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Book of Remembrance 1939-45 Duke's School

Reference

A11.53

Place

ALNWICK

Map ref

NU 188128

Original Location

Duke's Middle School, The Dunterns.
In main assembly hall. (Former Grammar School)

Which war

1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Presented to the School June 2002

Memorial Description

Book of Remembrance. This is a typed book of 23 pages. The names, set out in alphabetical order, are followed by as much information as the compiler could find.

Materials used

Paper

Inscription

Forty Years On.
An account of the fifty eight / Duke’s School Old Boys who died / not survive the Second World War.

Names

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Made by Bob Purvis.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Forty Years On. An account of the fifty eight Duke’s School Old Boys who did not survive the Second World War. R.C. Fenwick, 1989


Northumberland Gazette 27/06/2002 reports presentation.

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

J. Brown

Research In Progress

If you are researching this memorial please contact 2014@newmp.org.uk

Book of Remembrance 1939-45 Duke's School (A11.53)

 

    

    
   WHO, WHERE, WHEN, HOW

    
   For ease of reference, I have numbered the Old Boys from one to 
   fifty eight, and they are roughly in alphabetical order.  For
   each I have recorded the following information in note form:
   Full name and address, parents, date of birth, previous schools,
   Years at Duke’s School, civil occupation, service and age at date
   of death.  After each entry, I have recorded a brief account of
   Their school career, their civilian job and their service career, 
   quite short, for little is known of them.  Others are short 
   stories in themselves.
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   1      J.R. ANDERSON

    
   John Ronald Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs S. Anderson, Plough Hotel, 
   Alnwick, born 28 August 1914, school in Alnwick then Duke’s from 
   13 September 1926 until 27 March 1932. Insurance, then Army. 
   Date of death 6 December 1942, aged 27 years. 

    
   Ronnie excelled in sport at school, gaining both football and 
   cricket colours; he was also a Prefect and was awarded the Old 
   Boys’ Prize. In 1939 he joined the 4th Survey Regiment, R. A. 
    (T. A.) and went to Egypt in October 1940.  In April 1941 he was 
   in Greece and Crete, then the Western Desert from November 1941 
   to April 1942. He then went, as a Bombardier, to Palestine, until 
   the Battle of EL ALAMEIN, September 1942. He was blown up on a 
   tank mine when returning from reconnaissance of German guns at 
   Adge Dabia on 6 September 1942. He was 27 years old. 
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   2      T.J. BASTON

    
   Thomas James Baston, c/o Mrs Crosier, East Bolton, Alnwick then 
   Birling South Farm, Warkworth, born 16 October 1919, South 
   Charlton School, Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 18 December 
   1936. Civil Service Clerk (Dole Office, Ashington) then R.A.F. 
   Date of death 17 June 1941, aged 21 years. 

    
   Thomas was in both football and cricket XI’s at school, and a 
   keen member of 1st St Laurence  Scout Troop, Warkworth. He joined 
   the R.A.F. and became a Sgt Pilot. As captain of his aircraft 
    (Bomber Command) he was reported missing presumed killed on 17 
   June 1941 having failed to return from a raid on the Ruhr. His 
   Commanding Officer stated, “He was a very popular and a most 
   efficient Captain of his crew. ” He was 21 years old. 
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   3      C.L. BEATTIE

    
   Christopher Lowery Beattie, twin brother of William, son of Mr. 
   and Mrs George Beattie, 14 Walkergate, Alnwick (Tory Agent). 
   Born 19 December 1919, school in Alnwick then Duke’s from 14 
   September 1931 to 18 December 1936. Lloyds Bank Clerk, North 
   Shields, living at 49 South Street, Durham from 1937, then Army. 
   Date of death September 1944, aged 24 years. 

    
   Chris was commissioned in the Durham Light Infantry in 1937 and 
   was with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division from 1939. He was 
   awarded the Croix de Guerre in Flanders, and was evacuated from 
   Dunkirk. From January 1941 to September 1943 he served with the 
   8th Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, then landed in North 
   West Europe on D-Day. For his service with the 8th Army, during 
   which he was wounded on three occasions, he was awarded the 
   Military Cross. At the age of 23 he was promoted to Major (in 
   the Field) making him one of the youngest Field Officers in the 
   British Army - he had a most distinguished military career ahead 
   of him. He died of wounds received in action in North West  
   Europe in September 1944, aged 24. (His twin brother William 
   served in the Royal Navy.)
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   4      J. BERRY

    
   Joseph Berry, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Berry, 3 Elmfield Terrace, 
   Hampeth (Deputy, Whittle Colliery) born 28 February 1920, Newton 
   on the Moor School then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 24 July 
   1936. Civil Service, then R.A.F.V.R. . Date of death, 2 October 
   1944, aged 24. 

    
   Joe was remembered at school as being small, quiet and 
   unobtrusive; he started his R.A.F. career in the ranks. He was 
   commissioned in 1942. In March 1944 the Gazette printed a story 
   - “Alnwick D.S.O. B wins D.F.C. ” - “A 23 year old Flying Officer 
   in the R.A.F.V.R., F.O. J. Berry, Pilot, has been awarded the 
   D.F.C. for destroying three enemy aircraft in a long and 
   strenuous tour of duty. The citation from the Air Ministry 
   states that during operations in Salerno in September 1943 he 
   shot down a JU88 in flames and on the following night he 
   destroyed a ME210 over the Italian coast. He claimed his third 
   victory over Naples in October 1943 when he shot down another 
   JU88. On two occasions he has been forced to abandon his 
   aircraft. As a Flight Sergeant, he was flying night fighters for 
   two years. ”
   In September 1944 he was awarded a bar to his D.F.C. for being 
    “ …. a highly skilled and resolute pilot. He has completed a 
   large number of sorties and throughout his keenness and devotion 
   to duty have been exceptional. ” “This Officer has, within a 
   short period of time, destroyed numerous flying bombs, as leader 
   of a Tempest Squadron. ”

    
   He ended up the top-scoring R.A.F. pilot at shooting down 
   ‘Doodlebugs’ having shot down more than 60 in four months. The 
   quotation from the Guinness Book of Records reads, “Human 
   Achievements - Honours, Decorations and Awards - Top Scoring Air 
   Aces - The greatest number of successes against Flying Bombs 
   (V.I.’s) was by Squadron Leader Joseph Berry, D.F.C. ** 
   (b. Nottingham 1920, killed 20 October 1944) who brought own 60 
   in four months. ”

    
   On 2nd October 1944 he was missing believed killed, later 
   presumed to have been killed in air operations over Holland. 
   Squadron Leader Berry D.F.C. and Bar was then 24 years old. 
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   5      J.H. BOLTON

    
   Joseph Hagan Bolton, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Bolton, 18 Dandsfield 
   Place, Radcliffe, born 15 August 1920. School at Amble R. C. then 
   Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 19 June 1937. Civil Service 
   Clerk (Employment Exchange, Newcastle) then R.A.F.  Date of death 
   7 August 1941, age 20. 

