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Book, A5 size, hardback cover, with the front cover having the name of the school and the school badge impressed in gold. 60 pp long. The dedication is on the flyleaf. The book contains biographical notes on the men who died in the Great War, with an appendix at the back naming those who died after the war from as a result of the war. At the front is printed the poem “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke.

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In Memoriam / Hujus scholae alumni qui / pro patria decertantes haud / indecorae morti occubuerunt
Royal Grammar School / Newcastle upon Tyne. A.D. MCMXIV - MCMXVIII
This Memorial Volume is dedicated to / Old Novocastrians of all generations who / in it may learn how much they owe to / those brave men, who, at the call of duty, / fought for the honour of their country, / and, following the great example, willingly / laid down their lives for others


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1. A copy of the book was presented to the relatives of those killed. Copies could be obtained from the Headmaster, post free.

2. There are some errors in the Obits, page 52, A. E. Tanner was not wounded on June 1917, but was mortally wounded on the 7th July.

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Book of Remembrance 1914-18 Royal Grammar School (J1.19)

JESMOND Royal Grammar School
Front cover

   In Memoriam
   Hujus scholae alumni qui
   pro patria decertantes haud
   indecorae morti occubuerunt
Half title-page

   This Memorial Volume is dedicated to
   Old Novocastrians of all generations who
   in it may learn how much they owe to
   those brave men, who, at the call of duty,
   fought for the honour of their country,
   and, following the great example, willingly
   laid down their lives for others
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   If I should die, think only this of me:
   That there’s some corner of a foreign field
   That is for ever England. There shall be
   In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
   A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
   Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
   A body of England’s, breathing English air,
   Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
   And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
   A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
   Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
   Her sights and sounds; dreams happy in her day;
   And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
   In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
    Rupert Brooke.
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   AITCHISON, OSWALD (‘07)*, joined the forces soon after 
   the outbreak of war as a Private in the 16th Com-
   mercial Batt. N.F. He was wounded in 1915, and 
   was again wounded in the attack on Thiepval on
   July 1st, 1916. He died a week later and lies 
   buried in Doullens Cemetery.
   ALLAN, ALEXANDER HUGH (‘93), joined the forces on 
   March 1st, 1915, in the A.S.C., went to Rouen 
   in November of the same year, and was there until 
   September, 1917, when he was transferred to the
   Artists’ Rifles. He was killed in the battle for the 
   Passchendaele Ridge on October 30th 1917.
   ALLEN, ROBERT (‘97), volunteered on the outbreak of 
   war for service in the Navy, and early in
   November, 1914, received his commission as 
   Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., and was appointed 
   to the Tyne Patrol. He was later transferred to 
   the Nore Forces and there engaged in mine-laying 
   and patrol work. Early in 1918 he was lent to the 
   Dover Patrol and was engaged in the English 
   Channel and on the Belgian coast. During the 
   operations against Zeebrugge on St George’s Day, 
   1918, he was one of the four mine-layers of 
   Captain Collins’ unit which directed the Vindictive 
   and screened her while she was alongside the Mole. 
   After these operations he returned to the Nore 
   Patrol. Late in November, 1918, while on patrol he
   contracted a severe chill which developed into 
   pneumonia, and on November 23rd, 1918, he 
   died in the R.N. Hospital, Chatham.
    “Kindly, unaffected and straight in every act, 
   Robbie Allen won the love and respect of all who 
   knew him.”
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   ANDERSON, FRANCIS WILLIAM (‘95), served with the 
   forces through the South African War and the
   campaign in East and West Africa. He died at 
   the Military Hospital, Durban, on April 26th, 1917.
   ATKINSON, F.P. (‘06), enlisted as a Private in the 
   9th Batt. N.F. He has been officially reported as 
   Missing since the Somme Battle of July, 1916. 
   BAILES, FRANK G. (‘04), Lieutenant, D.L.I., died of 
   wounds after the fight at Ypres.
   BARNES, HARRY SCOTT (‘06), received his commission as 
   Second-Lieutenant, 16th N.F. in September, 1914, 
   and served with the battalion until it left for France 
   in November of the following year, when he was 
   transferred to the training camp at Hornsea. In 
   January, 1917, he was sent to France to join the 
   1st Batt., and on Easter Monday of that year he 
   was killed in action at Arras, and was buried in 
   the cemetery there, aged 19 years. 
   BARTRAM, FRANK (‘08), enlisted in the Public Schools’ 
   Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, and went to France with 
   them on July 23rd, 1916. Serving first as a 
   Bomber, he became later a Lewis-gunner, and was
   wounded whilst attaching the German lines on 
   April 16th, 1917. He died of his wounds and was 
   buried at Fontaine-les-Croiselles.
   BASTOW, NORMAN (‘09), had served his apprenticeship 
   at Wallsend Slipway. He obtained a commission 
   as Second-Lieutenant in the 3rd West Yorks and 
   went to France, where he was attached to the French 
   Mortar Battery. He went to the front in June, 1915, 
   being temporarily attached to the N.F. He was 
   killed in action, December 23rd, 1916. His Com-
   manding Officer writes: “He was leading his 
   section, and, utterly regardless of his personal 
   safety, got out of the trench the better to supervise
   operations, when he was shot through the heart and 
   died immediately.”
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   BELL, WILLIAM MARCUS (‘09), enlisted in the Sherwood 
   Foresters, April 15th, 1917, and after two serious 
   illnesses left Dover for France on August 23rd, 1918. 
   He was wounded and gassed at the battle of 
   Cambrai on October 25th, 1918, and died on the 
   following day in the General Hospital at Etaples, 
   aged 19 years.
   BLENKINSOP, WILLIAM M. (‘05), joined the Durham 
   University O.T.C. in October, 1914, and was 
   gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 12th D.L.I. 
   before the end of the year. In January of the 
   following year he was serving with his regiment as 
   Transport Officer at Aldershot. Promoted 
   Lieutenant he was sent to France, and after a 
   year’s service there, proceeded to Italy. He was 
   twice mentioned in despatches. On October 29th, 
   1918, he was severely wounded in the head and died 
   ten days afterwards. He lies buried at Carita, near 
   Treviso, in Italy.
   BOOKLESS, ALEXANDER FREDERICK (‘10), joined as a 
   Private in the 7th N.F. in August, 1917, went
   overseas in April, 1918, and was taken prisoner 
   near Rheims a few weeks later. He died of 
   dysentery in the Trelon Hospital on September 
   10th, 1918, aged 19 years.
   BROWN, GEORGE RUSSELL (‘09), enlisted in September, 
   1914, received his commission in the N.F. a month 
   later, and in November, 1915, was ordered to join 
   a battalion of his regiment at the Dardanelles.
   After serving for some time on the Suez Canal, 
   he was in France in 1916 with a Trench Mortar
   Battery, and during the attack at Mouquet Farm 
   was wounded and invalided home. In the follow-
   ing year he was again in France and served 
   with his regiment in the fighting at Passchen-
   daele Ridge and Cambrai. He attended a Lewis-
   gun course at the base, and returning to his 
   regiment served with it near Arras until February 
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   11th, 1918, when he was killed while in com-
   mand of his company. He was in charge of a 
   working party engaged by day at a spot under 
   distant observation of the military lines. They 
   had to take cover from shell fire several times 
   during the afternoon, and, according to the account
   of one of the men, Lieutenant Brown, having given 
   orders to cease work for the day, ordered the men 
   under cover, and waited to see them in their places 
   before taking cover himself. He was hit by a 
   bursting shell and was killed instantaneously. 
    “He was a jolly good pal,” an officer writes, “one 
   of the very best, with ever a cheery word and a 
   smile when the “dumps” were prevalent.” His 
   soldier servant relates that among the men he was 
   best known as “Old Cucumber,” on account of 
   his coolness when under fire.
   BULLEN, HARRY STANLEY T. (‘06), received his commis-
   sion in the Northumberland Howitzer Brigade, 
   R.F.A., in September, 1915, and went to France 
   a few months later. He was promoted Lieutenant 
   in March, 1917, and was killed at the battle of 
   Arras, April 14th, 1917, aged 20 years, and is 
   buried in Beaurains Cemetery, near Arras.
   BURKE, WILLIAM H. (‘08), joined the 6th N.F. on 
   June 26th, 1916. He was soon in France and wrote 
   On October 6th, 1916, from the base that he was 
   ready to leave for the trenches at any moment. 
   He died on December 7th, 1916, from wounds 
   received November 15th, in the battle of the 
   Somme. “He was a brave and plucky lad,” 
   writes the Q.M.S., “and even when he was hit 
   displayed the greatest courage. After being 
   attended to by the Medical Officer he walked 
   to the advance clearing station; in fact he came 
   back to the Sergeant-Major’s dug-out and squared 
   everything up, even to putting into good order
   some effects of other poor lads who had paid 
   the full penalty.” Private Burke showed much 
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   promise as a scholar, and had been reading for 
   Classical Honours at Armstrong College. He 
   had qualified by examination for the B.A. degree, 
   taking the prize for French. Of a modest and 
   retiring disposition he had exercised much influence 
   for good and had won the respect of both dons and 
   BURN, JOHN CULBERTSON (‘09), enlisted in the 
   2/1st Northumberland Hussars when 18 years of 
   age, and proceeded to France in March, 1917. 
   He was gassed at Ypres on July 13th, and on his 
   recovery was posted to the 9th N.F., with which 
   battalion he served until a few days after the 
   evacuation of Armentieres, when on April 18th, 
   1918, he was wounded and invalided home. He 
   was again drafted to France about the end of July 
   when he joined the 12/13th N.F., and was killed 
   in action on August 22nd, 1918, on Beaucourt 
   BURTON, REGINALD COOKSEY, B.Sc. (‘05), gained a 
   Science Research Scholarship while at Armstrong 
   College, and was later appointed Deputy Super-
   intendent of the Indian Geological Survey. Eight 
   months after the outbreak of war he was permitted 
   to join the Indian Army, and proceeded to
   Mesopotamia. On April 7th, 1916, a month after 
   he had obtained his Second-Lieutenancy, he was 
   shot in the head by a Sniper, and died after remain-
   ing unconscious for two days. His brother officers 
   and also the Chief of Survey in India bore 
   testimony of his brilliance and foresight in 
   whatever he did.
   BUY, KENRIC E.G. (‘04), joined the Northumberland 
   Hussars and went to France in 1917. He obtained 
   A commission as Second-Lieutenant in the 
   4th Batt. Border Regiment. He fell “while 
   gallantly leading his men into action,” and died 
   on the field near Bellenglise, on the Hindenburg 
   line, October 1st, 1918.
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   CAMPBELL, IAN STUART (‘06), joined the 16th (Com-
   mercial) Batt. N.F. on its formation in August, 
   1914, and was commissioned as Second-Lieutenant
   in the 23rd Batt. N.F. (Tyneside Scottish) in the
   following October. He went to the front with his 
   regiment in the early part of 1916, and was killed 
   on Thursday, June 29th, during a night raid, 
   planned anticipatory to the big attack of July 1st, 
   1916. He was seen lying in “No Man’s Land,” 
   but next day he was missing, and nothing has 
   been heard of him except an unconfirmed report 
   that he had been buried near Albert.
   CHAPMAN, JOHN CLIFFORD (‘06), was an aviation pupil 
   and was killed while on a trial flight for his certify-
   cate as Pilot. On May 10th, 1916, he was flying on 
   a Hall-Cauldron at Hendon when his machine 
   touched the wing-tips of a biplane which was under-
   going a test by Mr Courtenay, the newly appointed 
   instructor. The two machines fell from a height 
   of about two hundred and fifty feet and Chapman 
   was killed.
   CHAPMAN, WILLIAM A. (‘91), joined up in September, 
   1914, and went to France with the 5th Batt. N.F.
   in April of the following year, when that battalion 
   went straight into action at Ypres. He was 
   invalided home towards the end of the year, but 
   returned to France two months later. He was 
   killed during the fight on the Somme on September 
   15th, 1916.
