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Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-18: Rev. Youngson: Part 1



PROVINCE OF NORTHUMBERLAND

In November 2008 W.Bro. David Youngson published a book entitled Lest We Forget to Commemorate the Brethren of the Province of Durham who made the Supreme Sacrifice. Many Lodges failed to respond to the enquiries and the data was incomplete. A thorough search of records at Grand Lodge has enabled a revised and updated volume to be written.

Where War Memorials have been identified they are included. However the North East War Memorial Project is undertaking a research of all Memorials between the River Tweed and the River Tees. It may be that a Researcher might find more information from this website. The names of those who served in the Durham Light Infantry can be found in the Book of Remembrance in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral.

Researched and compiled by W.Bro. Colin Perrin Mistley Lodge No. 2339 Essex
W. Bro Revd David T. Youngson PPAG Chaplain Northumberland
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393 St David’s Lodge
Year of Warrant 1828
Freemasons Hall Parade Berwick-on-Tweed

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21742 RSM Heslop Thomas
See Every Name A Story.
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Lieutenant Alexander Lorimer Miller
Australian Infantry Force
10th Battalion 14th Reinforcement
The son of Alexander Lorimer Miller and Jane H. Miller, he was born at Berwick on Tweed. An Auctioneer residing at Berwick, he was Initiated on the 23rd January 1912; Passed 20th February 1912 and was Raised on the 26th March 1912.

He enlisted in Australia giving a residence of Davenport Terrace, Wayville, Adelaide, South Australia. He was killed in action on the 8th May 1917. The husband of E. I. Miller of 14 Holden Street, Kensington Park, South Australia. He is buried on Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais France, Grave Reference IV.D.13.

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Captain Archibald William Murray
King’s Own Scottish Borderers
2nd Battalion
A Sergeant Major, he was Initiated into Cawnpore Lodge, No. 438, District of Bengal on the 19th November 1900; Passed 7th January 1901 and Raised on the 4th February 1901 Resigning in February 1901. He was a Joining Member of St David’s Lodge No. 393 Berwick upon Tweed, Province of Northumberland, on the 3rd March 1903 when his occupation was given as a Warrant Officer. He resigned in December 1903 and subsequently Joined Comrades Lodge No. 2976, Colchester, Province of Essex, on the 20th March 1905 when his occupation was given as Lieutenant Quartermaster. He died of wounds following an action near Sermoise, France on the 13th September 1914 aged 51. He is buried in Montreuill-aux-Lions British Cemetery, Anise, France. Grave Reference III.D.3
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11492 Sergeant Scott George
Scots Guards
3rd Battalion
A Sergeant Cook residing at Berwick on Tweed, he was Initiated on the 10th April 1917; Passed 15th May 1917 and was Raised on the 27th June 1917. He was awarded the Military Medal and died at Lawns Wood Hospital, Leeds, on the 6th June 1919 aged 40. He is buried in Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery and is Remembered on the Screen Wall B.137
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K/40302 Stoker 2nd Class Young George William
Royal Navy
HMS Victory II
The son of James and Mary Ann Young, he was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne. A Grocer’s Assistant residing at Belford, Northumberland, he was Initiated on the 2nd July 1912; Passed 6th August 1912 and was Raised on the 2nd September 1912. He died on the 18th February 1917 aged 37. The husband of Margaret Young of North Hazlerigg, Chatton, Northumberland. He is buried in North East Part of Belford (St Mary) Churchyard, Northumberland.
HMS Victory II was the Crystal Palace/Sydenham Training Depot from 1914 – 1919.

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406 Northern Counties Lodge
Year of Warrant 1831
Assembly Rooms Westgate Road Newcastle
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Lieutenant QM Robert James Holloway
Some records list him as Robert Jones Holloway
Northumberland Fusiliers
5th Battalion
The son of Charles and Elizabeth Holloway of Southampton. A Sergeant Major residing at Fenham Barracks, he joined Northern Counties Lodge No. 406, Newcastle, Province of Northumberland from the Irish Constitution on the 7th October 1896. He resigned in December 1899 and was a Founder of Swinburne Lodge No. 2680, Newcastle, Province of Northumberland, in November 1897. He was Mentioned in Despatches and died on the 14th August 1916 aged 48. The husband of Katherine Holloway of 4 Grove Street, Newcastle on Tyne, he is buried in St. John’s (Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery, Newcastle, Grave Reference O.New Ground 583.
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245256 Gunner Rowntree William
Royal Field Artillery
“C” Battery 113th Brigade
A Manager, he was Initiated on the 1st March 1911; Passed 6th September 1911 and Raised on the 4th October 1911. He resided and enlisted at Newcastle on Tyne and died of wounds on the 8th July 1917 aged 40. The husband of Alice Rowntree of Rutherford College, Maple Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave Reference XIV.B.5A.
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431 St George’s Lodge
Year of Warrant 1835
Masonic Hall Norfolk Street North Shields
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William Carmichael
Mercantile Marine
First Engineer SS Birtley
The son of the late Thomas and Mary Carmichael he was born at Walker on Tyne. A Marine Engineer residing at 58 Norfolk Street, North Shields he was Initiated on the 5th October 1899; Passed 22nd March 1901 and Raised on the 7th June 1901. He died on the 3rd January 1918 aged 63. The husband of Isabella Carmichael (nee Mowatt) of 5 Brennan Street, North Shields. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
SS Birtley (1438grt) was built in 1906 at Bill Quay by Wood, Skinner and Company Limited for Burnett and Co. of Newcastle. She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB38 eight miles north of Flamborough Head on a voyage from Dunkirk to the Tyne in ballast (other records show the date as being 4th/5th January 1918). There were eighteen casualties.
