We remember Somme heroes who gave up their lives

Men in the trenches during the Battles of the Somme.

Men in the trenches during the Battles of the Somme.

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As the centenary of the Battle of the Somme nears, we continue our own tribute to the 516 South Tyneside men who were killed in action or who died from their wounds during the four and a half months of fighting. by listing the names

Today we begin listing the names of the 188 local soldiers who lost their lives in just one day alone – the start of the battle on Saturday, July 1, 1916. .

Thanks to local historian David Hoy, we also feature the photographs of many of those men – 144 of whom have no known grave and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, in France.

They are: Private Bartholomew Alder, 22/Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish) (22/154), 30 June 1916, aged 36 or 37. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face (which is the panel number) 10B, 11B and 12B. (Database Reference Number: 273).

Private Wilton Allan, ‘A’ Company, 11/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers ((18348), 1 July 1916, aged 20 or 21. Connaught Cemetery, Thiépval. I.A.12. (849). (Photograph - P).

Lance-Corporal George Armstrong, 2/South Wales Borderers (24708), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 4A. (2378).

Private George Armstrong, 2/King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (22699), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 11C and 12A. (227). (P).

Private George William Askew, ‘D’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/766), 1 July 1916, aged 22. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (2720).

Private Peter Atkinson, 22/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (22/656), 30 June 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (2722).

Private Adam Atkinson, 6 Platoon, ‘B’ Company, 24/NF (Tyneside Irish) (24/1598), 1 July 1916, aged 31. Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. VIII.J.4. (218). (P).

Private James William Atkinson, 23/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (23/824), 1 July 1916, aged 34. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (4449). (P).

Lance-Corporal William Bagley, ‘C’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/87), 1 July 1916, aged 34. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (3131).

Private Roland Bainbridge, 16/Middlesex Regt. (Public Schools’) (G/1995), 1 July 1916, aged 23 (Born: 20 January 1893). Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 12D and 13B. (3206).

Private Alexander Foster Ball, ‘C’ Company, 20/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (20/159), 1 July 1916, aged 35. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (760). (P).

Lance-Corporal Nathan Barnes, ‘C’ Company, 20/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (20/141), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (762).

Acting Sergeanr William Henry (Harry) Benham, 2/King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (22672), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 11C and 12A. (66).

Sergeant Harry Bentley, ‘A’ Company, 23/NF (23/522), 1 July 1916, aged 28. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (786). (P).

Sergeant Lewis Younie Black, 20/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (20/307), 1 July 1916, aged 22. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (1992).

Private Thomas Bottoms MM, 109th Company Machine-Gun Corps (18674), 1 July 1916, aged 23. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 5C and 12C. (92). (P).

Private Michael Bourke, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/1448), 1 July 1916, aged 37. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (189). (P).

Private Michael Brennan, ‘A’ Company, 25/NF (Tyneside Irish) (25/60), 1 July 1916, aged 24. Bapaume Post Military Cemetery. I.B.3. (88). (P).

Private David Brown, ‘B’ Company, 24/NF (Tyneside Irish) (30/73), 1 July 1916, aged 23 or 24. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (693).

Private Thomas Thompson Burdon, ‘D’ Company, 22/NF (Tyneside Scottish) (22/194), 1 July 1916, aged 28. Serre Road Cemetery No. 2. XV.J.4. (577). (P).

Private John Burns, ‘D’ Company, 26/NF (Tyneside Irish) (26/779), 1 July 1916, age unknown. Thiépval Memorial. Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B. (4453).

* We will continue our tribute to South Tyneside’s fallen heroes next week.