   CHAPPY, ATHOL I. (‘11), Royal Military College, Sand-
   hurst, was commissioned Second-Lieutenant May, 
   1917, in the Essex Regiment, and served in Egypt 
    (February, 1918). He returned to France in June of 
   that year, and was killed on September 24th, 1918, 
   while his regiment was attacking a strong and 
   intricate point which was eventually captured.
   CHRISTOPHER, RICHARD (‘07), enlisted in the 27th N.F., 
   and was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in November, 

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   1916, in the Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Section) 
   for service in the Tanks. Later he was promoted 
   to lieutenant and attached to the 16th Batt. Tank 
   Corps, and served in France on the Cambrai, on 
   the St Quentin front, and on the Hindenburg line. 
   He was killed in action on September 
   29th, 1918.
   COULL, JAMES C. (‘98), Second-Lieutenant in the 
   3/1st Northumberland R.F.A., was promoted
   Lieutenant July, 1917, and later posted to the 
   R.F.A. signalling training centre. He died of 
   pneumonia on February 13th, 1919, at the Gosforth 
   War Hospital.
   CURRY, Percy J. (‘00) was a Lance-Corporal in the 
   16th Batt. N.F. He was reported missing on 
   July 1st, 1916, and the authorities have sent the 
   information that he was killed in action on that 
   CURTICE, FREDERICK RUSSELL (‘05), joined the R.F.A. 
   soon after the outbreak of war and served eighteen 
   months in France. He held the rank of Lieutenant 
   in 1916, and died on November 17th of that year 
   of wounds received three weeks previously just 
   before the last advance on Beaumont Hamel. A 
   brother officer stated that he left the gun position in 
   order to go to the observation post where he was 
   to register the battery’s guns for the bombardment. 
   The road was a very dangerous one and stretched
   across a mile and a half of country so thick with 
   mud that one had to keep above the trenches and 
   not in them as they were simply running rivers of 
   clay and water. For at least two hundred and 
   fifty yards he was under direct observation from the 
   German side, and it was while crossing this most 
   dangerous part of the road that he received the 
   shell wounds that unfortunately proved fatal. 
   France in 1915 as a Sapper in the R.E. From May, 1916, 
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   he was attached to the 35th Division R.E., and was 
   engaged in the Somme battle of 1916, the German 
   retreat, 1917 and the Ypres to Renaix offensive, 
   1918. He died in France on March 14th, 1919.
   DAVISON, CHARLES MONTAGUE(‘09), finished a credit-
   able career at school as a prefect and Company 
   Sergeant-Major in the O.T.C. He early answered 
   the call to military service, and obtained a com-
   mission in the 4th Batt. N.F. in March, 1917. In 
   the Army he was eminently successful, and at the 
   front was loved and trusted by his men as he had 
   been by the boys at school. By his kindly nature, 
   his sympathy with and his interest in others, his 
   courage and consistency, he won on the battlefield 
   the reputation as an officer of sterling qualities and 
   a gentleman.
   He went to the front in May, 1917, and died on 
   April 10th, 1918, of wounds received that day in 
   action. The chaplain of his battalion writes: “He 
   was one of the most loved of our officers, partly 
   for his boyishness, partly for his delightful person-
   ality and manners - some of us called him the
    “Prince” - but chiefly for his fine soldierly 
   qualities. Few officers were more courageous in 
   the line.”
   DAWSON, WILLIAM ATKINSON (‘06), was training with 
   the 6th Batt. N.F. in September, 1914, and went 
   to France with the 50th Division in April of the 
   following year. He was wounded at the battle of 
   St Julien, and during the second advance on the 
   Somme he was killed at High Wood, September 
   15th, 1916. “I see him now,” said a friend, “as 
   he was then, calmly binding up the wounds of the 
   injured (he was a stretcher-bearer), and unselfishly 
   helping them under that awful death-hail. He 
   always did his work well and was indeed a brave 
   DITCHBURN, W. (‘05), Private, 6th N.F., reported 
   missing, presumed killed in action, April 27th, 1915.
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   DIXON, Charles John (‘08), on leaving school com-
   menced the study of music in which he attained 
   some success. On returning to Newcastle he 
   obtained a commission as Second-Lieutenant in 
   the D.L.I. on May 8th, 1917. He went to France 
   in the following June, and a fortnight later, on 
   June 22nd, was killed by a bomb while in the 
   trenches with a working party.
   DIXON, GEORGE (‘92), was manager of collieries in 
   Nottingham, but enlisted immediately after the 
   outbreak of war in the Coldstream Guards, and was 
   in France early in 1915. His abilities were soon 
   recognised, for in the April following, he held 
   a commission as Second-Lieutenant, R.E., in the 
   Second Division, 1st Army Corps. He was killed 
   in action at Cuinchy, August 6th, 1915, and was 
   buried in the Military Cemetery at Cambrai. “No 
   matter how hard the work to be done,” says one 
   who knew him, “he always went straight on with 
   it - thoroughness characterised all his work.” “He 
   was greatly beloved, a gallant gentleman who 
   humbly and nobly did his duty.” “He was one 
   of the most unselfish men I have known,” said 
   another, “and he was always ready to help others 
   and do them a good turn.”
   DIXON, JOHN G. (‘10), served at first as a Private in the 
   6th Batt. N.F., and on the completion of his train-
   ing was sent to Lichfield Cadet School. He 
   obtained his commission in the 3rd Batt. N.F., but 
   was afterwards attached to the 13th Batt. He 
   was killed while leading his company in an attack 
   on Fontaine-les-Croiselles on June 16th, 1917. “It 
   was his first time of leading and his behaviour was 
   that of an old soldier.”
   DOBSON, SYDNEY (‘05), joined the forces as a Private 
   and was soon promoted Sergeant Instructor in the 
   M.G.C. He was drafted to France in July, 1917, 
   and was reported missing on March 21st, 1918. 
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   For some time it was thought that he was a 
   prisoner of war in Germany, but in November his 
   parents received word that he had been killed. He 
   had been captured along with others, and as they 
   were being marched away a German machine-gun 
   opened fire and Sydney was mortally wounded.
   DODDS, JOHN H. (‘94), enlisted as a Private in the 
   23rd N.F., and was killed in action on July 1st, 1916, 
   at the battle of the Somme.
   DOUGLAS, LESLIE HALL (‘95), after leaving school 
   became an assistant surveyor of shipping, and was 
   one of the first to volunteer his services when 
   hostilities commenced, enlisting as a private in 
   the 2nd Field Co., Northumberland Div., R.E. In 
   September, 1914, he held the rank of Second-
   Lieutenant, and went to France in April, 1915. He 
   was later promoted Lieutenant, but on July 9th, 
   1915, he was killed in action near Dranoutrè, 
   DOUGLAS, ROBERT (‘04), joined the 15th Batt. N.F. in 
   1915. He was twice wounded at the battle of the 
   Somme. Later he served with the British troops 
   at the crossing of the Piave river. On the night 
   of October 26th, 1918, the N.F. were engaged in 
   action, and during the advance on the following 
   morning Corporal Douglas was one of the first to
   fall - shot through the heart.
   DOUTHWAITE, ERNEST E. (‘92), joined the forces 
   in Canada where he had been living for several years, 
   and was attached to the 27th Canadian Batt. of 
   Infantry. He was killed in action on April 10th, 
   1917. An officer writes: “We captured a trench 
   on Vimy Ridge quite close to Farbus, a small 
   village in Farbus Wood. The trench was our 
   objective on the 9th, and we held it until the 11th 
   when we were relieved. The trench was furiously 
   shelled for five hours, and the enemy had the exact 
   range; consequently we lost a lot of men. Douth-
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   waite was killed during those five hours. Before 
   he was killed the boys saw him do a very fine piece 
   of work with a rifle grenade. He put out of action 
   a German machine-gun which had been very 
   troublesome, and so saved many of our men’s lives.”
   DOWNIE, PHILIP (‘03), served as a Private in the 
   16th N.F. He was officially reported missing on 
   July 1st, 1916, and in June 1917, he was reported 
   as having been killed on that day in the Somme 
   Battle. He lies buried at Lonsdale Cemetery, 
   north-east of Albert.
   DRYDEN, NORMAN McLeod (‘95), obtained his commis-
   sion as Second-Lieutenant in the old 3rd (Vol.
   Batt.) N.F. On the outbreak of war this battalion 
   became part of the 6th Batt. N.F., and he was then
   Captain of “A” Company. The 1/6th Batt. N.F. 
   will always be remembered for its glorious work 
   when first in action in April, 1915. On the 24th 
   of that month they were moved up to the Ypres 
   salient to hold what had become at that time a 
   serious situation. On the morning of the 25th, 
   the 6th and other N.F.’s, together with the D.L.I. 
   and Yorkshire Regiments, went into action at 
   St Julien. Captain Dryden was severely wounded 
   in this engagement. Later in 1915 he was appointed 
   to the signalling section of the Farnley Park 
   Bombing and Signalling School at Otley. He died 
   of meningitis, contracted at Otley, on November 
   23rd, 1915, while on a visit to his brother at Selby, 
   and was buried there with full military honours.
   DUNFORD, ROY CRAIG (‘96), became a chartered 
   accountant on leaving school and later acted as 
   secretary to various companies. Being an old 
   volunteer he obtained a commission in the N.F. 
   at the outbreak of war. He went to France in 
   May, 1915, was wounded slightly, but returned in 
   the January following. In September, 1916, he 
   was engaged near High Wood, and on the 15th 
   got his company out of an awkward predicament, 
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   showing wonderful courage and resource. For 
   this he was awarded the D.S.O. -”For three days 
   prior to an attack he directed the digging of assault 
   trenches under heavy shell fire. During the attack 
   his personal direction of his company resulted in 
   heavy losses to the enemy and the capture of a 
   hundred and fifty prisoners. Finally he was shot 
   through the body whilst organising his defences.” 
   On November 10th, 1916, he succumbed to these 
   wounds in the spine.
   DUNN, ARTHUR GIBSON, M.D., B.S. (‘95) had had a 
   most promising career at the Medical College, 
   Newcastle, and having qualified as M.R.C.S. and 
   L.R.C.P. he became resident Medical Officer at 
   the Newcastle Dispensary. After being for some 
   time at the Northumberland War Hospital, he 
   joined the R.A.M.C. in 1917 and was attached, as 
   Lieutenant, to the 129th Field Ambulance. He 
   was killed on September 5th, 1917, at Alonette 
   Farm, near Langemarck, by a shell bursting near 
   the dug-out door. Only one hour before his almost 
   instantaneous death he had taken the post of a 
   Medical Officer wounded in action.
   DUNN, FREDERICK O. (‘98), joined the forces immedi-
   ately after war was declared, and was commissioned 
   in the 4th Batt. Tyneside Scottish (23rd N.F.) 
   Early in March, 1916, he attained his First-Lieuten-
   ancy and was appointed Brigade Bombing Officer. 
   On March 19th, 1916, while engaged on a new test 
   with a trench catapult and a percussion bomb, the 
   latter exploded prematurely and killed him instan-
   taneously. He lies buried at Erquinghen, France.
   DYSON, NORMAN R. (‘97), served as a Gunner in the 
   West Lancashire Regiment R.F.A. early in 1916,
   and went to France in February, 1917. Later he 
   was attached to the 315th Brigade R.F.A. and saw 
   much active service in many parts of the western 
   front. He was offered a commission but preferred 
   to remain as a Private. His influence for good 
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   was much appreciated by the men of his regiment, 
   and his officers had the very highest regard for 
   him. He was killed in the Cambrai sector on 
   September 20th,1918.
   FARTHING, ALFRED (‘09), joined the 31st Batt. N.F. in 
   November, 1915, and proceeded to France on
   July 3rd, 1916, where he was transferred to the 
   1/4th Batt. K.O.Y.L.I. (Signalling Section). He 
   took part in the first battle of the Somme, and 
   during the fight at Nieuport on July 22nd, 1917, 
   he was gassed, and died two days later while being 
   conveyed to hospital. He lies buried in Le Treport 
   Military Cemetery, France.
   FLETCHER, JAMES NEVILLE (‘98), enlisted in the 6th Batt. 
   N.F. in September, 1914, and went to France as 
   Corporal in April of the following year. He was 
   wounded in the head a St Julien, and died at 
   Chatham on May 28th, 1915.