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George Thomas Cockburn
Mercantile Marine 2nd Engineer
SS Baku Standard The son of Thomas and Margaret Cockburn, he was born at North Shields. A Marine Engineer residing at 1 Belle Vue Terrace, North Shields, he was Initiated on the 6th June 1910; Passed 1st August 1910 and Raised on the 29th September 1910. He died on the 11th February 1918 aged 31. The husband of Margaret Josephine Cockburn (nee Howey) of 178 Woodhorn Road, Ashington, Northumberland. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Baku Standard (3708 grt) was a tanker built on the Tyne by Armstrong, Mitchel and Co. Limited in 1893. Owned by Associated Oil Carriers ( J. Jacobs and Co. of London). She was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine UC38 five miles S x W from Tod Head Lighthouse Aberdeenshire, Scotland on a voyage from Greenock to the Firth of Forth with a cargo of crude oil. There were 24 casualties.
(CWGC list his death as being 11th February 1917. All other records indicate the ship was lost on or about 11th/12th February 1918.)
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Alexander Cuthbert
Mercantile Marine Master
SS Ethelinda
The son of the late David and Maria Cuthbert. Residing at 15 Fontbury Terrace, North Shields he was Initiated on the 27th April 1909; Passed 7th March 1910 and Raised on the 6th May 1910. He died on the 29th January 1918 aged 39. The husband of Florence May Cuthbert of 18 Grosvenor Place, North Shields, he is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Ethelinda (3257grt) was built in 1911 by W. Gray and Co. Limited of West Hartlepool for Harrowing SS Co. Limited (R. Harrowing and Co. of Whitby). She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC 31 fifteen miles north west from The Skerries, Anglesey on a voyage from Bilbao to Barrow with a cargo of iron ore. There were twenty six casualties.
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Ericksen Eric August
An Engineer giving his address as North Shields, he was Initiated into St. George’s Lodge No. 431, North Shields, Province of Northumberland on the 11th August 1885; Passed 17th February 1886 and Raised on the 25th August 1886, resigning in March 1894. He became a Joining Member of Williamson Lodge No. 949, Monkwearmouth, Province of Durham, on the 19th March 1894 when his address was given as Three Crowns Wharf, Sunderland. His death is recorded as the 28th January 1919 aged 68.
Editor’s note:
Some references spell his name as ‘ERICKSON’. There are no military records for him and his date of death as recorded in Lodge Minutes would tend to indicate that he was not a war casualty. He was possibly a Marine Engineer with the Mercantile Marine.
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Frederick Holme
A Master Mariner giving his address as Cardiff, he was Initiated on the 25th April 1918 aged 36. There is no record of any further Advancement. The Lodge records state that he drowned on the 28th August 1918.
Editor’s Note:
There is no CWGC record of this man. However on the date of his death the SS Giralda (2194 grt) built at Ropner and Sons of Stockton on Tees in 1889 for Bilton, Williams and Co. of Newcastle was torpedoed and damaged. Some records indicate that she was attacked by the German submarine UB77, but others state UC70, some five miles north-north-west from Whitby on a voyage from London to the Tyne. The ship was beached at Kettleness and - according to German U Boat records - there were no casualties, but other records state that six of the nineteen crew were lost. It is possible that this was the ship he was on and the absence of CWGC records are due to it sailing under the Spanish Flag.
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Edmund Jackson
Mercantile Marine
Master SS Marden
The son of E and A Jackson of Knottingley, Yorkshire. He was Initiated on the 2nd June 1902 aged 34; Passed 29th January 1906 and Raised on the 2nd April 1906. He resided at Gateshead and was drowned on the 16th April 1917 aged 49. The husband of Alice Annie Jackson of “Sunnyside”, Teign Street, Teignmouth, Devon he is Remember on the Town Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Marden (297 grt) was built in 1909 by Smith’s Dock and Co. Limited of North Shields for L.S. Carr and Co. of Newcastle. She was shelled and sunk by the German submarine UB36 six miles North West from Cape Gris Nez, France on a voyage in ballast from Treport, France to Newcastle. There was one casualty.
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George Knott
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James Laing
Mercantile Marine
First Engineer SS Northumbria
The son of Mary Ann Laing and the late Robert Laing, he was born at North Shields. He was Initiated on the 2nd December 1907 aged 30; Passed 24th January 1908 and Raised on the 5th March 1908. He died on the 9th January 1919 aged 42. The husband of Mary Laing (nee Dowson) of 37 Trevor Terrace, North Shields. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Editor’s Note:
The SS Northumbria (4215 grt) built in 1906 by the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company Limited, Howdon on Tyne for Westminster Shipping Company Limited (Sir John Jackson), London. She was the second ship of this name to be lost during World War One. She struck a mine off Middlesbrough. What is believed to be the only lifeboat that got clear of the vessel was washed ashore at Newton by the Sea on the Northumberland Co.ast with two survivors and twelve dead, some of whom are buried in the nearby Embleton Churchyard. It has been suggested that the boat had no rowlocks hence it drifted so far.
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Thomas Martin Pelton
Mercantile Marine
Master SS Ferndene The son of the late Captain J. and Margaret Pelton. Residing at 15 Cleveland Road, he was Initiated into St. George’s Lodge No. 431, North Shields, Province of Northumberland, on the 19th July 1907 aged 28; Passed 2nd November 1907 and Raised into Lindisfarne Lodge No. 2762, North Shields on the 25th January 1911. He died on the 24th of April 1917 aged 38. The husband of Frances Mary Pelton of 2 King’s Drive, Whitley Bay, Northumberland. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
SS Ferndene (3770 grt) was built in 1899 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Company Limited, Howdon on Tyne, and owned by J.T. Lunn and Co. of Newcastle (Dene Steam Shipping Company Limited). She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U53 one hundred and fifty miles west from Bishop Rock on a voyage from Cape Town to London with a cargo of graphite and meal. There were nine casualties.
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John James Perry
Mercantile Marine
1st Mate
He was born on the 2nd April 1876 at Melbourne, Australia. He was Initiated on the 4th March 1912 aged 34; Passed 23rd April 1912 and Raised on the 10th June 1912. Residing at 42 West Percy Street, North Shields, he accidentally drowned in the South Dock, Sunderland on the 16th April 1919.
