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Liddell, R., Pte., 1916

Photo: B. Chandler

On the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, is the name of 22/706 Private Ralph Liddell, serving with the 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, who died 01/07/1916.

In Blyth Cemetery is a family headstone which reads:

Loving memory of
Beloved husband of
Margaret Liddell
Who was lost at sea
March 18th 1915
Aged 58 years.
Also their three sons
Robert aged 28 years
Thomas aged 22 years
John aged 19 years
Who were lost at sea
March 18th 1915
Also their son
Pte. Ralph Liddell
3rd Tyneside Scottish
Who was killed in action
July 1st 1916 aged 18 years
The above
Margaret Liddell
Died Novr. 24th 1918 aged 58 years.

William Liddell and his three sons were lost at sea on March 18th 1915 in the Blyth fishing cobble Mary Scott following a storm off the Northumberland coast.

Morpeth Herald 12/01/1917 carries a brief obituary:

Pte. Ralph Liddell, reported missing since July 1st, is now reported to have been killed in action. He was a son of Mrs Margaret Liddell, formerly of Beadnell, whose husband and three sons were drowned in Blyth while fishing on March 18th, 1914.(sic)

He is remembered at East Chevington on E7.02

The CWGC entry for Private Liddell

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk