Parish Notes

Ashington Coal Company honours members who won distinctions.
The Morpeth Herald 03/03/1922 carries a report on the annual social of the Ashington Officials’ Superannuation Fund at which Mr Francis Priestman, on behalf of the Ashington Coal Company, presented silver cups to ten employees of the Ashington Coal Company who had gained distinctions during the war, including three to relatives of those who had been killed. “This makes a total of ninety-one silver cups which have been presented by the Company for distinguished service in the war.”

The list of those honoured on this occasion were:
Pte. Wm. James Richardson, Army Cyclist Corps, 7 Charlton Street - M.M., for meritorious work in controlling traffic in the retreat from Cambrai.

Corpl. James Davison, 2nd N.F.,12 Sycamore Street - M.M. During the fight in Mormel Forest, also at le Cateau, on October 18th, for gallant conduct on patrol and reorganizing a party under heavy machine gun fire. Killed in action, November 4th, 1918.

Pte. Sam Roberts, Army Cyclist Corps, 107 Poplar Street – M.M. for gallantry at Incy en Artois, where he relived a critical situation by charging and routing a party of Germans with a bayonet.

Pte. Abraham McLean, 8th N.F., 102 Juliet Street – M.M. for gallantry, initiative and devotion to duty at St.Elie on 2nd and 6th February. Killed in action February 15th, 1918.

Pte. J. Jamieson, Cameron Highlanders, Freehold Terrace, Guidepost – M.M. for bravery in the field. Killed in action August 29th 1916.

Acting Sergt. Thomas Wm. Forster, Field Survey Company, 46 North Seaton Road – D.C.M. for connecting wires for telephonic purposes under heavy fire, thereby saving the batteries heavy loss of life.

Lance-Sergt. J.W. Wylie, Trench Mortar Batt., 4 Second Row – M.M. – Showed great devotion to duty, and on one occasion succeeded in repelling two counter attacks with Stokes gun.

A.B. Albert John Douglass Hood Batt., R.N.D., East Moor Farm, Ellington. – M.M., for showing great bravery and devotion to duty under heavy shell fire during counter attack by German tanks on October 8th, 1918, at Cambrai.

Lance-Sergt. John Robert Waldock, 45 Third Row – M.M. for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Logeast Wood, east of Bulguoy, on August 21st 1918, under heavy machine gun fire, he captured four prisoners and put a machine gun out of action. During the whole of the operations he showed great determination and courage.

Sapper J. Geo. Robson, Field Co. R.E., 32 Laburnum Terrace – M.M. for gallantry and assistance to an officer in reconnoitring on October 17th and 18th, at St. Benin, France.

Pte. Wm. Coombs, K.O.Y.L.I., 47 Ninth Row – M.M. for showing great bravery and devotion to duty on several occasions.

P.O. Charles Edward Gibson, Hawke Batt, R.N.D., 222 Maple Street – M.M. Took charge of his company after all his officers were casualties and after reaching the objective he went forward with six men and captured a machine gun nest.

Sapper Maurice Gardner R.E., 30½ Poplar Street., - M.M. for gallantry in bridging under heavy shell fire at Big Tree Well, Macedonia, on February 18th, 1918.