Amble and District
     in the Great War



North Northumberland Recipients of Great War Orders and Decorations.

Portrait Name Rank Unit Town Type Details, date published in the local newspapers, our notes, including
London Gazette announcement date if known
  AINSLEY, E Pte West
Amble Military Medal 7062 Pte. E. Ainsley, West Riding Regiment
Military Medal announced in the London Gazette 16/11/1916
Joseph Baston Military Medal Canadian Expeditionary Force BASTON, Joseph Sgt 28th Battalion
and Griffin,
Military Medal  Military Medal for Amble Man.
 Sergt. Joe Baston of the Canadian Light Infantry has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Sergt. Baston, who is the son of of Mr. and Mrs Joseph Baston, Panhaven Road, Amble, went out to Canada some 9 years ago, and started farming in the province of Saskatchewan. When war broke out he joined the Canadian infantry, and after six months training in the colours he was drafted over to England. About a fortnight ago he was awarded the Military Medal. He led his section to the attack in splendid manner, gaining the objective, and found that he and his men must clear up a German machine gun nest, which they did. Sergt. Baston got all his men back without a scratch, not one being wounded. He also helped to carry out a wounded man under heavy German fire. He was therefore recommended for the Military Medal. Mr and Mrs Baston have two other sons in the army, Gunner James Baston, who is with the Royal Garrison Artillery; and Rob, who is only 18 years of age is in the cadet section of the Royal Flying Corps. A&CG 22nd June 1918
  CAMPBELL, James.P. A.2nd

5th Fd. Coy.
Amble Distinguished
17751 A.2/Cpl. J.P. Campbell 5th Field Co. Royal Engineers.
Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette, 3/6/1915, and bar 14/3/1916

Newcastle Journal 5/06/1917 refers:  "The Amble Picture Hall was filled with an enthusiastic gathering to do honour to a local soldier...who had been awarded the DCM and on a later occasion with a clasp, for gallantry in the field......Sergeant James P Campbell, of the Royal Engineers... He got the DCM for saving a comrade. It was in the operations in March 1915, the Engineers had to advance to cut the wires. Campbell had cut these wires when the Germans came down upon them, and the British had to retreat; but Campbell did not do so, for he saw a comrade wounded, and he went back, and under heavy machine gun fire from the Germans, carried and dragged his comrade into safety and saved his life. The clasp was awarded him for a brave action 6 months later. He was in a trench when a bomb from the Germans fell on the ground between him and an officer. There were many other men in the trench. It was the work of an instant, but Sergt Campbell in that instant seized the bomb and threw it over the parapet.... Campbell had been out since Aug 1914. He went out with one of the first boats with the first Expeditionary Force, and he had come through it all unwounded....."
Walter John Casey Amble  CASEY, Walter John C/Sgt
Amble Military Medal, Mention in Despatches Walter John Casey, Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, wounded at Stormberg 1899. Later became Regimental Sergeant Major, 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, and served in France and Flanders with the battalion during the Great War. Mentioned in Despatches 30th April 1915, also awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, announced in the London Gazette of the 27th October 1916.  Discharged to a Commission in the Highland Light Infantry as Lieutenant and Quartermaster in 1917. In WW2 Captain Casey commanded the Amble Detachment of the Home Guard. He was employed as the Manager's Secretary, Broomhill Colliery and died at Togston bends when cycling to work at the end of  September 1946:
"The funeral took place on Monday in Amble West Cemetery of the late Walter John Casey of New Link House, Amble. Mr. Casey who was 69 collapsed and died Friday when cycling to Broomhill Colliery where he was employed as private secretary to the Colliery agent Maj. A.M. Morison. Born in Camberley near Sandhurst, Mr Casey enlisted at the age of 15 as a bugler in the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He had 27 years in the army and served in India and South Africa where he was wounded. As a drum-major he came from Aldershot to Alnwick to introduce the drums in the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers. About 1910 he came to Amble as instructor and went overseas with the battalion after the outbreak of the war of 1914. He was commissioned in the field as a Lieutenant-Quartermaster. Mr Casey, who was president of the British Legion was a devoted Roman Catholic." AG 4/10/46 [Image courtesy Graham Stewart collection]
  DARLING, Edwin Lieut RFA Amble Military
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) Edwin Darling, Royal Field Artillery.
Military Medal announced in the London Gazette 11/5/17
Later Captain. Medal index card confirms address as ‘Gordon House, Amble, Northd’ Served D/250th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Also served Waziristan 1920s