    
   Joe was a Sergeant Air Gunner in Bomber Command, and was shot 
   down over the North Sea; lost through enemy action on 7 August 
   1941. On 19 December 1941 he was presumed to be dead; he was 20 
   years old. 
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   6      V.G. BREWIS

    
   Victor G. Brewis, son of Mr. and Mrs V. G. Brewis, 1 Walkergate, 
   Alnwick (Telephone Exchange) born 17 October 1915, school in 
   Alnwick, then Duke’s from 14 September 1925 to 18 December 1931. 
   Assistant Clerk of Works, Estates Office, Alnwick Castle, then 
   Marquis of Zetland’s Estate, then R.A.F.  Date of death 6 June 
   1944, aged 29. 

    
   Victor was a Pilot Officer in the R.A.F. (Bomber Command – 
   Mosquitoes?) and in 1942 was wounded taking part in a raid over 
   Germany. He spent some time in an English hospital and then 
   returned to duties. He was posted missing on D-Day, 6 June 1944. 
   He was 29 years old. 
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   7      F. BROWN

    
   Frank Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs George Brown, The Croft, 
   Whittingham, (Holly House, Glanton) born 20 March 1921, school at 
   Whittingham then Duke’s from 12 September 1932 to 29 October 
   1937. Clerk, then Army. Date of death, 29 November 1944, aged 
   23 years. 

    
   Frank was the youngest son, and on leaving the Duke’s School with 
   his School Certificate worked for Alnwick Council and the Poor 
   Law Institute in Alnwick. He joined the Territorials at 18 and 
   at 19 was in France with the 9th Bn R.N.F. , being evacuated at 
   Dunkirk. He went with the 9th to Singapore and was captured in 
   February 1942, and held prisoner at No 1 Prisoner of War Camp, 
   Siam. By then he was a Lance-Corporal and he died of black-water 
   fever as a Japanese Prisoner of War while working on the Railway 
   on 29 November 1944, aged 23. He is buried at KANCHANABURI  
   Cemetery, Thailand, grave number 2971. 
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   8      J. BROWN

    
   James Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Brown, 3 Gordon Street, Amble, 
   born 27 May 1906, school at Amble then Duke’s from 17 September 
   1918 to 27 July 1921. Merchant Marine from school. Date of 
   death, 5 December 1940, aged 34. 

    
   When Jim left school he went to sea and was 2nd Mate in Moor Line 
   Steamships. By 1940 he was 3rd officer  of the “Empire Statesman” 
    (London)  and sailed from Leith with a cargo of tyres on route for 
   Sierra Leone. There were 39 ships in the convoy but his had 
   engine failure and stopped. It was then torpedoed and he was 
   lost at sea on 5 December, 1940 aged 34. 
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   9      R.M. BUCK

    
   Robert M. Buck, son of Mr. and Mrs George Buck, born 14 May 1913, 
   Aln View, Glanton, school at Glanton then Duke’s from 14 
   September 1925 to 26 July 1929. Alnwick Castle Estate Office, 
   then R.A.F.  Date of death December 1943, aged 30. 

    
   Bert trained in Canada and became a Pilot in Bomber Command, 
   having joined the R.A.F. in 1940. In June 1941 he crashed and 
   was seriously injured, being off duty for twelve months. As a 
   Flight Sergeant he returned to operational flying and was killed 
   in an air crash on return from night operations over Germany. He 
   was buried at Harrogate in December 1943, aged 30 years. 
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   10      R.H. CARR

    
   Robert Henry Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs R. M.  Carr, 15 Centre Row, 
   Radcliffe, born 17 January 1925, school at Radcliffe then Duke’s 
   from 7 September 1936 to 11 February 1941. Mining Engineer, then 
   R.A.F.  Date of death, 10 January 1947, aged 21. 

    
   Robert was a Flight Engineer in Bomber Command but became ill and 
   died from natural causes in Westminster Hospital, London, seven 
   days short of his 22nd birthday. He actually died after the end 
   of the war but from causes directly attributed to it. 
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   11      R.B. CRISP 

    
   Robert Brown Crisp, son of Mr. and Mrs George Crisp, 13 Dovecote 
   Street, Amble, born 6 September 1918, school at Amble then Duke’s 
   from 16 September 1929 to 25 July 1934. Worked for uncle in 
   building trade, then R.A.F.  Date of death 31 July 1941, aged 22. 

    
   Bobby trained at Cranwell to become a Sergeant Wireless 
   Operator/Air Gunner in Bomber Command. He was posted missing 
   believed killed on 31 July 1941, when shot down over France. He 
   was later found and buried at CAMBRAI, being given a military 
   funeral by the Germans at SOLMESNIA. He was 22 years old. 
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   12      W.H. COCKBURN

    
   William Hugh Cockburn, son of Mr. and Mrs Chris Cockburn, 5 
   Station Cottages, Akeld, Wooler, born 31 January 1920, school, 
   Wooler then Duke’s from 15 September 1930 to 23 April 1937. 
   Clerk at Blackshaw’s Garage, Alnwick then R.A.F.  Date of death, 
   August 1944, aged 24. 

    
   When Hughie left school he worked as a clerk at Blackshaw’s 
   Garage then joined the R.A.F. at 17 years old. He became a 
   Wireless Operator/Air Gunner and in 1941 was awarded the D.F.M. 
   as a Flight Sergeant, for conspicuous bravery. He completed a 
   tour of 30 operations with Bomber Command and was posted to Nova 
   Scotia, Canada as instructor. In 1942 he married a Canadian 
   girl. In his seven years in the R.A.F. he was once shot down and 
   spent 17 hours in the sea, being picked up by a British vessel. 
   In August 1944, as a Pilot Officer, he went missing in air 
   operations over France; he was later confirmed killed, having 
   been shot down by an enemy vessel - there were three survivors. 
   He was 24 years old. 
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   13   D.J. COOK

    
   James Douglas Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Cook, 7a Canongate, 
   Alnwick, born 14 September 1922, school Alnwick, then Duke’s from 
   10 September 1934 to 28 July 1939. Civil Service Clerk, then 
   R.A.F.  Date of death, 25 April 1944, aged 21. 

