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Guns are silent but still the death toll goes on

The Guns are silent

the death toll continues to rise

There were many reasons that the Armistice did not herald the end of soldiers dying, many wounded soldiers succumbed to injuries gained on the battlefields, the majority of these would have died at home and not all families buried their men in a war grave. The second cause, and perhaps even more tragic, was soldiers who stayed behind after the war to clean up the battlefields, this task which involved finding the dead, clearing munitions and filling in the trench systems. It is likely that William Kingston, the first man listed below, met his demise in this manner. Initially Units would look for volunteers to do this work but by mid 1919 most of those left behind to do this work were transferred from their Regular Army Units into the Labour Corps. Clean up work continued until 1921 when the Corps was officially disbanded.

Leadgate men who fell post war

WILLIAM E KINGSTON (Iveston) b:1895 d: 08/08/1919  22nd Labour Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment ( transf. to (10490) 144th Company Labour Corps) Buried / Commemorated  Les Barques Cemetery Sandgate

JOHN T DINNING b:1894 d:20/07/1920 at the RVI Newcastle Northumberland Fusiliers Buried / Commemorated Leadgate (St. Ives) Churchyard

THOMAS CRONEY (37 Valley View (44 Plantation Street)) b:1893 d:10/09/1920 Durham Light Infantry Buried / Commemorated Our Lady and St Joseph Brooms Leadgate

JOHN FRASER WATSON  (9 Green Street) b: 1896 d: 10/01/1920  Durham Light Infantry Buried / Commemorated Leadgate (St. Ives) Churchyard

ROBERT ALLINSON  (22 Church Street) b:1896 d:08/02/1921  Royal Field Artillery  Buried / Commemorated Leadgate (St Ives) Churchyard

Naming Conventions for Units in WW1

Units with a single Battalion number and no suffix would have existed in the Regular Army at the time of the outbreak of the War.

Amalgamated units (mainly Reserve Forces or Territorial Army) would be named for their original units e.g. 1st/6th Battalion. From late 1917 onwards some units were amalgamated in theatre, these amalgamated units would reflect all the units in their titles.

Units raised under Lord Kitchener's New Army were named as Service Battalions often referred to as Pals Battalions due to the fact that they would have been recruited in a small area, even sometimes from a particular trade.


Leadgate Community History Club would like to thank Andy Plant for his research in creating the original database.

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