Military Cross.
 Lieutenant Edwin Darling, Amble.

 The people in the north will be pleased to learn that Lieutenant Darling, of Amble, has been awarded the Military Cross. The decoration was granted for conducting a successful reconnaissance of the German retreat. He had one of his men with him (who was also awarded the Military Medal) and they crossed the …….. ahead of the infantry. His reconnaissance report was instrumental in saving several hours to the cavalry when they crossed, and the reconnaissance was conducted to a depth of three miles in front of the infantry front line. Lieutenant Darling was gazetted from the Edinburgh O.T.C. to the Northumberland’s, fought through Ypres, the Somme and Arras and has been three times wounded, now being in hospital in England. 19/05/1917

Illuminated Address presented by Mr Schofield of Alnmouth.

For the sixth time and Amble hero has been honoured at Amble. On this occasion the recipient of a beautiful illuminated address was Lieutenant Edwin Darling, who has had the Military Cross conferred upon him for gallantry in the field. The presentation took place at the Coquet Picture Hall, on Sunday evening. The Reverend J. Trehair Wilkins presided, and was supported on the platform by Mr Arthur Scholefield of Alnmouth, who had kindly consented to make the presentation; Lieutenant Darling, and the following members of the Amble Heroes Fund Committee: —

 The Reverend T.N. Dunscombe, Mr D.D. Kennedy, Mr T.Tully, Mr J.I. Manders, Mr J. Young, Mr G. Young, Mr J. Taylor, and Mr J. Winter. The chairman, in introducing Mr Schofield, said it was very gratifying that those who had gone out from them and had been in the trenches were privileged to come back again and been clothed in honour. (Applause.) They could not pay a higher tribute to those who had gone out from them, to the fathers, the sons, and brothers, who had gladly given everything, to suffer and die for the sake of righteousness, truth and justice; and Lieutenant Darling was no exception to the rule. (Cheers.) They perhaps were not prepared in numbers when war broke out, but they were prepared in the hearts and in the courage of their men; they were ready to lay down their lives. (Cheers.) He had great pleasure in asking Mr Scholefield to make the presentation. (Applause.) Mr Scholefield, who was received with cheers, said he was reminded as he came there that evening that it was in August or September 1914 that he had last the pleasure of addressing an Amble audience. On that occasion he accompanied Lord Grey. Many would remember the addresses that were delivered in Amble and Broomhill, and the effect they had. They would remember that those speeches were made in consequence of the call for recruits made by Lord Kitchener. The appeal was quickly and splendidly responded to not only in that district, but throughout the whole country. Anyone looking back to 1914 would appear a high tribute to the men of the North for their marvellous response to the appeal of Lord Kitchener. (Cheers.) When one thought of what passed in the autumn of 1914 he did not think that anyone imagined it were possible that their army at the time would expand to something like 5 million.  Those of them who read the very sterling speech of the Prime Minister a few days ago at Glasgow (applause) would realise what the British Army had done, more particularly this year. He would not attempt to quote Mr Lloyd George, but the effect was that the British Army have protected and saved the liberties of Europe. (Here, here, and applause.) In consequence of the revolution in Russia, unfortunately her armies were rendered of little use. They could not expect the Russian army to fight through the period of revolution, and if the British Army had not been prepared, the Germans would have seized the opportunity of throwing their battalions into France  and crushing her. They might have had time before Russia realised her position to crush her in her turn. The Prime Minister was justified in saying that it was on the army that the liberties of Europe depended. He hoped they realised that this was no ordinary war. They might search the pages of history and wars of olden times, and they would find most gallant men, but they were far surpassed by what had been done since we crossed the Channel in 1914. The only heard of a fraction of the brave deeds that were done by their brave men. Therefore it was their duty and privilege to mark those upon whom fortunately attention was concentrated by an expression of their appreciation. They were glad indeed to bring a mark before them in the living person of Lieutenant Darling. (Loud applause.) It was a great pleasure to him that a hero of one of those episodes was able to appear at his home and come amongst them so that they might see him in the flesh. (Applause.) Mr Scholfield went on to say that he had been speaking to Lieutenant Darling, and he had found it extremely difficult to talk about what took place. (Laughter and applause.) He was more eager to talk about the other man that accompanied him than about himself. Mr Scholefield then related how Lieutenant Darling had gone out to a depth of three miles into several villages and towns to ascertain whether there were any Germans there. He report the result to his higher officer, and was the means of the cavalry and then the infantry going straight forward. What an amount of time it saved, and what gain was to our troops! It was a conspicuous act of gallantry, and all honour was due to Lieutenant Darling for his bravery. He had great pleasure in making this presentation, and would read to them the testimonial. He was sure Lieutenant Darling would appreciate it, and it would be handed down as an heirloom to future generations: —