   FOGGIN, GEORGE W.D. (‘10), trained for an infantry 
   commission and later transferred to the R.A.F. 
   He was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in September, 
   1917, and attached to the 48th Squadron. Killed 
   in action in France, July 14th, 1918, aged 19 years.
   FOTHERBY, REGINALD S. (‘07), Driver, 2nd Field Com-
   pany R.E. (Northumberland Division). After
   eighteen months’ service in France he was wounded 
   in September, 1916, at the battle of the Somme. He 
   was sent to Mesopotamia in April, 1917, and died 
   of dysentery at Basra on March 16th, 1918, aged 
   25 years.
   FOX, CEDRIC EARLE (‘05), Flight Sub-Lieutenant, R.N. 
   Born December 27th, 1894. Drowned January 7th, 
   1918. Cedric Fox was a law student and had passed 
   his intermediate examination when he joined the 
   University and Public Schools’ Batt. - 21st Royal 
   Fusiliers in September, 1914. He went to France 
   in 1915, and was recommended for a commission in 
   April, 1916. After having trained at Trinity
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   College, Cambridge, he was gazetted to the N.F., 
   but transferred to the R.N.A.S. which he had long 
   been keen to join.
   He took a first class certificate as pilot and was 
   attached to H.M.S. Manxman - a sea-plane carrier.
   Later he was loaned to the 6th Wing, stationed 
   at Taranto, Italy.
   On January 7th, 1918, an enemy submarine was 
   sighted and Sub-Lieutenant Fox took out a machine 
   with an observer in pursuit. He left the station 
   about 2 p.m., and a wireless message was received 
   from them about an hour later. They must have 
   had mechanical trouble about 3.45 p.m. when they 
   had to make a forced landing which they did in 
   spite of a heavy sea. A pigeon was liberated with 
   this message: “Down on surface seven miles 
   S.S.W. Saseno.” Unfortunately, owing to the 
   storm or darkness the pigeon did not land at the 
   station, forty miles away, until the next morning. 
   When the boats reached the spot they found 
   nothing but wreckage, which, however, was 
   FUTERS, NORMAN RATCLIFFE (‘10), on the outbreak of 
   war was a first year’s engineering student at Arm-
   strong College. He joined the Durham University 
   O.T.C., and was commissioned on November 26th, 
   1915, to the 3rd Batt. N.F. (Reserve of Officers). 
   In July, 1916, he was in France attached to the 
   16th Batt. N.F. He was wounded during the 
   attack on Nieuport in July 1917, and for some time 
   was in the Military Hospital at Glasgow. Recover-
   ing he returned to France in the following 
   November, and was posted to the 20th Batt. N.F. 
   and promoted Acting Captain. The break up of 
   the battalion, however, saw him reduced to the 
   rank of Lieutenant once more with the 18th Pioneer 
   Batt. Later he served with the 1st Batt. N.F. 
   where he commanded “W” Company, being 
   gazetted Acting Captain on September 17th, 1918. 
   He was killed whilst leading his company in the 
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   advance on Ribecourt on September 27th, 1918. A 
   fellow-officer writes: “He was commanding “W” 
   Company at the time, and his company contributed 
   very materially to the magnificent success 
   which the battalion achieved on that day.”
   GANDY, CLEMENT JOSEPH, M.C. (‘00), received a com-
   mission in the Special Reserve of Officers on 
   October 1st, 1914, and later joined the Royal 
   Engineers. After special preparation at Chatham 
   he was sent to France. In December, 1916, he was 
   awarded the Military Cross for work thus described 
   in the London Gazette - “He led his section and 
   working party by compass bearing all night through 
   heavy fire to the newly captured line. He and his 
   party worked hard throughout the night consolidate-
   ing the trenches won.” He was killed on July 31st, 
   1917, by a shell, while reconnoitring in the Steen-
   beck Valley, near St Julien.
   GIBB, JOHN HARDIE (‘08), joined an O.C.B. in 1916, 
   received his commission in the King’s Royal Rifles 
   and went to the front in May, 1917. He took part 
   in the battle for Messines Ridge, and was killed on 
   July 31st, 1917, when leading his men in an attack 
   on the village of Hollebeke. Aged 19 years.
   GIBSON, GEORGE H. (‘05), went to sea as an engineer 
   and was off Constantinople when war broke out. 
   After reaching home he took the first opportunity 
   of entering the Naval Service (December, 1914) as 
   an Engineer Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.R. on H.M.S. 
   Vicknor, an auxiliary cruiser, which, it is feared, 
   was lost on January 25th, 1915, in the Irish Sea.
   GIBSON, JOHN (‘97), on leaving school took up motor 
   racing. In 1912 he had a serious accident while
   racing in the Isle of Man. At the outbreak of war, 
   however, he enlisted in the 2/7th Devon Cyclist
   Corps as a despatch rider, and served with that 
   regiment for over eight months, being present at 
   the Hartlepool bombardment. He as then 
   gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the same regiment, 
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   serving as Transport Officer. He was next trans-
   ferred to the R.A.F., and early in 1916 was sent 
   to France where he was accidentally killed on 
   June 19th, 1916. He was commencing a flight and 
   on leaving the ground his machine collided 
   with a hay-mower. The aeroplane was completely 
   smashed, the observer sustained only a few bruises, 
   but Lieutenant Gibson was so injured that he died 
   almost immediately. 
   GILCHRIST, FRANK (‘90), Private in the Canadian 
   Infantry, killed in action.
   GRAY, J. MARSHALL (‘01), enlisted as a Private on 
   September 3rd, 1914, in the 16th Batt. N.F. He
   proceeded with his battalion to France in November, 
   1915, and was killed by a bomb on March 21st, 
   1916, while his battalion was holding the line in 
   front of Albert.
   GREEN, CHARLES ARTHUR, M.C. (‘06), only son of the 
   late Arthur Green, M.B., B.S., of Gateshead, was 
   born on April 28th, 1897. He became a member of 
   the school O.T.C. on its inception, and a few years 
   later obtained a scholarship to Bromsgrove School, 
   Worcestershire. When war broke out he was a 
   classical scholar of Worcester College, Oxford. 
   He joined the Royal Horse Guards, O.T.C., in 
   February, 1916, and was gazetted Second-Lieutenant 
   Special Reserve of Officers on August 11th, and 
   attached to the R.G.A. after two months’ training 
   at Shoeburyness.
   He was in France in January, 1917, attached to 
   the Lowland Heavy Battery as forward Observation 
   Officer, and during the battle of Arras in April 
   and May gained great distinction and was awarded 
   the Military Cross. The London Gazette for 
   June 26th, 1917, says: “Charles Arthur Green, 
   Second-Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery, Special 
   Reserve: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion 
   to duty whilst forward Observation Officer with 
   Infantry during attack. Four times he came back 
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   with valuable information through the heavy enemy 
   barrage and, at a critical moment when our attack 
   was strongly held, once more returned through 
   the barrage, and informed the Infantry Brigade 
   Commander that reinforcements were urgently
   required, thus relieving a very serious situation.”
   Seventeen days later (July 13th, 1917) he fell in 
   action at Arras. He and others belonging to his 
   battery were a little way from their guns when a 
   German shell burst close to them, killing him and 
   Two of his men, and seriously wounding several 
   others. His Colonel wrote: “He was our best 
   Observing Officer, and did excellent work in all the 
   operations near Arras in April and May, 1917. 
   He displayed great gallantry on several occasions 
   for which I am glad to see that the Military Cross 
   was awarded. Cheerful at all times and wiling to 
   undertake any work, he was much respected by both 
   men and officers and we all regret his loss. He has 
   been buried close to the spot where he was killed.”
   GUTHRIE, HERBERT (‘97), joined up as a Private in the 
   R.M.L.I. on January 4th, 1917. He was killed at 
   Passchendaele, October 26th, 1917, aged 33 years.
   HALL, CHARLES EDW. RUSSELL (‘09), when war broke 
   out was at the Bank of Montreal in British
   Columbia. He immediately enlisted, then eighteen 
   years of age, in the Medical Corps of the 2nd 
   Canadian Mounted Rifles. He suffered from two 
   attacks of trench fever, and was subsequently trans-
   ferred to the 3rd Batt. Field Ambulance for service 
   in France and Flanders. In his work of succouring 
   the wounded he sacrificed his life near Cambrai on 
   September 27th, 1917, aged 22 years.
   HALL, GEORGE HANNAY (‘06), joined the London 
   Scottish in 1912. When war was declared he 
   volunteered for service and went to France with 
   the 1st Batt. in September, 1914. In September, 
   1915, he was wounded at Loos, and on recovery 
   was given a commission as Second-Lieutenant in 
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   the 24th Middlesex Regiment. He joined, how-
   ever, the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, and in 
   May, 1917, was ordered to India, being attached 
   to the 1/39th Garhwal Rifles. On the outbreak of 
   trouble on the North-West Frontier he was sent 
   there with the 4/39th Batt. Garhwal Rifles, and 
   remained there till ordered to proceed to England 
   for demobilisation. He unfortunately contracted 
   enteric and died on board the S.S. Manora in the 
   Red Sea on December 6th, 1919. His rank was 
   then that of Captain.
   HALL, PERCY GEORGE (‘04), on leaving school joined 
   the Merchant Service, and was at sea when war 
   broke out. On his return he obtained his com-
   mission in the Tyneside Scottish in 1915, and went 
   to France with them in January, 1916. In the 
   early part of June the Brigade was moved to the 
   front line trenches at La Boisselle in contemplation 
   of the Somme offensive. On June 28th, 1916, it 
   was found that German wire entanglements in front 
   of their lines had remained untouched by our 
   artillery fire owing to the formation of the ground. 
   Engineers were detailed to go out at midnight to 
   clear the ground of these obstacles, but previously 
   a raid on a large scale was conducted by Tyneside 
   Scottish troops which raised the German fire and 
   activity. Volunteers were called for, to act as a 
   covering party to the Engineers. Second-Lieutenant 
   Hall immediately offered and was accepted, and the 
   men of his platoon were eager to go with him. He 
   made his dispositions so well that the operation was 
   successfully accomplished, but while leading his 
   men Lieutenant Hall was shot by a Sniper and died 
   a few minutes later. His comrades, officers, and 
   men paid a high tribute to his skill, courage, and 
   care. As an instance of his fearlessness in leading, 
   his Company Commander subsequently reported 
   that, in the dispositions for the opening of the battle 
   on July 1st, the 4th Batt., being close to the German 
   lines, was ordered to lead the Brigade into action, 
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   with Lieutenant Hall’s platoon (the 11th of “C” 
   Company) in the van, for his men would follow him 
   HALL, WILLIAM B. (‘06), joined the D.U.O.T.C. in the 
   early part of 1915 and was gazetted to the 3rd Batt. 
   Tyneside Scottish. He was transferred to the 
   Army Cyclists’ Corps for the 34th Division when 
   it was first formed, went to France in January, 
   1916, and was with this corps till it was disbanded 
   in March, 1918, when he was Captain and Lewis-
   gun Instructor. He was severely wounded on 
   August 22nd when he was serving with the 24th 
   Batt. London Regiment, and died on August 25th, 
   HALL, WILLIAM GASTON DUVAL (‘06), enlisted in the 6th 
   Batt. N.F. a few days after war was declared and 
   served in France until March 23rd, 1918 - a very 
   disastrous day for the 6th Northumberlands. He 
   was engaged as a runner and after having taken 
   despatches, had returned and taken more. It is 
   officially presumed that he was killed on that day.
   HAMER, ARTHUR DERRICK (‘04), on leaving school, 
   proceeded to Queen’s College, Cambridge, where 
   he was reading for the theological tripos with a view 
   to ordination and work in the foreign mission field, 
   when war broke out at the end of his first year. 
   He offered his services on the day war was declared 
   and soon afterwards received his commission in the 
   Northern Cyclists’ Battalion. He was gazetted 
   Captain in June,1917, and went with the 
   Manchester Regiment to France three months later. 
