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.

David Ferguson Welsh

David Ferguson



Service Number:

Engine Room Artificer

Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Aboukir



Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent

Service History:
Killed in action with a submarine in the North Sea.

HMS Aboukir was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy around 1900. Upon completion she was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet & spent most of her career there. Upon returning home in 1912, she was placed in reserve. Recommissioned on the outbreak of war, she played a minor role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.

HMS Aboukir was sunk by the German submarine U-9, together with two of her sister ships, on 22 September, 1914. 527 men of her complement died.

Born on 20 August 1882 at South Charlton, Northumberland, the third son of Andrew Scott Welsh (b. about 1848 at Rennington, Northumberland) & Margaret Welsh (née Fairbairn; born about 1850 at Embleton), of Falloden Mill, Embleton, Northumberland.

The 1891 Census records Andrew Snr.'s profession or occupation as Relieving Officer, Registrar of Births, Deaths.

Three brothers - Thomas (b. 1878); Robert (b. 1880); & Andrew (b. 1881).

In 1901 Welsh was lodging at 93, Redheugh Road, Gateshead, County Durham, & was employed as an Engine Fitter Apprentice.

Pre-enlistment occuipation: Marine Engineer holding an extra first-class certificate.

At the time of enlistment, Welsh was living at 8, William Street West, North Shields, Northumberland. He was well-known in the town & a member of the St. Oswin Lodge of the Freemasons.
(Source: 'The Fallen of Embleton 1914-1919'; Written & researched by Terry Howells, Mary Kibble, & Monica Cornall; p. 3)

Local Memorial:
Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent Embleton, Memorial Obelisk, Spitalford Cemetery Embleton, Church of England School Memorial Plaque