Was this your Teare relative? Newspaper clippings 1842-1915

clippings imageA selection of 16 newspaper clippings mentioning Teare in stories from Wales, North West England, Manchester, London, IoM between 1842-1915. Arranged in date order. Some need to be read in sequence to get the full story. As usual press interest focuses on sudden death, court cases and occaisionally some more amusing incidents.


Monmouthshire Merlin 23 July 1842

ABERGAVENNY.—The Teetotal society in this place has not, from some cause or other, progressed within the past few months, with its wonted spirit; and with a view to resuscitate its languid energies, gave an invitation to Mr. James Teare,of Preston, the gentleman who has been doing so many wonders in the county of Hereford, during the last week or two. His addresses on Teetotalism in that county have produced their desired effect-strengthening the already staid, causing the waverer to retrace his steps, and inducing many an opponent first to think, and then to range himself under the banner of Total Abstinence. With a hope that similar results would follow his spirit-stirring appeals in Abergavenny, the advocates of touch not, taste not, handle not alcoholic drinks, engaged his services for the evenings of Monday and Tuesday last. On the former evening his address was delivered in the Teetotal Coffee Room, to as large an audience as could conveniently gain admittance. His address was characterised with a great deal of earnestness, and evidently produced a good effect upon his audience. The same ground which former lecturers took was occupied by him, and no new arguments were advanced, with which the larger part of his auditory was not already acquainted but he made some bold assertions, with which only thoroughgoing Teetotallers could agree. On Tuesday evening, his company was too numerous for all to hope to gain admittance into the room. He therefore spoke to an assembly of perhaps 400 or 500 persons in the Wheat Market, and that, too, so efficiently, that before the meeting broke up, eleven persons signed the pledge. The Rev. Henry Poole, Baptist minister, was the chair on both occasions. The society anticipates much good will arise from Mr. Teare’s visit to the town of Abergavenny.


 Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent 15 July 1848

A powerful hydraulic presshas just been completed for Mr. W. F. Moore, sailcloth manufacturer, by Mr. R. Teare, turner, Douglas. The condensing pump and its appendages are beautifully executed, and the standing portion of the press strong and substantial. The power which a moderate sized man is capable of exerting is about 150 tons.


County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser Abergavenny and Raglan Herald Usk and Pontypool Messenger and Chepstow Argus 24 June 1876

A MANX LANDOWNER,named Kerruish, has been sentenced to five years’ penal servitude for sheep stealing. A woman named Teare was sentenced to two years’ hard labour for a similar offence.


 South Wales Echo 3 July 1885

ALLEGED ARSON BY A DRAPER. An extraordinary case of alleged arson was investigated at Manchester police court today. The prisoner was a draper named Edward Teare.On the night of Wednesday his shop was discovered to be on fire. The flames were extinguished before any serious damage had been done. The superintendent of the brigade found there was distinct evidence that the premises had been set on fire deliberately in several places at once. The stock is greatly over insured. Prisoner was remanded till Thursday.

The Western Mail 14 July 1885

INCENDIARISM FOR THE SAKE OF INSURANCE. A draper named Edward Tearewas charged on Friday morning at Manchester Police Court with arson. The prisoner’s shop was discovered to be on fire on Wednesday night. Subsequent investigation showed that it must have been set on fire willfully, as the place was burning in several places at once. The stock, though heavily insured, was valued at only £50. The prisoner was remanded till next Thursday.

South Wales Echo 23 July 1885

ARSON IN MANCHESTER. At the Manchester assizes on Wednesday, draper named Teare,of Manchester, was found guilty of arson, and sentenced to seven years penal servitude. His shop was set on fire in several places, and it was proved that over-insured the stock, and had told the assistants that they would not be required after the day on which the fire was discovered.


 Evening Express 29 April 1891

MAY LADIES SMOKE IN CAFES. A Waiter Who Objects Gets a Water Bottle Thrown at Him. 

At Bow-street on Tuesday William Teare,who refused his address and occupation, was charged with willfully breaking an embossed panel at the Horse Shoe Hotel, valued at £ 5. Henry Marshall, a waiter, said that the defendant, accompanied by a lady and gentleman, entered the cafe, sat down at one of the tables, and ordered some coffee and brandy. They were supplied, and the lady commenced to smoke a cigarette. She was requested to desist, but refused. The defendant then took up a water-bottle and threw it at the witness’s head. He, however, dodged it, and the panel was shattered.

