J Williams - 6th DLI - Spennymoor (Wounded)

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    This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 9th of May 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images or have any stories or information to add please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt" >www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127539872@N02/16748814126/
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  • Stewart Coupar on March 26, 2021, 1:38 p.m.

    I believe this is a photograph of 1102, Sergeant John David Williams, 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. His service records have not survived, but I do know he enlisted into the Territorials on the 25th May 1909 and that he was a Sergeant by late October 1914. He lived at Bishop's Close, Spennymoor and went to France with his battalion in April 1915 and was probably wounded sometime between the 26th and 29th of April 1915 at the 2nd Great Battle of Ypres. As a result of his wounding his left leg had to be amputated. His name appears in a list published in the Newcastle Daily Journal, published on the 6th of May 1915. The same newspaper lists him as a patient at the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle from the 25th May 1915. He was discharged from the army on the 28th of January 1916. Prior to his wounding, he had been a Coal Miner Hewer.
    Sadly he died at his home at the age of 50, on the 23rd of February 1936 and was buried with full military honours at St. Charles's burial ground. He had been a member of the 6th D.L I old comrades association and was a life member of the Low Spennymoor and Merrington Lane Workmen's Club.
    One of his son's, John L, was a regular soldier in the DLI and enlisted in 1930. He was Commissioned during the war and posted to the 9th DLI, with which battalion he landed in Normandy on D-Day and was very badly wounded in the leg during the battle fought at Lingevres on the 14th of June 1944. Charles Eagles, who sadly passed away a couple of years ago, was his Sergeant and carried him off the battlefield.

  • Simon Cotterill on March 26, 2021, 9:02 p.m.

    Hi Stewart,
    Thanks so much for sharing this great information about Sgt. Williams and also his son John.
    Have added to the page https://co-curate.ncl.ac.uk/spennymoor-ww1-names/

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