Somme 100: They fell far from home

The Somme exhibition at South Shields Museum.
The Somme exhibition at South Shields Museum.
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Today we continue to list the names of the 188 South Tyneside men who lost their lives on the very first day of the Battle of the Somme, which occurred 100 years ago this month.

Thanks to historian Peter Hoy, we are able to pay tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives for their country on a battlefield far from home.

They are: –

Lance-Corporal William Pullen, ‘B’ Company, 27/NF (Tyneside Irish) (27/589), 1 July 1916, aged 33 or 34. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (690). (P).

Private James Purcell, ‘B’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/516), 1 July 1916, aged 25. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (4445).

Private Robert Ramshaw, 23/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (23/14), 1 July 1916, aged 28. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (186). (P).

Private David Rees, 23/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (23/1070), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (3186).

Private Robert Newton Renton, 21/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (21/1288), 1 July 1916, aged 34. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (213). (P).

Corporal William Richards, 11/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (19195), 1 July 1916, aged 35 or 36. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 4D and 5B. (3090).

Lieutenant Frederick Albert Rupp, 11/Border Regt. (Lonsdale Bn.), 1 July 1916, aged 23. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 6A and 7C. (3764).

Private William Henry Rushton, 18/Durham Light Infantry (Durham Pals) (18/842), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 14A and 15C. (252). (P).

Private John William Scott, ‘B’ Company, 27/NF (Tyneside Irish) (27/693), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. VIII.C.101. (692). (P).

Private William Hamilton Scott, ‘D’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/650), 1 July 1916, aged 35. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (661).

Private John Scullion, 23/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (29/81), 1 July 1916, aged 19. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (2678).

Private Thomas Doig Shearer, ‘A’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/666), 1 July 1916, aged 36. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (2304). (P).

Private Frederick Smeatham, ‘D’ Company, 22/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (22/763), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (596).

Private Andrew Peacock Smith, ‘C’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/1266), 1 July 1916, aged 18. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (947). (P).

Corporal Matthew Smithers, ‘A’ Company, 27/NF (Tyneside Irish) (27/640), 1 July 1916, aged 36. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (122). (P).

Private Mark Storey, 7/Yorkshire Regt. (17733), 1 July 1916, aged 20. Fricourt British Cemetery. Special Memorial C.6. (58). (P).

Acting Corporal John Swanston, 12 Platoon, ‘C’ Company, 16/NF (Newcastle Commercials) (16/1631), 1 July 1916, aged 36 or 37. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (947). (4962).

Private Thomas Sweeney, 7 Platoon, ‘B’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/610), 1 July 1916, aged 25. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (444). (P).

Private Thomas Swinburne, 1/Border Regt. (22343), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 6A and 7C. (2436).

Sergeant James Taylor, 20/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (20/706), 1 July 1916, aged 25. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (3828). (P).

Private John Thomas Taylor, ‘D’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/1254), 1 July 1916, aged 22. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (663).

Private Andrew Spoors Telford, 21/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (21/1505), 1 July 1916, aged 38. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (771).

Private 4149, James Temple (Hebburn), Northumberland Fusiliers, killed November 14, 1916. Thiepval Memorial, Pier and face. 10B-11B-12BS

Private Norman Tennett, ‘A’ Company, 27/NF (Tyneside Irish) (27/1263), 1 July 1916, aged 18. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (1120). (P).

Lance-Corporal Alfred Terrell, ‘C’ Company, 27/NF (Tyneside Irish) (27/1266), 1 July 1916, aged 19. Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. IX.R.10. (117). (P).

Private Charles Thompson, ‘D’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/1259), 1 July 1916, aged 21. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (574).

Private Patrick Tinnion, ‘C’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/1313), 1 July 1916, aged 33. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (650).

Sergeant Robert Todd, 3 Platoon, ‘A’ Company, 16/NF (Newcastle Commercials) (16/161), 1 July 1916, aged 22. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (199). (P).

Private John Towell, ‘B’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/674), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (651).

2nd-Lieutenant Lionel Louis Cleriel Tucker, 20/NF (Tyneside Scottish), 1 July 1916, aged 21. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (3). (P).

Captain Benzil Clive Tate Twentyman, 10/York and Lancaster Regt., 1 July 1916, aged 26. (653). (P).

Tomorrow we conclude the list, before focusing on the story of one of these fallen heroes.