Mr. Vaughan: ‘Is it a regulation that there shall be no smoking in the coffee-room ?  Other persons (men) may smoke.  And why not women?  Where is the distinction?’

The Witness Henry Marshall: ‘That is the rule of the establishment.’

Mr. Vaughan ‘That clearly cannot be.’ (To the defendant): ‘What have you to say?’

The Defendant William Teare: ‘I mean to say this, that a lady, her husband, and myself went into the cafe to have some coffee and brandy and sat down at a table. My friend had a cigar and I offered his wife a cigarette. I had a pipe. She lighted the cigarette, and this man (the waiter) came up in an insolent manner and addressed her, without speaking to her husband or myself. He came up and spoke again, and said he would call in the police and turn her out. With that I picked up the water-bottle and threw it at him.’

Mr. Vaughan: ‘You ought not to have done that.’ To Mr. Atkins: ‘What is this that I hear, that there should be smoking by men and not by women?’

Mr. Atkins: ‘That is so.’

Mr. Vaughan: ‘I don’t understand what is the principle?’

Mr. Atkins: ‘It is a rule of the establishment’

Mr. Vaughan: ‘But you let men do it. Don’t you know that Spanish ladies smoke? Why should not women be allowed to smoke? It seems to me to be most inconsistent.’

The Magistrate fined the defendant William Teare 1s. and ordered him to pay £5, the amount of the damage done.


 Barry Docks News 26 October 1894

A SAILOR DROWNED AT BARRY DOCKS A seaman named Edward Teare,aged 38, a native of Glasgow, was attempting to get on board the s.s. Fulham, lying near No. 5 tip at Barry Dock, about 10.30 on Tuesday night last, when he accidentally fell into the tip well and was drowned. Grappling materials were obtained, and after searching for a couple of hours the body was recovered by Dock-constables Franks, Atkins, and Weeks, and Messrs T. John and J. Blainey, berthing masters. The remains were removed to the mortuary, and an inquest was held on Thursday afternoon at the Police Court.

The Western Mail 26 October 1894

Local News : An inquest was held on Thursday afternoon at Barry Dock (before Mr. K B. Reece, district coroner) touching the death of Edward Teare, a seaman on board the steamer Fulham of London, who was drowned on Tuesday night. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


 The South Wales Daily Post  13 August 1897

A SWANSEA SHIPPING CASE. THE STIPENDIARY GIVES HIS DECISION. In the case of Frederick Smith and Charles Teare, against Captain James Birchfield, of the barquentine “Brazilian,” the learned Stipendiary (Mr. J. C. Fowler) gave his decision at the Swansea Police Court on Friday morning, He said : ’Having considered the evidence in the cases of Smith against Captain Birchfield and Teare against the same, and the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, I now find as a fact that each of the plaintiffs was absent from the ship at Cappa, near Limerick, when she started for Swansea, also that their absence obliged the master to engage one man as a substitute for one, and to sail without a substitute for the other. He had to pay wages to the substitute and also to the crew for working one short of the proper number. Under these circumstances I hold that the plaintiffs committed a breach of their contract and are not entitled to recover the wages claimed.’  Mr. Naylor, who appeared for the defendant, applied for costs


 The Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid Wales Advertiser 22 October 1898

Notes by the Way: 

The Postmaster General has appointed Mr John Wesley Teare,Postmaster of Oswestry to be Post- master of Dewsbury


 Cheshire Observer 26 August 1902

News of the World:

A young man named Tearewas drowned while bathing at Douglas, Isle of Man, on Wednesday, At the inquest a witness stated that he ran for a boat but was refused one, the person in charge saying that he did not provide boats for persons who did not use the bathing-houses in the creek. The jury returned a verdict of found drowned, several jurors expressing the opinion that the man should be censured for refusing the use of a boat.


 North Wales Express 30 September 1904

APPLICATION FOR DISCHARGE. Mrs Teare,Holyhead, appeared before the Board to ask for the discharge of her sister, Mary Hughes. aged about 15. It appears that Mary Hughes had been sent from the workhouse to the institute at Holyhead. After being there for over three years she absconded and flatly refused” to go back, and as she was under the legal charge of the Guardians she was taken into the house. Her sister now undertook to keep her. Some of the Guardians were strongly of opinion that the girl should be kept in the workhouse until she was 16 years of age. Mr Laiiabury moved, and Mr E. D. Jones seconded that the girl be placed under the care of her sister.  Mrs Elias moved an amendment, seconded by Dr Kendall, that she should be retained in the workhouse. The motion was carried by the chairman’s casting vote, and the girl was therefore, discharged.


