LEADGATE FALLEN 1919-1921
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
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