AP Stokes - 5th NF - Jarrow (DCM)

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Jarrow at War


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    DCM FOR JARROW SOLDIER. Strikes at Home "Break the Hearts of Men Who Left Good Jobs." Private A.P. Stokes, 5th Batt., Northumberland Fusiliers, who before enlisting was employed as a labourer in the Lead Work Jarrow, h as been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The information is contained in a letter written by Private Stokes to his mother, Mrs. E. Stokes, of Drury Lane, Jarrow, in which he says:- "I suppose you will know I have won the D.C.M. I had better not tell you what I did or you will think that I have gone off my 'nut' But you have not to be afraid of anything out here. I never experienced anything like the fighting on Whit Monday. The Germans started at 2 p.m., and they never stopped till Tuesday night, sending their gas bombs in galore. Men were dying 'on piece'. "To tell you the truth I could sit down and have a good cry at the thought of those poor men. And people in England can now think of going on strike! I don't know what to make of them. Men out here are working day and night for a shilling. I don't know what would become of England if we were to go on strike. It breaks the hearts of soldiers who left good jobs to come out here." This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 1st of June 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 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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    IllustratedChronicles (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? Public Domain Mark
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127539872@N02/16445622488/
    Resource type: Image
    Last modified: 7 years, 5 months ago
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