WW1 Pair. Oughton. New Elvet, Durham. Northumberland Fusiliers, Tyneside Irish. Bit of a lad, drunk, AWOL and plenty more!


Correctly named 1160 Pte A Oughton North’d Fus

Andrew served with the 24th Bn Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusiliers. He was born in Ushaw Moor in 1875 and we find two addresses for him in the New Elvet area of Durham. 28 New Elvet and 27 Brooks Yard, New Elvet.

He was employed as a miner/labourer pre war.

He enlisted in Durham in November 1914. He went overseas to France in January 1916 earning his pair. He suffered from Myalgia in 1917 but still remained in service.

He has a few service numbers, he was compulsory transferred in September 1917 and was 387253 in the 918th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps and again compulsory transferred to the  Royal Fusiliers as GS/101223 in the 43rd Garrison Bn in August 1918.

His record which survives shows him as a rather ‘bad lad’. He repeatedly received Field Punishments numbers 1 and 2 for various offences from going AWOL, being drunk, hesitating to obey orders and even making a frivolous complaint, theres a good few more offences to add!

He served a total of 4 years and 94 days.

We know he married in Durham Registry Office in pre war in 1912.

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