“To Lieutenant Edward Darling, M.C.  ?? Howitzer Brigade.

“Dear Sir, we, representing the townspeople of Amble, desire to express our esteem and admiration of your gallantry for which you have been awarded the Military Cross by his Majesty, King George V. We ask you to accept this address as a token of our appreciation of your bravery, and of the great honour you have been the means of bringing to our town; that others reading it in days to come may have their imaginations kindled and our minds inspired by the memory of your noble acts; and that all may learn that they too have a part in, and a duty to, our great inheritance the British Empire. It is deeds such as yours that have built it up and made it glorious.

Thomas Tully, chairman,

Charles W. Scholey, treasurer,

David D. Kennedy, secretary."


Mr Scholefield, turning to Lieutenant Darling, said: “I have much pleasure in handing this to you as a small token of the appreciation of the citizens and townspeople of Amble. I hope you will appreciate and live long to look upon it. You are, I believe, returning to the front, and our earnest wish and hope and prayer is that you will come back to Amble after the war is over. We all appreciate the fullest extent the great service you have rendered to your country. (Loud applause.)

 Lieutenant Darling, who was received with loud cheers, said he wished to thank them all very much indeed for their great kindness in presenting him with that beautiful address. He was not a native of Amble, but he may claim to be a naturalised subject of Amble, because he had come to the town ever since he was four years of age. He wished to pay a tribute of respect to the man, Gunner Martin, who accompanied him on that occasion, and for which he was given the Military Medal. Batteries were made up of six guns. Each [gun ??] was in charge of a subsection, and the man in charge of the subjection was responsible for the life of the gun, his duty being to see that it was kept clean and in working order. He ventured to say that there was no better gun in the British Army than Gunner Martin’s, for he loved the gun as indeed all good artillerymen did, just as they might love a child. He was glad that Gunner Martin had been awarded the Military Medal, unfortunately he regretted very much to say that Gunner Martin was killed shortly afterwards, while serving his gun. The same shell that killed him blew his gun up, so that both he and the gun had lived as well ended their lives together. He again thanked them all for the great kindness in making him the presentation. (Applause.)………… 7/7/1917

