Burials WW1 Hipswell 1919

Chapter FOUR


cause of death : Cerebro spinal meningitis

59245 Private John Mason
3rd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died 23rd March 1919 Buried 26th March 1919 
Hipswell Camp
The burial index mentions that John Mason was a coloured man.


Summary of Army Career

John Mason's draft card registration was 6th May 1917, New York, U.S.A. States he was born 5th March 1891,Tacarigua and Trinidad, British West Indies. Physical description: coloured. Medium height and build. Brown eyes. Black hair. 

The available British records state John Mason joined at Dover on 17th August 1918. He completed Home service between 17th August 1918 and 23rd February 1919. He was aged 27 years and four months on enlistment.

Next of kin: Mary Winston. They had married on 1st September 1915, Ashbury Park, New York. Address: 75 West 141st Street, New York City, U.S.A.

Soldiers Effects Records named Mary Mason, New York, USA was to receive the war gratuity and outstanding pay, it gave the first clue that John Mason was from the United States.408
John Mason died of Cerebro spinal meningitis on 23rd March 1919.

Life History

1915 Census John Mason is living in Ashbury Park, New Jersey with Edward Brewington and his family. John Mason was born in 1891, British Islands. 
John's widow Mary remarries Edwin Fabio on 21st July 1920, Manhattan. 1925 Census, Edwin and Mary are living in the Bronx, New York. There does not appear to have been any children born to either marriage.


cause of death : not known

33790 Worker Mabel Tarr
QMAAC attached to Northumberland Fusiliers
Died 7th March 1919 Buried 10th March 1919 
Hipswell Camp

Summary of Army Career


It is thought possible that Mabel's records were destroyed in London during WW2 when a bomb destroyed a buiding where many of the WW1 records were stored
Soldiers effects records state that her father William was the recipient.

Life History

Mabel Tarr was born 7th November 1897, Brompton Ralph, Somerset.Her parents were William Tarr born 1852, Brompton Ralph and Anna Maria Chown born 1863, Kingston, Somerset.They were married in 1883, Williton, Somerset.Anna's name is recorded as Annie Maria Chown. William Tarr was an agricultural labourer.
1911 Census William and Anna Maria Tarr are living at Combe Cottage, Elworthy, Taunton. They have been married for 27 years, have had 13 children, 11 of whom are still living. Living at home is Mabel and four of her siblings.
Mabel's brother Ernest Tarr, who had served in the Navy during World War One had a daughter Mabel born 1920, she married Roland Leroy Eastman, an American soldier in 1945 and emigrated to United States of America as a G.I. War bride.
Remembered on Vivary Park War Memorial, Taunton, Somerset
Headstone Inscription: In Ever Loving Memory Of My Dear Daughter Gone But Not Forgotten. Mrs A.M. Tarr, 1 Court, St James St, Taunton, Somerset


cause of death : Enteric (something that affects the intestines or possible dysentery) possible recurrence

59741 Private John Harrison
(Previous no. 3310, Manchester Regiment)
16th Battalion Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment
Died 22nd February 1919 Buried 26th February 1919 
Catterick Military Hospital
Admitted: Catterick Military hospital 3rd February 1919-22nd February 1919. Relatives were not present at death.
Telegram informing Mr Thomas Harrison, father, of John Harrison's death was returned as Post Office stated that they could not find the address given, 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham. Another telegram was sent to Mrs Margaret Brown, 307 Lees Street, Oldham on 26th February 1919.

Summary of Military Career.

Enlisted: 12th August 1914, Ashton under Lyne.
Age: 22 years and 331 days. 5ft 8 3/4". Chest: 35". Occupation: labourer. Next of kin: Thomas Harrison, 6 John Street, Oldham, father.
Home: 14th August 1914-5th July 1915
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force: 6th July 1915-27th September 1915. Admitted onto Hospital Ship Neuralia, diagnosed Enteric (something that affects the intestines or possible dysentery) and invalided back to England via Alexandria on 9th October 1915.
Home: 28th September 1915-18th April 1916. Admitted to Military Hospital, Aylesbury 28th September 1915-23rd December 1915, diagnosis Enteric convalescing. Telegram sent to Mrs M Brown, 307 Lee Street, Oldham confirming his admission. Given leave 23rd December 1915-2nd February 1916, address given 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham. Infantry Records Office, No. 3 District, Preston requested Next of Kin details from Military Hospital Aylesbury, they were given as Thomas Harrison, 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham.
British Expeditionary Force France: 19th April 1916-20th July 1918. Whilst stationed in France, John Harrison was admitted to 38 Casualty Clearing Station, Heilly near the Somme on 10th March 1917-31st March 1917 suspected of being a Dysentery carrier, he was serving with 2nd Manchester Regiment. Given leave 29th August 1917-7th September 1917.
Home: July 1918-22nd February 1919. Given leave 1st November 1918-11th November 1918, at 307 Lee Street, Oldham from Queen Mary's Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire. 3310 Private Harrison, 'C' Company, 2nd Manchester Regiment.
13th November 1918 joined 3rd Battlion, Manchester Regiment.
4th January 1919 transferred to 16th (Territorial) Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment, Barnard Castle. It was documented as a compulsory and permanent move.