Editor’s Note:
In 1911 the address of 42 West Percy Street was a shop and boarding house owned and run by Catherine Strong. The circumstances surrounding his death indicate that he lost his way at Sunderland South Dock and fell into the water. Following a Coroner’s inquest on the 17th April 1919 his death was Registered at Sunderland East on the 19th April 1919. There are no CWGC records in respect of this person.
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George William Reay
Mercantile Marine
Marine Engineer
The son of George and Sarah Reay, he was born on 3rd February 1866 at North Shields. Residing at Chirton West View, North Shields, he was Initiated on the 4th May 1903 aged 37; Passed 9th November 1903 and Raised on the 7th December 1903. He died at the Presidency General Hospital, Calcutta, India on the 17th May 1919 (Lodge records state 26th May 1919) and was buried in Calcutta, India. The husband of Kate Ethel Reay (nee Baird) of 27 Park Avenue, North Shields.
Editor’s Note:
There are no CWGC records in respect of this person. Searches of Merchant ship losses on or about this date has not produced any positive information.
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Eng. Lieut. Joseph Cook Tait
Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Industry Residing at 23 Newcastle Street, he was Initiated on the 1st October 1900; Passed 22nd February 1901 and Raised on the 22nd March 1901. He died on the 18th October 1918 aged 42. The husband of Esther Ann Tait of 5 Albury Park Road, Tynemouth, Northumberland. He is Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 30. RFA Industry (1460 grt) was a store ship steamer built in 1901 by W. Beardmore & Co of Glasgow. She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB94 in the Irish Sea near the Strangford Light Bouy with 21 casualties. (Some records attribute the sinking to UB92).
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2nd Engineer Arthur Edward Howe Tillott
Royal Naval Reserve
HMS Satellite The son of Edward Howe Tillott and Emily Eliza Tillott of 15 Shirley Park Road, Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire. He was Initiated on the 1st October 1917; Passed 3rd December 1917 and Raised on the 13th February 1918. He died on the 1st January 1919 aged 27 and is buried in Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, Grave Reference L.8.12.
HMS Satellite was a corvette built in 1881 and used as a Drill Ship for the RNR from 1904.
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541 De Loraine Lodge
Year of Warrant 1847
Westgate Road Newcastle on Tyne
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Robert Richardson Defty
Mercantile Marine He was born in Yorkshire in 1875. Residing at 32 Countess Avenue, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, he was Initiated on the 18th September 1908 aged 32; Passed 16th October 1908 and Raised on the 20th November 1908. GL Records state Died 5th March 1916.
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M/2/119542 Private Dove John Thomas
Royal Army Service Corps
Mechanical Transport Clearing Office (Blackheath) The son of the late Mr. John Thomas and Mary Dove of 10 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, Northumberland. A Secretary, he was Initiated on the 19th March 1915; Passed 16th April 1915 and Raised on the 25th August 1915 into Holmes Lodge No. 2571, Newcastle, Province of Northumberland. He died of influenza/pneumonia on the 5th December 1918 at the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne. He is buried in Newcastle Upon Tyne (St. John’s Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery, Grave Reference O.C.131.
His father, a Manufacturer residing in Newcastle, was Initiated on the 21st November 1879 aged 37; Passed 20th February 1880 and Raised on the 19th March 1880 (query De Loraine Lodge No. 541 Newcastle. GL Records state ‘Died at sea 5th June 1917’. (Tynemouth 10b 373) aged 74.
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Lieutenant Alfred John Field
Northumberland Fusiliers
1/5th Battalion
The son of Alfred and Anne Amelia Field. An Explosives Agent, he was Initiated on the 20th June 1913; Passed 14th November 1913 and Raised on the 12th December 1913. He was killed in action on the 11th April 1918 aged 34. The husband of Mary Staniland Field of 22 Lesbury Road, Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne. He is Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium, Panel 2.
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2nd Lieutenant John Grant
Durham Light Infantry 5th Battalion
Attached Machine Gun Corps
The son of John and Ann Grant of 21 Saltwell Road, Gateshead, County Durham. A Bookbinder, he was Initiated on the 19th May 1916; Passed 23rd June 1916 and Raised on the 15th September 1916. He died of influenza at the Salonika-Hortakoi Road Hospital on the 24th November 1918 aged 29. He is buried in the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave Reference 497.
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659 Blagdon Lodge
Year of Warrant 1855
Masonic Hall Beaconsfield Street Blyth
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23/1178 Private Anderson John Glennie
Northumberland Fusilier 23rd Battalion
(Tyneside Scottish)
Some records indicate that he was a Piper.
He was born at Banchory, Kincardineshire, Scotland. A Taylor’s Cutter residing at 37 High Street, Blyth, he was Initiated on the 8th November 1911; Passed 17th January 1912 and Raised on the 20th March 1912. He enlisted at Newcastle on Tyne and was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 aged 40. He is buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference XIV.H.10.
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269945 Ch. ER Artificer Barnes Arthur Hector
Royal Navy HM Submarine G9
The son of Joseph and Charlotte Barnes late of Brightlingsea, Essex. He was Initiated on the 23rd June 1916 when his address was given as Dovercourt, Harwich, aged 40. There is no record of any further Advancement. He was Mentioned in Despatches and died on the 16th September 1917 aged 41. The husband of Ethel E.D. Histed (formerly Barnes) of 3 Stour View, Main Road, Upper Dovercourt, Harwich. He is Remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, 23.
HM Submarine G9G9Pasley with two torpedoes which missed. HMS Pasley followed the wake of G9
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67648 Acting Bombardier Bates William Clarke-Frost
Royal Garrison Artillery 122nd Siege Battery.

He was born at Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland. A Clerk residing at 16 Carlton Street, Blyth, he was Initiated on the 16th November 1904; Passed 15th March 1905 and Raised on the 17th May 1905. He enlisted at Blyth and was killed in action on the 6th September 1917 aged 36. The husband of Minnie W. Bates of Blyth, Northumberland, he is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave Reference III.F.3.