Weekly Mail 31 August 1907

WAS IT AN ACCIDENT?A young woman, named Jessie Teare,of Liverpool, was remanded at Birkenhead on Tuesday charged with causing the death of Sheik Kabir, a seaman. It was alleged that the prisoner kicked the man in the stomach, and that he died shortly, afterwards. She, however, declared that another young woman pushed the man, who fell on some crockery he was carrying.


The Cardiff Times 16 April 1910

WELL-KNOWN YACHTSMAN.Mr D. Teare Callow, a well-known yachts- man of Castletown, Isle of Man, died on Saturday, age 46, as the result of an accident while cycling on Thursday. Deceased was a member of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club and sailed his yacht Maple Leaf at regattas.


 Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 27 March 1915   Omnibus Notes

An American and His Motor. “I have driven cars in New York City for 12 years. I came over to England to join Kitchener’s Army, and this is the sort of thing brought against me,” were the remarks of Alfred John Teare,of Priory Street, who was summoned for driving a motor-car recklessly in Guild Hall Square, and also for refusing to stop when signaled by a constable. Defendant said he did not see the constable’s signal. He struck the kerb in order to avoid a cart, which was on its wrong side. The Bench imposed a fine of 10s. and costs in each case.


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Y-DNA testing and origins of Teare / Tear name

teare-and-sons-DNADevelopments in DNA testing over the last 20 years have contributed greatly to the recent increase in knowledge about people’s ethnic and genetic origins. The availability of a number of companies offering commercial testing has lead to a reduction in cost as well as improved range of tests and better knowledge of interpretation of results. The testing of the male Y chromosome has proved so far the most fruitful in this respect for two reasons:-

  • the male Y-chromosome is passed down largely unchanged from father to son, tracking the male genetic line (patrilineal) – and therefore tracks also all the male holders of one family name
  • there is a low rate of mutation of the Y-chromosome as it is passed from one generation to another, but the rate of change is sufficient to identify and track branches in family groups within the last 7-800 years, ie the genealogical timescale in which family names have been used.

The Manx Y-DNA study has been running for 8 years and now includes the Y DNA data on over 500 individuals of Manx origin. The ancestral Y DNA signatures of over 100 families of Manx origin have been identified providing new information on the origins of the early population of the Isle of Man, at a family level – where they came from and also insights into the process of the formation of Manx family names. Based on the sample of men tested in this study, approximately a quarter of the men of this early population of the Isle of Man, with male descendants surviving today, had male ancestors who previously came from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. The remainder came from neighbouring areas, mainly Ireland, Scotland and early Britain. The proportion of Scandinavian genes in the male population of the Isle of Man today will have been reduced due to influx of population in the 19 and 20th centuries. The close-relatedness of the Manx community genetically is a notable feature of the Isle of Man, as might be expected. Y-DNA testing indicates that a number of male lines are connected from early times. However autosomal DNA testing provides further anecdotal evidence of this characteristic amongst a small population of people with Manx ancestry.

Teare / Tear family ancestry

Analysis of the Tear/e family lines show there are two distinct male ancestors living about 1000 years ago who are ancestors to Teare families living today. These can be defined broadly as the Patrick/Peel line with origins in Celtic Britain and the Andreas line having origins in Ireland. Of course this does not mean that there have not been connections between these 2 family lines during the intervening years – indeed it would be extremely unlikely for that to be the case.

From Manx Y-DNA Study – 8 Year Report – Results by Family Name

Tear/e – Line 1:  Patrick/Peel Origins

Hg R1b: Celtic origin: Defining Y-SNP: R-L21>DF13>Z253>L1066

The earliest surviving documentary record of this name on the Island was from 1372. Early forms of the name were ‘Mactyr/Mac Tere/Mac Terre/Mc Tyre’ and it was believed to mean ‘Son of the craftsman.’ Y-DNA testing up to 67 markers has been such that the ancestral haplotype has been identified. This name is unique to the Isle of Man and is not formed elsewhere. Y-DNA testing and analysis shows that this male line belongs to Haplogroup R1b and the lowest level Y-SNP identifiable is R-L21>DF13>Z253>L1066. Analysis suggests that the patriarchs of this male line, before they arrived on the Isle of Man, lived in Celtic Britain.

