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Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (St. John's Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery contains 179 First World War burials and 105 Second World War burials.

There are three graves of men who served with the Yorkshire Regiment in this cemetery. We are very grateful to Mike Berrell (<mike_berrell@ntlworld.com>) for photos of two of the graves and of the cemetery.


Private Walter Charles Bell. 16945 Select the image above for an enlarged photo which opens in a new window.
  Private Walter Charles Bell. 16945.
7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of William and Annie Bell, of Middlesbrough. Husband of Annie Bell of `Swineshead, Northend, Boston (Lincs). Died at home 30 November 1918. Aged 31.
Enlisted Middlesbrough, Resided Middlesbrough.

(Additional information : Enlisted 21 August 1914. Served in Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion. Transferred to 7th Battalion and was wounded at Fricourt, 1 July 1916. Discharged 7 February 1917 due to right arm amputated after gun shot wound.
Pension and Service records exist.)

Photo : Mike Berrell (<mike_berrell@ntlworld.com>)

Private Robert D Gibson. 38295. Select the image above for an enlarged photo which opens in a new window.
  Private Robert D Gibson. 38295.
The Yorkshire Regiment, transferred to (578394) Labour Corps. Son of Mrs. Lily Gibson, of 39, Rye Hill, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Died at home 18 January 1921. Aged 23.

"JESU LOVER OF MY SOUL"

Photo : Mike Berrell (<mike_berrell@ntlworld.com>)

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  Private William McGowan. 63586.
36th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, formerly 5923 the Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Elizabeth McGowan, of Oaklea Bungalow, Steele's Land, Earsdon Rd., Monkseaton West, Northumberland. Died at home 16 July 1918. Aged 40.
Born Carlisle, Enlisted Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Private Bell's headstone, - left foreground, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (St. John's Westgate and Elswick) CemeteryPrivate Bell's headstone, - left foreground, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (St. John's Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery
Photo : Mike Berrell (<mike_berrell@ntlworld.com>)

Private Gibson's headstone, - left foreground, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (St. John's Westgate and Elswick) CemeteryPrivate Gibson's headstone, - left foreground, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (St. John's Westgate and Elswick) Cemetery
Photo : Mike Berrell (<mike_berrell@ntlworld.com>)

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