    
   Douglas was a civil servant in Meteorology and joined the R.A.F. 
   in 1941. Thanks to his nephew, Gary Cook, I have been privileged 
   to see his log book - a pilot’s prize possession - in which his 
   whole flying career is mapped out. A summary appears below. 

    
      1941-42	  Flying PT17 (U. S. Aircraft) Lakeland
                   Florida, U.S.A.
                   BT13 Gunter Field, Alabama, U.S.A.
                   AT6A Craig Field, Selma, Alabama
                   U.S.A. (8th Aviation Cadet Class)
	   Hours Flown	67 Dual	104 Solo by day
                   3 Dual	    9 Solo by night
	   4 May 1942	Flying Masters - No 5 F. T. S., Harrogate
	   22 May 1942	Flying Masters - 57 O.T.U. , Hawarden, Chester
                   Also Spitfire I, II and Dominie	
	   24 Aug 1942	No 171 Squadron - Tiger Moths, Tomahawks
	   20 Nov 1942	No 1 (C) O.T.U. , Silloth - Battle, Lysanders
                   No 6 (C) O.T.U. , Silloth - Martinet
	   Nov 1942 -	 245 hours as Pilot - classed as single-
	   Oct. 1943	 engined - average - employed on Target Towing
                   at No 6 O.T.U.  
	   25 Oct 1943	520 Met Squadron, Gibraltar (Operational)
                   Gladiators
	   This involved flying up to 24,000 ft at temperatures of 
	   -37º both morning and afternoon to assess the meteorological 
	   conditions - call  “THUM” Flights (Temperature and Humidity)
	   31 Jan 1944	Gladiator N5630 - Taxying accident -
                    “carelessness”
	   Feb 1944 -	 Spitfire V. B. 1st Operational Tour - 199
                   hours on operational day flying

    
   Douglas was promoted from Flight Sergeant to Warrant Officer No 
   1127087. 

    
   On the 25 April 1944 he took off from Gibraltar on a Met. flight 
   and shortly after take off was seen to crash into the sea. A 
   search was made but neither he nor his aircraft was ever found. 
   He was 21 years old. 
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   14      A. DOBSON

    
   Alexander Dobson, son of Mr. and Mrs R. Dobson, 8 Clayport Gardens, 
   Alnwick, born 15 September 1922, school in Alnwick then Duke’s 
   from 10 September 1934 to 25 September 1939. Clerk to Alnwick 
   R.D.C. then R.A.F.  Date of death, August 1944, aged 21. 

    
   Sandy was remembered as a brilliant scholar at school, 
   particularly in mathematics, and a keen sportsman (swimming, 
   boxing) winning the school mile and cycling at the Playhouse on 
   rollers. On leaving school he became a Clerk to the R.D.C.  (Poor 
   Law Institution) and joined the Local Defence Volunteers. He 
   joined the R.A.F. in August 1941 and trained in Rhodesia in March 
   1942. In October 1943 he became a Flight Sergeant Navigator/
   Observer (having crashed on pilot training) in Bomber Command. 
   On his first operation from Suffolk, on a raid on Hamburg and the 
   Kiel Canal, he went missing. He was presumed killed in action 
   over the Kiel Canal, his body never being found. He was 21 years 
   old. 
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   15      A.J. DODD

    
   Alan Dodd, son of Mrs and the late Mr. T. W. Dodd, Twizell Lodge, 
   Belford, born 1 September 1921, school at Warenford then Duke’s 
   from 12 September 1932 to 1 April 1938. Civil Service Clerk then 
   R.A.F.  Date of death, March 1942, aged 20. 

    
   Alan was the only son of Thomas Dodd, Estate Agent/Surveyor for 
   Belford District Council. He became a Spitfire pilot in the 
   R.A.F.V.R. and as a Sergeant he was killed on active service in 
   March 1942, crashing near to his home at Belford. He was 20 
   years old. 
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   16      R.L. DODDS

    
   Robert Leslie Dodds, son of Mr. and Mrs John Dodds, Police 
   Station, Wooler, born 1 July 1921, school at Wooler then Duke’s 
   from 12 September 1932 to 10 October 1935 (then to Lemington, 
   Newburn). Worked for Carse and Goodger then Gazette. Joined the 
   R.A.F.  Date of death, September 1944, aged 23. 

    
   Leslie was the son of Inspector Dodds, Northumbria Police, and a 
   member of the Gazette staff. He joined the R.A.F. in 1940 and by 
   1943 had gained his wings. As a Pilot Officer (Navigator) he 
   went missing on air operations in September 1944, aged 23 years. 
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   17      G. EARNSHAW

    
   George Earnshaw, son of Mr. and Mrs Albert E. Earnshaw, 12 King 
   Edward Street, Amble, born 25 January 1920, school in Amble then 
   Duke’s from 1 September 1930 to 30 March 1935.  Rington’s Tea 
   then Army. Date of death, December 1942, aged 22. 

    
   George was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and was killed in the 
   Battle of El Alamein, 1942, aged 22 years. 
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   18   R.D. FENDER

    
   Richard William (?) Miss Brown, 6 Percy Cottages, Alnmouth, born 
   5 December 1924, school in Alnmouth then Duke’s from 7 September 
   1936 to  26 July 1940. 

    
   Nothing known - research continues. 
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   19      J.S. FERGUSON

    
   James Scott Ferguson, son of Mr. and Mrs G. Ferguson, School House, 
   Whittingham (Headmaster), born 6 June 1921, school in Whittingham 
   then Duke’s from 12 September 1932 to 28 July 1939. Teacher then 
   R.A.F. 

    
   Nothing known - research continues. 
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   20      T.A. FORSTER

    
   Thomas Alan Forster, son of Mr. and Mrs Thomas Forster, The Rigs, 
   Ramsay Lane, Wooler, school in Wooler then Duke’s from 
   12 September 1927 to 29 July 1932. Clerk. 