Tear/e – Line 2:  Andreas origins

Hg R1b: Celtic origin: Defining Y-SNP: R-L21>M222

The earliest surviving documentary record of this name on the Island was from 1372. Early forms of the name were ‘Mactyr/Mac Tere/Mac Terre/Mc Tyre’ and it was believed to mean ‘Son of the craftsman.’ Y-DNA testing up to 67 markers has been such that the ancestral haplotype has been identified. This name is unique to the Isle of Man and is not formed elsewhere. Y-DNA testing and analysis shows that this male line belongs to Haplogroup R1b and the lowest level Y-SNP identifiable is R-L21>M222. Analysis suggests that the patriarchs of this male line, before they arrived on the Isle of Man, lived in Ireland (Ui Niall Dynasty).

The full report is available at: http://www.manxdna.co.uk/results.htm

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Unlocking Stories from the Archives: the Records of Teare and Sons, Sail Makers and Ship Chandlers of Peel

Featured on the imuseum website – June 2017

Unlocking Stories from the Archives: the Records of Teare and Sons, Sail Makers and Ship Chandlers of Peel

Posted on 16.06.2017

Manx National Heritage Library & Archives hold the archive of a small family business called Teare and Sons, Sail Makers and Ship Chandlers. The business was established in 1866 by John Teare (a rope maker) and his son William Edward Teare (a sail maker) – interesting fact – William Teare was the brother-in-law of folklorist and fellow Peel resident Sophia Morrison (1859-1917). The business was situated on The Quay on the corner of St Peter’s Lane. The sail making room was in the loft whilst the ground floor was taken up by the chandler business selling ropes, paint, cork (for nets), chains, nets, linseed oil, paraffin and petrol.

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Brothers Frederick and Frank Teare from Peel killed in the battle of Arras April 1917

poppyFrederick and Frank Teare, stepbrothers born in Peel, were in two different armies when the battle of Arras started on 9 April 1917. They died within days of each other and despite being in the same battle and within miles of each other almost certainly had no idea they were so close. Frederick and Frank Teare are remembered on the Peel War memorial.

In the spring of 1917, British Empire and French forces began a combined offensive against the German Army on the Western Front in France. British Empire troops attacked around Arras on 9 April. Far to the south, the French launched their attack on 16 April, along the Chemin des Dames ridge. Arras had been close to the front line throughout the war, and was dominated by the high ground of Vimy Ridge. The German defences were formidable, with several lines of trenches, concrete blockhouses and deep dugouts.

The Canadian Corps, made up of the 4 Canadian Divisions, attacked and captured the high ground of Vimy Ridge that dominates the Douai plain and provides unobstructed views in all directions.

Frank Teare, a corporal in the Canadian Infantry Alberta Reg: 50th Bn. was killed on the 10 April 1917, the second day of the battle for Vimy Ridge. Despite severe cold and unseasonal snow the Canadians captured the majority of Vimy Ridge on the first day. They dug in and consolidated their positions overnight and on the 10th were attacking a small summit known as Hill 145. By the 12 April the Canadians controlled the whole ridge but at a cost – 10,602 Canadians were wounded during the attack, and 3,598 killed.

More about the story of Frank Teare and how he came to be in the Canadian Army here.

To the south an advance of over three and a half miles achieved by the 9th (Scottish) Division and the ‘leapfrogging’ 4th Division resulted in the capture of the village of Fampoux. This advance was the longest made in a single day by any belligerent from static trenches.

Frederick Teare, a sergeant in the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, was wounded on the 11 April in the disastrous attack from Fampoux. Only 57 of the 363 men and 12 officers who started the attack returned unscathed. He died from his wounds in Hospital in Etaples 12 days later.

More about the story of Frederick Teare and how a master mariner came to die on the Western Front here.

Go to Teare WW1 memorial page.

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John Henry Teare built the first bicycle on the Isle of Man 1867

john henry teare bicycleMost people hearing of ‘cycling’ and the ‘Isle of Man’, will probably think of Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh, both sportsmen who have achieved amazing success.

