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John Arthur Bellwood (1893-1920)

Aycliffe man served with Northumberland Fusiliers and Royal Engineers

John Arthur Bellwood was born on 26 October 1893. He was the son of John and Emma Bellwood, his father worked as a railway clerk. In 1891 the family were living at 130 The Batts, Heighington. By 1911 the family lived as boarders in the house of Mark and Violetta Robinson in North Terrace, Aycliffe Village. John Arthur worked as a joiner. At the time, John Arthur had two brothers, Thomas (aged 9) and Charles Albert (aged 5). There were also two sisters Gladys (aged 7) and Dora (aged 3).

John Arthur volunteered with the 17th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers on 17 September 1914, after a medical at Newcastle. He served on the Home Front from that date till 20 November 1915. From that date he was released to civilian employment at a munitions depot run by Hugh Symington and Son, as part of the 32nd Reserve Battalion. Private John Arthur rejoined the Northumberland Fusiliers, this time, the 80th Territorial Battalion, a Railway Unit. He was transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper on 5 September 1917. The unit was sent to France on 20 November 1917. He joined the 34th Railway Company on 4 December 1917 and served as a railway wagon repairer until 18 February 1919.

He dislocated an ankle after jumping off a wagon. From 19 February 1919 till 3 April 1919 he was in hospital. He was discharged on 1 May 1919 with a pension. He died in September 1920.

Civil Parish: Great Aycliffe

Birth date: 26-Oct-1893

Death date: 1920

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 130 The Batts, Heighnton (1891 census)
North Terrace, Aycliffe Village (1911 census)

Employment: Joiner (1911 census)

Gender: Male

Contributed by swejk, darlington

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