    
   Nothing known - research continues. 
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   21      J.D. FORSYTH

    
   John Dickinson Forsyth, son of Mr. and Mrs John Forsyth, Hope 
   Farm, Gloster Hill, Amble, born 9 February 1920, school at Amble 
   then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 23 July 1937. Edinburgh 
   University then R.A.F.V.R. Date of death, 11 July 1942, aged 22. 

    
   Jack was the only son and gained a County Major Scholarship to 
   Dick Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh, where he 
   studied until he joined the R.A.F.V.R. in February 1941. He 
   gained his wings in eight months training in Canada, becoming a 
   Sergeant Pilot with “one of the most famous Bomber Squadrons”    
   (censorship - 1942 - actually 97 Squadron). He was 2nd Pilot 
   on Lancasters and went missing from operations over enemy 
   territory in a daylight raid on Danzig on 11 July 1942. He had 
   already taken part in some of the larger raids. He is buried in 
   a communal grave at Marlburg, near Danzig. He was 22 years old. 
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   22      E. GOODFELLOW

    
   Edward Goodfellow, son of Mr. and Mrs Luke Weatheritt Goodfellow, 
   20 Stott Street, Alnwick, born 5 May 1924, school in Alnwick then 
   Duke’s from 9 September 1935 to 26 July 1940. Apprentice Officer 
   Merchant Marine direct from school. Date of death, 26 August 
   1941,aged 17. 

    
   The following account was given to me by Mrs Mary Swordy, sister 
   of Edward, and I quote it in its entirety. 

    
      “He was the fifth of six boys and three girls. Father 
      ran a family tobacco business in Alnwick. He was keen 
      on chess, tennis, cricket and played the latter for 
      school. Average ability. Choir boy at St. Paul’s, cubs, 
      scouts, keen swimmer. Left school, went to Marine 
      School, South Shields, after basic training entered 
      Merchant Marine as apprentice officer and joined Blue 
      Star Line of Newcastle, owners Hall Bros. His first and 
      only ship was the M.V. Embassage; he had two voyages to 
      Canada and U.S.A. His third and last voyage was to 
      Freetown, West Africa, carrying aeroplane parts. Set 
      sail from Scotland early August or late July 1941. 
      Travelling in convoy with usual Royal Navy escort of 
      destroyers etc. Attacked by U-Boat 24 hours later off 
      Oban. U-Boat thought to have been sheltering in 
      Southern Irish port. Embassage torpedoed twice – 
      only three of crew survived, picked up after five or 
      six days drifting at sea clinging to overturned life-
      boat. I went to see one survivor, the bo’son who 
      lived in South Shields, and he gave us hope. He said 
      he’d seen Eddie and his friend Trevor from Alnmouth 
      (Morpeth High School) on an improvised raft and with 
      a torch. We hoped for years he’d been taken prisoner 
      by a U-Boat but our hopes never  materialised. No 
      Royal Navy vessel was permitted to leave convoy to 
      pick up Merchant Navy survivors. They had to sail on 
      regardless. 

    
      Eddie never wanted to do anything other than go to sea 
      and he loved the life, the travel, the sea and the 
      companionship. He was 5’9”, light red hair and brown 
      eyes; sturdy build and strong. He was on leave and came 
      to see all of us who were at home in July. I was 
      teaching at Percy Main then. ”

    
      Mary Swordy

    
   The ship was sunk on 26 August, 1941 when Eddie was 17 years old. 
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23      W.L. GRAHAM

    
   William Lilburn Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs W. Graham, 4 Prudhoe 
   Street, Alnwick (later 52 Bondgate Without), born 29 May 1915, 
   school in Alnwick then Duke’s from 13 September 1926 to 16 
   December 1932. Insurance, then Army. Date of death, 26 
   September  1943, aged 28. 

    
   William was the only son and was a keen cyclist, played for 
   Alnwick Lawn Tennis Club and was on  the Cricket XI for the 
   Duke’s. He was also a chess player for Alnwick and once beat the 
   English champion at Newcastle. He was an Insurance Inspector 
   with Law Insurance Company, Newcastle. He became a Warrant 
   Officer (S.Q.M.S. ) with R.A.M.C/R.A.O.C.  in the Central 
   Mediterranean Forces, and died as the result of an accident on 26 
   December 1943, aged 28 years. 
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   24   C. HALL

    
   Charles Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs R. Hall, Market Place, Alnwick, 
   then Amble, born 18 July 1909, Duke’s Preparatory School then 
   Grammar School from 2 October 1922 to 27 July 1923 (then to 
   Spennymoor Secondary School). Linotype Operator, Gazette, and/or 
   Pearl Assurance, then Army. Date of death, 21 January 1945, aged 
   35. 

    
   Charles was an only son and husband of Emma (nee Dixon, daughter 
   of the tobacco spinner) and father of Margaret, 14 Acklington 
   Road, Amble. He was a keen billiards player and played for 
   D.S.O.B. Football XI and Amble Cricket Club. He was a linotype 
   operator with the Gazette, later becoming assistant manager in 
   Amble for Pearl Assurance. He joined the Army in 1941, becoming 
   a Lance Bombardier  in the R.A. (Field) 14th Army. He was reported 
   missing in Burma in January 1945 and later presumed killed in 
   action at sea 21 January 1945. (Presumably being transported as 
   Prisoner of War by Japanese). He was 35 years old. 
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   25      W. HALL

    
   Walter Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs W. Hall, High Street, Wooler, born 
   8 October 1914, school in Wooler then Duke’s from 13 September 
   1926 to 26 July 1929. Father’s business - grocer/general 
   merchant, then R.A.F.  Date of death, April 1942, aged 27. 

    
   Walter joined the R.A.F. in 1940 and became a Sergeant Air 
   Gunner. In November 1941 he took part in several raids on 
   Germany and in April 1942 he went missing from operations, having 
   taken off from Lossiemouth - presumably lost over Norway. He had 
   only been in the R.A.F. fifteen months and was 27 years old. 
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   26   P. HEDLEY

    
   Peter Hedley, son of Mr. and Mrs George R. Hedley, Castle Street, 
   Warkworth, born 20 October 1921, school in Warkworth then Duke’s 
   from 11 September 1933 to 10 May 1939. Joined R.A.F. from 
   school. Date of death, 15 October 1941, aged 19. 