But someone else who deserves recognition in the field of Manx cycling is the man who manufactured the first ever cycle on the Island.

In the picture is John Henry Teare, sitting on the machine he made when he was about 19 years of age.

The son of a blacksmith from Andreas, (baptismal record for 13 Feb 1847), the cycle was completed at Smeale Smithy in either 1866 or early 1867.

The handwritten annotation to the photograph states it was taken in c.1867 so it’s possible this was done to commemorate the achievement.

(source: imuseum http://bit.ly/2llUcEj)


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Denys Teare 1922-2015 – Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur

Denys Teare passed away peacefully in Ramsey Cottage Hospital on 1 December 2015 aged 93 years.

Denys Teare Legion of Honour

I have posted previously about Denys and his book ‘Evader’. In 1944 he lived in France for over 12 months following the crash landing of the Lancaster bomber ‘S’ for Sugar’ returning from a raid over Germany. Amazingly all the crew survived but did not meet up again until after the war. Denys spent his 22nd birthday in France, learned French, helped farmers bring in the harvest and helped the local resistance forces before meeting up with the American 3rd Army when they eventually reached the town where he was hiding. http://teareandsons.com/2013/12/book-recommendation-evader-by-denys-teare/

Earlier this year (2015)  Denys was awarded the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur by the French Government in recognition of his wartime service and his part in helping in the liberation of France in 1944. http://teareandsons.com/2015/03/denys-teare-ordre-national-de-la-legion-dhonneur/

Evader was first published in 1954. Now published by Crecy Publishing it is available from on line retailers. It’s a great read.

Condolences to his partner Marian and all his family and friends.

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Teare genetics: Y-DNA and the origins of Manx family names

teare and sons DNAThe Teare name is Manx in origin and its earliest recording is from 1599. It has developed and contracted to its modern spelling from the Manx Gaelic ‘Mac-y-teyir’ meaning ‘son of the craftsman or carpenter’. The Y-DNA project, which uses modern DNA analysis to trace the male genetic line, has shown that the Teare families tested have two separate male ancestors, both of Celtic origin, who would have lived about 1000 years ago.

The Isle of Man is small geographically (221 square miles) and its population has always been small relative to its larger neighbours. Despite being equidistant to Scotland, England, and Ireland (about 20 miles) and a little further to Wales the population historically had little mixing with ‘the other countries’. In this rural community, until the 19th century, the majority of the population worked on the land or the sea; often both – farming most of the time but also taking advantage of the seasonal herring fishery around the island. It was common to have marriages between neighbouring families, especially when farmers were looking to acquire new land or marrying someone from another parish. Consequently anyone researching their Manx family history will soon find their ancestors were related to a range of families, usually with very Manx names.

Families who have been connected with the Isle of Man over the last 500-1000 years are identifiable by their distinctive Manx family names. Previously people were known by single or personal names, sometimes nicknames, such as Duggan meaning the ‘little dark man’. Around 1000 years ago the Celtic patronymic system of names started to be adopted where the personal name was based on the name of your father or grandfather. This system means that a person can be identified by their personal name plus that of their male ancestor, for example Cormac MacNeill = Cormac Son of Neill. Names could describe attributes of the individual, their appearance, trade, or the place they lived but the Celtic patronymic ‘Mac’ meaning ‘the son of’ was the most common. From about 1100 AD onwards on the Isle of Man these family names, mostly unique to the Island, started to be adopted permanently and passed down to father to son unchanged.

Today there are some 125 hereditary family names surviving and still in use on the Island and these are the modern forms of the original Gaelic names in use around 1000 years ago. Modern genetic analysis using DNA testing throws light on the early history of the Manx population by tracking the Y-DNA makeup of men bearing these distinctive Manx names, including Teare. So far the study shows that Manx families tested are descended from one or two original patriarchs and so can be described as having a known genetic origin – the picture that would be expected for small families possessing family names with low overall frequency (see www.manxdna.co.uk for more details of the approx. 80 names investigated and latest results).

The Isle of Man was under the rule of a number of Scandinavian or Norse invaders for around 350 years and the study reveals only 25% of men of Manx origin today are descended from Scandinavians. This is a smaller number than might have been expected and the majority of modern Manx men have Celtic origins from men who arrived either from Scotland or Ireland. From the testing of modern Teare men in Isle of Man, UK and USA it is clear there are two different Teare genetic lines (both Celtic) on the Isle of Man. More testing is on-going to try and determine a more precise picture. However, testing carried out so far does confirm that the Teare lines from Peel (now in IoM and UK) and Patrick (now in USA) are closely related – for more on this connection see http://teareandsons.com/category/mining/ .