  ELLIOTT, Charles Frederick L/Cpl 7th
Warkworth Military
A Warkworth Hero.
Address Presented to Lance Corporal Elliott, M.M.
Warkworth public Hall was packed with an enthusiastic audience to honour Lance Corporal Charles Elliott, a Warkworth hero was been awarded the Military Medal by the King. The vicar of Warkworth, the Reverend James Fairbrother, presided over the interesting gathering, the object of which was to present the first public address to a Warkworthite.
   Preceding the presentation a concert was very kindly given by Mr D.D. Kennedy's concert party from Amble. Those who contributed were Miss Louie? Robinson?, Miss E. Dawson, Miss Ada Young, Mr H. Moorhead, Mr T.W. Aisbett, and Mr Kennedy. Mr J.T. Robinson played the accompaniments. The musical part was much enjoyed, it included a selection from the .......?
Rev. Fairbrother introduced Colonel St Clair Oswald officer commanding the Fife and Forfar in the district, who had kindly consented to ...... The presentation.
  The scene was a very striking one, the group on the platform consisted of the Warkworth Heroes Committee, the Vicar, the Colonel, and the hero of the evening, Lance Corporal Elliott, who was was amid a wealth of artistic decorations made up of festoons, flowers, and flags, the ...? being enhanced by lighted fairy lamps dotted about the platform.
   Colonel Oswald said he much appreciated the honour of being asked to make the presentation to their hero, Corporal Elliott, who was returning to active service, where he had done so very well indeed. (Applause.) Corporal Elliott, as they knew, had upheld the traditions of the Northumberlands, and he also had gained the Military Medal and the latest medal that had been won by a Warkworth man. He had been presented with the medal by the King for gallantry and meritorious service rendered by him against the foe. They were proud that night of their hero and proud that he belonged to their county Regiment. (Applause.) He thought that they had not been a regiment in the British Army who were done better than the Northumberland Fusiliers. (Applause.) The Northumberland Fusiliers was always known as the fighting fifth. He had been speaking to an officer who was just back from the front and he said how marvelously well the Northumberland Fusiliers had done. They would remember that last April they saw some hard fighting. He referred to the Arras Battle and said they were over the top three times in the month of April and on nearly every occasion they gained their objective against the Germans. (Applause.) So there have had fine fighting men yet in the Fusiliers. He was quite sure of the result, and they must go on to the end, and he hoped and trusted the end would soon come and they would have a victorious peace. (Applause.) He could assure them that it gave him much pleasure to present this beautiful address to their hero friend. (Applause.)
The Colonel then read the address as follows:

  To Lance Corporal Charles Frederick Elliott, M.M., 7th Northumberland Fusiliers
We, representing the inhabitants of Warkworth ask your acceptance of this expression of our admiration of conspicuous gallantry which has won for yourself the Military Medal, awarded to you by his Majesty King George V.
  Our desire is to show that we value and appreciate the honour this brought to your parents and to us all, and that we in the background do not forget the toil and sacrifice of those who are bearing the greater burden.
Such a spirit and such deeds as those that have brought you this recognition from the King have made our Empire what it is, and not only won the high and noble place for the flag of which we are proud, but have made it stand so conspicuously in the cause of righteousness, which only truly "exalteth and nation."
  Signed: George Green, Chairman; Robert Taylor, George Robinson, Joint Secretaries; James W Lamb, Treasurer.

   The Colonel and handed the address to Corporal Elliott amid great applause. It would give Lance Corporal Elliott great pleasure, also to his parents, who were present in the audience that night, and equal pleasure to the people of Warkworth. He trusted that he would, when the time came, come back home again, and that with still further honours. (Loud applause.)
   The chairman said he had pleasure in handing to Corporal Elliott two little presents from old school friends as a mark of their esteem and appreciation of the honour he had gained. (Applause.)
The usual votes of thanks followed, and the singing of the National Anthem brought a memorable evening to a close. 9/2/1918
  DITCHBURN, R.   20th North'd
(Tyneside Scottish)
Amble Military Medal 20/743 Pte. R. Ditchburn, Northumberland Fusiliers (20th Battalion Tyneside Scottish)
Military Medal announced in the London Gazette 23/8/1916
  DOBSON, Albert   North'd
Amble Military Medal Newcastle Journal, 13 June 1917: "Sergt. Albert Dobson, (Amble) Northumberland Fusiliers, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. He took part in the battle of Arras, and in the taking of a village he had to take charge of a platoon. They took up an important position on a road and captured an advance post and eight German snipers. Sergt. Dobson joined up in November 1914, and up to 13th August last was kept in England for the purposes of training and instructing. On the latter date he went to France, and has been in the fighting ever since."