   His Commanding Officer writes: “He was killed 
   in an attack on the morning of November 6th, 1918, 
   near Maubeuge, leading his company with 
   unequalled bravery. He showed an absolute dis-
   regard for his own safety, his one thought being to 
   lead his men and to gain his objective, and as a 
   soldier and a Christian he was an example to all 
   of us.”
   HANSON, JOHN (‘05), was a Private in the 6th Batt. N.F. 
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   in August,1914, and died of wounds received 
   during the attack on St Julien, in the second battle 
   of Ypres, April 28th, 1915. He was buried at
   Bailleul in France.
   HARKER, GEORGE ERNEST (‘03), became a mining 
   engineer after leaving school. He obtained a 
   commission in the R.F.A. in October, 1914, and 
   was promoted Lieutenant in February, 1916. He 
   went to the front in January, 1915, and was wounded 
   on February 16th, 1917, and again two months 
   later. On May 19th, 1917, he was killed in action, 
   aged 24 years.
   HARKER, GEORGE ALFRED (‘88), joined the N.F. 
   on October 6th, 1916, and was transferred on November 
   16th following to the Yorkshire and Lancashire 
   Regiment. He went to France in January, 1917, 
   and was reported missing at Bullecourt on May 
   3rd, 1917, aged 44 years.
   HARRISON, EDWARD (‘09), obtained a commission in the 
   R.E., afterwards being transferred to the R.A.F. 
   In May, 1918, his squadron, the 24th, was 
   stationed in the Somme district. Units scouted 
   daily, making bomb attacks on Chaulnes, at that 
   time about twelve miles within the enemy lines. 
   On the 17th, Lieutenant Harrison and eight others, 
   were attacked by enemy machines while returning 
   to their base. They rose to seventeen thousand feet 
   when Lieutenant Harrison was shot down, near 
   East Vermando Villas.
   HARVEY, William (‘09), was commissioned as Second-
   Lieutenant 3rd N.F. on October 12th, 1915. He 
   had been in France about four months and had 
   been engaged in some of the heaviest fighting on 
   the Somme front when he was severely wounded on 
   October 12th, 1916. Writing a few days later his 
   Commanding Officer says: “It is with great regret 
   that I have to write and tell you of the death of your 
   splendid boy. On the evening of the 12th inst. he 
   was one of four officers and a hundred men detailed 
   to make a raid on the enemy trenches. He went 
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   off in most splendid spirits and it was due to his 
   fine example that the party did so well. He was 
   badly wounded just above the knee, and his 
   Sergeant who was also wounded, brought him out 
   into “No Man’s Land”, and then our Padre went 
   out and fetched him in. He was taken to the 
   hospital at Armentiers and next day sent to the 
   Australian hospital at “Trois Arbres,” Steenwerck. 
   I went over to see him on the 13th but was not able 
   to do so. I regret to say he died the same night. 
   I saw the poor lad laid to rest alongside many 
   another good fellow who had made the supreme 
   sacrifice for his country.”
   HASLAM, ARTHUR DIXON (‘03), was Captain both of the 
   school cricket and football teams and on leaving 
   was awarded the Collingwood prize. When war 
   was declared he was holding a science scholarship 
   at Armstrong College. He was gazetted Second-
   Lieutenant in the 8th Batt. N.F. on September 
   15th, 1914, and a week later was transferred to the 
   9th Batt. N.F. He gained his Lieutenancy June 
   1st, 1915, and went to France with the 9th N.F. 
   in July, 1915. He was wounded in February, 
   1916, while fighting in the International Trench at 
    “The Bluff.” After being in hospital at Boulogne 
   he was invalided home but returned overseas 
   in September, 1918. He was severely wounded in 
   October of that year and died on November 2nd, 
   1918, aged 26 years.
   An Old Boy writes: “ ‘Kiddy’ - we shall 
   always remember him by that name. At its every 
   mention we recall the little interesting scenes of our 
   school-boy life. It was chiefly upon the playing 
   fields that we knew him and watched the develop-
   ment of his manhood. There he was an example of 
   self-forgetfulness, and we never knew him to hesitate to 
   sacrifice, that we might gain. Not of strong 
   physique, he possessed something greater which 
   we call ‘pluck’. But the secret of the nature which 
   made us love ‘Kiddy,’ and which made him the 
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   confidant of many a schoolboy secret, was his quiet 
   reserve. We can fully believe from our knowledge 
   of him that in a critical time he would serve for 
   duty and usefulness rather than ‘showiness.’ We 
   accept the mystery of his call to a Higher Service 
   in the knowledge that he would humbly make the 
   great sacrifice with the highest sense of duty.”
   HAVELL, ERIC TUNBRIDGE (‘09), entered the service of 
   the London County Council in 1913, and soon after 
   the declaration of war, on October 9th, 1914, joined 
   the 10th Batt. Royal Sussex Regiment. Some 
   time was spent in training at home and it was not 
   until the end of August, 1915, that he was sent to 
   France. At the battle of Loos, on the 25th of the 
   following month, the 9th Royal Sussex was one of 
   the battalions in reserve, and in the early afternoon 
   was moved up into the trenches. In the evening 
   the battalion received orders to take part with the
   rest of the Brigade to which it belonged in relieving 
   the troops who had taken “Fosse Eight” near the 
   Hohenzollern Redoubt. On the following morning 
   the Brigade was heavily bombarded by the 
   Germans, and just before midday Private Havel [sic] 
   was hit by a bursting shell. He was instantly 
   killed, September 26th, 1915, aged 22 years.
   HAVELL, REGINALD BEAUMONT (‘08), after leaving school 
   went as a farm pupil in Cumberland and then to 
   Uckfield, intending subsequently to settle in 
   New Zealand. He joined the Middlesex Regiment 
   in June, 1916, and went to France in the November 
   following, just after his nineteenth birthday. He 
   returned home in April, 1917, suffering from blood 
   poisoning, but was back again at the front in 
   August. He was posted as a bomber in the 2nd 
   Middlesex Regiment. After being in the heavy 
   fighting at Passchendaele with the 8th Division he 
   spent four months in hospital in France. He 
   rejoined his regiment in May, 1918, and became a 
   Lewis-gunner. He fell mortally wounded in the 
   German attack near Rheims on May 28th, 1918.
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   HEDLEY, JOHN RALPH, D.S.O. (‘84), was born in Berk-
   shire and came to the Grammar School on coming 
   to live in Gateshead. On leaving school he entered 
   the firm of Messrs Anderson & Lee, auctioneers, 
   and finally became a partner in the firm. About 
   1896 he obtained a Lieutenancy in the 3rd Batt. 
   N.F. (volunteers). He left Newcastle in 1910 to 
   take up an important government appointment at 
   Hull but still kept up his connection with his old 
   regiment. The outbreak of war found him a 
   Captain in the 6th Batt. N.F. He was soon made 
   Major and went with them to the front, and was 
   with them when they went so gallantly into action 
   at the second battle of Ypres in April, 1915. “In 
   that action outside St. Julien the territorials lost 
   their Commander, Brigadier General Riddell, and 
   the story of the battle is one which will always 
   redound to the credit of the fighting sons of 
   Northumbria.” After surviving the dangers of the 
   Ypres salient, Hooge and Vimy Ridge, he obtained 
   his Lieutenant-Colonelcy and was attached to the 
   5th (Cumberland) Batt. Border Regiment. He had 
   been four times mentioned in despatches, and in 
   June, 1916, he was awarded the D.S.O. He returned 
   to France with the Borderers and a year later, on 
   July 15th, 1917, laid down his life in the service of his 
   country. “To his friends he had qualities of kind-
   ness, loyalty, straightforward speech and thought, 
   which secured him unalloyed regard, even when we 
   failed to acquiesce in all his views,” says his friend 
   the Right Honourable Walter Runciman. “He 
   loved the open air, whether on a cricket field or on 
   a golf course, on horseback, or with a gun. He 
   hated crooked methods and low standards and 
   everything unclean, and he has left with his friends 
   the memory of an upright, wholesome man.”
   HENDERSON, FRANK (‘12), enlisted at the age of seven-
   teen in the R.M.S.M. and trained at Aberdeen,
   Cromarty Bay and the Tyne, and then transferred 
   to the R.M.L.I., training at Plymouth and Deal. 
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   He applied for a commission in the Navy and while 
   waiting to know the result of his application he
   volunteered for the naval raid on Zeebrugge. He 
   was killed during the raid, April 23rd, 1918, aged 
   19 years, and now lies in the family burial ground 
   at Wallsend.
   HERBERT, CHARLES STANLEY, M.C. (‘10), was gazetted 
   Second-Lieutenant in the D.L.I. in January, 1915; 
   proceeded to France, October 1st, 1915, and was 
   transferred to the 15th Batt. D.L.I. He was men-
   tioned in despatches July 1st, 1916, and won the 
   Military Cross on Passchendaele Ridge on October 
   5th, 1917, being promoted to Captain on the same 
   day. On October 9th, 1918, he obtained a Bar to 
   the Military Cross on Kemmel Hill. He was 
   killed in action on May 27th, 1918.
   HOGG, ROBERT WALLACE (‘11), Northern Cyclists’ 
   Batt., served in Lincolnshire until December, 
   1916. He then joined the M.G.C. (Heavy 
   Brigade) - afterwards the Tank Corps - and went 
   with it to France on July 22nd, 1917, being for 
   a few months on the Ypres section and then in 
   the Cambrai front where he was engaged in the big 
   attack in November of that year. He attained the 
   rank of Sergeant, and was engaged as a Gunner 
   in the heavy fighting near Bray-sur-Somme. 
   He was in action from March 21st, 1918, till the 
   afternoon of the 25th inst. when he was killed.
   HOLDSWORTH, Ernest (‘12), served in a cadet unit of 
   the R.A.F. in October, 1916, and received his com-
   mission as Second-Lieutenant in February, 1917, 
   gaining his wings three months later. He went 
   to France in July and was killed while engaged 
   in an air-fight in Flanders on September 23rd, 
   1917. He had been mentioned in despatches, and 
   his Commanding Officer wrote: “He was a very 
   efficient officer, and did excellent work whilst at the 
   front. Upright in character, noble-minded and 
   generous-hearted, pure and bold in purpose, 
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   devoted to his duty, he was found faithful unto 
   death in his country’s cause.
   HOLDSWORTH, WESLEY COPE (‘07), received his com-
   mission as surgeon probationer when he had passed 
   his second examination as a medical student of 
   Glasgow University. He joined H.M.S. Begonia 
   on September 19th, 1917, and wrote on the 27th 
   of that month that he had returned to port, and that 
   all had gone well. On October 15th information 
   was sent from the Admiralty that the Begonia was 
   missing - feared lost with all on board. A sailor in a 
   sister-ship informed Lieutenant Holdsworth’s father 
   - the Rev. J. Forster Holdsworth - that they were in 
   search of the Begonia for several weeks, and all 
   they could learn was that she was “spoken” in 
   mid-Atlantic on October 6th. Six months later, 
   word was sent from the Admiralty that Lieutenant 
   Holdsworth was killed on or about October 6th, 
   HUGHES, JOHN, B.A., B.Sc. (‘01), joined the Northern 
   Cyclists’ Batt. in 1915, was drafted to France, 
   attached to the 25th Batt. N.F., and took part in 
   the actions near Albert. On the night of 
   September 8th, 1916, he was sent out with a cover-
   ing party to a position near Contalmaison, on the 
   Somme. It was a brilliant moonlight night, but 
   they had to go forward. The Germans waited till 
   they got within range, and then let go a hail of 
   shell-fire for twenty minutes. The Lieutenant 
   signalled his men to retire, sending Lance-Corporal 
   Hughes and another to bring up stragglers. 
   Neither ever returned. The war office records: 
    “Lance-Corporal Hughes, presumed killed in action 
   September 8th, 1916.” An officer in his battalion 
   says: “He has proved himself an Englishman in 
   every sense of the word. He had the respect of 
   every one of us in “D” Company, officers and 
   men alike.” He was a teacher under the Newcastle 
   Authority, and had devoted much time to voluntary 
   work among the children.
