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 Send the details, together with your name and telephone number (which will not be published) and any images, to and we'll add them.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: 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 more
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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 more

 Tell us more... Reference:32806
Surname: Little Age:
First name: John Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: 11th Bn Border Regiment
Address: Carlisle
Reason: Killed in action - Somme
Extra information: John Alexander Little was born June 28, 1896. Killed in action at the Somme on July 14, 1916. He is remembered at Theobald Memorial. Family grave at Chapelknowe.
 Tell us more... Reference:12322
Surname: Little Age:
First name:
Rank: Private
Regiment: C Company 6th Bat, Border Regiment
Address: Carlisle
Extra information: Gained Croix de Guerre. Discharged into Army Reserve in March 1919.
 Tell us more... Reference:12321
Surname: Boothway Age: 24
First name: William Henry
Rank: Private
Regiment: Border Regiment
Address: South Vale Court, Carlisle
Reason: Killed in action - Langermarck, Belgium
Extra information: William Henry Boothway was born in Carlisle in 1893 and died on October 4, 1917, in Langermarck, Belgium.

He was married, to Fanny. His father was also W H Boothway, born in Derby in 1858 and married to Mary Anne Morton.

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Surname: Burnett Age: 28
First name: Thomas
Rank: Private
Regiment: Kings Own Yorkshire Regiment
Address: Collins Terrace, Maryport
Reason: Killed in action - Somme - on October 1, 1916
Extra information: Thomas Burnett has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
 Tell us more... Reference:2946
Surname: McLaughlin Age: 29
First name: Robert William
Rank: Private
Regiment: 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment
Address: Botchergate, Carlisle
Reason: Killed in action
Extra information: Annie McClellan married Robert William McLaughlin in 1908. They were both Carlisle born and bred, Annie, from Botchergate and Willie, as he was called, from Rickergate. In the 1911 census, they are living at 46 Vera Road, Clydach on Fawe, Swansea, where Willie is recorded as a nickel worker.However, more
 Tell us more... Reference:32807
Surname: Darwen Age: 36
First name: George
Rank: Private
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers, 24th Tyneside Irish Bn
Address: Belvedere Street, Workington
Reason: Killed
Extra information: George Darwen, service number 27/906, was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme - July 1, 1916.
His brother, Edward, 22, (record number 32805) was killed on July 10 at the Somme.
Son of Margaret Ann Darwen and the late Edmund Darwen. Commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.

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