World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

Generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us.

James Wealleans Rutherford

James Wealleans



Service Number:


Northumberland Fusiliers, 13th (Service) Battalion



Thiepval Memorial

Service History:
Enlisted at Wylam, Northumberland.

Rutherford joined his battalion on the Western Front early in 1916. From March to June 1916 the battalion held the Fricourt sector on the Somme. On 1 July 1916 the Battles of the Somme began & the battalion was in action north of Fricourt for four days.

In the early hours of 1 July the battalion moved forward & by noon, despite heavy resistance, were in captured German trenches. On the night of 1-2 July parties from all four Companies, each of 3 officers & 100 other ranks, moved forward across No Man's Land but they sustained casualties from machine gun fire. Other parties, each of 50 men, moved to & from with rations & ammunition for the front line. On the night of 2-3 July the battalion was heavily shelled. The following day they were called upon to repel a counter-attack, & were able to outflank the enemy & capture 30 prisoners. They held onto the captured trenches until relieved on 4 July.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 46)

Born in 1893, at Alwinton, Northumberland, the youngest of five children born to Thomas Rutherford (a native of Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland; a Shepherd), by his wife, Margaret Rutherford (née Weallens).

By 1911 the family were living at Eshott Park, Northumberland.

Pre-enlistment occupation: Farm Labourer.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 46)

Local Memorial:
Felton War Memorial incorporating Acton, Eshott, Swarland & Thirston