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Old 09-09-2013, 04:00 PM
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You know that big hole in the British Newspaper Archive? well I think it's starting to get filled in: Newcastle Journal 2 Dec 1916;
"An Amble Hero
Military Medal presented by Sir Thomas Oliver" Description of award to Private Ditchburn.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:02 PM
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That's great news Janwhin. That will keep me occupied.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:24 PM
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Have we seen Ditchburn yet? Well, here he is:

AG 2/9/1916

Amble.
Honour to an Amble Soldier
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The friends of Private Ditchburn have naturally been delighted to hear of the honour that has been conferred upon him at the front, having awarded to him the Military Medal. This is the fourth or fifth decoration that has been bestowed on an Amble man. Private Ditchburn joined the Northumberland Fusiliers early in the war, and has now been for some time in the trenches and has taken part in the big push. All hope that he may be spared to come home again at the end of the war. A right royal welcome awaits at the hands of the Amble Heroes Fund as well as the people of Amble.



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The Red Cross should have some info on 20/743 Robert Ditchburn as I see he was a prisoner of war.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:16 AM
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This Ditchburn is in one of my family trees so I can give you a little bio on him.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:53 PM
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This Ditchburn is in one of my family trees so I can give you a little bio on him.

Yes please do.
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:01 PM
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Regarding Ditchburn's capture, The 50th Division, of which the 5th NF was part of, had taken over from a French Division in early May 1918 to the north of the River Aisne. This period was marked by the major German offensive which had begun in March. The renewed attack that began on the 27th of May was the start of what became known as the third Battle of the Aisne. The 50th Division was pretty much destroyed here - large numbers of men captured and even Northumberland Artillery units being outflanked and going in the bag, Colonels and all.
The 5th NF in reserve at the start advanced, but were caught in heavy artillery and machine gun fire - repeatedly outflanked they were eventually reduced to just a handful.

The German records with the Red Cross show Didtchburn was captured on the 27th at Berry au Bac, and he was wounded in the the right arm at the time. I've added below the map for the area just prior to the offensive on the 27th. You can see Berry au Bac on the river Aisne, and if you follow the river west you will find the 5/NF, in reserve, near a place called Pontavert.



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Old 04-12-2015, 05:41 PM
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He started his war with the Tyneside Scottish, but transferred to the 5th Battalion at some point. He's wearing the Tyneside Scottish badge in the photo.

The Germans have his date of birth as 7.2.87

The German prisoner of war camp he was in was Stendal
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:45 PM
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Here's a chap on the Amble memorial that perhaps should have got the Military Medal but got a sniper's bullet instead:



Amble Soldier Sniped.
The many friends of Private Alfred Dunn, Northumberland Fusiliers will regret to learn of his death. He was 20 years of age, and has given his all for his country.
Private R.S.Charlton writing to the widow of Private Dunn states that he was shot by a sniper. He did splendid work. He had heard that Private Dunn was bringing in a wounded soldier when he was shot. Already two men had been picked off in trying to do the same. The greatest sympathy is felt with his widow Mrs Alfred Dunn, Queen Street, Amble, and his parents Mr and Mrs Dunn, Albert Street, Amble. 2/9/1916




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