    
   Peter joined the R.A.F. from school as a career, but was not 
   accepted for aircrew due to colour-blindness. He became a 
   Wireless Operator on Air-Sea Rescue Launches based at Gosport, 
   Hampshire, whose job it was to rescue ditched airmen, both allied 
   and enemy, from the Channel and North Sea. At that time they 
   were painted bright yellow and, like the Red Cross, immune from 
   attack. The launch was machine-gunned by a German aeroplane, 
   killing those on the bridge. Peter went to the bridge and was 
   also killed outright. He was five days short of his twentieth 
   birthday. He is buried at Warkworth Cemetery. The survivors of 
   the launch attended his funeral. 

    
    (Subsequently Air-Sea Rescue Launches were camouflaged.)
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   27      D. HORN

    
   David Horn, son of Mr. and Mrs James Horn, 8 Oswald Street, Amble, 
   born 26 October 1901, Duke’s Preparatory School then Grammar 
   School from 15 September 1914 to 3 July 1917. Merchant Marine – 
   Master Mariner. Date of death, 1943, aged 42. 

    
   LOST AT SEA, 1943. Last seen climbing down a ladder to a 
   lifeboat after his ship was torpedoed. 
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   28      H.G. HUNTER

    
   Herbert Goward Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs William Hunter, 36 
   Chevington Crescent, Red Row, born 20 August 1920, school Red Row
   then Duke’s from12 September 1932 to 26 July 1935. Estate 
   worker (Eshott) then Army. Date of death, 12 September 1944, 
   aged 24. 

    
   A keen sportsman, Herbert played football and cricket for the 
   school and later had a trial for Arsenal Football Club. He 
   worked for Mr. F. M. Sanderson of Eshott and joined the Territorials 
   when he was 18 years old. He went with the 9th Bn. R.N.F.  to 
   France - with his father in the same unit. He was evacuated from 
   Dunkirk - his father was captured. He then went to Singapore 
   with the 9th and was reported missing 15 February 1942. Later he 
   was presumed lost at sea on 12 September 1944, from a Japanese 
   transport ship on route for Japan - it was torpedoed by the 
   United States Navy. He was 24 years old. 
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   29   G.T. JOBSON

    
   George Trueman Jobson, son of Mr. and Mrs John Jobson, 141 Hadston 
   Road, Broomhill, born 8 March 1922, school at Broomhill then 
   Duke’s from 11September 1933 to 23 February 1939. Worked on 
   father’s farm at Broomhill, then R.A.F.  Date of death, December 
   1942, aged 20. 

    
   George was Sergeant Observer in the R.A.F. He died as the result 
   of an accident on active service and was buried with full 
   military honours in East Chevington Cemetery. He was 20 years 
   old. 

    
    (As part of a New Zealand Crew on a Wellington bomber he took 
   part in a daylight raid on Cologne. His plane crashed while 
   being guided in to Mildenhall, Suffolk.)
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   30      R.M. KAY

    
   Ronald McDonald Kay, son of Mr. and Mrs D. Kay, 12 South Avenue, 
   (or Lindisfarne Road), Amble, born 24 June 1919, school at Amble 
   then Duke’s from 16 September 1929 to 26 July 1935. Skerry’s 
   College, then Civil Service Clerk, India Office, London, then 
   Army. Date of death, 20 May 1940, aged 20. 

    
   Ronnie was an only son and became a Lance Corporal in the Royal 
   Sussex Regiment. He must have been with the B. E. F. in France, 
   where he was killed in action on 20 May 940, near Amiens. He is 
   buried in SAOUEL Military Cemetery, near Amiens. He was 20 years 
   old. 
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   31      R. LISLE

    
   Robert Lisle, son of Mr. and Mrs R. Lisle, 24 Ladbrooke Street, 
   Amble, born 11 October 1900, school in Amble then Duke’s from 
   16 September 1913 to 31 July 1917. Merchant Marine (Runciman Line – 
   Wireless Operator). Date of death, 26 February 1940, aged 39. 

    
   Robert left school  during the First War and by 1939 was a ship’s 
   captain (Master Mariner). On a return trip from America the 
   cargo of iron bars shifted, sinking the ship, and he was lost at 
   sea on 26 February 1940, aged 39 years. (Other sources state: he 
   fell overboard and was drowned; his ship was torpedoed. 
   Neither confirmed.)
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   32      A.M. LORIMER

    
   Alan Marriot  Lorimer, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Forbes Lorimer 
   (Solicitor), Swansfield Park Road, Alnwick, born 7 November 1919, 
   school in Alnwick then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 22 
   November 1937. Clerk, Barclays Bank, Newcastle then Army. Date 
   of death, 16 December 1942, aged 23. 

    
   Alan was a noted sportsman at school, playing for the Football 
   and Cricket XI’s, also an athlete, winning the 1937 Victor 
   Ludorum, the Governors’ Cup and the Duke of Northumberland’s Pin. 
   In 1938 he enlisted in the Northumberland Hussars (R. H. A.)  and 
   served in 1940 in the Middle East (Africa), Greece and Crete as a 
   Gunner. He was at Florina Gap. He was evacuated to Greece on 
   H.M.S. BARHAM, and went missing on 2 June 1941 - Salonica. 
   Subsequently it was found he had been taken prisoner in the 
   Battle of Crete and was in hospital at Chanea, near Athens. He 
   contracted beriberi and died as a Prisoner of War in German hands 
   on 16 December 1942, aged 23 years. He is buried at ROTTWELL-ON-
   NECKAR  in Germany. 
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   33.   W.C. McKENZIE 

    
   William Cecil McKenzie, son of Mr. and Mrs Roderick McKenzie, 14 
   Dunstan View, Seahouses, born 11 October 1916, school in North 
   Sunderland then Duke’s from 10 September 1928 to 26 July 1933. 
   Railway Clerk, then Army. Date of death 31 August 1944, aged 27. 

    
   William was a railway clerk at Seahouses Railway Station, and 
   enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry. He was posted to 
   Edinburgh then Folkstone, and went with the Durham Light Infantry 
   to Italy where he was drafted into the Sherwood Foresters. He 
   died of wounds received in Italy on 31 August 1944, aged 27 years 
   and is buried at Montecchio War Cemetery, Italy. His name also 
   appears on the honours list at York Railway Station. 
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   34.   A.G. MICHIE

    
   Andrew Gordon Michie, son of Mr. and Mrs A. Michie (Gardener),17 
   Victoria Crescent, Alnwick, born 7 February 1916, school in 
   Alnwick then Duke’s from 12 September 1927 to 23 May 1933. 
   Clerk, then Army. Date of death, 14 November 1944, aged 28. 