John Harrison was court martialled on a number of occasions during his army career for being absent without leave (he was absent without leave on other occasions but these were dealt with within unit). He received custodial sentences.
27th February 1915 until apprehended on 3rd March 1915, Ashton under Lyne, he was sentenced to 28 days at Grantham.
2nd May 1915-17th May 1915, sentenced to 42 days at Witley Camp, Surrey.
8th September 1917. Court martialled 19th October 1917, sentenced three months.

John Harrison received Victory Medal, British Medal and 1915 Star. Theatre of war he had served in: Balkans (Southern Front) 6th July 1915.
Soldiers Personal Effects Register: recipient brother Roger.

Life History

John Harrison was born 1890, St Marys, Oldham. His parents were John Harrison and Catherine.  Both parents were born in Long ford, Ireland. John Harrison snr was a bricklayers labourer. Army records state that his father is called Thomas but think this is an error.
Information received from his aunt dated 28th October 1919 gave following details:
Parents deceased.
Brothers: Roger Harrison age 36, 2 Silver Street, Oldham and James Harrison age 27, 26 Reserve Battery, 3 Subsection, Victoria Barracks, Athlone, Ireland.
Only living aunt: Margaret Brown, 307 Lee Street, Oldham. 1911 Census Patrick and Margaret Brown are living at 307 Lee Street, Margaret's place of birth is given as Sligo, Ireland.

Remembered on Oldham War Memorial.


cause of death : not known

280674 Driver Albert Youd
5th Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Died 26th September 1919 Buried 30th September 1919 
Scotton Camp

Summary of Army Career

Albert Youd's war gratuity payment was made to his father Benjamin.

Life History
Albert Youd was born 1901, Widnes, Prescot, Lancashire.His parents were Benjamin Youd born 1873, Widnes and Margaret Annie Baxter born 1873, St Helen's, Lancashire. They married on 15th March, 1894 in Liverpool. Benjamin was an engine driver. Both Benjamin and Margaret's fathers were called John.
1911 Census, Benjamin and Margaret are living at 18 James Street, Widnes. They have been married for 17 years and have had nine children, seven of whom are living. The children are Elsie, Lillian, Albert, Richard Alfred, Benjamin, Wilfred and Walter.
Headstone Inscription: Peace Perfect Peace. Mr. B. Youd, 18 James St, Widnes, Lancashire


cause of death : Cerebro Spinal Fever.

64762 Private Alfred Alexander Freeman 
Depot Lincolnshire Regiment attached 5th Provost Company Gloucester Regiment
Died 5th November 1919 Buried 8th November 1919 
Catterick Military Hospital
Hipswell Camp
Alfred Freeman died from Cerebro Spinal Fever. He had been admitted to the Military Hospital Catterick Camp on 29th October 1919. "He appeared confused and uncertain in his statements but said he had no pain." Severe constipation for three days. Tongue foul and dry. Pupils slightly contracted.
Progression of illness.
31st October 1919 - lumbar puncture.
1st November 1919-Semi comatose. Complained of slight headache.
2nd November 1919-Still very drowsy. Urine incontinent. Pulse intermittent. Lumber puncture taken.
3rd November 1919-Semi comatose. Severe constipation. Took fluids, a little better.
4th November 1919-Appears slightly better. Bowels opened. Lumbar puncture taken.
5th November 1919-Appeared much worse. Pulse almost imperceptible. Colour poor and breathing stertorous(noisy and laboured). Gave him 1/60gr strychnine at 10am. 1/60gr 1/100 digitalis given at 10.30am. Oxygen given at intervals. Patient passed into complete coma and died at 12.30am. No post mortem held.

Summary of Army Career

Attested at Newcastle upon Tyne on 16th March 1917. Regimental number: 6/19082 15th Training Reserve Battalion.
Alfred was aged 18 years and one month. 5ft 5 1/2". Chest 33".Occupation: painter. Religion: Wesleyan. Address given: 9 Forcett Street, Cockerton, Darlington. Next of kin: Charles Freeman, 9 Forcett Street, Cockerton, father.
Alfred was the subject of a report into his suitability for service dated 16th May 1917, at 15th Training Battalion. It stated that Alfred was aged 18 years and 3 months.

He was deemed to be mentally deficient and the recommendation was that he should be transferred to the Army Reserves.

The report stated 'that he gives contradictory information that makes it difficult for anything he says to be credible.' Since signing up 'he had shown great capacity for lies and cunning and an extraordinary degree of filthiness in his hygiene. He is useless as a soldier.'
Alfred only completed Home Service.

Other Regimental number linked to Alfred Freeman: 88489 Pte A Freeman, Lincolnshire Regiment.

Life History

Alfred Alexander Freeman was born 7th February 1899 Suffolk.His parents were Charles Freeman born 1866 Suffolk and Sarah Goodchild born 1865 Suffolk. They were married at Blything, Suffolk in 1885.
1911 Census Alfred is living with his parents and siblings at Lower Road, Alpheton, Long Melford, Suffolk. Charles is a horseman on a farm. Alfred is a scholar. Charles and Sarah had had eleven children, six are living. The other children are: Albert (Bertie) Charles, Wesley George, Herbert Horace, Cecil Ephraim and Mabel.
Herbert Horace joined the Army in 1916, he served in France 14th November 1916-17th February 1917, he returned home 18th February 1917-19th August 1919. He received a Pension for Trench Foot.
Cecil Ephraim died 23rd March 1918 France. Regimental number: 19100 4th Battalion Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra Princess of Wales Own). He is remembered on Pozieres Memorial as he has no known grave.
Wesley George died of TB on 12th April 1927 Wolsingham.

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