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John Burman
Mercantile Marine
Master SS Antonio
The son of the late William and Mary Burman. Residing at New Road, Brixham, Devon, he was Initiated into Bladgon Lodge No. 659, Province of Northumberland, on the 15th June 1910; Passed 19th September 1910 and Raised on the 17th October 1910. He was a Joining Member of True Love and Unity No 248 Brixham, Province of Devon, on the 19th December 1910. He died on the 7th March 1917 aged 53. The husband of the late Florence Emily Burman. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Antonio (2652 grt) built at Sunderland by Blumer, John and Co. in 1905 for the Egypt & Levant Steam Navigation Co. and managed by T Bowen Rees of London. She struck a mine seven miles off Dartmouth which had been laid by the German Submarine UC17 on a voyage from Barry to Cherbourg with a cargo of hay, with the loss of 11 lives. (Some records have attributed the loss of the ship to a torpedo fired by the German Submarine U48).
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21/985 Sergeant Donkin Henry
Northumberland Fusiliers
21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion
The son of Richard and Rachael Donkin of 104 Disraeli Street, Blyth, he was born at Blyth. A Blacksmith, he was Initiated on the 24th November 1913; Passed 31st January 1914 and Raised on the 18th February 1914. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 aged 33. He is buried in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France, Grave Reference II.C.12.
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Lieutenant James Henry Forster
Corps of Royal Engineers (Territorial)
2/1st Northumbrian Field Company
Editor’s Note:
Grand Lodge records indicate that he was a Joining Member from Blagdon Lodge No. 659, Blyth on the 18th February 1915 but there is no trace of him in this Lodge.
The details discovered in respect of this Brother are to be found in Victoria Commemoration (Reserve Forces) Lodge No. 2666, Province of Northumberland.
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16/748 Private Graham Edward
Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion
The son of William and Rachel Graham of Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, he was born at Shildon, County Durham. A Grocer’s Traveller residing at Newbiggin, he was Initiated into Wallsend Lodge No. 2703, on the 16th December 1909; Passed 20th January 1910 and Raised into Heaton Lodge No. 2723, Newcastle upon Tyne on 30th December 1910. He resigned on the 17th September 1914 and was a Joining Member of Blagdon Lodge, No. 659, Blyth on the 21st October 1914. He enlisted at Newcastle and died of wounds on the 4th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme aged 29. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference IV.C.6.
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924EA Chief Engine Room Artificer Havery Ralph
(Lodge Records List him as Ralph Harvery)
Royal Naval Reserve
HM Submarine E.37
Residing at Newcastle, he was Initiated on the 22nd September 1916; Passed 21st November 1916 and there is no record of any further Advancement. He died on or about the 3rd December 1916 aged 26. The husband of Ada I. Havery of 254 Tamworth Road, Newcastle on Tyne. He is Remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, Panel 19.
HM Submarine E37 was an E Class submarine built on the River Clyde at Fairfield Shipyard, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland in 1916. She was lost in the North Sea near the Haaks Light Vessel with no survivors possibly after a collision with HM Submarine E43
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2nd Lieutenant Norman Edward Smith
Lancashire Regiment 1/2nd Battalion
Attached 2nd/4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment.
A student residing at Stanley Street, Blyth, he was Initiated into Blagdon Lodge No. 659, Blyth, Province of Northumberland, on the 15th December 1910; Passed 18th January 1911 and was Raised on the 15th February 1911, resigning in December 1913. He was a Joining member of Emulation Lodge No. 1163, Birmingham, Province of Warwickshire, on the 27th June 1912 when his occupation was given as a Soap Manufacturer, aged 22. He was killed in action on the 20th July 1918 aged 28. He is buried in Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne, France, Grave Reference II.A.1
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685 Northumberland Lodge
Year of Warrant 1856
Masonic Hall Grainger Street Newcastle on Tyne
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Captain George Edward Hunter
Northumberland Fusiliers 6th Battalion (Territorial).
The son of Edward and Anne Cunningham Hunter of Wentworth, Gosforth, Northumberland, he was an Architect, later joining his Father’s firm, Hunter and Henderson, Stockbrokers of Newcastle and became a Partner. He was Commissioned in 1904 and Gazetted as Captain in 1908. He was Initiated on the 7th March 1911; Passed 3rd October 1911 and Raised on the 7th November 1911. He was appointed Inner Guard in 1912; Junior Deacon 1913 and Senior Deacon in 1914. He was killed in action during the Second Battle of Ypres near St. Julien on the 26th April, 1915 aged 28 and is Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 8 and 12.
Following his death being recorded in the Lodge Minutes a letter from his father was received by the Lodge “I am most grateful to the Northumberland Lodge for the kind sympathy in our great grief. Our only consolation is the kindness we have received from our friends and the knowledge that our boys did their duty.” His brother, Captain Howard Tomlin Hunter, Commanding ‘D’ Company 1/6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, and his sister’s fiancé, Lieutenant Arthur Richmond Garton of the same Battalion, were killed in action the same day. All are Remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. Captain Howard Tomlin Hunter was a Medical Student and qualified in 1910 and studied surgery at St. Bartholomew’s, London and in Vienna. An obituary appears in the Durham College of Medicine Gazette; other details of the attack are found in the Official History of the Northumberland Fusiliers (1915 Vol 1).
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1167 Alnwick Lodge
Year of Warrant 1867
Masonic Hall Prudhoe Street, Alnwick Northumberland
This Lodge held records prior to 1680 making reference to the existence of an Operational Lodge. Their records along with other documents were unfortunately burnt in 1919 by the widow of the last man to have custody of them not realising their great historical value.
Editor’s note: In August 1918 a large number of Brethren of Maguncor Lodge No. 3806, Province of Lincolnshire were moved from Grantham, Lincolnshire to Alnwick in Northumberland to form a Machine Gun Corps sub depot and were unable to attend meetings at Grantham. A series of 30 meetings were held between August 1918 and March 1919 in the Lodge Room of Alnwick Lodge No. 1167, Northumberland. The Lodge was presented with a Medallion which is still worn by the Worshipful Master.
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2nd Lieutenant George Cockburn Robertson
Durham Light Infantry 6th Battalion.
