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L/Cpl Christopher Armstrong, the son of Mr and Mrs C Armstrong, of Riggfoot, Roadhead, was 33 years old when he died on 31st July 1917.  He was serving with 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards.  Christopher is interred at New Irish Farm Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, grave XXXIII.D.11.   He is also commemorated on the memorial at St Michael’s Church, Bewcastle.   His brother John James Armstrong was also killed in battle.

Pte John Baty may be 279149 Pte John Baty of 3rd Bn London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), who was the son of Mr and Mrs Isaac Baty of Hexham.  John died on 2nd Nov 1918 at the age of 28.  We would like to know more of this young man.

Pte George Bell, 29 years old when he died on 24th October 1914, was the Son of Mr and Mrs Smith, of Ward Street, Longtown.  He was serving with 2nd Bn Grenadier Gusrds.  George has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 11 of the Menin Gate, at Ypres.   He is also commemorated at Longtown.

Andrew Briggs is named on this memorial.  However we have no confirmation as yet of who he is.   Perhaps someone can help.

Gunner J. Brown, serving with the 9th Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery died of wounds on 13th October 1917.  He was the 33 year old son of William and Martha Brown, and the husband of Julia Ann Brown, of 6, North Terrace, Carlisle.  He is interred in grave IX.F.23, Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

Pte Robert Douglas was reported Killed in Action on 16th August 1917.   He was serving with 1st Bn Border Regiment.  Robert was the 20 year old son of Mr and Mrs William Douglas, 9 Close Street, Carlisle.  He is commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery, on the Memorial to the Missing, on Panel 85/86.

J. Hand is another young man who fell in the service of King and Country.   However we have few details.   Information would be appreciated.

W. Haxton.   This may be 25177 Pte William Haxton, of 1st Bn Grenadiers Guards, who died on 26th Sept 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.  We would like confirmation and more details. 

Pioneer Robert Stubbs Henderson was serving with a Royal Engineer Base Signal Section when he died on 27th December at the age of 37.  He is interred in Dar Es Salaam Military Cemetery, grave 4.C.15.  He was the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas and Martha Henderson, and the husband of Elizabeth, of 1 Gibbons Terrace, Newtown, Carlisle.  Dar Es Salaam was in German East Africa, now Tanzania.

L/Cpl James Irwin Hetherington died in the Aisne district on 28th May 1918.  D Coy of 8th Bn Border Regiment had been withdrawn with others to rest and refit after the recent German offensive on the Somme.  Instead they found themselves facing overwhelming odds as the German Army made its last throw for victory.   The Allies stood fast.   They would, within months, begin what is known as The Advance to Victory.  Irwin was 32 years old, the son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Henderson, and the husband of Jane, of Newby East, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle.

Pte John James Johnston, serving with 1st Bn Border Regiment, was the husband of Isabella Johnston, of 33 Barwise Nook, Willowholme, Carlisle.   He died at the age of 32 on 27th August 1915 and is interred in Hill 10 Cemetery, in grave II.B.10.

Rifleman James L. Kneen, 27 years old, died on 8th August 1918 while serving with 2/10th London Regiment.  He had initially served with 8th Bn London Regiment (Post Office Rifles).   He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis en Artois Memorial, Haucourt, on panel 10.   He was the son of John and Isabella Kneen and had worked for the Post Office for ten years.  

L/Cpl Daniel McAvoy, 20 years old on his death in action on 23rd August 1918, was the son of Mr and Mrs George McAvoy of 15 Trafalgar Street, Carlisle.  He was serving with 10th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Sergeant John James Nicoll is interred in Carlisle, Dalston Road Cemetery, grave II.M.57.   He died from his injuries in a local hospital on 3rd November 1918 as the war was drawing to a close.  He had enlisted in the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry, serving in 2/1st Bn on his death.

Rifleman  John James Percival, 37 years old when he died of wounds on 23rd September 1916, was the son of Mr and Mrs Alexander and Jessie Percival, and the husband of  Mrs A. C. Percival, of 29 Edenclose, Edentown, Carlisle.   He is interred in Millencourt Communal Cemetery, Somme Region, in grave D 10.  John had been serving with 8th London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) on his death.

Sapper Charles Rippon, of the Royal Engineers Postal Section died during a relatively quiet period of the Dardanelles campaign.  He was reported missing in action on 28th October 1915.  His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula, one of four such Memorials to the Missing.  Charles was the son of Thomas and Mrs Rippon, North Bank, Peterborough, and the husband of Elizabeth Rippon, of 33 Norfolk Street, Carlisle.  He was 37 years old.

Rifleman Thomas William Sanderson, 35 years old when he died of wounds, was serving with 8th London regiment (Post Office Rifles).   He had been brought back to the UK to recover but sadly succumbed on 19th October 1916.   He is interred in Fouvant (St George’s) Churchyard in Wiltshire.   He was the son of John and Mrs Sanderson, of Randall St. Carlisle.


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