Military Medal.

Sergeant Albert Dobson, of Amble.

The Military Medal has been awarded to Sergeant Albert Dobson, Northumberland Fusiliers, of Amble, for gallantry in the field. He took part in the great battle of Arras and in the taking of the village he was in charge of a platoon. The attack by the British was very successful; they took an important position and captured advance post and eight German snipers, four of whom were killed and four taken prisoner. Sergeant Dobson is now fully recovered from his wound and has rejoined his unit. 16/6/1917

Sergeant G.W. Fairbairn Military Medal Roseden FAIRBAIRN, G.W. Sgt   Roseden Military Medal Military Medal
Serg. G. W. Fairbairn, Roseden. 16/3/1918
  FENWICK, Edward Sig   Kennels,
Military Medal Military Medal
Signaller Edward Fenwick, Kennels, Middleton, Belford. 2/6/1917
  FIFE, Jno Pte   Twizell Mill, Belford. Military Medal Military Medal
Awarded to Jno. Fife Twizell Mill, Belford. 20/01/1917
Alnwick Military Medal

Military Medal for Alnwick Man.

For distinguished service on the battlefield, the military medal has been awarded to 30070 Company Sergeant Major Robert Givens, Headquarters Division of the Canadian Army Service Corps. (Canadian Expeditionary Contingent). Sergeant Major Givens is the younger son of the late Mr Thomas Givens and of Mrs G. Wake, Alnwick Moor, and four or five years ago he emigrated to Canada. In the same month as war was declared (August, 1914), he enlisted, and was among the 1st to be drafted out to France. 3/3/1917

  HEDLEY, W. Sg. Somerset
Amble Distinguished
Medal, Military Medal, French Medaille Millitare

An Amble Hero

Sergeant William Hedley, Somerset Light Infantry, has been awarded the distinguished conduct medal, also the French military medal, for conspicuous gallantry in action. He attacked the party of the enemy single-handed and drove them off. He has at all times shown a fine example of courage and determination, This is the highest honour that is come to Amble and we can be proud of it 14/4/1917

15674 Sjt. W. Hedley, Somerset Light Infantry.

Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette, 3rd March 1917: "15674 Lce.-Sjt. W. Hedley, Som. L.I. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He attacked a party of the enemy single-handed, and drove them off. He has at all times set a fine example of courage and determination.
French Medaille Millitare announced in the London Gazette 1st May 1917.
Military Medal announced in the London Gazette on the 11th January 1918.

