Sea for 38 years and had sailed from Barry Dock last June to West Africa, Dakar, the States, South America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, River Plate, Spain, Gibralter and thence to Milford Haven. Mrs Poslethwaite had a letter on Christmas Day to say they had arrived safely and would be home in a day or so. They were unfortunately torpedoed 40 miles from Belfast on Christmas Eve.

The SS Daybreak loaded with iron ore was sunk as a result of a torpedo fired without warning by  German submarine U-87 on Christmas Eve 1917 near South Rock Lightship, Strangford Lough, off the Ards Peninsula, Co Down.  Lightship Keepers say she sank in less than five minutes, the torpedoe taking off most of her bow, all 21 crew including the Captain died.
 On Christmas Day, the same U-boat 87 attacked a convoy and sank the SS Agberi in the Irish Sea,  U-87 was sunk after being rammed and depth charged by the sloop HMS Buttercup and British patrol boat PC56,  All of its 44 crew perished.

SIDNEY PEPPER   age 19  pte 19818    11th Btn  East Lancashire Regiment  13th April 1918

Son of  Joseph and Ann Pepper,   born  Stonethwaite,  Borrowdale, Cumberland, died of wounds, buried at Longuenesse on the southern outskirts of St. Omer.

JOHN  PERRY    age 29   Pte  52014     17th Kings Liverpool Rgt     12th Oct 1916

Son of
Henry and Margaret Ann Perry, of 22, Ratcliffe Place, Keswick, Cumberland.  His body was  found by a dispatch rider, one hand clutching a new testament, the other holding a sixpence given to  him as  a  keepsake by his fiance,  Miss Tweddle, Gray Crag, Portinscale whose name was found  in  the testament, and who  received a letter from the finder, together with the book and the  token, buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, south-west of Bapaume, Warlencourt, the Butte de Warlencourt and Eaucourt-L'Abbaye were the scene of very fierce fighting in 1916.

WILLIAM PRATT    age 26    Pte   14477    1st Border Rgt     1st July 1916

Only Son of William and Fanny Pratt, of Lydias Cottages, Brigham, Keswick, Cumberland, enlisted 4th September 1914, entered France 10th Oct 1915, killed in action, buried at Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel.

ALBERT  NOAH  PRYCE  age 23  Pte  201401    2nd/4th Border Rgt   28th Sept 1919          

Son of Noah and Mary Ann Pryce Of Bridge House, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumberland. (Buried Cherat New Cem).

JOHN  RICE     age 22    Sgt   5th Btn  Essex Rgt        15th August 1915

Born Keswick, son of William and Bessie of Chelmsford,  family lived on Eskin St, Keswick in 1891,  killed in action,  commemerated on the Helles Memorial

STANLEY  RICE    age 26   Gunner   Royal Horse Artillery       14th May 1915

Born Keswick, son of William and Bessie of Chelmsford,  family lived on Eskin St, Keswick in 1891,  killed in action,  buried  at  Bethune Town Cemetery.

THOMAS RICHARDSON  age 31  Pte  24475    6th Btn Border Rgt  31 Mar 1917

    Son of the late John and Mary Richardson, of Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Cumberland, Was a shepherd before the war, enlisted 11th December 1915, entered France 6th October 1916, died 1.30 a.m. 31/3/1917 at Etaples Hospital of german measles and acute bronchitis,  buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.


JOSEPH RITSON        age 19  Sgt   Border Rgt             19th  May 1917

  Second son of Mr an Mrs J Ritson, Boot and Shoe-maker, Station Rd, Keswick. He voluntarily enlisted in November 1914 though under military age and proceeded to France last March, his elder brother is serving in Mesopotania.




ALFRED ROBINSON   age 25  Pte 28th Canadian Infantry   8th Aug 1918

   Pte Alfred Robinson, son of Mr Joseph Tom and Mary Ann Robinson ( nee Dixon ) , 56 St John St,  Keswick , has been killed in action in France. Pte Robinson after serving his apprenticeship to the  printing trade, went out to Canada and enlisted there in 1916 and came to France in 1917. He has  one brother serving in France and another in Italy. He was living at Rosetown, Saskatchewan at the  time of his enlistment, killed in action, buried at Caix British Cemetery, made after the Armistice when graves (mainly of March and August 1918) were brought in from the battlefields.



