Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet WW1 Heroes ... and Send Us Yours

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet WW1 Heroes ... and Send Us Yours

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Byline: Lesley Oldfield Communities editor

James Rourke, of White-le-Head, Newcastle, born 1876, died 1931, aged 55, was in the Durham Light Infantry. Hylton Marrs of Tanfield Lea, his great grandson, tells his story:"My great grandfather was a pitman in Dipton.

"He volunteered to go to The Somme as a tunneller, to work on the four mines the BEF were working on (Lochnagar Crater for example).

He was 39 and the promise of six times his salary was more than enough for a struggling miner with six children.

WE asked you to tell us about your family's WW1 Heroes and here are some of the first to arrive.

To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One we have begun building a gallery at chroniclelive. in tribute to those who lived, fought, and died at that extraordinary time.

We have already had some marvellous contributions from readers, telling us about their grandfathers, or widowed great grandmas. The photographs so far include many miners, like James Rourke. He had six children and volunteered to go to the Somme as a tunneller.

John Arnold died on his first day at the Somme, leaving behind a wife, son, and three daughters. His grandson, who has the same name, contributed his story.

You can also see Albert Proud, who lost a finger in battle. In a pioneering operation for the time, surgeons replaced it with one of his toes.

And James Denley, of North Shields, got a letter from King George V for his bravery and was, as the King wrote: "Released from the miseries of war. You will be able once more to enjoy the happiness of a home and see good days among those who anxiously look for your return."

Please add your family's story and picture by filling out the form at and uploading an image. If you don't have your relative's photograph then you may be able to send a photograph of a memento. Full details are on the website or see the gallery for inspiration.

John Arnold, of Marley Hill, Gateshead, born 1881, died 1916, aged 35, was an Army private in the 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. …

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