The phenomenon of two separate Teare male family lines is a good example of the same hereditary family name being formed in parallel and at around the same time (family names became hereditary on the Isle of Man between ca 1050 and 1300AD) by different families.  In a Gaelic speaking environment where patronymic names were in use, it is easy to expect that the same “son of: something/somebody” name could be adopted by more than one male-led family group at the same time.

But if this is true and occurs in the small Gaelic world of the Isle of Man, then it is even more so in the wider Gaelic-speaking world of Ireland and Scotland. So the Irish Kelly’s have no connection at all with the Manx Kellys for example. Hence we must learn not necessarily to expect that all families with the same name of Gaelic patronymic origin automatically have a genetic connection with each other!

However, all Manx families have mixed origins especially with the marriages between families over the centuries. Certain families are descended from a small group of male patriarchs who arrived on the Island in early times and this means many present day descendants of the families bearing unique Manx names, like Teare, are much more closely related to each other than they realise.

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Wilfred Kneale Teare 1896-1919

poppyWilfred Kneale Teare was born in 1896 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire son of James Teare born in Ramsey, IoM and Anne Arnott born in Ripley, Derbyshire. She was totally deaf since the age of 19. His father worked as a hewer in a coal mine and in 1901 the family was living in Bolsover. In 1911 Wilfred was still living with his family but now at 10 Cavendish Street, Mansfield and he was working as a coupler in a coal mine. He was the oldest of 5 children – his younger brothers Harold Thomas, Leslie Hector and the youngest Cyril Robert and his sister Christina Margaret.

He enlisted into the army at Mansfield on the 10 September 1914 becoming a private in the Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derby Regiment 1st /8th battn . He was described as 5ft 9¾in with a fresh complexion, blue grey eyes and light brown hair.

He was in the UK from September 1914 to June 1915 when he was posted to France arriving in Rouen on 29/6/15. The battn was the first complete Territorial Division to arrive in a theatre of war when they joined the BEF in the Ypres salient. They were in action during the German liquid fire attack at Hooge and the attack at the Hohenzollern Redoubt.

The Battn was involved in the capture of Gommecourt from the end of 1916 to March 1917 From The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War: At 7 a.m. on the 13 March Capt. A. Hacking, in command of A Company, ordered Lieut. A. H. Michie with his platoon to seize Kite Copse. Michie made a rapid reconnaissance, and in a very short time found himself in possession of this important point, the enemy garrison having nearly all left to fetch their rations. The water was boiling in the dug-outs, and a supply of coffee was found, which enabled Michie’s platoon to get breakfast as soon as the position was consolidated. During the evening the enemy made two determined counter-attacks against the position, but these were both driven off with heavy loss by the excellent work of Pvte. Teare with his Lewis gun, Sergt. King and Corpl. Scrimshaw.’

Wilfred was subsequently awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. The citation reads ‘ for excellent work with his Lewis gun when the enemy made two determined counter-attacks on the position at Kite Copse, Gommecourt on 13/03/1917.’

At the end of March 1917 the Battn was posted to Westrehem where they undertook 2 weeks of extensive refitting and training especially in new company and platoon formations for attack. It was during this time that Wilfred was promoted to rank of corporal (3/4/17). The Battn were then deployed in the Lens /Loos area alternating between the front line and reserves ‘to a delightful little spot known as Marqueffles Farm, nestling under the wooded slopes of the Lorette Ridge.’

In June 1918 Wilfred was admitted to Hospital in Boulogne and eventually returned to UK where he was referred to the specialist heart unit in Colchester. He was discharged from the army in September 1918 as being no longer physically fit for service due to a heart condition, severe VDH (valvular disease heart) having aortic insufficiency and consequent shortness of breath which became worse with exercising. In the opinion of the medical board this had been exacerbated by his military service. He had a reference as a very good military character, sober, honest, trustworthy and intelligent and was awarded a pension.

