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Name: William MATTHEWS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 3986
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 0
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Catherine Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Friday 15th September 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916. Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15th 22nd September 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France. Reference VII. D. 6
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 4
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 4th November 1916.
Family Details:
Youngest Son of William and the late Elizabeth Matthews, of Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Annie Matthews of 1 Catherine Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two children: James and William.
Notes : William's son, William Junior, served with the Royal Artillery as a Sergeant Major during World War 2. He was captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war. He had served twelve years in the Army and previous to that he worked at Clara Vale Colliery. William's other son, James, also spent his early years down the pit. When the pits closed James found employment in the pub trade. He became the licensee of the Rising Sun Inn, Crawcrook, where he and his wife worked until their retirement.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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