World War 1

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

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George Usher




Service Number:


Northumberland Fusiliers, 12th / 13th (Service) Battalion



Pozières Memorial (Pozières British Cemetery)

Service History:
Enlisted at Morpeth, Northumberland.

It is uncertain which battalion Usher first served with, but the two battalions fought alongside each other & were amalgamated on 10 August 1917, to form the 12/13th (Service) Battalion.

Usher arrived in France on 9 September 1915 & went into action almost immediately in attacks at Loos. From late 1915 to February 1918 the battalions held various front-line sectors & fought in a variety of actions including a disastrous attack against Fricourt on the Somme, on 1 July 1916, & an advance from Mametz Wood to Bazentin-le-Petit later in that month. In March 1918 they were back on the Somme.

At 09:30hrs on 21 March 1918 the Germans launched the first of a series of massive offensives against Allied lines, 'Operation Michael'. The battalion's right-hand Company was overwhelmed & the 12/13th Battalion Headquarters taken. Over the next four days the battalion fought a series of rear-guard actions as it fell back. 16 officers & 424 other ranks were killed or wounded during this time.

By 28 March the battalion had reached the line of the River Ancre & here defended the village of Ribemount until they were relieved, the following day. Usher was recorded as 'Missing, presumed dead' following this action.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 45)

Born in 1889, at Brinkburn, near Rothbury, Northumberland, the eldest of twelve children born to John Usher (a Gamekeeper at Eshott), by his wife, Margaret Usher (née Ridley).

Pre-enlistment occupation: Farm Labourer.

The family worshipped at the small Methodist Chapel at Eshott.
(Source: 'Felton War Memorial: The Men behind the names'; Eleanor George [formerly Hall]; 2009; p. 45)

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