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   HUNTER, ARNOLD COLTMAN (‘94), decided on leaving 
   school to take up work in Canada. After a period 
   on a farm he joined the Royal North-West Mounted 
   Police for three years. When the King’s pro-
   clamation reached Canada he enlisted in the 
   152nd Batt. Canadian Infantry and was promoted 
   Sergeant. He reached France on the 16th February, 
   1917. His last entry in his diary states: “28th 
   March, 1917. Practising going over to-day and 
   left for trenches at 6 a.m.” He was killed next 
   day, March 29th, 1917, near Villers-au-Bois. His 
   Commanding Officer writes: “Although he had 
   been with the company but a little time” (he had 
   been transferred to the 46th Canadians), “I had 
   come to regard him very highly. No task was too 
   unpleasant, and everything he did was done cheer-
   HUNTER, ARTHUR LAWRENCE (‘03), volunteered as a 
   Private in August, 1914, in the 9th Batt. N.F., and 
   went to the Ypres front in July, 1915. After a 
   short training at home he was gazetted Second-
   Lieutenant, February, 1918, in the 9th Batt. Royal 
   Fusiliers and again went overseas. He was killed 
   on August 8th, 1918, in the advance near 
   HUNTER, GEORGE EDWARD (‘96), became an architect 
   on leaving school. Later he joined his father’s 
   firm, and in 1913 became a partner in the business 
   of Hunter & Henderson, Stockbrokers of Newcastle. 
   He received his commission in the 6th Batt. N.F. 
   in 1904 and was gazetted Captain in 1908. He went 
   overseas with that battalion, and was killed in 
   action near St Julien in the second battle of Ypres, 
   April 26th, 1915. A brother officer writes: “He 
   led his men with great courage and a total dis-
   regard for himself, and was right in front of the 
   enemy’s position when he was killed by a shell 
   fired at short range.”
   HUNTER, HOWARD TOMLIN, M.B., B.S. (‘96), became a 
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   medical student on leaving school. He qualified 
   for the M.B., B.S., in 1910, and afterwards studied 
   surgery at St Bartholomew’s, London, and in 
   Vienna. He received his commission in the 
   6th Batt. N.F. in 1906 and was gazetted Captain 
   in 1912. A writer in the Durham College of 
   Medicine Gazette says: “We have all heard with 
   pride and aching heart of his entry into action. 
   The first torrent of bullet and shell only seemed to 
   increase his absolute indifference to danger, and his 
   example and courage infected the whole company. 
   He led his men through a crossfire of machine-
   guns and shrapnel, trying to reach the German
   trenches by a series of rushes. When close to his 
   objective he was struck on the leg but stuck to his 
   job, gamely cheering on his men. We can imagine 
   his bitter disappointment when he had to fall out 
   so near the end of his task. While being helped 
   to the rear he was struck again in the chest and 
   almost immediately dropped dead.” This was in 
   the action near St Julien on April 26th, 1915, at 
   the second battle of Ypres.
   HUTCHINSON, GEOFFREY D. (‘08), served in the 21st Batt. 
   King’s Royal Rifle Corps as a Corporal. He was 
   wounded on September 15th, 1916, and died three 
   days later in hospital at Amiens, aged 20 years.
   HUTTON, ANDREW DONALD, M.A. (‘01), was a student 
   of Glasgow University when he was sixteen years 
   of age, and showed much promise of being an 
   unusually able man. His arts course was just 
   completed when war broke out, and it was while 
   he was training as a soldier in 1915 that he 
   graduated M.A. He intended to practise law 
   at the Scottish bar, and in addition to his successes 
   in arts he had been equally successful in the work 
   for his LL.B. degree. He went to France in 
   November, 1915, as a Subaltern in the 15th Batt. 
   Highland Light Infantry. There he attained the 
   rank of Captain, and while leading his company on 
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   the morning of July 3rd, 1916, he was killed at 
   Thiepval on the Somme. He lies buried in the 
   Military Cemetery at Bouzincourrt.
   IRVIN, THOMAS WILLIAM (‘97), soon after leaving 
   school commenced to study for the ministry in the
   Presbyterian Church of England, but gave it up 
   for a business career and became a director of 
   Richard Irvin & Sons, one of the largest fishing-
   vessel firms in England. In December, 1914, he 
   obtained a commission as Second-Lieutenant in the 
   5th Batt. Gordon Highlanders and was promoted 
   Lieutenant in May, 1915. In January follow-
   ing he crossed to France, and was in the front line 
   till his death on May 20th, 1916. The circum-
   stances which preceded his death were tragic. His 
   company had to go to a rest camp for a week, but 
   the relieving company was short of officers and 
   Lieutenant Irvin volunteered to remain. Some of 
   his men were wounded by a trench mortar, and 
   while attending to them he was himself wounded. 
   While being carried out of the trench he begged his 
   bearers to look after those who were worse off than 
   himself. This was on May 15th. He died five 
   days later. An officer wrote: “So pure in life and 
   lofty in ideal, he has lived and died for those great 
   aspirations which he cherished.”
   JACKSON, HERBERT Wm. (‘09), joined the D.U.O.T.C. 
   in 1915, was commissioned to the 3rd Batt. N.F. 
   as Second-Lieutenant in August, and went to France
   in May, 1916, attached to the 13th Batt. N.F. 
   Towards the end of the year he was promoted 
   Lieutenant, and posted to the 97th Field Company 
   R.E. He served with his battalion until January 
   20th, 1918, when he was killed in action while 
   under shell fire in the Cambrai district. An officer 
   writes: “He had done splendid work with the 
   R.E. We shall all miss him, for in addition to 
   being a most gallant leader, he was a true comrade 
   dearly loved by both officers and men. He always 
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   did his best for the regiment of which he thought 
   so much. He died as he has lived a brave and 
   gallant representative of the Fifth Fusiliers.”
   KNOTT, ROBERT CECIL (‘07), enlisted in the 9th Batt. 
   N.F. on September 6th, 1914, and received his 
   Second-Lieutenancy in the 19th Batt. three months 
   later, being placed in charge of the Signalling 
   Company. He was promoted Lieutenant in April, 
   1915, and Captain on June 15th of that year. On 
   his recovery after an operation for appendicitis he 
   went to France on July 11th, 1916, and was attached 
   to the 20th Batt. N.F. (Tyneside Scottish). He 
   was killed in action on August 14th, 1916, and was 
   buried with military honours at Cabaret Rouge 
   near Souchez. Captain Knott had a very lovable dis-
   position, and was a favourite with all who knew 
   him. His Colonel wrote: “I loved him as if he 
   were my own son.”
   LITTLEFAIR, JOHN JAMES (‘10), enlisted as a Private in 
   the 7th N.F., and was killed at Ypres on April 26th, 
   LONG, ARTHUR Wm. EMMANUEL (‘10), joined the 
   colours on December 24th, 1914, as a Private in the 
   15th Batt. Royal Warwickshire Regiment and 
   received his commission in the 8th Batt. Queen’s 
   Royal West Surrey Regiment in September, 1915. 
   In June, 1916, he proceeded overseas and was killed 
   in action on the Somme, near Albert, on August 
   24th, having served his regiment in France 
   less than two months. The Chaplain wrote: “In 
   the great attack he raced over the open, followed by 
   his platoon and was killed instantaneously by a 
   shell. His gallant conduct largely helped to make 
   the attack a great success. He impressed every one 
   with his singular courage and devotion to duty.”
   LONGHURST, ROY CRESSY (‘97), was a member of the 
   D.U.O.T.C. in August, 1914, and a few months 
   later received his commission in the 23rd Batt. 
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   N.F. (4th Tyneside Scottish). He was promoted 
   Captain while undergoing preliminary training at 
   Alnwick, and went to the front in January, 1916. 
   He was engaged in the heavy fighting at Arras, 
   Albert, and La Boisselle, and was gazetted Major 
   on the field and subsequently acting Lieutenant-
   Colonel. In October, 1917, he was granted six 
   months’ leave of absence in England and appointed 
   Commandant of the Training School for the 
   Durham Auxiliary Volunteer Forces being attached 
   to the 3rd Batt. N.F. He had been mentioned in 
   Sir Douglas Haigh’s despatch of November 13th, 
   1916, and during his Colonel’s illness was 
   personally complimented by Sir Douglas Haig for 
   his work.
   He was accidentally killed on March 8th, 1918, 
   whilst on military service, by colliding with a tram-
   car, when travelling on his motor-cycle from 
   Newcastle to Benton during a snowstorm at night. 
   His Colonel said: “I need not tell you how I 
   appreciated and valued Major Longhurst as a 
   comrade at the front, but far beyond that was his 
   splendid loyalty and affection for his regiment, and 
   all ranks of the 4th Battalion Tyneside Scottish 
   have lost one of their very best friends. You 
   perhaps do not know how he devoted his spare time 
   to the men’s comfort and well-being and what 
   valuable work he did in this way”.
   LUNN, HERBERT CHARLES, B.A. (Cambridge) (‘98), was 
   a Private in the Public Schools’ Battalion in Sep-
   tember, 1914, and rose to the rank of Sergeant. 
   He obtained his commission in the Tyneside 
   Scottish in 1915 and at the beginning of the follow-
   ing year was transferred to the 3rd Batt. Royal 
   Scots Regiment. He proceeded to France, attached 
   to the 11th Batt., was wounded at the battle of the 
   Somme in July, 1916, being mentioned in des-
   patches for his work at this time, and was reported 
   wounded and missing in a raid near Arras on 
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   March 21st, 1917 - nothing has since been heard of 
   him. He was twenty-four years of age.
   McARTHUR, WILLIAM (‘05), joined the R.F.A. and was 
   killed at Arras during the night of August 
   21/22nd, 1918. He was then serving in the 
   123rd Brigade, 37th Division, and held the rank 
   of Bombardier.
   MACLAGAN, JAMES G. (‘07), was at the Armstrong 
   College when he applied for a commission. Fail-
   ing to obtain it he joined the ranks and was drafted 
   to the R.A.M.C. at Aldershot, being at that time 
   unfit for foreign service. In January, 1916, he was 
   gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the King’s Own 
   Royal Lancaster Regiment and being passed fit 
   was sent to France attached to the 4/5th Batt. 
   Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in February, 
   1917. In the following autumn he was promoted 
   Lieutenant, working hard and gaining the esteem 
   and affection of officers and men alike by his cheer-
   ful evenness of temper and devotion to duty. 
   Recovering from an attack of trench fever, he was 
   again sent into the front line, and was killed 
   instantaneously by the bursting of a shell while 
   leading his company in an attack near Arras on 
   August 1st, 1918.
   MARKS, JAMES ALBERT (‘07), was sent to the East soon 
   after receiving his commission as Second-
   Lieutenant in the 10th (now 7th) Batt. 
   North Staffordshire Regiment. While in Mesopo-
   tamia he was twice wounded, at the attempt to 
   relieve General Townsend, besieged at Kut, and 
   subsequently contracted enteric fever. He spent 
   several months at Bombay, in India, and was 
   afterwards ordered again to Mesopotamia where, 
   gallantly leading his men in some of the severest 
   fighting, he met his heroic death before Baghdad on 
   February 25th, 1917.
   MARKS, JOHN (‘08), trained with the D.U.O.T.C. and 
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   was commissioned as Second-Lieutenant in the
   D.L.I. in May, 1917. He was wounded during the 
   German offensive on March 21st, 1918, and went
   overseas again immediately after his recovery at 
   home. He was killed in action on October 23rd, 
   MARKS, LEONARD GEORGE (‘07), joined the 12th Batt. 
   N.F. and was transferred to the 17th Batt. Royal 
   Sussex Regiment. He was a Corporal when he 
   went to France in August, 1917, and was killed in 
   action while serving near Armentiers on October 
   10th, 1918.
   MERSON, DAVID (‘00), served as a Private with the 
   Australian Imperial forces and was killed in action
   April 16th, 1918.
   MERSON, JAMES LESLIE (‘97), joined the Australian 
   forces and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was
   killed in action on August 31st, 1916.