The son of William and Jane Robertson of Alnwick, Northumberland he was a Bank Clerk and was Initiated on the 12th May 1909; Passed 1st September 1909 and Raised on the 6th October 1909. He became a Joining Member of Vane Lodge No. 3110, Bishop Auckland, Province of Durham, on the 11th December 1911 when his occupation was given as a Bank Manager. He was killed in action on the 21st July 1915, aged 37, and is buried in La Chapelle D’Armentieres Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave Reference H.10. He is Remembered on the Alnwick War Memorial.
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27273 Private Rutherford William Taylor
East Yorkshire Regiment 8th Battalion
Formerly 2419 Royal Field Artillery.
The son of Alexander and Mary Rutherford of Lesbury, Northumberland, he was born at Alnmouth. He was a Bus Proprietor of Lesbury and was Initiated on the 1st December 1909; Passed 2nd February 1910 and Raised on the 4th May 1910. He was killed in action on the 15th March 1917 aged 37 and is buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France, Grave Reference II.G.23. His name appears on a wall plaque in the Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin, Lesbury.
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Lieutenant Geoffrey Euen Sanderson
9TH Royal Rifles
107th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
The son of W.J. and Amy Sanderson, of Eastfield Hall, Warkworth, Northumberland. A Gentleman, he was Initiated into Isaac Newton Lodge, No. 859, Province of Cambridge, on the 29th October 1907 aged 18; Passed 26th November 1907 and Raised on the 4th February 1908, resigning on the 30th September 1912. He was a joining Member of Alnwick Lodge No. 1167, Province of Northumberland on the 4th October 1911. He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 5C and 12C. His name appears on a wall plaque in the Parish Church of St. Lawrence, Warkworth, Northumberland.
There are three different spellings of this second forename. Army records list him ‘Evan’; CWGC records list him as ‘Evian’ and the UGL Roll of Honour list ‘Euan’. He is not listed as a Casualty under Isaac Newton Lodge No. 859.
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1342 Walker Lodge
Year of Warrant 1870
Masonic Hall Westgate Road Newcastle on Tyne
This Lodge has surrendered its Warrant
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87176 Battery Sgt Major Kilminster Charles Henry
Royal Field Artillery.
An N.S.P.C.C. Inspector residing at 98 John Heywood Street, Clayton, Lancashire, he was Initiated into Ashbury Lodge No. 1459 West Gorton, Manchester, Province of Lancashire East, on the 18th September 1902; Passed 16th October 1902 and was Raised on the 18th December 1902 resigning in September 1905. He was a Joining Member of Walker Lodge No. 1342 Newcastle upon Tyne, Province of Northumberland, (address 141 Strathmore Crescent) on the 11th April 1906, resigning on the 21st February 1911; Fitzalan Lodge No. 1432 Oswestry, Province of Shropshire, in September 1912. He enlisted on the 25th August 1914. He was discharged as unfit for duty on the 18th February 1917 and was a recipient of the Silver War Badge, No 31414 issued on the 22nd February 1917. He died on the 27th November 1919 aged 46. He is buried in South Ealing Cemetery, London, Grave Reference H.M.21
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12385 Private Lightfoot James Milburn
Coldstream Guards 1st Battalion.
The son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Lightfoot of The Post Office, Tyne Street, Felling Shore, Co. Durham, he was born at Felling. A Foreman, he was Initiated on the 11th September 1913; Passed 8th October 1913 and Raised on the 13th November 1913. He enlisted at Newcastle on Tyne and was killed in action at the Battle of Loos on the 27th September 1915 aged 29. He is Remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panels 7&8.
Editor’s Note:
Grand Lodge records list him as ‘John William Lightfoot’ but he is recorded on the Roll of Honour as ‘James Milburn Lightfoot’ and the details correspond with other data.
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Percy Lodge No.1427
Year of Warrant 1873
Masonic Hall Maple Street Newcastle on Tyne
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Private Aldridge James Walter.
He was a Musical Director residing at 68 Falmouth Road, Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne, and was Initiated on the 19th December 1916 aged 26; Passed 16th January 1917 and Raised on the 20th February 1917. According to the Lodge Minutes he was injured in September 1918 and died on the 2nd April 1919.
Editor’s Note:
His name appears on the UGL Roll of Honour but there is no casualty listing for him. He is Remembered on a Memorial in the Parish Church of St Barnabas, Sandyford Road, Newcastle on Tyne. This Memorial is now situated in St. George’s Drill lHall, Sandyford Road, Newcastle on Tyne.
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Lieutenant John Hammond Edgar
Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion (Territorial).
He originated from Belfast and was a Barrister residing at 3 Devonshire Place, Newcastle On Tyne. He was Initiated on the 15th April 1913 aged 33 years, Passed 13th May 1913 and Raised on the 16th September 1913. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Durham Light Infantry on the 3rd November 1914. He died of wounds on the 24th February 1916, aged 36, and is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave Reference I.M. 27
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Lieutenant Colonel John Ralph Hedley, D.S.O.
Northumberland Fusiliers
6th Battalion (Territorial)
Commanding Border Regiment 5th Battalion.
The Son of John Hedley and Anne Hedley (nee Bainbridge) he was born on the 21st March 1871. Educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers in January 1901; Major 1912; Lieutenant Colonel 11th November 1915. He was an Auctioneer of Eshott Hall, Felton, Northumberland with a business address at 71 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle on Tyne. He was Initiated into Percy Lodge, No. 1427, Province of Northumberland on the 18th January 1898 aged 26 years when his address was given as 6 Market Street, Newcastle on Tyne; Passed 15th March 1898 and Raised on the 20th September 1898. He was the Worshipful Master in 1903. He was a Joining Member of Victoria Commemoration Reserve Forces Lodge No. 2666, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Province of Northumberland, on the 15th February 1906, resigning on 30th September 1911, and also a Joining Member of Humber Installed Masters’ Lodge No. 2494 Hull, Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings, on the 6th March 1914. He was awarded the D.S.O. on the 3rd June 1916 and was killed in action on the 15th July 1917 aged 46. The Husband of Ada Marie Hedley of Westgate House, Hornsea, East Yorkshire. He is buried in Bacquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas De Calais, France, Grave Reference I.L.16.
