Light and Shadows: The End of the Great War

Join us for a commemorative event marking 100 years since the end of The Great War. Local historian Martin Peagam will talk about Stockton in 1918 as four years of conflict came to an end and reflect on the impact the war had on the town.

Friday 9 November, 3.30pm at Stockton Central Library (Jim Cooke Conference Suite). Tickets £2 per person. Book a place on 01642 528079 /

Mr Chetwynd at the Green Bushes Hotel, Stockton

The caption written on the back of this photograph is, ‘Mr G. R. Chetwynd M.P. for Stockton gives a warm handshake to Mr James Castell (85) the oldest member when gifts were made from the Stockton Corporation Retirement fund at a social held at the Green Bushes Hotel, Stockton. Others in the picture are (from L to R) Mr W.A. Pearson, Mr Frank Bailey (chairman), Mr Hugh Allan and Mr Walter Hudson’. My granddad, Frank Bailey, was born in 1902 and began working for Stockton Corporation in 1916 as a tram conductor. When he retired in 1963 he was a depot inspector. He died in 1992.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.

Nurses at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital c1940s

My mother Ida Wilson (nee Colclough) was born in Thornaby in June 1926. She trained as a State Registered Nurse at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital qualifiying in 1948. She moved to West Hartlepool in 1950 after her marriage and returned to nursing in 1967 at St. Hilda’s Hospital moving to The General Hospital from which she retired in 1984. These three photographs were taken during her time at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital. The first shows Nurses Fairy, Colclough (my mum), Hopper and Swales in 1947. The second Nurses Colclough, Pace, Fairy and Swales c1947 and the third Nurses Colclough, Gustiavson, Dr Roberts and Nurse Horley, June 1948.

Photographs and details courtesy of Christine Wilson.

Belasis Avenue and Rodney Street, Haverton Hill

The top two photographs were taken at 30 Belasis Avenue. The first shows June Bates and David Crawford in 1941. Note the air raid shelter in the background, the second was taken c1950. Third photograph shows David Crawford (left) and Keith Bryson (right) riding a tandem with Mrs Persival stood in the background at the rear of 47 Rodney Street c1960.


Photographs and details courtesy of David Crawford.

John McCurley during his Army Service in India

This is a picture of my father, John McCurley, taken sometime during his army service in India between 1931 and 1934. He sent the postcard to his grandmother, Mary-Ann Redican, when he arrived back in the UK in January 1934. Following his discharge he was assigned to the Reserve and was called up in June 1939. He served in Europe with the British Expeditionary Force and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940.

Photographs and details courtesy of James McCurley.

Henry Doyleson of the Royal Field Artillery

t13909This photograph was donated by Lorraine Dayes whose Great Uncle, Henry Doyleson, is in the centre of the three men shown.

A copy of it was addressed, but probably not posted, to ‘Charles Malcolm, No. 77 Mess, HMS Queen Mary, c/o GPO London’, by his sister Mary Malcolm.  The message on the back of the card reads as follows…..

Dear Brother

Just a line to thank you for the PostCard you sent me but at the same time I thought you would have sent me one of your photos.  They have all got one but me so I hope you will send me one.  Mother got your photos Saturday morning.  Mother,  group and also the one of yourself.  Jane Garbutt got one and not Great Aunt (Fanan ?) so do not forget to send me one.  So don’t forget to send one (She repeats herself).

From Your Sister

Give Joe and Jock my best Love Mary


Charles was one of three Stockton brothers who were all stokers on HMS Queen Mary.  They were the sons of Mary and George Malcolm, 14 Union Street, Stockton-on-Tees. All three were killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 while serving in HMS Queen Mary. They were: – Charles Malcolm, stoker, 2655S, RNR aged 22; John Robert Malcolm, stoker, 1430S, RNR, aged 25; Joseph Malcolm, stoker, 2681T, aged 29. All are commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. John Robert and Joseph were married. John Robert had a son John G. born 1915. Joseph had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth born 1910 and Janet born 1913.


Henry Doyleson was a Stockton man and a friend of the Malcolm brothers.  He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (regt. no. 34819) in the early days of the war.  He became a driver, responsible for driving a team of horses that pulled the big Field guns into and out of battle. His battery landed in France on 8th September 1915 in time to join the brigade as they prepared for what became known as the Battle of Loos or the Third Battle of Artois. The battle commenced on the 25th September 1915.  Henry was killed in action on the  26TH September 1915. He had only been at the front for 18 days before he was killed

Henry is commemorated on the Roll of Honour on plot/panel 3 of the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais.  The memorial commemorates 20,000 men who fell in battle and have no known graves.

t13908This is another photograph of Henry Doyleson.  It was probably taken shortly after he had enlisted and was posted from Salisbury Plain where his battery of the RFA was in training before going overseas.   The message on the back of the photograph has faded over the years but what can be read follows…..

One for Ike  and —-one for yourself.  Write back to the address we are at ——————— Salisbury.  Now firing the big guns for a week and then the  —– starts ——-with.  (Illegible words have been replaced with dashes).

Lorraine, who donated the photographs, would really like to find out more about Henry Doyleson.  He was her Grandfather’s brother but her grandfather changed his name to Dayes.  It is a big family mystery. Lorraine would also love to know who the other men in the photograph are…..  can anyone help?