    
   Andrew was a driver with the R.A.S.C.  Little is known of his 
   wartime service, other than he was accidentally killed in North 
   West Europe, result of a motor accident on 14 November 1944, aged 
   28. He is buried in an American War Cemetery at JALONS.  (One 
   source thought he was blown up by a land mine - not 
   corroborated.) No T/6213732 - Army Regimental No ?
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   35      K.F. MIDDLEMIST

    
   Kenneth Forrest Middlemist, son of Mr. and Mrs James Middlemist, 1 
   Sea View, Shilbottle Grange, born 9 April 1920, school in 
   Shilbottle then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 23 July 1937. 
   Civil Service Clerk, Woolwich Arsenal, then R.A.F.  Date of 
   death, 15 September 1943, aged 23. 

    
   Kenneth was a keen footballer and played outside left for the 
   D.S.O.B. Also a cricketer, being on  the XI in 36/37 as a bowler. 
   Two versions - neither confirmed - a Sergeant Pilot ferrying 
   aircraft to North Africa, engine cut out on take-off at 
   Gibraltar, crashed OR Wireless Operator on Bombers, shot down by 
   own guns on returning to Italy. Memorial in Gazette, 14/9/45 
   states “killed in accident in Italy, 15 September 1943”. He was 
   23 years old and trained in Canada. He was promoted to Warrant 
   Officer. (The Gazette of 24 September 1943 states “missing on 
   active service in Sicily, result of air operations”.)
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   36      J.W. MOORE

    
   John William Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Moore, 8 Dunstan View, 
   Seahouses, born 13 November 1907, school in North Sunderland then 
   Duke’s from 14 September 1920 to 20 December 1923. Bank Clerk 
   then Army. Date of death, 10 August 1944, aged 37. 

    
   John was a bank clerk with Martin’s Bank in Berwick, moving to 
   South Shields in 1931. He enlisted with the R. A. and was 
   commissioned, becoming a Lieutenant. He was awarded the Military 
   Medal in February 1942 in the Middle East, then was reported 
   missing. In July 1942 he was confirmed as a Prisoner of War, but 
   later escaped and was safe in Southern Italy. Presumably he was 
   then repatriated, because he was killed in Normandy on 10 August 
   1944, aged 37. He is buried at Bayeaux.  (Military Medal - to 
   N.C.O. - promotion to Lieutenant after February 1942.)
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   37   K. ORD

    
   Kenneth Ord. son of Mr. and Mrs W. Ord, School House, Newton on the 
   Moor, born 18 July 1920, school at Newton on the Moor then Duke’s 
   from 15 September 1930 to 22 July 1938. Sheffield University 
   then R.A.F.  Date of death, 1948 (?), aged 28. 

    
   Kenneth was on  the Cricket XI 1937/38 and went to Sheffield 
   University in 1938 to study Geography. He was called up to the 
   R.A.F. in 1939 and trained in the United States of America 
   (Denver, Colorado). Ken was aircrew but was discharged due to 
   ill health and died at Newton on the Moor in 1948. As he lay ill 
   in bed his room was struck by lightning but he was unharmed. He 
   was 28 years old. 
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   38      J.W. PATTERSON

    
   John Watson Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs M. G. Watson, Peth Head, 
   Wooler, born 16 December 1926, Northallerton Grammar School then 
   Duke’s from 22 September 1941 to 24 July 1942. Marine School, 
   South Shields then Merchant Marine. Date of death, April 1945 
   aged 18. 

    
   John was an only son and was reported missing at sea, his ship 
   having been sunk by enemy action. He had been in the Merchant 
   Marine since 1943 and was only 18 years old. (Report in Gazette 
   April 1945.)
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   39      R.R.G. PERETT 

    
   Reginald R. G. Perrett, son of Mr. and Mrs George Perrett, Foxton 
   Hall, Lesbury, born 1 October 1900, Lesbury school then Duke’s 
   from 16 September 1913 to 26 July 1916. Apprentice Engineer     
   (Merchant Marine). 

    
   In Merchant Marine in 1939 but cause and date of death not known. 
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   40.   N.G. RIDDELL

    
   Norman Grey Riddell, son of Mr. and Mrs James R. Riddell, 4 Station 
   Cottages, Amble (or Garden Cottage, Radcliffe), born 7 February 
   1919, Radcliffe School then Duke’s from 16 September 1929 to 27 
   July 1935. Clerk for Shell Oil (New Zealand Shipping Company, 
   London) then R.A.F.  Date of death, 20 December 1940, aged 21. 

    
   Norman was a Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in either 
   Coastal or Bomber Command and, on returning from operations on 20 
   December 1940, was killed in a crash landing at Thornaby-on-Tees. 
   He was 21 years old. He was buried at Amble West Cemetery with 
   full Military honours. (A report in the Gazette states his parents 
   received notification of his death on 21 December, then 
   on 22 December received a letter posted before his death saying 
   he was coming home for Christmas on leave.)
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   41      A. ROBSON

    
   Allan Robson, son of Mrs and the late Henry Robson, Roddam Dene, 
   Wooperton (County House, Alnwick?), born 27 May 1920, school in 
   Wooler then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 24 July 1936. 
   Gamekeeper then R.A.F.  Date of death, 21 July 1943, aged 23. 

    
   Allan trained in the United States and became a Pilot in Bomber 
   Command, flying Wellingtons. As Flight Sergeant he went missing 
   on operations on 21 July 1943. He was found and is buried in a 
   named grave at Dusseldorf. He was 23 years old. 
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   42      J.V. ROUTLEDGE

    
   James Vincent Routledge, son of Mr. and Mrs James Routledge, 43 St 
   George’s Crescent, Alnwick. Born 10 September 1915, school in 
   Alnwick then Duke’s from 12 September 1927 to 19 February 1930. 
   Apprentice professional Golfer at Morpeth Golf Club. Date of 
   death, 17 March 1940 or 1941, aged 24 or 25. 