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Captain Mark Rutherford
Tank Corps
9th Battalion.
The son of Mark and Isabella B Rutherford of Union Street, Carmarthen, Wales. A Solicitor, he was Admitted in April 1907 and was a Member of Postlethwaite & Rutherford of Leeds. Residing in Newcastle, he was Initiated into Percy Lodge No. 1427, Province of Northumberland, on the 15th November 1910; Passed 20th December 1910 and was Raised on the 17th January 1911. He was a Joining Member of Zetland Lodge No. 1311, Leeds, Province of West Yorkshire, on the 9th May 1911 and was the Senior Warden of his Lodge. He enlisted in 1916 into the Scots Guards and served fourteen months in the ranks. Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant Tank Corps; Captain. He was killed in action on the 23rd July 1918 aged 34. The husband of the late Annie Addison Rutherford (nee Proudfoot). He is buried in Roye New British Cemetery, Somme France, Grave Reference III.F.II
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Captain Raymond Smith
Border Regiment 11th Battalion.
The son of Mr. F.P. Smith of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, he was a Varnish Manufacturer of Greystones, Haltwhistle. He was Initiated on the 18th November 1913 aged 24; Passed 16th December 1913 and Raised into Delaval Lodge No. 2568, Newcastle on Tyne on the 12th February 1914. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 aged 27 and is Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
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1557 Albert Edward Lodge
Year of Warrant 1875
Masonic Hall Hexham
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Captain Robert Ernest Bentham Lisle
Durham Light Infantry 8th Battalion
Attached 9th Battalion.
The son of Mr and Mrs Robert Lisle of “Cavendo”, The Oval, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne. A Solicitor, he was admitted in June 1901 and was a Member of the firm of Appleby and Lisle of Newcastle upon Tyne. Residing at Hexham, he was Initiated into Albert Edward Lodge, No. 1557, Hexham on the 6th September 1906; Passed 6th June 1907 and Raised on the 5th September 1907; resigning on the 9th September 1907. He was a Joining Member of Ridley Lodge No. 2260, Newcastle on the 15th January 1908 and was Senior Warden of this Lodge. He was Solicitor to the Newcastle on Tyne Poor Law Union for 1915 for the St Nicholas Union. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 8th October 1914; subsequently rising to the rank of Captain. He was killed in action on the 30th March 1918 aged 38 and is Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 8. His name is recorded in the Book of Remembrance in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral and on a family vault in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
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1676 St. Nicholas Lodge
Year of Warrant 1877
Masonic Hall Westgate Road Newcastle
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39823 Private Forster William Henry
Durham Light Infantry 1/6th Battalion.
He was born at Sunderland and resided at Forest Hall, Northumberland. A Master Tailor, he was Initiated on the 16th September 1914 aged 29; Passed 21st October 1914 and Raised on the 5th January 1915. Enlisting at Newcastle on Tyne he died of his wounds on the 2nd June 1918. He is buried in Killingworth (St John) Churchyard, Northumberland, Grave Reference 178.
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66566 Private Websell Thomas
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 49th Battalion
Formerly 37380 Durham Light Infantry.
The son of Samuel and Margaret Websell of Cramlington, Northumberland. A Grocer, he was Initiated on the 15th March 1916; Passed 19th April 1916 and Raised on the 17th May 1916. He enlisted at Gateshead and died on the 15th September 1918 aged 40. The husband of Mary Websell of 27 Louisa Street, Shiremoor, Northumberland. He is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference XVI.F.21.
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1863 Priory Lodge
Year of Warrant 1880
Grand Hotel Tynemouth
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Lieutenant Basil Hollis
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion (Territorial).
A Steel Agent residing at Newcastle on Tyne. A Lewis, he was Initiated on the 12th January 1911 aged 25; Passed on the 11th May 1911 and Raised on the 14th September 1911. He had progressed through Stewardship to Assistant Secretary and was Junior Deacon of the Lodge. The Lodge Minutes record his death as the 3rd August 1917 but Army Records show him as being killed in action on the 31st July 1917. He is Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Panel 37.
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1879 Lord Warkworth Lodge
Year of Warrant 1880
Masonic Hall Gloucester Terrace Amble
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Robert Richard Clark
Mercantile Marine
First Mate SS Strathcona.
The son of the late James Albert and Eliza Clarke, he was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk. A Master Mariner residing at Middlesbrough, he was Initiated on the 12th April 1911; Passed 12th July 1911 and Raised on the 8th November 1911. He died on the 13th April 1917 aged 55. The husband of Ada Phoebe Clarke (nee Stone) of 37 Warwick Street, Middlesbrough. He is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Strathcona (1881 grt), owned by the Canada Steamship Company Limited of Montreal, built in 1900, was captured by the German submarine U78 one hundred and forty five miles WNW from Ronaldsay, Orkney. The Master, Chief Engineer and 3rd Engineer were taken prisoner. The ship was shelled and sunk with the loss of 9 crew.
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2260 Ridley Lodge
Year of Warrant 1888
Masonic Hall Grainger Street Newcastle
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Captain Robert Ernest Bentham Lisle
Durham Light Infantry 8th Battalion
Attached 9th Battalion.
The son of Mr and Mrs. Robert Lisle of “Cavendo” The Oval, Newcastle on Tyne. A Solicitor, he was admitted in June 1901 and was a Member of the firm of Appleby and Lisle of Newcastle upon Tyne. Residing at Hexham, he was Initiated into Albert Edward Lodge, No. 1557, Hexham on the 6th September 1906; Passed 6th June 1907 and Raised on the 5th September 1907, resigning on the 9th September 1907. He was a Joining Member of Ridley Lodge No. 2260, Newcastle on the 15th January 1908 and was Senior Warden of this Lodge. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 8th October 1914, subsequently rising to the rank of Captain. He was killed in action on the 30th March 1918 aged 38 and is Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 8. His name is recorded in the Book of Remembrance in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
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Lieutenant Herbert Stewart
Durham Light Infantry 3rd Battalion
Attached Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry 2nd Battalion.