EDWIN ROBINSON  age 22   Pte 2697  1st/9th Durham Light infantry  20th Nov 1916

    Son of Joseph and Jane Robinson, Thirlmere, entered France 20th April 1915, died of wounds, buried St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

OLIVER ROBINSON  age 27  Pte 18175   1st Btn Border Rgt    30th July 1915

     Son of Joseph and Jane Robinson, Bridge End, Thirlmere, enlisted 28th November 1914 at Keswick, landed Dardanelles 10th June 1915, died of wounds recieved in action 29th July 1915  ( G.S.W head ), buried at Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Pink Farm (properly Sotiri Farm) took its name from the red soil of the area. The three cemeteries which grew up around the farm were combined after the Armistice on the site of Pink Farm Cemetery No 3, and this cemetery was further enlarged when graves were brought in from other small burial grounds in the vicinity. There are now 602 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

JOHN BROWNRIGG ROSE     age 25        L/Cpl   12934    8th Border Rgt    15th July 1916

    Son of Brownrigg and Jane Rose, of 62 Blencathra St., Keswick. enlisted 5th September 1914, entered France 26th September 1915, killed in action, buried at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle.

DERWENT  TELFORD  RIGG   age 20  Pte  23414  7th  Btn Border Rgt     23rd  April 1917

Son of John and Emma Rigg,  living at Ratcliffe Place in 1901

ERNEST   RIGG      age 29      Pte   20911    7th Border Rgt     23rd  April 1917

   Son of John and Jane Rigg, of 103, Main St., Keswick, Cumberland, worked as a postman on the Thornthwaite round, joined up with and was killed within weeks of his pal Robert Postlethwaite.

killed in action, commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

JOHN  WILLIAM  RIGG  age 27   Pte  20166    2nd Btn Border  Rgt 14 July  1916

    Son of Thomas and Agnes Rigg, of Mountain View, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumberland, worked as a quarryman before the war, enlisted 7th April 1915, entered France 7th December 1915,  killed in action, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

John`s brother Richard Thomas Rigg, enlisted 11th May 1915, Border Rgt/Machine Gun Corp, was wounded in the left thigh by shrapnel 16th December 1917 and medically discharged 11th September 1918.


  age 21  Pte  12939    8th Border Rgt  21 Oct 1916
Son of Joseph and Mary Jane Sandham, of Helvellyn House, Thirlmere, enlisted 7th September 1914, entered France 26th Sept 1915, killed in action, buried Stump Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, north-east of Albert.

 Wythburn Church Memorial 


EDMUND LECK SANDERS  age 30  Lcpl   18665  1st Border Rgt    21st August 1915

     Husband of Mary Margaret Birkett (formerly Sanders), of 19, The Headlands, Keswick, Cumberland, entered Dardanelles 8th Aug 1915, killed in action, commemerated on the Helles Memorial.

Through Canon Rawnsley, who made inquiries on her behalf, Mrs Sanders, Pear Tree Lane , Keswick, Has now received an official intimation stating that her husband Lance-Corporal E. Sanders, 1st Border Rgt who has been missing since August 1915 must be regarded as dead.  Lance-Corporal Sanders was with the Border Rgt at Sulva Bay, and the only information regarding his fate comes from private Nield, a comrade who writes to say that on the 21st August 1915, he was next to Sanders when the Battalion was advancing and saw him hit with a bullet.
He tried to bandage him to stop the bleeding but was unable to do so and he died within three minutes.
Private Nield was himself wounded a short time afterwards, and as the battalion had to retreat the body would be left in the hands of the Turks.

ROBERT  F. SANDERSON  age 25  116th Canadian Infantry     29th September 1918

Eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Sanderson late of Police station Yard, Keswick and now residing in the United States, husband of Erma Sanderson, of 413, South St., Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Robert will be remembered as a gardener with Mr T R Hayes. 

He had served 3 years with 4th Border ( Keswick Territorials ) and 5 years with the U.S National Guard. Buried at St. Olle British Cemetery, France

ANDREW SAUL   age 31   Pte, South Lancs Regiment   2nd November 1919

  Son of William and Elizabeth Saul, born in Keswick and attended Brigham School.  Orphaned  and  adopted by cousin Lavinia   and Dunglinson Dykes Tyson.  Trained as a tailor.  Married Mary Jane Jenkinson on 18 May 1916 at Crosthwaite Church.
   Enlisted in the Duke of Lancashire Yeomanry, Manchester, on 6 October 1915, transferred to the 4th South Lancashire Regiment on 27 December 1916, posted to the 5th Battalion on 16 January 1917 and  the 6th Battalion on 11 September 1917, served in France and Mesopotamia, was hospitalised in Bombay on 10 September 1918, and discharged as no longer  fit for war service on 11 February 1919.
   Andrew died at the Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, on 2 November 1919, aged 31, leaving his wife with a 2  year old daughter  and 10 day old twin boys.  The family returned to Portinscale and Keswick to live.