    
   James was a Navigator/Observer in 42 Squadron, Coastal Command, 
   and flew from Scotland on the Kiel Canal raids, in which he was 
   injured. He returned to duty and was later shot down over Norway 
   on St Patrick’s Day,17 March 1940/41 (?). He flew in torpedo 
   bombers. (Another account states he was on the ground when a 
   plane crashed, killing him. He was 24/25 years old. 
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   43      W.H. SCOTT

    
   William Henry Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs M. Scott, 53 High Street, 
   Amble, born 29 August 1923, Amble school then Duke’s from 9 
   September 1935 to 23 November 1940. Worked for R. Carse and Son     
   (Standard Telephone Cable Co?) then joined R.A.F.V.R.  Date 
   of death 12/13 August 1944, aged 20. 

    
   Harry was the only son of Henry and Catherine Scott. At school 
   he was known as a good swimmer and played football for the First 
   XI. In the R.A.F.V.R. he trained at East London, South Africa and 
   became a Flight Sergeant Navigator. On the night of 12/13 August 
   1944 he went missing, presumed killed, over Russelheim, Germany. 
   A headstone was erected in Amble Cemetery in his memory. He was 
   three weeks short of his twenty first birthday. As well as being 
   a Navigator he was an aerial photographer and gained awards for 
   his photography. One source says he was shot down while 
   descending by parachute. He is buried at DURNBACH Cemetery, BAD 
   TOLZ, on the German border. 
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   44      A.L.P. SHEARER

    
   Alexander Lloyd Percy Shearer, son of Mr. and Mrs A. M. Shearer, 4 
   Kirkwell, Hauxley or 7 Council House, Hauxley or 20 Long Row 
   South, Radcliffe, born 13 January 1913, school at Radcliffe, then 
   Duke’s from 15 September 1924 to 21 December 1928. Fitter at 
   Hauxley Colliery then Seagoing Engineer. Merchant Marine 
   (Ellerman Hall Line). Date of death, 12 June 1942, aged 29. 

    
   Lloyd was the 4th Engineering Officer, Merchant Marine, on board 
   the M.V. Clifton Hall. While crossing the Indian Ocean it was 
   torpedoed by the Japanese. Lloyd and a friend were sunbathing on 
   deck - they were the only two killed on 12 June 1942. He was 29 
   years old. 
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   45      A.C. SHELFORD

    
   Arthur Charles Shelford, son of Mr. and Mrs P. Shelford 
   (Headmaster) Duke’s School, Alnwick. Born 16 August 1914, 
   private school then Duke’s Preparatory then Grammar 15 September 
   1924 to 29 July 1932. Edinburgh University - Medicine - M. B. A., 
   Ch. B., then Royal Navy. Date of death, 31 August/1 September 
   1940, aged 26. 

    
   Arthur was a keen cricketer, playing for the Cricket XI 1931/32 
   and an able scholar - he won the Old Boys’ Prize 1932/33. On 
   leaving school he studied medicine at Edinburgh and joined the 
   R.N.V.R. as a Surgeon-Lieutenant on board H.M.S. Express. This 
   was a destroyer of 1350 tons, built by Swan Hunter in 1934. In 
   1940 the ship was in the 20th Destroyer Flotilla of the Home 
   Fleet when, at sea off the coast of Holland, North West of Texel 
   on he night of 31 August/1 September 1940, part of the Flotilla 
   steamed into a German minefield. H.M.S. Esk and H.M.S. Ivanhoe 
   were sunk and Express was severely damaged. Arthur was 26 years 
   old. 
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   46.   G. SMAILES

    
   George Smailes, son of Mr. and Mrs R. Smailes, Newburgh Colliery, 
   Radcliffe. Born 1 May 1921, school at Radcliffe then Duke’s from 
   12 September 1932 to 1 April 1938. Civil Service Clerk, London 
   then Royal Navy. Date of death, 24 December 1941, aged 20. 

    
   George was an Able Seaman (Coder) serving on board H.M.S. Salvia. 
   He took part in the battle of Crete and Cape Matapan and was 
   missing at sea when the ship was sunk off Crete. (One source 
   reports that the ship ran aground after striking a mine, and 
   George was the only casualty.) He was 20 years old. 
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   47      G.A. SMITH

    
   George Armstrong Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs M. Smith, Reading 
   Cottage, Broomhill. Born 1 August 1919, school in Broomhill then 
   Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 24 July 1936. Pearl Assurance, 
   Alnwick then Army. Date of death, 2 June 1941, aged 21. 

    
   George joined the R. A. just before the war and was sent out East 
   with the 4th Survey Regiment as a Bombardier . He was accidentally 
   killed at sea on 2 June 1941 and is buried at TOBRUK. (One 
   source states he was on board a destroyer off Tobruk which was 
   hit by a bomb.) He was 21 years old. 
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   48      J.T. SMITH

    
   John Thomas Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs J. Smith, Common Road, 
   Wooler. Born 28 July 1916, school at Wooler, then Duke’s from 13 
   September 1928 to 19 December 1930. Apprentice plumber then 
   R.A.F.  Date of death, August 1943, aged 27. 

    
   Jackie won the Old Boy’s Prize at school, and became a plumber 
   with T. B. Ford, Glendale Road, Wooler. He joined the R.A.F. in 
   1942, and by May 1943 was a Sergeant Air Gunner. In August 1943 
   he went missing. In March 1944 the International Red Cross 
   informed his widow that he was buried with his crew in Holland. 
   He was 27 years old. 
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   49      J.G. STEWART

    
   John George Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs J. W. Stewart, North Side, 
   Amble, born 16 December 1916, school at Amble then Duke’s from 10 
   September 1928 to 29 July 1932. Became an R.A.F. Apprentice. 
   Date of death, 15 November 1940, aged 23. 

    
   John entered the R.A.F. at 16 as an apprentice and spent some 
   time at Upper Heyford; at the outbreak of war he was stationed in 
   Egypt. He became a Sergeant Rear Gunner (No 566189) and was 
   killed in action on 15 November 1940, aged 23 years. 
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   50      J. STOREY

    
   John Storey, son of Mr. and Mrs William Storey, 49 Clayport 
   Gardens, then Royal Oak, Alnwick. Born 20 December 1921, school 
   at Alnwick then Duke’s from 19 September 1932 to 14 July 1937. 
   Clerk at Alnwick Trustee Savings Bank then R.A.F.V.R.  Date of 
   death, 1 January 1944, aged 22. 