The son of James Reid Stewart and Eleanor Stewart of 6 Kingsland, Newcastle on Tyne. A Clerk of Millfield House, Eldon Street, he was Initiated on the 16th November 1910; Passed 21st December 1910 and Raised on the 15th February 1911 and was a Steward of the Lodge. He was killed in action on the 23rd April 1915 aged 28 and is Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 36 and 38.
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2327 St Oswin Lodge
Year of Warrant 1889
Freemasons Hall Norfolk Street North Shields
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James Fell.
A Master Mariner of 46 Cleveland Avenue, North Shields. He was Initiated into Lindisfarne Lodge No. 2762, North Shields on the 23rd July 1908 aged 36; Passed 27th August 1908 and Raised on the 16th October 1908 in St. Oswin Lodge No. 2327, North Shields. Grand Lodge records indicate that his membership ceased in 1915.
There is no Commonwealth War Graves Record of him being a War Casualty. However a person who appears to be his son, Apprentice James Forsyth Fell, Mercantile Marine, S.S. Vedmore of Liverpool, who was the son of Margaret Fell and the late James Fell of Glenroy, Queen Alexandra Road, North Shields, who died on the 7th February 1917, aged 18, having been torpedoed by the German submarine U85 on a voyage from Baltimore to Liverpool is listed as a war casualty.
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801 Private Garson Jacob
See Every Name A Story.
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Matthew Mackenzie
Mercantile Marine
First Engineer SS Excellence Pleske.
A Marine Engineer of Inness Street, Inverness, he was born at London. His Initiation into Lindisfarne Lodge No. 2762, North Shields was at 7 days’ notice in writing which took place at an emergency meeting of the Lodge on the 21st February 1907; Passed 3rd December 1907 in St. Oswin Lodge No. 2327, North Shields and Raised on the 16th August 1909. There is reference to his having received his Grand Lodge Certificate on the 24th January 1910 in Escambia Lodge No. 15. at F. & A. M. Pensacola, Florida, USA. The husband of Mrs. Mackenzie of 30 Roseberry Avenue, South Shields, he died on the 31st March 1918 aged 43 and is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The SS Excellence Pleske (2059grt), owned by the Shipping Controller and Managed by Lambert Brothers, London, was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U57 two and a half miles SSE from Dungeness on a voyage from Bilbao to Middlesbrough with the loss of 13 lives.
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Andrew Preece
Mercantile Marine.
A Master Mariner of 17 Alice Street, South Shields, he was Initiated on the 8th January 1906 aged 39, Passed in St. Oswin Lodge No. 2327, North Shields on the 21st May 1906 and Raised on the 30th October 1906.
There are no casualty records in respect of this person.
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4618 Sergeant Sharp William
East Yorkshire Regiment 2/4th Battalion
Some records indicate that he was a Bandmaster.
The son of Henry and Mary Sharp, he was born at North Shields. A Relieving Officer, he was Initiated on the 16th December 1912; Passed 20th January 1913 and Raised on the 17th March 1913. Enlisting at Longbenton, he died at home on the 4th October 1916 aged 40. The husband of E.A. Sharp of 5 Delaval Avenue, Balkwell, North Shields. He is buried in Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery, Tynemouth, Northumberland, Grave Reference C.U. 8795.
Editor’s note:
A William Sharp, Regimental No. 26/1455 serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers was discharged on the 26th June 1916. A Silver War Badge No 511738 was issued on the 20th December 1920.
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1198EA Engine Room Artificer
Welsh David Ferguson
Royal Naval Reserve HMS Aboukir.
The son of Andrew Scott Welsh and Margaret Welsh of Embleton, Lesbury, Northumberland. A Marine Engineer residing at North Shields, he was Initiated on the 16th March 1914; Passed 18th May 1914 and Raised on the 15th June 1914. He died on the 22nd September 1914 aged 32 and is Remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, Panel 8.
HMS Aboukir was part of the 7th Cruiser Squadron patrolling off the Dutch Coast in an area known as the “Broad Fourteens” in the North Sea. She was sunk during an action on the 22nd September 1914 being struck by two torpedoes fired by the German Submarine U9 as she attempted to rescue survivors from her sister ship HMS Hogue. HMS Cressy was also sunk. The patrol was known as the “live bait Squadron”.
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2557 Lodge of Temperance
Year of Warrant 1895
Assembly Room Westgate Road Newcastle
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Lance Corporal Hope George William.
It has not been possible to positively identify from military records this person. A Clerk residing at Newcastle upon Tyne, he was Initiated on the 16th December 1912 aged 22; Passed 12th February 1913 and Raised on the 17th March 1913. The Lodge records state that he died in “September 1917.”
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344490 Gunner Ramm Clifford Chapman
Royal Garrison Artillery 169th Siege Battery.
The son of John Thomas and Margaret Ramm of 11 St. John’s Terrace, East Boldon, he was born at South Shields. A Shipping Clerk, he was Initiated into Lodge of Temperance No 2557, Newcastle on Tyne, Province of Northumberland, dated 17th December 1906; Passed 21st January 1907 and Raised on the 18th February 1907, resigning on the 20th June 1910. He was Joining Member of St. Hilda’s Lodge No. 240, South Shields, Province of Durham, on the 13th March 1911. He enlisted at South Shields and died of wounds on the 24th April 1918 aged 38. Buried in Picquigny British Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference D.7.
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Lieutenant John Powe Roberts
Grand Lodge records list him as ‘Richards’
Australian Infantry 9th Battalion.
The son of the late Arthur and Jessie Roberts, he was born on the 18th October 1882 at Jarrow, County Durham. A Plumber residing at 16 Armstrong Street, Dunston on Tyne, he was Initiated on the 21st June 1909; Passed 16th August 1909 and Raised on the 20th September 1909. He was killed in action at Gallipoli between the 25th-28th April 1915 aged 33. The husband of Sarah Kennedy (formerly Roberts) (nee Mallen) of Hancock Street, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia who he married on 4th June 1904. He is buried in Walker’s Ridge Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey, Special Memorial 19.
