Following on from Friday’s page, in which Peter Hoy revealed the names of nine South Tyneside men who died in The Battle of Jutland, we can now shed a bit more light as to who the fallen heroes were.
Stoker Thomas Aitken was the son of Thomas and Eliza Aitken, of South Shields.
Born in South Shields, he attended Holy Trinity Boys’ School, High Shields, from December 8, 1884, to March 9, 1885.
Husband of Ann (Annie) Aitken (formerly/née Morrison/Nicholson) of Urwins Court, Laygate Street, South Shields. They were married in St Mary’s Church on October 11, 1905.
Daughter: Katie. Sister and brother-in-law: Lizzie and George.
He had previously served on HMS Brook. Commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour, High Shields, the Holy Trinity Boys’ School Roll of Honour, High Shields, and the West Holborn Roll of Honour.
Stoker (First Class) George Buckham was the son of Edward (a goods guard with the North Eastern Railway Company) and the late Sarah Buckham (née Hann) of Vine Street, Tyne Dock.
They were married in Chester-le-Street during the June of 1878) His father, Edward, was born at Usworth, County Durham, and was 53 in 1911. His mother, Sarah, was born in Coxhoe and died in South Shields in December 1902, aged 44.
Siblings: William (22), Edith (17), Thomas W. (15), Edward Errington (14), Sarah Ann (11), Mark Hann (8) and Mary (three).
Grandfather: William Hann, born in Wallsend, a hewer by trade, he died in South Shields in December 1901, aged 77.
Sister and brother-in-law: Edie and Tom. His brother, Mark Hann Buckham enlisted in to the 4th (Northumbrian) Howitzer Brigade at the recruiting office in Fowler Street, South Shields, between Saturday, May 22, and Wednesday 26, 1915, when he was living at Beattie Street, West Harton.
His birth was registered in March 1894, and he resided at Wadham Terrace, Harton (in 1901), and Beattie Street, West Harton (in 1911).
He was a surface screener in a coal mine in 1911.
Commemorated at All Saints’ Church Roll of Honour, West Harton, and the West Harton Methodist Church Memorial Cross.
Able Seaman James Henry Buglass, son of Mary Ann, and the late James Buglass, of Alfred Street, South Shields.
He was born in the town in December 1893.
The Shields Gazette at the time said he was 23 and worked at Whitburn Colliery.
He is named as ‘Pte. J. Buglas’ on the Alfred Street Roll of Honour.
Brothers: Jack and Will. Sisters: Jennie and Mamie. Cousins: Ettie and Madge.
He was commemorated on the St Michael’s Church Roll of Honour, the Alfred Street Roll of Honour,and the Whitburn Colliery Roll of Honour (Marsden Miners’ Lodge Roll of Honour).
Engine Room Artificer Peter Callender, son of Peter and Mary Ann Callender, of Bath Street, South Shields (in June, 1915), and later of the town’s Vincent Street.
His birth was registered in March 1890.
Brother: Sub-Lieutenant William George Marshall Callender, Howe Bn. Royal Naval Division, killed in action, June 4, 1915 (in the third Battle of Krithia), aged 30.
Brother: Chief Petty Officer Charles Callender DCM, ‘A’ Company, Drake Bn. RND, November 22, 1970, aged 85.
Brother and sister: Joe and Lil Callender.
l Tomorrow: We remember the other five men who lost their lives in the epic sea battle of the First World War.