GILBERT  SEWELL   age 22  Pte  241009  1st Border Rgt     2nd April 1918

Youngest son of William Stoddart Sewell and Ann Sewell, of Otley Rd, Keswick, Cumberland. before enlistment he had been an apprentice with Mr Lupton, boot maker, enlisted 15th May 1915, G.S.W. face and nose 4th October 1917, entered France 9th March 1917, killed in action, buried at Oxford Road Cemetery north east of Ypres, used by the units fighting on this front from August 1917 to April 1918.

JOSEPH  WILLIAM  SEWELL    age  19    Pte  266024   South Lancs Rgt   27th Sept 1918

Son of John and Martha Sewell, 25 Lake Rd, Keswick, enlisted 16th August 1917, killed in action , buried at Anneux British Cemetery a little to the south of the main road from Cambrai to Bapaume.

ERNEST SCOTT   age 19   Pte Royal Marine Light Infantry    31st May 1916

    Son of Robert and Isabella Scott, of Browfoot Brewery House, Keswick, Cumberland.  He worked at the Briery Bobbin Mill before enlisting aged 17,  He was killed at the battle of Jutland when his ship HMS Black Prince was destroyed by a tremendous explosion, sinking with all hands.

ROBERT SCOTT    age 33   Pte  241351   2nd Border Rgt       26th October 1917

Son of Robert and Isabella Scott, of Browfoot Brewery House, Keswick.  Killed in action ,  buried Hooge Crater Cemetery

JAMES SCOTT    age 19  Pte   29109  2nd/5th  Kings Own Royal Lancaster Rgt      29th  August 1918                                              

Son  of William and Margaret Ann Scott, born Portinscale, enlisted at Penrith, killed in action, buried at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy  south of the main Arras to Cambrai road. 


   age 33    Pte Cheshire Rgt   7th August 1916
Edwin was a twin, born in Keswick on or about 11th November 1882. His parents were William and
Elizabeth Spark (nee Jackson) who had married in Cockermouth in 1866. The parents had four surviving
children according to the 1911 census, and some others died in infancy. Those that can be found were :
Joseph, Sarah Jane, Harold Jackson, Walter Thwaite (died aged 1), and twins Edwin Mitchell and Eva.
The family were living in Poplar Street, Crosthwaite, Keswick on the 1881 & 1901 censuses (but they
cannot be found on the 1891 census.) In 1901 Edwin was 18 years old and working as an Apprentice
Electrician/Wireman for the Windermere & District Electrical Supply Company. He completed his
apprenticeship in 1904.
His family were living at No.33 Wordsworth Street in Keswick in 1911 but Edwin was not at home and
cannot be located on the census.
At some point between 1904 and 1914 Edwin arrived on the Wirral, and he was working as an Electrician
at Lever Brothers Soap Works in Port Sunlight.
He has some army service papers which show that he enlisted with the 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
(“Wirral Pals”) at Port Sunlight on 3rd September 1914. His age was given as 31 years+296 days and his
occupation was an Electrician. His next of kin was given as his father William, still living at No.33
Wordsworth Street.
His army service lasted just 20 days, and he was discharged as “Medically unfit” on 22nd September.
He is listed in Lever Brothers “Golden Book” of those employees who served in the war (the lack of any
rank being given is an indication of his short service.) 

 Nothing more is known about Edwin other than that he died of Phthisis (Tuberculosis) on 7th August 1916
aged 33. He is buried in Keswick (St. John) Churchyard with a CWGC headstone. He is commemorated on
Commonwealth War Graves, and he is also named on the Keswick War Memorial.
His parents may have received a Memorial Plaque and Scroll, but this is not certain.

