First World War search

Most, if not all, of us will have a relative who fought for king and country in World War One. The sacrifices made by those men from towns and villages across Cumbria will never be forgotten. Now, a new archive is helping people in our region find their forefathers.

Sue Gallagher, of Port Carlisle and Sue Yardley, of Carlisle, spent almost two years compiling a list of about 22,000 names from editions of The Cumberland News between 1914 and 1919. With the help of history librarian Stephen White, they've compiled the first centralised index in the county. It lists the names of soldiers, sailors, airmen and medics who went to war mentioning those injured, missing or killed, prisoners of war and those who were given awards such as the Victoria Cross.

But this is just the start - and we need your help to improve and grow the searchable archive. We want to add in more names and details - and we really want to add the stories behind the names. Can you tell us what happened to a relative? Can you fill us in on the background of a serviceman from your town or village? Do you know people who have not been included? Send the details, together with your name and telephone number (which will not be published) and any images, to and we'll add them. The archive is raw data and we'll clean it up as omissions and corrections are submitted.

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Surname: Walker Age: 27
First name: Edward
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen's Royal West Surrey regiment
Address: Brampton
Reason: killed in action
Extra information:
 Tell us more... Reference:20620
Surname: Foley Age:
First name: Hubert John
Rank: Private
Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Address: Carlisle
Reason: Reported missing April 1917, believed killed
Extra information: Poppies whose roots are in men's veinsDrop, and are ever droppingBreak of Day in the Trenches- Isaac RosenbergFrederick James Foley was born in Carlisle in 1929, one of five brothers born to Alice and Tom Foley, of Monks Close/Priory Road.Although Carlisle born, Hubert John Foley like his brother

 Tell us more... Reference:6893
Surname: Pattinson Age: 20
First name: Thomas W.
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: 6th Battalion, Border Regiment
Address: The Flatt, Kirkbampton
Reason: Killed in action; died July 23, 1917
Extra information: Buried at La Brique Military Cemetery No.2, Belgium.
 Tell us more... Reference:15487
Surname: Little Age: 28
First name: John William
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: County of London QVR
Address: Oughterby,Kirkbampton
Reason: Killed in action
Extra information: Father James Little. of Oughterby.
Service number 7739.
Buried Assevillers New British Cemetery, Somme, France.

 Tell us more... Reference:12262
Surname: Ion Age: 29
First name: William John
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Address: Oughterby
Reason: Killed in action
Extra information: Husband of Mary H Ion, of Oughterby. Service number B/200823. Buried at Torreken Farm Cemetery No.1, Belgium.
 Tell us more... Reference:10316
Surname: Henderson Age: 23
First name: J W
Rank: Private
Regiment: Border Regiment
Address: Carlisle
Reason: Died of wounds abroad
Extra information: Son of William and Mary Henderson. Died 1 April. 1918. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
 Tell us more... Reference:9048
Surname: Robertson Age: 22
First name: Robert Oswald
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1/4th Border Regiment
Address: 5 Watson Terrace, Penrith
Reason: POW Kut - commemorated as died in action
Extra information: Robert Oswald Robertson was one of about 50 local men from the 1/4 and 2/4 Border Territorial battalions who, in August 1915, while garrisoned in India, volunteered for the campaign in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). The men were attached to the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and were part of

 Tell us more... Reference:16772
Surname: Barnes Age: 27
First name: W.A.
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Address: Cardew Farm, Dalston
Extra information: Died August 15, 1919 at Queen Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire, of cellulitis of the mouth and face and toxaemia. Buried in the Military Hospital, Netley.
He was the former husband of Eleanor Barnes Earl, of Church View, Rockcliffe.

 Tell us more... Reference:1047
Surname: Thomlinson Age:
First name: Thomas G
Rank: Driver
Regiment: 23rd Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery
Address: Rosewain, Wigton
Extra information: Enlisted November 13, 1915. Served in Ireland then, from March 1917, in France. He returned safely.

 Tell us more... Reference:32809
Surname: Telfer Age:
First name: John Welsh
Regiment: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Address: Lived with parents Agnes and Adam Telfer and siblings Robert, Lawrence, Nora and Agnes (Nancy) at He
Extra information: Lived with parents Agnes and Adam Telfer and siblings Robert, Lawrence, Nora and Agnes (Nancy) at Heads Nook, near Carlisle. Joined up at the age of 16.Possibly served in three regiments - as 41234 Signalman Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, as S17671 with 8th Seaforth Highlanders, Att 13th Div Sigs


 Tell us more... Reference:32806