FRANK GARDINER   age 29    Sgt  8th Border Rgt   27th Oct 1916

   Son 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.

HAROLD L GRAVES    Cpl 7th Norfolk Rgt          2nd April 1916

    Mr and Mrs T Graves have received word of the death of their son in a letter from his chum *Pte James Duffield, Braithwaite.

Writing 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
Carlisle 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 Cairo Hospital.



 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

Lived 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 1918

Son 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 Friday.


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. 

He 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.

      Separate article



  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 the line.


 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 1917

Husband 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.  
  I 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
Eldest 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.


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