Presentation To Another Amble Hero.
Once again the Amble picture house was crowded with an enthusiastic audience to do honour to an amble lad who has won distinction on the battlefield by his gallant conduct, Sergeant William Hedley, D.C.M. and M.M., was given a hearty reception on Wednesday last, and he fully deserved it.
The chair was occupied By Mr D.D. Kennedy, are genial townsman, who occupied this position in Amble for the first time.
On opening the proceedings he said that angels’ visits were both rare and unexpected, and he was sure that we would agree that the leave which some of their Amble heroes got so that they might visit home was both rare and unexpected, in fact they had not seen some of them since they were decorated, and those who did come home did so unheralded like the angels. That was the reason for the very short notice given of those presentations.
He thought they would agree with him that though Amble was only a small town in point of numbers, yet it was great in the numbers of its men which had earned distinction on the field of battle, for no fewer than eleven of them had been decorated and that this was the seventh presentation the Amble’s heroes fund had made. (applause.) That night’s recipient (Sergeant Hedley) held a unique record for Amble as he had earned both in English and French honour, which spoke for itself as to the brave deed being one of special merit. It was perhaps fitting that during their feast week they should be reminded of the many brave lads who are still fighting for them across the seas by the presence of one of them at this ceremony, and the extended to him in a hearty welcome with the earnest hope that he might be spared to returned safe and sound once more to dear old England after they had been victorious and peace had been declared in the world. (applause.) He called upon Mr Tulley to make the presentation.
Mr Tulley in the course of his remarks said that at the beginning of the war they were not in favour of conscription. But it came and they submitted to it, and he made say that the amble heroes fund had adopted conscription, for they are constricted both he and their chairman that night. There was so little time to make the arrangements that they could not get anyone out of the town to perform the ceremony, so that they had to step into the breach. Mr Tulley went on to say that it gave him great pleasure to be there that night to do honour to Sergeant Hedley. Like all the other heroes it was a most difficult matter to find out from these lads the particular deed for which they were honoured, and Sergeant Hedley was no exception to the rule, but he had learned that their friend had gone single-handed into a German trench and bombed them out, and he had received final recommendations for that noble deed, which was enacted at the taking of Beamont Hamel, and he had conferred upon him the Distinguished Conduct Medal by the King and in addition to that he had received the Médaille Militaire from the French government. Although he did not now belong to the Northumberland Fusiliers he joined as a Northumberland Fusilier and was drafted into the Somersets. He concluded by saying you hope the war would soon be brought to a triumphant conclusion by the crushing of German tyranny, and expressed hopes that Sergeant Hedley would come through the remainder of the war unscathed and be restored once more to the bosom of his family, and that this beautiful address would always serve to remind him of his share in the war and the appreciation of his fellow townsman.
He then read the address as follows: —
“Dear Sir, — we, representing the townspeople of Amble, desire to express our esteem and admiration of your gallantry, for which you have been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal by his Majesty King George V, and the Médaille Militaire by the French government.
“We ask you to accept this address as a token of our appreciation of your bravery, and of the great honour you have been the means of bringing to our town; that others reading it in days to come, may have their imaginations kindled and our minds inspired by the memory of your noble acts; and that all may learn that they too have a part in, and a duty to, our great inheritance The British Empire. It is deeds such as yours that have built it up and made a glorious”
He then handed the address over to Sergeant Hedley amid great applause.
Sergeant Hedley then rose to reply and was received with great cheering. In a few simple and well chosen words he thanked them from the bottom of his heart, for the kind reception they had given to him that night and for the beautiful address. He assured them that it would always occupy a place of honour in his home in the days to come. He again thanked them and resumed his seat amid another storm of applause.
The singing of the national anthem brought the presentation ceremony to a close, and Mr Kennedy said Mr Knox had very kindly provided them with an entire change of programme for the occasion and as they would all be eager to see the pictures he would not take up any more of their time. 1/9/1917

  HENRY, James Pte Coldstream
Rennington Military Medal

Military Medal

Won by Rennington Young Man.

Private James Henry, Coldstream Guards, youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Henry, Rennington, has won the military medal for carrying dispatches under heavy shell and chlorine gas …. on November 29 in France. He is the first to bring honours to his native village. His friends wish him luck and a safe return. 5/01/1918