    
   John was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs William Storey, Royal Oak. 
   At school he was a most able pupil and was employed as a Clerk at 
   Alnwick Trustee Savings Bank. He enlisted in the R.A.F.V.R. and 
   after a year in Canada he gained his wings and was a Flying 
   Officer/Navigator in Bomber Command. He was reported missing in 
   January 1944 and later missing believed killed on 1 January 1944, 
   aged 22 years. 
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   51      J.O. STRAFFEN

    
   James Octon Straffen, son of Mr. and Mrs G. T. Straffen, 13 George 
   Street (or 12 Albert Street), Amble. Born 15 September 1919. 
   School at Amble then Duke’s from 15 September 1930 to 24 July 
   1936. Clerk for R. Carse, then R.A.F.  Date of death, 26/27 July 
   1942, aged 22. 

    
   Jimmy was a keen cricketer, Captain of Amble Cricket Club and 
   played for the County XI. He joined the R.A.F.V.R. and became a 
   Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. He was mentioned in 
   Despatches when his aircraft was damaged over France - he 
   rendered first aid to an injured crewman, thus saving his life. 
   On the night of 26/27 July 1942 he took off from Warmwell to bomb 
   Hamburg but was shot down over the sea. He is listed at the 
   R.A.F. Memorial, Runnymede as ‘Missing, presumed killed, no known 
   grave’. He was 22 years old. 
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   52      F.W. SWAN

    
   Frederick William Swan, son of Mr. and Mrs W. Swan, Police Station, 
   Acklington. Born 11 February 1906, school at Acklington then 
   Duke’s from 7 September 1918 to 20 December 1921 then Army. Date 
   of death, 8 May 1945 (V. E. Day), aged 39. 

    
   Fred’s father was a village policeman at Accrington - he was
   locked in the mail bag box when a robbery took place at the 
   Railway Station. He was a Regular Soldier in R.E.M.E., as a 
   private soldier in India. He rose to the rank of Major. He was 
   killed in Europe on V. E. Day, 8 May 1945, aged 39 years. 
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   53      G.A. TODD

    
   George Adam Todd, born 9 September 1915, son of Mr. and Mrs J. 
   Todd, 24 Linhope Terrace, East Chevington. School at Red Row 
   then Duke’s from 13 September 1926 to 25 July 1934. Civil 
   Service, Customs then R.A.F.  Date of death 16 July 1941, aged 
   25. 

    
   George was one of three brothers at school (Todd “1,2,3” - John 
   and Robert). He became a Sergeant Observer in the R.A.F.V.R. 
   Bomber Command and was killed in a crash on the night of 16 July 
   1941 as he returned over the South coast from a raid on Germany. 
   He is buried in Chevington Cemetery. He was 25 years old and had 
   been married for only six weeks. 
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   54      A.D. TROTTER

    
   Alexander Danham  Trotter, born 12 December 1920. Son of Mr. and 
   Mrs A. D. Trotter, Eshott, Felton. School at Wakefield Secondary 
   then Duke’s from 1 May 1933 to 27 May 1934 (Left in Form 2), then 
   R.A.F.V.R. Date of death, 30 August 1943, aged 22. 

    
   Alex joined the R.A.F.V.R. in March 1942 and became a Sergeant 
   Navigator. He was killed on air operations on 30 August 1943, 
   aged 22 years. 
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   55      F.J. TURNER

    
   Frederick John Turner, born 30 April 1920. Son of Mr. and Mrs M. J. 
   Turner, Ember, Warkworth (Birling Cottages). School at Warkworth 
   then Duke’s from 14 September 1931 to 22 June 1937. Civil 
   Service, Post Office Savings Bank, London then Royal Navy. Date of 
   death, 12 December 1941, aged 21. 

    
   Little known - killed in action 12 December 1941, Egypt, aged 21 
   years. Seaman in Royal Navy. 
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   56      J. WEDDELL

    
   John Weddell, son of Mr. and Mrs John Weddell, 3 Clayport Street, 
   Alnwick. Born 13 September 1922. School at Alnwick then Duke’s 
   from 10 September 1934 to 28 July 1939. Worked as a butcher for 
   his father. Joined the R.A.F.  Date of death, 27 November 1944, 
   aged 22. 

    
   John was a keen cyclist for Alnwick Road Club and joined the 
   R.A.F.V.R. in August 1940. He trained for six months in South 
   Africa, returning to England as a Flying Officer in Bomber 
   Command (Pilot Observer). He did a tour on bombers and took part 
   in the dropping of the S.O.E. agents from R.A.F.  Tempsford (161 
   Squadron). He was killed on air operations on 27 November 1944 
   and buried at Evere Cemetery, Brussels. (Crashed on take off 
   coming home on leave from Belgium - unconfirmed.) He was 22 
   years old. 
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   57      G.B. WHITE

    
   George Baston White, born 5 October 1921, son of Mr. and Mrs J. E. 
   White, 27 Panhaven Road, Amble (Coquet House). School at Amble 
   then Duke’s from 11 September 1933 to 14 October 1938. Railway 
   Clerk then R.A.F.V.R. Date of death 21/22 December 1944, aged 23. 

    
   George was an only child and a nephew of an Old Boy. On leaving 
   school he was employed as a L. N. E. R. Clerk at Acklington Railway 
   Station; he was a member of Amble Golf Club, a keen musician and 
   a member of Amble Congregational Church. He gained his wings in 
   Southern Rhodesia and flew with Bomber Command, achieving the 
   rank of Flight Lieutenant. He had completed 28 operations, 2 
   short of a tour of 30. On the night of 21/22 December 1944 he 
   was part of a force of 200 Lancasters attacking POLITZ, near 
   Stettin; three planes failed to return. He was listed as missing 
   from operations over enemy territory. In September 1945 his body 
   was found in hills in Southern Norway and he is buried with his 
   crew of six at AASERAL. He was 23 years old. 
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   58      R. WILLCOX

    
   Ronald Willcox, born 21 April 1916, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs V. 
   C. Wilcox (N.S.P.C.C. Inspector), 18 Swansfield Park Road, 
   Alnwick, then Leicester. School in Alnwick then Duke’s from 13 
   September 1926 to 7 April 1933. Apprentice Clerk in R.A.F.  Date 
   of death, 14 June1941, aged 25. 

    
   Ronald was in the Football XI of 1932/33 and joined the R.A.F. as 
   a clerk. He remustered as aircrew and became a pilot (Fairey 
   Battles?). He was a sergeant and was missing presumed killed in 
   action on a flight over France on 14 June 1941. He was 25 years 
   old. 
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