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The Felling's Fallen in WWI

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
R. L. Binyon

Why do so many memorials say 1914-1919?
Answer: The fighting finished with the Armistice in November 1918, but the war didn’t end officially until the Treaty of Versaille in 1919. So legally, we were actually at war until 1919 – all memorials should really say this date.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends
John 15:3

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today 

Thomas Knox of Bill Quay was killed 2 April 1917 Flanders
Kindly submitted by Yvonne Chambers

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

Gordon Stridiron and Marian Ternent of The Felling Heritage Group are seeking to record the names of all Felling Folk who lost their lives in World War One.
Also see Bill Hartmann's site
If you have any such knowledge please make contact by email...see address below

Just a little human interest story which emerges from the seeking of The Felling's Fallen. 
27286 2nd Cpl Thomas William Hudspith Royal Engineers of St Alban's Cres, Windy Nook

Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919
Collections from
Great Britain
Year Of Death
Place Of Enlistment
Corps of Royal Engineers
Soldier Number

was killed in 1916 during WWI and buried in Bailleul Cemetery in France. His widow, nearly 100 years ago, named their house to match her husband's resting place. To this day, that house retains the name. One can't help wondering if the current occupants know this story?

Click here to see T.W. Hudspith's medal

"Deadman's Penny"

 There is no one single source that records all the men and women of the Felling who perished and indeed, a surprising fact, shocking even, is that only 100 years on and already monuments to their memory have been destroyed. See here for a shocking example but with a good ending. See also here for the loss of Heworth Colliery WW1 Memorial
If stones and mortar now are gone
Let's make sure, 
at least, that the names live on
Jon Bratton 2014

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
(It is sweet and fitting to die for your country)

Let those who come after see to it
that his name be not forgotten

We shan't !

If you have any such material that you would be willing to give our Group access to please make contact by email see address below

Rifles crack and bullets flick...
Bones are smashed and buried quick. 

Beyond The Felling, but in the North East of England, there was a major attack on civilians..and the first soldier was killed on home soil.. in Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby by the German Navy at the beginning of the War in December 1914. Many non combatant casualties in what was a bit of a disgrace by their navy and ours

If I should die, think only this of me:

                                                                  That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever The Felling