  HOUSBY, Robert Percival.
(AKA Percy Housby)
2/Lieut. att.
Alnwick Military Cross M.C. For Alnwick Officer
Among the officers on whom the King has conferred the Military Cross for bravery and devotion to duty, is Second Lieutenant Percy Housby, Percy Street, and an old Duke's School boy. He joined the 7th N.F., in August 1914, as a private, and after trainng, went to the front, where he took part in the second battle of Ypres on Whit Monday 1915. He was wounded on June 24th, 1916. After attaining the rank of Company Sergeant Major, he went to a Cadet Unit at Litchfield and was duly given a commission in the N.F. He proceeded to the front, and was badly wounded and is now in hospital. The deed for which he was awarded the M.C. is explained in the following record of it : - Information was required as to what work was going on in a wood near the German lines. 2nd Lieut. Housby volunteered to try and find out, and crept towards it with a small party. On getting within about 30 yards of the trees they heard a whistle blow and heavy rifle fire. He knew if he tried to retire they would suffer heavy casualties, so taking the alternative risk he shouted to his men and attacked the wood. Everything was in favour of the Germans, but they were driven off altogether. Accompanied by a Corporal, Lieut. Housby rushed through the wood and obtained some most useful information. The enemy then swept no Man's Land with machine gun fire, and put down a machine gun barrage to stop them getting home to their lines. He sent his men doubling in through the barrage. Whilst helping a Corporal to carry a wounded Sergeant, he received his wounds. Only by the devotion of the corporal was he dragged to safety. This Corporal (Corporal Allison) received the D.C.M. It was he who accompanied him through the wood.

Military Cross
Second Lieutenant R.P. Housby of Alnwick.
Statement of service from which the military honour as announced in the "London Gazette" of 26 September, 1917 was conferred: —
T-2nd Lieutenant Robert Perceval Housby, attached Northumberland Fusiliers, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of reconnoitring patrols. He engaged in true back hostile patrol with great dash, afterwards advancing and obtaining the required information. On was drawing his patrol and heavy machine gun fire, he was severely wounded while rescuing a wounded N.C.O. at great risk to himself. 19/1/1918

Johnson DCM Amble JOHNSON, R. Pte. North'd
Amble Distinguished
1734 Pte. R. Johnson 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers.
Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette, 11/3/16
  LAMB Lieut.   Warkworth Mention
Lieutenant Lamb, son of Councillor J.W. Lamb of Warkworth, has been promoted to the rank of captain. The young officer organised and successfully carried out a raid upon the enemy’s trenches, for which he had the honour of being mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches. One of his men, who was engaged in the achievement, was awarded the Military Medal.  22/9/1917
  LUKE, William Dvr RFA Amble Military Medal Driver Wm. Luke, of the Royal Field Artillery, Amble, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Driver Luke has seen a good deal of service, having enlisted on the 28th October, 1915. He has been in many of the great battles in France and has always shewn a gallant and brave spirit through them all. 13/12/1918
  LYNN, J. A/
Radcliffe Distinguished
Medal and Military Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal annouced in the London Gazette of the 3/10/1918:
 308015 A./R.S.M. J. Lynn, M.M., W. Rid.R. (Radcliffe, Acklington):
 For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when the line was pressed back in rear of battalion headquarters. Owing to his determined handling of the headquarters personnel, and such stragglers as he could gather in, he held the line at that point and remained there until orders for withdrawal were received, when the battalion was able to withdraw in perfect order to the new position. His courage and initiative were invaluable.
  MERIVALE, Vernon Capt 7th
Togston Military
and Bar
First award is a  1916 new year's honour, the bar to the Military cross was announced in the London Gazette of  23/7/18. Capt. Vernon Merivale, M.C., North'd Fus. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During two days of severe fighting he handled his company with great daring and ability, and at one time took command of the battalion, leading it with the greatest courage, under intense shell fire, to a most important rendezvous. Throughout the operations he set a splendid example to all ranks.
  PAWSON G.S.V.  Lieut  Yeo & RFC  Alnwick Military
Honour for Lieut G.S.V. Pawson.
Second-Lieut (Temporary Lieut.) George St. Vincent Pawson, Yeomanry and R.F.C. has been awarded the Military Cross. He is the fourth son of the Hon. Mrs. Howard of Shawdon, Alnwick, and Sibton Park, Kent. Mrs Howard has five sons fighting and two sons-in-law- the Earl of Guildford, now in Egypt, and Colonel Hardwick, of the 10th Hussars.
William Robson Middle Cawledge Park Alnwick Military Medal ROBSON, William Pte. North'd
Middle Cawledge Park,
Military Medal Private William Robson, stretcher bearer, Northumberland Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Robson, Middle Cawledge Park, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery under heavy shellfire.  29/7/1916
  SMITH, James  Pte North'd
Wooperton  Military Medal Mr and Mrs Adam Smith have received information that their son, Private James Smith, Northumberland Fusiliers, has been awarded the Military Medal for great coolness and great work during the operations. He was carrying ammunition close behind the attacking waves, being subjected to the heaviest fire, and although several of his comrades became casualties he stuck to the ammunition and succeeded in handing it over to the attacking company immediately the first objective was captured. He continued to do splendid work throughout the day. Pte. Smith enlisted in February, 1916, and underwent his training at Rugeley Camp under Lieut-Colonel R.J. Roddam. He reached France in June, 1916, was wounded in the great advance, July 1st, 1916, and sent home to England for treatment. After recovering from his wounds and a short stay with his parents, he joined his battalion, leaving for France again in December, 1916.  He was severely wounded in the chest on March 4th, 1917, returning to England again for treatment. After recovering, he sailed for France in July last for the third time. We wish this brave Wooperton lad every success, and may he win further distinctions. The parents of such a gallant young soldier are to be much congratulated. 27/10/1917 
William Swan Broomhill SWAN, Wm. Cpl Mounted
Broomhill   Military Medal Cpl Wm. Swan M.M.P., Broomhill. Won Military Medal. 27/10/1917
Robert Thompson Military Cross Warkworth THOMPSON, Robert 2nd Lieut. 1/7th
Warkworth Military