   METCALFE, FRANK, M.B., B.S. (‘00), joined the 1st 
   Northumbrian Field Ambulance in September, 
   1914, as a Lieutenant, and was promoted to the 
   rank of Captain six months later. He went to 
   Flanders in April, 1915, and was mentioned in 
   despatches for his splendid work. In September 
   of the following year he was invalided home and 
   was treated at Newcastle. He made an apparent 
   recovery, and although he knew he had not long to 
   live, he returned to France at his own request in 
   the Autumn of 1917. He went through the fight-
   ing of the following winter and also the German 
   offensive of March, 1918, but was again invalided 
   home. He died at Framlington House, Newcastle, 
   on July 10th, 1918. A writer in the Durham
   College of Medicine Gazette says: “Metcalfe 
   was of a very retiring disposition, but the quiet 
   exterior concealed a strength of character that he 
   only revealed to his intimate friends. He was 
   kind, genial, and possessed of considerable moral 
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   courage and grit and staying power; yet his out-
   standing characteristic was his strict sense of
   honour. No man played the game better than 
   Francis Metcalfe.”
   MILLER, HERBERT (‘96), received his commission as an 
   Assistant Paymaster R.N.R. in November, 1914, 
   and after a few weeks spent at Portsmouth was 
   sent to the Lowestoft Naval base. In July, 1917, 
   he was promoted Paymaster-Lieutenant, and early 
   in the following year was appointed secretary to
   Commodore Alfred A. Ellison, C.B., R.N., Senior 
   Naval Officer at Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth 
   naval bases. He died of pneumonia supervening 
   a bad attack of influenza on December 6th, 1918.
   MILVAIN, CHARLES EDWARD FRANCIS (‘97), took up the 
   profession of an electrical engineer and in April, 
   1912, went out to Canada. On the outbreak of war 
   he joined the 1st Canadian contingent. On reach-
   ing England he received a commission as 
   Sub-Lieutenant in the R.N.V.R. and was attached 
   to the “Hawke Battalion” which sailed for 
   Gallipoli in May, 1915. He, after some weeks of 
   severe fighting, was wounded on June 19th 
   while leading his men on a night attack on the 
   Turks. During the whole time they were under 
   heavy shell fire and only one Officer of the company 
   was left. Lieutenant Milvain was removed to 
   Ras-el-tin hospital, Alexandria, where he arrived 
   on his thirty-first birthday, and died on the follow-
   ing day, June 25th, 1915. A brother Officer 
   wrote: “During the time he was with us we had 
   learned to appreciate him, to value his efficiency as 
   an Officer and to esteem him as a good comrade.”
   MOFFAT, WILDON DAVID (‘04), joined up at the 62nd #
   Casualty Clearing Station, R.A.M.C., on March 
   10th, 1915, and proceeded to France on January 
   9th, 1917. He was promoted Sergeant, and 
   appointed senior and confidential clerk to his 
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   Colonel. Whilst he was stationed at the 62nd 
   Casualty Clearing Station, near Haringhe, 
   Belgium, the hospital was bombed by enemy air-
   craft on November 29th, 1917, and he was mortally 
   wounded. His Colonel wrote: “The death of 
   your son is a personal loss to me; his work in life 
   requires no praise, and his death is beyond all 
   MORLAND, ALBERT (‘12), joined the 3rd Batt. Cold-
   stream Guards as a Private on February 15th, 1917. 
   He was drafted to France in the October following 
   after training at Windsor. While taking part in 
   the Cambrai action of November, 1917, he was 
   wounded in the head. He fell in action to the east 
   of Cambrai on October 9th, 1918.
   MORRISON, EDWARD FITZHENRY (‘99), after leaving 
   school went out to New Zealand where he joined 
   the forces. He was a Corporal in Lord Liverpool’s 
   Own Regiment when he was sent to France in 
   1917. After being transferred to the Rifle Brigade 
   he was employed as a stretcher-bearer. While 
   engaged in his duty he was hit in the head by a 
   bursting shell and died fourteen days later.
   MORTON, WILLIAM A. (‘05), enlisted in the 1st Life 
   Guards in December, 1915, and was trained at 
   Windsor. He went to France in November, 1916, 
   and was killed in action on December 10th of that
   MURRAY, ARTHUR ERNEST (‘07), was a medical student 
   when he joined the D.U.O.T.C. in 1914. He
   served in France with the 2/8th Batt. London 
   Regiment and was killed near St Julien on 
   September 5th, 1917.
   missioned as Lieutenant in the 7th Batt. D.L.I. 
   He was wounded on the morning of April 12th, 
   1918, while in action near Melville on the Lys and 
   was taken prisoner. According to a report received 
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   seven months later he died in the Polytechnic 
   Hospital, Lille, on April 19th, 1918.
   OLLIFF, William (‘98), volunteered in the Victoria 
   Rifles, in British Columbia in 1914, and came to
   England in the following year, being one of a 
   hundred picked men for Princess Patricia’s Light
   Infantry. Drafted to the Canadian Scottish 
    (Gordon Highlanders) he went with them to France 
   in 1915 and was killed by an explosive shell on the 
   night of April 26/27th, 1915.
   ORD, B. PAGET (‘05), Private in the 9th Batt. N.F., was 
   killed in action on October 2nd, 1915, at “Hill 60” 
   whilst rescuing a wounded comrade whose life he 
   saved but lost his own in so doing. A comrade 
   writes: “He was a splendid fellow, always cheery 
   and a real help. His death was a fine one - he went 
   to help another man who was wounded and was shot 
   whilst helping him.” Another comrade says: 
    “This was a bad day for the Quaysiders as early 
   in the morning we lost a couple of men. Paget 
   Ord, who was held in high esteem by all, was said 
   to be ‘the little man with the big heart,’ and quite 
   true, as he had no fears whatever when in the 
   PARK, ANDREW (‘01), joined as a Private in the Tyne-
   side Commercials (16th Batt. N.F.) on September 
   8th, 1914, and proceeded to France with the rank of 
   Second-Lieutenant. He was killed in action at
   Ovillers on July 14th, 1916, aged 25, after only 
   eight months’ service in France.
   PAXTON, SAMUEL T. (‘12), joined up in the 6th N.F. in 
   November, 1914, when only 17 years of age. In 
   January, 1916, he obtained his Second-Lieutenancy 
   in the 9th Batt. D.L.I. He went to France with 
   them five weeks later and was killed in action at 
   Butte de Warlencourt on November 5th, 1916.
   PIRRIE, ROBERT BOURN (‘04), was gazetted Second-
   Lieutenant in August, 1914, and attached to the 
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   1st Batt. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He 
   was posted to the 3rd Batt. Border Regiment and 
   obtained his Lieutenancy. A few weeks later he 
   was serving in France, and during an assault on 
   the Hooge trenches on August 10th, 1915, he met 
   his death, aged 21. A writer in the College of 
   Medicine Gazette says: “His keen sense of 
   humour, his warm responsive nature, his great love 
   of all true sport, and above all, his unfailing cheer-
   fulness endeared him to us, and earned for him the 
   wide popularity which he enjoyed from the time of 
   his entrance into the College. No one was keener 
   to do his duty, no one more determined to fight 
   than ‘young Pirrie’ as we always called him.”
   PRESTON, WALTER (‘12), joined the forces in the early 
   part of 1917, and after training at Hornsea was 
   posted to the 9th Batt. D.L.I. He went overseas 
   in January, 1918, and was engaged in the battle 
   of the Marne in July of that year. He was killed 
   whilst fighting with the Durhams at La Maisonette 
   on July 23rd, 1918. “Always bright and cheerful 
   he endeared himself to all who knew him,” said 
   one who knew him well.
   PRINGLE, GEORGE (‘07). A few weeks after leaving 
   school in February, 1914, he joined the 6th Batt. 
   N.F., and was called out on mobilisation, becoming 
   attached to the machine-gun section. He left
   England with the Northern Division in April, 1915, 
   and went straight into the fighting of the second
   battle of Ypres. In September, 1916, he was pre-
   vailed upon to take a commission, and was about to
   return to England for training. On November 14th 
   he was engaged, being then Sergeant, in a heavy
   charge near Butte de Warlencourt. Twice on that 
   day he was seen to be wounded, but was able to 
   attend to his wounds. Nothing has since been 
   heard of him.
   enlisted as a Private in the 16th Batt. N.F. in
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   September, 1914, and was commissioned to the 
   27th Batt. in May of the following year. He was
   promoted to Captain in February, 1916, and Acting-
   Major in October, 1917. He took part in the “Big 
   Push” on the Somme front in July, 1916, and was 
   awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry and 
   good work on July 1st, being also mentioned in 
   Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch of the 4th January 
   following. While engaged in the hard fighting 
   near Ypres on April 16th, 1918, he was severely 
   wounded and died ten days later. He was at this 
   time attached to the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment, 
   and for his work was awarded the D.S.O. in 
   May, 1918, and mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s 
   despatch of December 27th, 1918. The London 
   Gazette says: “When the battalion was ordered 
   to fill a gap in the front line, this officer, in charge 
   of the advance guard, acted with such dash that it 
   was mainly through his fine work that his battalion 
   was able to do so. Later he advanced again and 
   occupied the old line, getting in touch with the 
   flanks, and capturing three men of an enemy patrol. 
   He held the line for the next four days while under 
   heavy fire, and was severely wounded when leading 
   his company in a counter-attack when it gained 
   its first objective.
   PRITCHARD, WILLIAM ALWYN (‘02), enlisted as a Private 
   in the 3rd Batt. NF. in January, 1916. He was 
   wounded at the battle of the Somme in July, 1916, 
   and in November, 1917, was gazetted Second-
   Lieutenant in the 3rd Batt. D.L.I. After the 
   fight at Mont Kemmel on April 26th, 1918, the 
   day on which his brother, Major Pritchard, died 
   of wounds received in action, he was missing, and
   the authorities have concluded that he was killed 
   on that day. He was at that time attached to the 
   1st Wiltshire Regiment.
   PROCTER, CHARLES GORDON (‘08), joined the Royal Air 
   Force, and was gazetted Flight-Lieutenant. On 
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   Sunday, February 20th, 1916, he was taken up 
   twice, on the first occasion for half an hour’s
   instruction in flying, and afterwards for instruction 
   in landing. He had full control of the machine the 
   whole time, framed well and was very promising. 
   Being considered proficient he then went up alone, 
   and rose to the height of three hundred feet, when 
   going round the aerodrome the second time, the
   machine nose-dived to the ground. Lieutenant 
   Procter must have fallen out as the machine turned 
   over in mid-air, for he was picked up fifty yards 
   from the wrecked machine. He was buried on 
   February 24th in Benton Churchyard.
   RAYNES, Robert (‘07), joined the Duke of Wellington’s 
   Regiment as a Private in August, 1914, and 
   obtained his commission in the 14th Batt. D.L.I. 
   in January, 1915. In the following September he
   proceeded to France, and within ten days of land-
   ing was engaged in the attack on Loos, when he 
   was shot in the head. A fellow-officer carried him 
   to the shelter of a haystack where he remained for 
   thirty hours. He died at Le Treport, near Loos, 
   on September 28th, 1915.
   RICHARDSON, Arthur (‘02), joined the R.A.F. in 
   Canada and was accidentally killed in Deseronto 
   on October 4th, 1918.
   RIDLEY, PATTISON REAY, M.C. (‘93), joined the 
   Northern Cyclists’ Batt. in 1912, and volunteered 
   for service overseas with the 62nd Division in July, 
   1916, having attained the rank of Lieutenant. He 
   was later on attached to the 2/5th West Riding 
   Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s), and while with 
   them was awarded the Military Cross. “On the 
   evening of 27/28th February, 1917,” says the 
   Gazette announcement, “he was in charge of three 
   officers’ patrols, of one officer and one hundred and 
   fifty ranks, detailed to rush Orchard Valley from 
   Gudgeon Trench. Lieutenant Ridley was respons-
   ible for maintaining the direction, marching on a 
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   compass bearing for five hundred yards across 
   unknown and difficult country. This officer led 
   his party with great dash, shooting one German 
   and capturing another on entering the trench. He 
   showed considerable coolness and ability in the 
   attack and in organising the defence of the trench.” 
   The Commanding Officer heartily congratulated 
   him on being the first officer of the battalion to be 
   awarded an honour for distinguished service in the 
   On May 3rd, 1917, Lieutenant Ridley was 
   reported wounded and missing, and since that date 
   no further news has been received.
