Unusual Deaths

Private Edward Hutchinson 2497

Based on his service number Private Hutchinson enlisted with the 6th Durham Light Infantry around 14 September 1914 at Bishop Auckland and proceeded overseas with the battalion on 19 April 1915 where he would have gone in to action less than a week later at Ypres. He been posted back to England due to wounds received in France.

The Newcastle Journal of 01 June 1915 states he was at 2nd Northern General Hospital as of 29 May. He was noted in a report from the battalion dated 08 June 1915 (usually these were weekly reports) which was published as part of a casualty list on 25 June 1915.  He was also listed on a further casualty list of 24 September 1915 however this list appears to be primarily made up of men wounded in May 1915 (and also includes Private O Foster – see article below).

Edward was killed after being hit by a run-away tram on Bensham Bank, Gateshead on 05 February 1916.His CWGC record states he was with 26th Durham Light Infantry at the time of his death (It was the 23rd Battalion at the time of death and later re-numbered 26th).

The O Foster mentioned in the article may be 2291 Private Oliver M Forster. Private Forster was apparently standing on the rear platform of the tram and was pinned under the tram , suffering a broken leg. He was taken to the First Northern General Hospital at Armstrong College for treatment.

Times Newspaper, 7 Feb1916. pg 5.

Private Matthew F Parker 735

Died after being run over by a tram in Darlington.

Newcastle Journal,  7 Mar 1916. pg 10.

Private John Thomson 3916

Killed in a shooting accident on 19 September 1915 at North Leam Camp, Felling, when a gun was discharged. He had enlisted in late June 1915 and was most likely still in training.

Pvt Thomson

 Ncl Journal, 21 Sep 1915. pg 10

The charges against the three soldiers involved were later released when it was determined that there was insufficient evidence of any intent. Lance Corporal Mason, Privates Wallace  and Tindle.

 Pvt Thomson 2

 Ncl Journal, 24 Sep 1915. pg 8
Private Archie Hedley

Drowned whilst swimming in the River Wansbeck at Morpeth on 09 August 1915.