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Victor Campbell, of Hood Street Gateshead, born 1880, died 1917, aged 37. Kings Liverpool Regiment. Ronnie Campbell MP of Blyth, his grandson, tells his story: "My granddad Victor Campbell was born 1880 in Hood Street Gateshead. Victor worked, as a Draper before he was conscripted into the Kings Liverpool Regiment in Ashington. He died on 16th August 1917 at Flanders Belgium WWI.

"My understanding is that my grandad was a stretcher-bearer on the battlefield. As a family, we cannot find out where, he is buried we are told he is probably in a mass grave but he could be one of many that are missing.

"Victor is remembered in the Tyne Cot Memorial and on the memorial at Ashington. I contacted the War Graves Commission, Victor could be in one of the many unmarked graves however, I am still trying to establish this."

James Robinson of Wideopen told us about his grandfather Isaac Robinson, known as Ike.

He joined the Army in 1900 at the age of 19 and was discharged in 1906.

When war broke out he re-enlisted with the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers where he reached the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal not once but twice."A story in the Chronicle archives says he was responsible for the capture of 150 prisoners of war. It said: "Although his body had been peppered with shrapnel and he could hardly move, he continued to shout orders to his men until some German soldiers, amazed at his remarkable courage, carried him away."

After nine months in a German prison camp he returned home and was continuously in and out of hospital having shrapnel removed from his body. He died of ammonia poisoning in 1939.

Alma Grant nee McNay, of Bearpark, born 1881, served in hospitals in France.

Michael Charlton of Framwellgate Moor, her great-nephew, tells her story: "Alma was a nurse at Durham county hospital.

"She applied to work in France and served for several years in hospitals in France. She nursed a wounded scottish soldier called Jack Grant and they fell in love.

"Alma and Jack married during the war and lived in Fishburn for the rest of their lives.

"They never had any children."

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| Michael Charlton in |Basra, 2005. Left, Jack Grant, and far left, Alma
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2014
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