   ROBINSON, ARTHUR (‘05), entered the accountants’ 
   department of the North Eastern Railway after 
   leaving school, and on November 10th, 1915, 
   enlisted as a Private in the Argyll and Sutherland
   Regiment. After training at Edinburgh he went 
   to France on Good Friday, April 21st, 1916. He 
   was posted to the 2nd Batt., and went into action 
   near High Wood on the Somme. On August 
   18th, 1916, he made the supreme sacrifice. He 
   went into action on that day, and was last seen 
   crossing “No Man’s Land.” Many letters re-
   ceived from his associates in the Army testify that 
   he had earned their good will to a very high degree.
   ROBINSON, GEORGE (‘05), Quartermaster-Sergeant, 
   Army Cyclist Corps, died.
   ROBSON, ERNEST WEATHERSTONE (‘97), was a resident 
   student at the Hartley Primitive Methodist College 
   and Victoria University, Manchester, when, with 
   twenty-five others, he enlisted in the 135th 
   Division, Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C., in 
   October, 1915. He went overseas on June 1st, 
   1916, and died of wounds received while acting as 
   stretcher-bearer in the battle of Cambrai, November 
   24th, 1917, aged 25. Many letters have come to 
   hand since his death which reveal how greatly he 
   was admired and loved.
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   ROSS, JOSEPH (‘09), Private in the 15th Welsh 
   Regiment in 1917, was later on promoted Lance-
   Corporal. He was killed in action May 10th, 1918, 
   and was buried near Martinsart, north of Albert.
   ROUTLEDGE, JOHN FREDERICK (‘94), joined the Duke of 
   Lancaster’s Yeomanry when war broke out and was 
   afterwards gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 13th 
   Batt. N.F. Later he was attached to the Nigerian 
   Regiment and served in the Cameroons. He pro-
   ceeded to France early in 1917, and was killed in 
   action on September 3rd of that year, aged 34 years.
   SAUNDERS, KENNETH (‘99), obtained a commission as 
   Second-Lieutenant in the 16th N.F. (Commercial 
   Battalion) and was in training at Alnwick. On New 
   Year’s Eve, 1914, he went out with a fellow Officer 
   on a motor-cycle, and when returning in the early 
   evening from Newton-on-the-Moor, the cycle, after 
   skidding several times, eventually overturned. 
   Lieutenant Saunders was found dead beneath the 
   machine on the road side. He was buried at St
   Andrews’ Cemetery, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
   SELLERS, JOHN HARRISON (‘09), held a scholarship at 
   Armstrong College, had passed his first B.Sc
   examination and was at Messrs Swan Hunter and 
   Wigham Richardson’s works when war broke out. 
   He was one of the first of the D.U.O.T.C. to apply 
   for a commission, which he obtained on August 
   15th, 1914. He had joined the 3rd Batt. N.F. but 
   was attached to the 2nd Batt. and left England for 
   France on May 12th, 1915. He was killed on May 
   24th, 1915, on the eve of the eighteenth anniversary 
   of his birthday.
   received a commission as Second-Lieutenant 26th 
   N.F. (3rd Tyneside Irish) in December, 1914, 
   and was promoted Lieutenant in April, 1915. He 
   proceeded with his battalion to France in January, 
   1916, was wounded, and returned to England in May 
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   of the same year. On his recovery he resumed 
   duties at Hornsea, and then went to France again 
   in October, 1916. He was again wounded on April 
   23rd, 1917, and, after having his wounds dressed, 
   rejoined his men, and fell mortally wounded on the 
   following day.
   SHUTTLEWORTH, WILLIAM M. (‘12), joined the forces as 
   a Private in the 15th Batt. D.L.I. From June to 
   September, 1918, he had seen much fighting. On 
   September 9th, 1918, he was killed while going over 
   the top during an attack on Chapel Hill, near 
   Villiers Guislain, aged 19 years.
   SMALLWOOD, ROBERT (ROBIN) HENRY (‘07), joined the 
   16th N.F. (1st Commercials) as a Private in October, 
   1914. He received his commission in the 16th Batt. 
   N.F. in September, 1915, and went to France in 
   May of the following year. He was engaged in the 
   great attack against Thiepval on July 1st, 1916, 
   when he was slightly wounded, but remained on 
   duty. Before the end of the month he was suffer-
   ing from trench fever and was sent home. He was 
   gazetted Lieutenant on March 18th, 1917, and went 
   overseas in the following September attached to the 
   4th Batt. N.F. Later he was Acting-Captain with 
   the 50th Division, and while engaged at the Chemin-
   des-Dames on May 27th, 1918, he was severely 
   wounded, and died after being taken prisoner. 
   Writing of him, the Chaplain says: “He was a 
   man of real capacity and force of character, and 
   soon won and sustained his place.”
   SMITH, WILLIAM DAVIDSON, B.A. (‘03), being rejected 
   for a fighting unit, enlisted in the R.A.M.C. on 
   Whit Monday, 1915, was promoted Corporal and 
   proceeded to France with the 92nd Field Ambulance. 
   He was engaged in hospital work in Albert and was 
   sent with his unit to the advanced dressing-station 
   on July 1st, 1916, when the great advance on the 
   Somme began. About eleven p.m. on that day he 
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   was killed by a piece of German shell while engaged 
   in dressing the wounds of a soldier in the open field. 
   He lies buried at Bouzincourt, near Albert.
   SPENCER, HARRY JOHN (‘86), joined the 16th N.F. (Com-
   mercial Batt.) in September, 1914, and a few weeks 
      later was promoted Sergeant. He obtained his 
   commission as Second-Lieutenant in the D.L.I. in 
   November, 1914. In July of the following year he 
   went overseas and served in the Ypres salient. He 
   was severely wounded in June, 1916, whilst fight-
   ing in the neighbourhood of Kemmel, and was sent 
   home. He returned to France in September, 1916, 
   and was promoted Captain, being transferred to the 
   150th Brigade, Trench Mortar Battery, Northum-
   brian Division. He was killed while fighting near 
   High Wood on the Somme on November 17th, 
   1916, aged 42 years.
   STEPHENS, LINDSAY NELSON (‘05), was one of the first 
   to commence training under Colonel W.H. Ritson 
   on the outbreak of war. He joined up in the Quay-
   siders Company of the 9th N.F. and went to France 
   with that battalion. On Saturday, May 6th, 1916, 
   he was out in charge of patrol, putting out wire in 
   front of the trenches, when he was shot and 
   instantly killed. His Captain says of him: “I 
   had hoped that he might get his commission any 
   day, and no one deserved to get one more than he. 
   He did extraordinarily well when in the trenches 
   and I knew his sterling worth. No one worked 
   harder than he for the welfare of the battalion and 
   I owe a great debt of gratitude to him for his help. 
   His was indeed a splendid disposition and a fine character.”
   STEPHENSON, ROBERT BREWIS, M.C. (‘10), enlisted as 
   a trooper in the Northumberland Hussars before the 
   outbreak of war. He went to France in January, 
   1915, and was transferred in August, 1916, to an 
   Officers’ Cadet Batt. He obtained his com-
   mission as Second-Lieutenant in the N.F., returned 
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   to France and was wounded on June 6th, 1917. He 
   won the Military Cross on October 10th, 1917, and 
   shortly afterwards was reported as dangerously 
   wounded. A few days later his death in hospital 
   was announced. The Gazette announcement 
   of the M.C. is as follows: “Second-Lieutenant R. 
   B. Stephenson for conspicuous gallantry and 
   devotion to duty in leading his men to the attack 
   at Passchendaele. As soon as the objective was 
   reached he pushed forward with his platoon, 
   harassing the enemy as they retired, and inflicting 
   heavy casualties. He afterwards, on his own
   initiative, organised two bombing posts and beat 
   off a counter attack.”
   STEWART, VERNON F. (‘07), joined the D.L.I. shortly 
   after war broke out and was for a time Battalion
   Bombing Officer. He transferred to the R.A.F. in 
   May, 1916, and obtained his wings in a little more
   than two months. Before going to the front he 
   was in the London Night Flying Squadron. By 
   November, 1916, he was Second-Lieutenant, 
   R.A.F., and in France. He took part in the heavy 
   aerial fighting during the May offensive of 1917, 
   and was brought down on several occasions with 
   damaged machine. He was killed in action on May 
   13th, 1917, aged 24. His Commanding Officer 
   writes: “He was always keen and thorough, and 
   has done splendid work during the eight months 
   he has been with the squadron. I could always 
   rely on his carrying out efficiently any duty which 
   I gave him, and in many cases he succeeded in his 
   work in the face of hostile opposition which would 
   have justified him in abandoning all attempts.”
   STOPHER, F.C. (‘12), joined the D.U.O.T.C. and then 
   volunteered for the R.A.F., but on being sent to 
   Hastings for training for a commission, was rejected 
   on account of ear defects. He was transferred, 
   first to the 19th, and later to the 29th, London 
   Regiment. He died of pneumonia in Colchester 
   Military Hospital, December 17th, 1918.
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   STROUD, HENRY CLIFFORD, B.A. (Cambridge), B.Sc. 
   (Durham) (‘05), spent two years in the D.U.O.T.C. 
   and was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 
   Northumbrian Division, R.E., in June, 1912. On 
   the outbreak of war he volunteered immediately for 
   foreign service. He went to France with the 1st 
   Field Company, N.R.E., and was severely wounded 
   on February 8th, 1915. He was in hospital at 
   Versailles until April 30th, 1915, when he was sent 
   to Birmingham and thence to Newcastle. On his 
   recovery he acted as Instructor in field engineering, 
   and from November, 1915, to July, 1916, was 
   engaged in the Northern Command Bombing 
   School, and was promoted Captain, June, 1916. As 
   his wounds prevented his engagement in active field 
   work he felt it his duty to join the R.F.C. This he 
   did in July, 1916, and by September 22nd he had 
   qualified for his wings and been gazetted Pilot. In 
   the early autumn of 1917 he joined the defence of 
   London, and was stationed at Rochford Aerodrome. 
   He was engaged in practically every raid till the 
   penultimate one, on the moonless night of March 
   7/8th, 1918, when he was killed in action.
   TANNER, ARTHUR EDWARD (‘09), was a Lance-Corporal 
   in the 6th Batt. N.F. on August 4th, 1914, and was 
   engaged on defence work between Newcastle and 
   the coast. He went to France as Company-
   Sergeant-Major in April, 1915, and took part in 
   the second battle of Arras. Invalided home in 
   July, 1915, he returned to France as Second-
   Lieutenant in September, 1916, and was attached 
   to the 16th Batt. N.F. He served in the Beaumont 
   Hamel and Serre districts, afterwards taking part 
   in the advance on St Quentin, He fell mortally 
   wounded on June 10th, 1917, during the heavy 
   attack on Nieuport.
   TAYLOR, RONALD WOODHOUSE (‘04), was a medical 
   student when war broke out. He was gazetted
   Second-Lieutenant in March, 1915, to the 11th Batt. 
   N.F., and went to France a few months later. 
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   From that time onward he was engaged in much 
   fighting, not only through the autumn, but through 
   a long and trying winter. At length, on July 7th, 
   1916, in the battle of the Somme, he went over the
   top for the last time in the third wave of a direct 
   attack upon the German lines. He was struck by 
   machine-gun bullets in the chest, and as he lay 
   dying, just before losing consciousness, he said to 
   a companion who survived, “Anyhow, we have 
   taken the trench.” It was thus he gave his life for 
   his country. His Commanding Officer wrote: 
   “He was a gallant lad and died a gallant death. 
   He was a great favourite with everyone.” He had 
   taken the Collingwood prize on leaving the school.
