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.
Richard James (N.B. Both the CWGC website & Soldiers Died… records Straughans Christian name as Richard only, his middle name was found on the 1911 Census. There is no mention of a middle name in Straughans service records.) Straughan
Richard James (N.B. Both the CWGC website & 'Soldiers Died...' records Straughan's Christian name as Richard only, his middle name was found on the 1911 Census. There is no mention of a middle name in Straughan's service records.)
Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force)
Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kasseler Stadtkreis, Hessen, Germany (N.B. The Germany, Find a Grave Index, 1600-Current [available via Ancestry.co.uk] records the name as Richard R. Straughan)
Straughan first enlisted on 17 April 1912 when he joined the 1st Northumbrian Field Ambulence, R.A.M.C.. At that time he was 5 feet 3 inches tall.
Embodied service at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland as a Bugler, on 5 August 1914.
About 20 pages of Straughan's service records are available via Ancestry.co.uk.
Reported 'Missing', then a Prisoner of War, on 27 May 1918.
Died at the Camp Hospital, Quedlinburg, Germany as a Prisoner of War. The cause of death is generally recorded as 'Unknown' although one sheet of Straughan's service records refers to exhaustion & cardiac paralysis.
Born at Rothbury, Northumberland, the son of John & Wilhelmina Straughan, of 30, Hotspur Street, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
In 1911 the family was living at 79, Shield Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle. John (48) was a Railwayman; Wilhelmina (52), whose birthplace was Wick, Caithness, Scotland, was a Housekeeper; Straughan (14) was a Grocer's Errand Boy; & an elder sister, Mary (16) was a Shop Assistant at a drapery store.