EDWARD WILSON STANLEY   age  28   L/CPL G/4093  2nd Btn  Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)  1st Sep 1916               

   Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stanley, Otley-road, Keswick, received the sad news on Sunday that their son, Edward Wilson Stanley, had been killed in France on 4th September. He was in a gun section, Queen's Own Royal West Surreys, having enlisted into that regiment in January,1915, entered France 23rd Aug 1915, commemarated on the Thiepval Memorial. He served his apprenticeship with Mr. T. W Hayes, Keswick, and afterwards was employed at the Tully Nurseries, Killdare, Ireland, and the Enfield Nurseries, where he was alpine gardener with a large staff under him. He had been in the trenches in France for fifteen months. He went through the battle of Loos, and had been in the big push ever since the start. The letter announcing his death states:  " I am very sorry to have to write and tell that your son, Lance Corporal. E. W. Stanley, 4093, has been killed in action. No words of mine can comfort you in your great loss. We all feel very sorry for you and feel the loss of a good and brave soldier and comrade, not only in the platoon but in the whole company. Your son was in charge of a Lewis gun at the time, and could not have suffered as he died immediately. In him we have lost a good man indeed, he was one of the best in my platoon ".
The deceased was 27 years of age, he has four brothers in the army, Mark Stanley, Border Rgt, who has been home on convalescent after being wounded on the 1st July, a rifle shot cought him in the left foot and he crawled about in " no mans land " for 24 hours before being able to get to a dressing station. Harold is in the Border Rgt in India, Frank is in the East Lancashires and Joseph in the Border reserves at Barrow.

JOHN  STAMPER    age 25    Pte  14479    8th Btn Border Rgt    1st September 1918

Son of George and Margaret Ann Stamper, of Greta Bank Cottage, Keswick, Cumberland, enlisted 9th Septemeber 1914, entered France 26th Sept 1915, missing from 28th June 1918,  buried at Glageon  Communal Cemetery.

HAROLD STEPHENSON  age 30  Pte  49063     2nd Btn Manchester Rgt  3rd September 1917

Son of John and Helen Stephenson, of Keswick, Cumberland; husband of Elizabeth Stephenson, of 165, Upper Brook St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, killed in action, buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery.

WILLIAM  STEWART  age 23  Gunner 8353  Royal Field Artillery   26th October 1917

    Son of  Sarah Jane Stewart, of 2, Gateys Court, Keswick, Cumberland, and the late William Stewart. Entered France  27th July 1915, died of wounds, buried at Dozinghem  military cemetery.

  age 26  Sgt  3473  C Coy 8th Durham Light Infantry    2nd March 1916

Mr and Mrs James Stockdale of St Herbert Street,  have received word that their eldest son William has been killed in the front line  trenches on the 2nd  March by German shrapnel. A letter from a friend Sgt G S Jackson stated " the Huns shelled our trenches unmercifully, thinking we were going to attack, the casualty list from our battalion was I am afraid was pretty large, Will was with his men in one part of the trench when a shell came and did for seven or eight of them. Will was not killed outright; his first thought was for his men and he ordered they should be attended to first, he died very peaceably. His loss will be keenly felt, his adjutant had strongly recommended him to apply for a commission, but alas it was not to be " .  William had married in May 1915 to Miss Pritchard daughter of  Mr Thomas Pritchard , Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne.  Buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)  south-east of Ypres.

TOM  GILLIN  STOREY  age 25  Sgt  15787     8th Border Rgt    3rd July 1916

    Son of the late John and Emma Jane Storey, of 5, St. Herbert's St., Keswick, Cumberland, enlisted 13th September 1914, entered France 26th September 1915, killed in action, commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.

JOHN STRONG MM  age 24  Pte 11776    1st Btn   Royal Berkshire Rgt   3 May 1917         

 Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Strong, of Hodgson Howe, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumberland. Enlisted Aug.1914, entered France 19th Feb 1915,  commemerated on the Arras Memorial.

BIRKETT  STUART    age 20   Pte 260721   7th Btn Border Rgt  4th November 1918

Son of Mr and Mrs T Stuart, Brooklyn House, Threlkeld.  10th November 1914 Pte Stuart enlisted in the W and C. Yeomanry and after a few months training in Enland was sent to France on 10th July 1915 where he was subsequently transferred to the 7th Borders .  In that regiment he saw much fighting and on the armistice being signed his parents naturally felt relieved, but by then Pte Stuart had made the supreme sacrifice at the age of twenty. this is the third son in addition to a nephew  of Mr and Mrs T Stuart to fall in the war.  Prior to enlistment Pte Stuart was employed by Mr Howe of High Hill  farm, Keswick Entered France 11th July 1915, killed in action,  buried at Englefontaine British Cemetery where the straight main road from Le Cateau  to Bavay  crosses the road from Le Quesnoy to Landrecies.                                                                         


THOMAS  STUART     age 25   Sgt   12941   8th Btn  Border Rgt      3rd July 1916

   Son of Mr and Mrs T Stuart, Brooklyn House, Threlkeld, enlisted 7th September 1914, promoted L/cpl 13th October, acting Cpl 5th November, Sgt 23rd July 1915, entered France 26th September 1915,  killed in action, commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.