He died on 17 June 1919 as a result of his heart condition. The Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser for 19/06/1919: ‘Military Funeral at Mansfield. Wilfred Teare of 16 Southwell Road has died from the effects of gas poisoning. He had been gassed twice and he was discharged from the army.’ He is buried in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield and remembered on the war memorial there.

Wilfred’s brother, Harold Thomas Teare served in the Coldstream Guards and after the war he emigrated to Canada along with their younger brother, Cyril.


The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War by W.C.C. Weetman http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20527/20527-h/20527-h.htm


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Charles Henry Teare 1895-1918

CHTeareCharles Henry Teare was born 23 January 1895 in Douglas, IoM, son of John Teare, a general labourer and Lydia Margaret Clague. In 1901 the family was living at 12 Barrack Street and there were 5 siblings George S, John F, Gladys E, Thomas A and Margaret L. In 1911 Charles was working as a message boy.

Charles was first a private in the King’s Liverpool Regiment (No. 26942) but in November 1918 he was private 48822 in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 6th Battn.

The 6th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers transferred to the 151st Brigade of the 50th Division in July 1918 and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; The Battle of the St Quentin Canal, The Battle of the Beaurevoir Line, The Battle of Cambrai 1918, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of Valenciennes. These are referred to as the battles of the 100 days being the final battles on the western front before the defeat of the German armies and the armistice on 11 November 1918.

Major General Sir Archibald Montgomery writing the story of the fourth army in the battles of the 100 days August to November 1918 recalled ‘Throughout the remainder of November 7th considerable fighting took place. The numerous sunken roads, copses, and hedgerows concealed the enemy’s machine-guns which covered the withdrawal of his rearguards. Slowly but surely, however, each centre of resistance was located and dealt with in turn. Particularly severe was the fighting in the 50th Division area in the village of Dourlers, which was captured by the 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers supported by the 1st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.’

Charles Teare died of wounds on the 7 November 1918 and is buried in Dourlers Communal Cemetery Department du Nord, Nord Pas de Calais, France and so it seems very probable that he was in the severe fighting when the 6th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers took the village of Dourlers on that day.  He is remembered on the Onchan War Memorial, Harris Promenade Memorial, Douglas and in the Ireland Memorial Records 1914-18.

THE STORY OF THE FOURTH ARMY IN THE BATTLES OF THE HUNDRED DAYS AUGUST T0 NOVEMBER 1918 MAJOR GENERAL SIR ARCHIBALD MONTGOMERY https://archive.org/stream/storyoffourtharm00mont/storyoffourtharm00mont_djvu.txt

Thank you to Carolyn Moore and relatives of C H Teare for permission to use this photograph

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Philip Norman Teare 1892-1917

Philip Norman TearePhilip Norman Teare was born 20 March 1892 near the town of Happy Valley, O’Halloran Hill, South Australia son of Philip Thomas Teare and Lucy Isabelle Kenihan. Philip worked as Porter on the South Australia Railways living in Keswick, South Australia.

He enlisted into the army in December 1915 in Adelaide and was described as 5ft 6½in tall, 132 lbs with medium complexion dark hair and grey eyes. He was posted to A Coy 2nd Depot Battn then to the 27th Infantry Battn of the Australian Imperial Forces and was posted overseas in 1916. They left Adelaide in March and arrived in France in September.

On 20 September 1917 the 27th Battn took part in the Battle of Menin Road. During the battle, they were committed to the fighting as part of the first wave, which routed the German forces.  Advancing under a cover of artillery and machine gun fire, the battalion captured a section of the German line known as the ‘Blue Line’ between Polygon Wood and a position known as the Iron Cross Redoubt.Later, they successfully took part in the Battle of Broodenseinde on 4 October,which was their last major offensive action in 1917.

Philip received shrapnel wounds to his knee in May 1917 and on 14th October was promoted to Corporal. Two weeks after his promotion the battalion was sent forward to the front line as part of the continuing Second Battle of Paschendale (also called the 3rd Battle of Ypres).

He was fatally wounded on 28 October when the Battn diary records they were ‘in the same positions C Coy carried 29th Bn rations to the front line. Heavy bombardment of the Anzac and Westhoek ridge with mustard gas shells ‘. Philip Norman Teare died of his wounds (gas poisoning) on 2 November 1917 in 17th Casualty Clearing Hospital, Belgium and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetry, Poperinge, West Flanders and is remembered on the Australian War Memorial.


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