Editor’s note:
Some Researchers indicate that he had previously served twelve years with the Durham Light Infantry and that his occupation was given as a Sanitary Engineer.
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2nd Lieutenant Walter Winkworth
Northumberland Fusiliers 5th Battalion.
The son of Walter Albert and Maria Louisa Munroe Winkworth of 22 Simondale Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle on Tyne. An Electrician, he was Initiated on the 17th December 1906; Passed 15th April 1907 and Raised on the 20th May 1907. He died of wounds on the 26th August 1915 aged 32. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, Grave Reference I.C.130.
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2568 Delaval Lodge
Year of Warrant 1895
Masonic Hall Maple Street Newcastle on Tyne
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1st Engineer George Cockburn
Mercantile Marine SS Willingtonia.
He was born at Newcastle. A Marine Engineer, he was Initiated on the 4th February 1917; Passed 1st May 1917 and Raised on the 11th June 1917. He died on the 25th August 1918 aged 40 and is Remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The S.S. Willingtonia was a steel hulled steam cargo ship (3228 grt). She was built on the Tyne by the Iron Shipbuilding Company Limited of Newcastle and Completed in January 1918. Owned by the Ericsson Shipping Company Limited of Newcastle she sailed from Barry en route to Corfu with a cargo of coal. She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC27 on 25th August 1918 thirteen miles SW x W of Marittimo, Italy. Four of the crew were lost.
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39435 Corporal Dellow James
Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion.
He was born at Gateshead. A Dental Assistant residing at 3 Wilson Terrace, Low Fell, Gateshead, he was Initiated on the 12th January 1911; Passed 9th February 1911 and Raised on the 13th April 1911. He enlisted at Gateshead and was killed in action on the 21st March 1918 aged 33. He is Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 8.
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Captain Raymond Smith
Border Regiment 11th Battalion.
The son of Mr. F.P. Smith of Haltwhistle, Northumberland he was a Varnish Manufacturer of Greystones, Haltwhistle. He was Initiated on the 18th November 1913 aged 24; Passed 16th December 1913 and Raised into Delaval Lodge No. 2568, Newcastle on Tyne on the 12th February 1914. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 aged 27 and is Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
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2571 Holmes Lodge
Year of Warrant 1895
Shields Road Byker Newcastle on Tyne
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M/2/119542 Private Dove John Thomas
Royal Army Service Corps
Mechanical Transport Clearing Office (Blackheath).
The son of the late Mr. John Thomas and Mary Dove of 10 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, Northumberland. A Secretary, he was Initiated on the 19th March 1915; Passed 16th April 1915 and Raised on the 25th August 1915 into Holmes Lodge No. 2571, Newcastle, Province of Northumberland. He died of influenza/pneumonia on the 5th December 1918 at the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne. He is buried in Newcastle Upon Tyne (St. John’s Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery, Grave Reference O.C.131.
His father, a Manufacturer residing in Newcastle, was Initiated on the 21st November 1879 aged 37; Passed 20th February 1880 and Raised on the 19th March 1880 (query De Loraine Lodge No. 541 Newcastle. GL Records state ‘Died at sea 5th June 1917’. (Tynemouth 10b 373) aged 74.
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2666 Victoria Commemoration (Reserve Forces) Lodge
Year of Warrant 1897
Masonic Hall Grainger Street Newcastle on Tyne
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Lieutenant Thomas Victor Guppy Elliot
Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery
1st Northumbrian Brigade He was Initiated on the 16th February 1911; Passed 16th March 1911 and Raised on the 20th April 1911; he was the Junior Steward of his Lodge in October 1914. He died of wounds on the 16th October 1915 and is buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave Reference II.G.20.
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Lieutenant James Henry Forster
Corps of Royal Engineers (Territorial)
2/1st Northumbrian Field Company.
The Son of Alfred L. Forster of 16 Eslington Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle on Tyne. He was Initiated on the 18th February 1915 and was Passed on the 18th March 1915. He was killed in action on the 29th September 1915 aged 30 and is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference I.H.20.
Editor’s Note:
Grand Lodge records indicate that he was a Joining Member from Blagdon Lodge No. 659, Blyth on the 18th February 1915 but there is no trace of him in that Lodge.
The Lodge Minutes record that Brother T V G Elliot was present at the passing of Brother J H Forster on the 18th March 1915. This was the last meeting attended by them. The Lodge Minutes of the 19th October 1915 record “The Secretary was instructed to write letters of condolence to the relatives of Brothers Lieutenants T. V. G. Elliot and J. H. Forster, killed in action.”
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Lieutenant Colonel John Ralph Hedley D.S.O.
Northumberland Fusiliers
6th Battalion (Territorial)
Commanding Border Regiment 5th Battalion.
The Son of John Hedley and Anne Hedley (nee Bainbridge), he was born on the 21st March 1871. Educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers in January 1901; Major 1912; Lieutenant Colonel 11th November 1915. He was an Auctioneer of Eshott Hall, Felton, Northumberland with a business address at 71 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle on Tyne. He was Initiated into Percy Lodge, No. 1427, Province of Northumberland on the 18th January 1898 aged 26 years when his address was given as 6 Market Street, Newcastle on Tyne; Passed 15th March 1898 and Raised on the 20th September 1898. He was the Worshipful Master in 1903. He was a Joining Member of Victoria Commemoration Reserve Forces Lodge No. 2666, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Province of Northumberland on the 15th February 1906 resigning on 30th September 1911 and also a Joining Member of Humber Installed Masters’ Lodge No. 2494 Hull, Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings, on the 6th March 1914. He was awarded the D.S.O. on the 3rd June 1916 and was killed in action on the 15th July 1917 aged 46. The Husband of Ada Marie Hedley of Westgate House, Hornsea, East Yorkshire. He is buried in Bacquoy Road Cemetery.