CHARLES  HENRY  STUART  age 35  Pte    1st Rgt South African Inf  18th July 1916

  Son of Mr and Mrs T Stuart, Brooklyn House, Threlkeld, Lived in Cape Town and left a wife and two children, served in Germen South West Africa and on being transferred to England had 10 days leave in Threlkeld before serving in Egypt and later France where he was  killed  at Delville Wood, buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Delville Wood was a tract of woodland, nearly 1 kilometre square, the western edge of which touched the village of Longueval in the Somme. On 14 July 1916 the greater part of Longueval village was taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division and on the 15th, the South African Brigade of that Division captured most of Delville Wood. The wood now formed a salient in the line, with Waterlot Farm and Mons Wood on the south flank still in German hands, and, owing to the height of the trees, no close artillery support was possible for defence. The three South African battalions fought continuously for six days and suffered heavy casualties. On 18 July, they were forced back and on the evening of the 20th the survivors, a mere handful of men, were relieved. A memorial srvice was held at Threlkeld on 3rd September 1916.

JAMES  BOWES  STUART   age 30   Pte  201487   1st/4th Btn  Border Rgt    16 Nov 1918

Son of Robert and Margaret Stuart, of Post Office, Threlkeld, Cumbria. Enlisted 8th March 1915, entered India 25th March 1916,  died at Jubbulpore,  India  of  influenza and pneumonia.

JOSEPH SWINBURN    age 37  Gunner  189045   Royal Field Artillery   24th April 1918

Son of Henry and Elizabeth Swinburn, of Keswick; husband of Eleanor Swinburn, of 5, Greta Hamlet, Keswick, Cumberland.  Died of wounds, buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

JOHN SWINBURN    age 31       Pte  203219     19th Btn Kings Liverpool Rgt     5th December 1917

Son of  Henry and Elizabeth Swinburn, living on Main St, Keswick  in 1901, killed in action, buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery east of Ypres.

PETER  WILLIAM  SWINDLE    age  29    Pte 28109  7th Border Rgt           23rd April 1917

Son of Peter and Isabella Swindle, living on Helvellyn St, Keswick in 1901, killed in action, commemerated on he Arras Memorial.

VIPOND  VICKERS  SWINDLE   age 22  Pte 267518  Oxford and Bucks Light Inf    16th August 1917

Son of Norman and  Mary Swindle,  Enlisted Huntingdon, born  Keswick, killed in action, buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery  north-east of Ypres.

CLARENCE STANLEY  TAYLOR    age 23   Cpl  13494  11th Border Rgt  18th Nov 1916

  Son of Hannah Greenhow, of 34,  Helvellyn St., Keswick, Cumberland. born Kirkland ( Penrith), Cumberland, enlisted Keswick, entered France 23rd Nov 1915, killed in action, buried at Beaumont-Hamel, Waggon Road Cemetery (originally V Corps Cemetery No.10) contains 195 First World War burials (36 unidentified), 46 of them belonging to the 11th Battalion the Border Regiment, which attacked in the Ancre in both July and November 1916.



ROBERT  R. TEARE   age 26   Pte  24638  7th Btn Border Rgt     23rd  March 1918

Originally from Laxey, I.O.M., husband of Sarah Mary ( Burrow )  living at Ormathwaite farm Keswick at enlistment 11th  December 1915,  entered France 16th July 1916,  G.S.W right cheek/mouth, loss of ten teeth 26th August 1916, 61 days in hospital, missing presumed dead as from 23rd March 1918, commemerated on the Arras Memorial

GILBERT TODHUNTER     age 25       Lt  10th Canadian Infantry          20th May 1915

Son of George and Margaret A. Todhunter, of Keswick, England; husband of Harriet Todhunter, of Covington, Kentucky, U.S.A. Formerly 106th Winnipeg Light Inf, and 6 years with the Border Rgt.  Enlisted 24th Sept 1914, he was a carpenter by trade. Gilbert was killed by shellfire and Buried at  Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, Nord,France

ALLISON WHITE TOWERS  age 22  Pte  2457  Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry 2nd October 1916

   Son of John and Mary Towers of Lorton,  killed while on patrol near Levante. entered France 27th July 1915, buried at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery , Richbourg-L'Avoue, north-east of Bethune.