Warkworth Recipients of the Military Cross

Second-Lieutenant Robert Thompson, Northumberland Fusiliers. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst on patrol. He led his small party with exceptional skill and good judgment to the attack of an enemy strong point, which he successfully bombed, and eventually withdrew without casualties. The fine leadership which he displayed was all the more praiseworthy owing to the fact that he had been misinformed in the first instance as to his objective, that he encountered a strong hostile patrol on the way which he most skillfully avoided, and finally, that our mortars opened fire upon the strong point just as he was about to commence his own attack. He proved equal, however, to coping with the difficulties and delay caused by these incidents, and handled his men throughout with remarkable ability and determination. Lieut. Thompson is another of the heroes who have honoured Northumberland by their cool, calm daring. Trained in the Duke’s School, Alnwick, he went out to France seventeen months ago where he has seen much hard work. He is still there trying to do his duty. 22/9/1917    

  URPETH, J. Spr. 82nd Fd Coy
Amble Military Medal 143331 Sapper J. Urpeth, 82nf Field Company Royal Engineers:
Military Medal announced in the London Gazette 14/5/1919
  WINTRIP, Edward AB RND Amble Military Medal Military Medal
AB Edward Wintrip, RND of Amble has been awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry in the field. He joined up on the 11th Jan. 1915. He went through the Dardanelles Campaign, went through many of the battles in France, and has been fortunate enough in never getting a scratch. 6/12/1918
George Young Alnwick Military Medal YOUNG, George Pte. North'd
Alnwick Military Medal

Military Medal Won by Private G. Young, of Alnwick

We are pleased to learn that Private George Young, N.F., a brave Alnwick youth, has won the Military Medal. He is 19 years of age, and the son of Mrs Young, and the late Thomas Young, of Hotspur Place. He enlisted in 1915 into the Territorials, and has been several times in action in France. He was employed at Shilbottle Colliery before joining the Army. He earns the medal by brave work as a stretcher-bearer under heavy fire. 22/9/1917

H.H. Young Rothbury Military Medal YOUNG, H.G. Dvr. Army
Military Medal Driver H.G. Young, Field Ambulance Driver, of Bridge Street, Rothbury, has been awarded the military medal for gallantry in France. Previous to joining the Army in December, 1914, Driver Young resided at Park House, Ponteland. 29/9/1917

T4/036668 Driver Henry G. Young, Army Service Corps, MM  LG 25/9/1917. Also served in the Royal Fusiliers.