Estates remembers World War heroes

Archivist Chris Hunwick with the Northumberland Estates Roll of Honour from 1914-1918.
Archivist Chris Hunwick with the Northumberland Estates Roll of Honour from 1914-1918.

A beautifully calligraphed and hand-tinted roll of honour recording the names of Northumberland Estates staff who served with His Majesty’s Forces during the First World War is to go on display at Alnwick Castle.

The names are listed department by department, from drainers and hedgers and Estates office staff to plumbers and masons and woodsmen.

Alongside each name is a record of service, including date of enlistment, regiment, date of demobilisation and medals awarded.

The roll has information of around 80 men, of which eight were killed.

The document will take pride of place in a First World War exhibition at the castle from July.

Archivist Chris Hunwick said: “The roll of honour is really fascinating, with details of those who served and interesting snippets of information about them being wounded or, unfortunately, losing their lives.

“What is fascinating is the variety of regiments and countries they served.”

Estates staff are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about any of the men listed on either the roll itself, or those known to have enlisted from household.

Chris added: “The roll of honour omits the people who served in household.”

Some of the Estates staff who served included George Braidford, who worked in the masons and plumbers department. He was a private with the King’s Shropshire LI and served in France. He was gassed in August 1918, before being wounded two months later.

Arthur Fullarton, of Hulne Park Farm, was one of the men killed during the war. He served as a private with the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers in France and Belgium, but was killed on June 16, 1915.

A list of those who served can be found via the news and blog section at www.alnwick

If anyone has any information that they believe might be of interest, contact Daniel Watkins at daniel.watkins@al or call 01665 511114.

l As the centenary of the start of the First World War nears, the Gazette wants to remember the conflict and its effect on north Northumberland. If you have a family story or photos to share, contact Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or email