MAURICE TOWERS        Pte 27014  11th  Border Rgt     18th November 1916

  4th Son of John William and Margaret Towers, of 4, Heads Lane, Keswick, Cumberland, killed in action, commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.





JAMES TOWERS     age 30     Pte 34996  11th Border Rgt     12th July 1917

   Son of John William and Margaret Towers, of 4, Heads Lane, Keswick, Cumberland. Enlisted Barrow in Furness, died of wounds, buried at Larch Wood ( Railway Cutting ) Cemetery, south-east of Ypres

JOSEPH  HENRY  BANKS THORNTON   age  28    2nd Lt   Lancs Fusiliers    28th Sept 1918

Son of Joseph and Jane ( Banks ), living on Blencathra St, Keswick  in 1901, buried at Pont-De-Nieppe Communal Cemetery which was used by Commonwealth field ambulances and fighting units from October 1914 to March 1918, by German troops during the summer of 1918, and by Commonwealth troops again in September-November 1918.

WILLIAM TYSON   age 19  Dvr  266890  Royal Field artillery    25th Aug 1918

Son of Sarah Jane and the late Robert Tyson, Kings Arms Hotel,  Keswick. He was killed by a shell which exploded on the road beside the team he was driving, before the war he had been an apprentice with W. Cowperthwaite and son, Builders, buried at Caestre Military Cemetery, midway between the towns of Cassel and Bailleul, it was opened in mid April 1918 by the Australian Corps and troops of the 9th (Scottish) Division. It was used until September 1918 for the burials of casualties sustained during the German offensive.




HAROLD VICKERS   age 18   Pte 51606  4th Btn Border Rgt    25th Nov 1918

Son of Albert and Jane Vickers, living at Atkinson`s Court, Keswick at enlistment,  worked as farm hand, enlisted 4th November 1918,  died of influenza , buried at Crosthwaite. Harolds family moved to Hamilton, Ontario after the war.

ROBERT  USHER      Sgt  25813  11th Border Rgt     18th Nov 1916

 Son of Mr & Mrs James Usher, Bank Tavern , Keswick, Cumberland. Printer by trade, enlisted in Territorials at Keswick 1st April 1908, served in India 29th October 1914 to 19th April 1916, killed in action, buried at Beaumont-Hamel, Waggon Road Cemetery (originally V Corps Cemetery No.10) contains 195 First World War burials (36 unidentified), 46 of them belonging to the 11th Battalion the Border Regiment, which attacked in the Ancre in both July and November 1916.




CHARLES  R  WALLACE  age 43    Dvr  T/173715    Royal Army Service Corps     2nd September 1919                                            

Husband of Betsy Wice Wallace, of 3, Bridge Terrace, Keswick. buried at Crosthwaite.

JOHN WATSON      age 21      Pte 30362   1st/5th East Lancs       4th April 1918

Son of William and Mary Watson, of School House, Brigham, Keswick, Cumberland. Died in a Canadian Stationary Hospital from a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was a under gardener at Derwent Hill before the war, buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No1, north of Amiens on the road to Arras.


THOMAS  ALEXANDER  WATSON   age   29  Gnr   136198   Royal Garrison Artillery  14th  November 1918                                    

Son of  Willam Alexander Watson and Mary Jane ( Dixon ), of The Grange, Threlkeld, buried at Threlkeld

WILLIAM HENRY WATT     25th Btn Australian Infantry   4th October 1917

Son of John and Mary Watt, born at 22 Rose Terrace, Keswick. he was living at Springsure, Queensland when he enlisted at Rockhampton in 1916, killed in the attack on Broodsiende Ridge, Ypres.


 See separate page  W. H. Watt



JAMES WELSH     age 24   Pte  23814   A/Coy  1 platoon  11th Border Rgt         18th November 1916

    Youngest son of William and Annie Welsh, 23 Church St, keswick , painter before the war, enlisted Keswick 11th December 1915, entered France 5th August 1916,  killed in action, buried at Frankfurt Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel.