   TELFORD, HILTON R. (‘02), went to France with the 
   Northumberland Hussars in October, 1914. He 
   was transferred to the N.F. (Tyneside Scottish) and 
   received his commission as Second-Lieutenant, 
   acting as Transport Officer to the battalion. Twice 
   he was invalided home but again went overseas 
   in February, 1917, and took part with the Northum-
   berlands in their brilliant attack on September 8th, 
   1917, when he was fatally wounded. Captain 
   Telford lies buried in the British Cemetery at 
   TELFORD, ROBERT BERNARD (‘88), volunteered for 
   France in 1917 as a surveyor of road construction, 
   being attached as Second-Lieutenant to the D.L.I., 
   and was transferred to the R.E. with the rank of 
   Lieutenant. He came home on February 16th, 
   1919, and died five days later of pneumonia caused 
   by exposure during eleven days’ journey from 
   TELFORD, WILLIAM (‘93), served as a Private in the 
   Gordon Highlanders, and was killed in France,
   September 20th, 1917.
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   THOMPSON, ARTHUR (‘05), joined the 16th Batt. N.F. 
   in September, 1914, and on obtaining a commis-
   sion was gazetted to the 24th Batt. N.F. He had 
   attained the rank of Captain when he was killed 
   in France on July 1st, 1916, at La Boisselle.
   THOMPSON, WILFRID TAYLOR (‘07), was in the 
   D.U.O.T.C. when war broke out, and was soon 
   After commissioned to the 14th Batt. D.L.I. 
   During the following winter he was promoted 
   Lieutenant, having come under the notice of the 
   General commanding the division while drilling 
   his men. He crossed to France on September 11th, 
   1915, and the division was rapidly brought forward
   to the firing line prior to the great attack upon 
   Loos and “Hill 70”. In spite of hardship and 
   privation the division fought magnificently, 
   though advancing more or less in the open. At 
   dawn on Sunday, September 26th, Wilfrid Thomp-
   son shared command of the first line reserves, and 
   led his men to the charge with great dash and 
   courage. There was no holding him back. He 
   was seen rallying his men after three successive 
   assaults in the last of which a ridge of Hill 70 
   was taken. Unhappily, when firing over the 
   parapet of a captured trench he was shot in the 
   head and instantly killed. One who met him speaks 
   of him as “A fine fellow, dignified, reserved, always 
   a gentleman, and an example of what a man and a 
   soldier should be.” A brother officer says: “He 
   had sound judgement and winning ways, with brains 
   and will power enough to do well and wisely in any 
   THWAITES, HARRY HUTCHINSON (‘97), joined the 
   Northumberland Hussars Imperial Yeomanry on 
   the declaration of war, and went with them to the 
   front as a Trooper. He was in the thick of the 
   fighting in the vicinity of Ypres, and it was not 
   far from that town that he met his death on 
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   November 6th, 1914, through the bursting of a 
   shell whilst having their first night’s rest after 
   nineteen days hard fighting.
   TRIMMER, E.H., M.C., B.Sc. (‘10), on leaving school 
   entered Armstrong College. He obtained a com-
   mission as Second-Lieutenant in the East Lanca-
   shire Regiment, and was subsequently promoted 
   Lieutenant. He was mentioned for his good work 
   in Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatch of February, 1916, 
   and was subsequently given the Military Cross. 
   He died of wounds received in action.
   Private in the 1/4th Leicestershire Regiment before 
   he was seventeen years of age. He was killed on 
   October 13th, 1915, in an attack led by the 4th 
   Leicesters on the Hohenzollern Redoubt.
   WALLER, HERBERT WILLIAM, M.C. (‘00), obtained his 
   commission as Second-Lieutenant in the 21st N.F. 
   (2nd Tyneside Scottish) on March 8th, 1915. He 
   went to France in January of the following year, 
   having attained the rank of Captain, and took part 
   in the memorable battle of the Somme. In 
   January, 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross. 
   Concerning the attack on Vimy Ridge, General 
   Ferna says: “Captain H,W. Waller, who had 
   returned duty with the 2nd Batt. as a Company 
   Commander, on one of those occasions (i.e., when 
   an attempt was made to drive us off the ridge) 
   greatly distinguished himself both by the excellence 
   of his dispositions and by his gallantry and initia-
   tive in a personal encounter which had disastrous 
   results for the Huns.” At the battle of Arras on 
   April 10th, 1917, he had taken his men into action 
   and had gained his objective. Of the battle 
   General Ternon writes: “To my extreme regret, 
   among the officers killed, alas, was Captain H.W. 
   Waller, a serious loss indeed not only to his 
   battalion, but to the Brigade. Owing to his being 
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   from time to time attached to the Brigade Staff one 
   had got to know him well and to value his sterling 
   qualities. Always deeply interested in his work, 
   highly principled, greatly liked and respected by his 
   superior officers and his subordinates as a brave and
   thoroughly efficient officer, he had made his mark 
   and his advancement was assured. He met his 
   death while engaged in hunting down an enemy 
   Sniper who had been giving trouble on the top of 
   the ridge, after the enemy had retired and the battle 
   was over.”
   WALLER, THOMAS WILLIAM (‘09), was a Private in 
   the N.F., and after serving twelve months in 
   France was drafted to Italy where he was killed in 
   action on October 27th, 1918. He had become a 
   Signaller, and during the advance on the Piave, an 
   Austrian gun, hidden behind a house, opened fire, 
   and he was shot through the head.
   WARRENER, G.V. (‘05), joined the Australian Army 
   Medical Corps in September, 1914, and three
   months later was sent to Egypt. He served in the 
   Dardanelles, and in November, 1916, was attached 
   to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance in Belgium 
   and later in France. He was killed at the battle 
   of Messines, June 7th, 1917, while carrying a 
   wounded comrade.
   WATSON, NORMAN OCTAVIUS (‘08), joined the 16th 
   Batt. N.F. (Commercials) in August, 1914, and was 
   drafted to France in 1915. He was killed in action 
   on March 3rd, 1916, and was buried at Millencourt, 
   near Albert.
   WATSON, RAYMOND VICTOR (‘10), was in the 
   D.U.O.T.C., but decided to join the ranks. He 
   was later transferred from the 6th N.F. to the West 
   Yorkshire Regiment, and went with them to France 
   in August, 1916. He was gassed at Thiepval, and 
   returned to England towards the end of the year. 
   At the beginning of 1917 he was gazetted Second-
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   Lieutenant and attached to the 8th Batt. N.F. On
   June 24th he left with a draft for France, and fell 
   in action at St Julien on August 16th, 1917. 
   “Your son was killed,” says a fellow-officer, 
   “while leading his men into action. All who were 
   with him when he fell are either killed or wounded. 
   He was a good soldier and a good comrade; always 
   keen and eager to do his best, he worthily upheld 
   the traditions of his regiment and his country – 
   even unto death.”
   WEST, H.M. PELHAM (‘07), carried with him the 
   Collingwood prize when he left school for Hertford 
   College, Oxford. When war broke out he applied 
   for a commission, and in November, 1914, was
   gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the N.F. In the 
   June following he was promoted Lieutenant, and 
   went with his battalion to France in August, 1915. 
   He was later invalided home with trench fever, 
   But returning, was wounded during the battle of the 
   Somme. He again rejoined his battalion at the 
   front, holding then the rank of Captain. On 
   September 20th, 1917, his battalion was called upon 
   to attack a very strong position. During the fight 
   he was twice wounded, but refused to go back. He 
   gained his objective, but was fatally hit soon after.
   engaged in mining work in China at the outbreak 
   of the war. He returned home and obtained a com-
   mission in the South Wales Borderers, afterwards
   transferring to the R.E. He went to the front in 
   June, 1915, and after two years’ service, during 
   which he was wounded and gassed, had attained 
   the rank of Major, and had won the Military Cross. 
   He fell in action on July 31st, 1917.
   WILKINSON, THOMAS HERBERT (‘09), joined the Army 
   Cyclists’ Batt. when he was 18 years of age, and 
   was afterwards transferred to the Loyal North 
   Lancashires with whom he went to France. He 
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   died of wounds received at Messines on June 7th, 
   WILSON, JOHN BRADY (‘98), served with the Royal 
   Scots and with them went to the front. He was 
   killed in action on September 20th, 1917.
   WOOD, THOMAS CHARLTON (‘98), left his farm in 
   Canada in March, 1915, and joined the 191st Batt. 
   Canadians. He went overseas, attached to a reserve 
   of the 50th Batt. While acting as stretcher-bearer 
   after the great fight for Passchendaele Ridge he was 
   wounded in the head and died a fortnight 
   after wards at Camiers Hospital, and was buried in 
   WOODMAN, W.E. (‘00), joined the N.F. as a Private 
   and was recommended for a commission. Before 
   he was gazetted he was ordered to proceed to 
   France - he was then Lance-Corporal. Six days 
   after leaving England, he fell in action at St Julien, 
   on April 26th, 1915, while carrying a message to 
   his General during heavy rifle and machine-gun 
   fire, for which he was subsequently mentioned in 
   despatches. His Captain wrote: “He was a 
   gallant soldier and one who was always the first to 
   do any work that was required.”
   WOOLF, BERTIE GORDON (‘00), was with the 2nd 
   Brigade Canadian Field Artillery prior to going to 
   the front in September, 1916. He was wounded in 
   April, 1917, and had just rejoined his battery when 
   he was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on May 9th, 1917.
   YEAMAN, DENIS JOHN (‘10), was gazetted Second-
   Lieutenant in the N.F. in June, 1915, and in the 
   following autumn was transferred to the 21st King’s 
   Royal Rifles. He went to France in September, 
   1916, and three weeks later, on October 6th, was 
   killed in action at Flers, north-east of Albert.
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   We record with much regret the loss of those old boys 
   of the School, whose names follow. They lost 
   their lives subsequent to leaving the Army or after 
   the close of the War, but in most cases from sick-
   ness engendered by the War.
   BELL, WILLIAM (‘03), M.B., B.S., joined in February, 
   1915, as Surgeon, R.N., being attached to H.M.S.
   Victory at Haslar Hospital, Portsmouth. Two 
   months later he was transferred to the light cruiser,
   H.M.S. Talbot, and left for the Dardanelles. He 
   returned to England in October, 1916, and after 
   serving eighteen months at Portsmouth, joined 
   H.M.S. Thunderer in the Grand Fleet, till demo-
   bilised , 1919. He then went through a 
   special medical course at Oxford, but his health had 
   been so undermined that he succumbed to an attack 
   of pneumonia January 6th, 1922
   BATES, JOHN (‘93), enlisted in the Northumberland 
   Yeomanry but was discharged as unfit for further
   service. He emigrated to Australia, where he was 
   accidentally killed on the railway at Culcairn, 
   N.S.W., on May 30th, 1919.
   FINNEY, HENRY GEORGE R. (‘11), was a Sapper in the 
   Northumberland Division, R.E., but was dis-
   charged as unfit for further service. He died June 
   11th, 1918.
   GIBSON, CHARLES (‘68), M.D., J.P., was Physician at 
   the Royal Baths Hospital at Harrogate. During 
   the war he organised the Medical Board at Ripon, 
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   was Consulting Physician at the Furniss Auxiliary
   Hospital for Officers, and Honorary Secretary of 
   the local Medical War Committee. He died at 
   Harrogate on October 1st, 1921.
   KENT, GORDON (‘05), obtained a commission as Second-
   Lieutenant in the N.F. and went to France in June, 
   1916, being attached to a trench mortar battery. 
   He resigned in May, 1917, on account of ill health, 
   and died on July 8th, 1918, from pneumonia.
   LISTER, G.D. (‘86), youngest son of the late Canon 
   Lister, chose the army as a career. He was 
   Gazetted Second-Lieutenant in the 3rd D.L.I. 
   Militia in November, 1892, and in 1896 was trans-
   ferred to The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) 
   Regiment. He fought through the campaign in 
   South Africa, and proceeded to France as Captain 
   with his regiment on August 23rd, 1914. He was 
   badly wounded and taken prisoner at Mons. After 
   suffering severely at the hands of the Germans he 
   returned to England in June, 1918. He was given 
   command of the battalion, and proceeded with it 
   to Calcutta in February, 1920. There he had two 
   severe illnesses, and on returning to England 
   Lieutenant-Colonel Lister died at Netley Hospital, 
   on November 21st, 1921.
   * The date refers to the year of entrance to the School.

   The School deeply regrets the loss of one member of the staff.
   MACKENZIE, B.S.M., Second-Lieutenant in the 
   Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, was killed 
   in action on March 28th, 1918.

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