Pupils find out more about war casualties

KEVI pupils look through microfilm during their research visit to Woodhorn.
KEVI pupils look through microfilm during their research visit to Woodhorn.

A group of Morpeth teenagers went on a useful visit to a county tourist attraction as part of their First World War research project.

They looked through some of the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn near Ashington to find out more about the former Morpeth Grammar School pupils and masters who lost their lives during the conflict.

In total, there were 19 King Edward VI School Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils who examined microfilm and information stored in books and on computers.

They are part of a larger research group, also comprised of Sixth Form students. Their work will be shown in a First World War exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall in July and September under a collaborative project with the Morpeth Antiquarian Society.

The visit was arranged by society members Angela and Maurice Teasdale. They were impressed by the reaction of the students to a presentation by Paul Ternent, senior assistant archivist and First World War project co-ordinator for the archives, as well as their eagerness to continue their research.

Jack Armstrong, who is researching B Foster, said: “It was a really good visit because I’m very interested in the First World War. Three members of my family died during the war whilst attempting to diffuse mines in Amble.”

If anybody has any information on the following KEVI pupils and masters who lost their lives during the conflict, please email information to morpethas2014@gmail.com

Private Edwin Armstrong, Capt. John Norman Armstrong, Private Harold George Baker, Lance Corporal George Barnfather, Corporal Jacob Coxon Bell, Sapper Herbert Brown, Private John William Brown, Capt. Llewelyn Alfred Henry Bulkeley, Capt. George Frederick Hedley Charlton, Lieut. William Godfrey Charlton, Bombardier Joseph Clark, Private Robert Raymond Cooper, Private Robert Cowens, Trooper George Cecil Crake, 2nd Lieut. James Davidson, 2nd Lieut. Malcolm Dixon, Sergeant Richard Dunn, Private Thomas Arthur Dunn, 2nd Lieut. Oscar Earnshaw, Private John Forbes, Comp. Sgt Major Bertie Foster, Private Oswald Garvie, 2nd Lieut. John Gibson, Bombardier John Colin Goulding, Sergeant Joshua Graham, 2nd Lieut. John Ivor Grey, Private David Hepburn, Cyril Jospeh Hoey (Merchant Navy), CQMS Thomas Hood.

Private Ernest Ineson, 2nd Lieut. Henry Teasdale Jackson, Flt. Cadet William Leslie James, 2nd Lieut. Edward Grey Lawson, Petty Officer Joseph Cuthbert Loughran, Gunner Edward Matheson, Lieut. Philip Whiteside McClagan, 2nd Lieut. Herbert Henry Middlemiss, Private Joseph Middlemiss, Private Lawrence Molden, Sapper Geoffrey Franklin Murphy, Lieut. Robert Oliver, Lieut. Alfred James Pick, Doctor Raymond Forster Pratt, Private James Laing Reay, Private William Reay, Private Adam Ross, Lance Sgt. Louis Shepherd, Lance Cpl. Henry Richard Smyth, Comp. Sgt. Major Thomas Chester Smyth, 2nd Lieut. Melvin Leslie Studdy, Private William Wallace Swan, Capt. James Herbert Cecil Swinney, 2nd Lieut. Norman Atkinson Swinney, Cpl. Henry Tait, Private Thomas Taylor, Capt. James Noel Treble, Lance Cpl. William Johnson Weatherley, Private William Wallace Winn, Sgt. Sidney Arthur Wright.