ARTHUR  EDWIN  WILSON    age  25   Pte     6th Btn  King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)   30th April  1917             

Son of Thomas and Jane Wilson ,  living at Castle Crag Cottage,  Borrowdale in 1901, worked on farms before the war, enlisted 7th September 1914, killed in action, no known grave commemorated on the  Basrah Memorial.  

FRED  WILSON    age  19     15th Btn  Cheshire Rgt       16th  August 1916

   Buried at Bronfay Militery Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme.

Penrith Herald  Saturday 2nd September 1916

Great sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs T. Wilson and family, Stuart Terrace, Threlkeld, in the loss of their youngest son Private Fred Wilson, 19 years of age, who was killed in France on 16th August.  Prior to the war he was working at Shap, but in November 1914 he enlisted under Lord Derby`s scheme in the Cheshire Regiment.  After a period of training he proceeded to France in the transport section during the first week of January of the present year.  All went well until a few days ago when his parents recieved a letter from Private D Bostock, stating that his pal Private Wilson was slightly wounded.  This naturally led his parents to hope there was nothing serious, but hopes were speedily dashed to the ground by the news recieved on Wednesday from the War Office that he was dead.  The return of a parcel sent him a few days ago was certainly ominous.  Private Wilson was most anxious to do his bit, but owing to smallness of his stature had to make repeated attempts at enlistment before he was accepted, and then only in a Bantam regiment.

JOSEPH  WILSON      age 36   Pte  201694 Loyal North Lancashire Rgt       9th  September 1916

Son of Alfred and Mary Ann ( Stanley ),  living on Tithebarn St, Keswick in 1881, killed in action, commemerated on the Thiepval Memorial.


GEORGE BANKS WIVELL  age 30  Pte  PS/5949    20th Royal Fusiliers    25th April  1916                                                                    

   Second son of Joseph Banks and Mary Wivell, Station Hotel, Keswick
Word has been received from George`s brother Alec who was with him when he died, he was shot by a German sniper and carried to a dressing station behind the lines but the wound proved fatal. The brothers had joined up together in Sept 1915 and went to France 14th Nov 1915, George was buried in a small cemetery just behind the lines. Before the war he had worked for many years as an electrical engineer for the British Westinghouse Company. Buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension, east of Bethune, on the road to La Bassee, at one time the village of Cambrin housed brigade headquarters but until the end of the First World War, it was only about 800 metres from the front line trenches.

Stone Plaque West Wall Of Fitz Park, Station St


HERBERT  WHITE        Pte  406795  11th Kings Liverpool Rgt     21st March   1918

Son of William and Annie White, living on Lake Rd , Keswick in 1901. Formerly 290832, North Lancashire Regiment, killed in action, commemerated on the Pozieres Memorial which has over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21st March to 7th August 1918.



CHRISTOPHER  WILLIAMSON   age 30  Pte  4580  1st Honourable Artillery ( infantry ) 11th Feb 1917

Son of Daniel and Sarah Ann Williamson, of Keswick, Cumberland, died of wounds, buried at Varennes military cemetery which was laid out by the 39th Casualty Clearing Station in August 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, but the first burials were made during August and September by more mobile divisional field ambulances. The 4th and 11th Casualty Clearing Stations then used the cemetery from October 1916, joined by the 47th from December 1916, but by May 1917 Varennes was deserted and remained so until the Germans launched their offensive in this quarter in April 1918.


THWAITE  WILLIAMSON  age 40  2/10th Btn Kings Liverpool Rgt   23rd April 1917                                                                                                                        

    Son of John Thwaite Williamson and Isabella Williamson, of Ullock farm, Keswick, Cumberland; husband of Alice Maude Williamson, of 23, Fleming Square, Maryport, Cumberland, killed in action by a rifle grenade, buried at Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, west of Armentieres.

EDWARD  WOOD    age  27    Pte 1158  Northumberland Fusiliers        8th November 1914

Son of  Edward and Annie of Staffordshire, Edward was the only child born in Keswick, entered France 19th September 1914, commemerated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

JOHN YOUDALE   age 29   Cpl  201612   2nd Border Rgt   26th October 1917

Son of Richard and Sarah Jane Youdale, of 14, Southey St., Keswick ( formerly No 6 Borrowdale Rd ). John was a clerk at Keswick Railway Station before the war, enlisted 12th April 1915, entered France 26th July 1917, killed in action, commemerated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


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