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.


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.

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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.

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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Herbert Douglas Teare 1897-1918

poppyHerbert Douglas Teare was born 20 May 1897 in Peel IoM, son of William James Teare a General Labourer and Christian Caine.  In 1901 the family was living in Princess Street, Douglas and he was the youngest with 2 brothers (Robert William and John Albert) and 2 sisters (Emily Gladys and Eva Alice). Before he joined up Herbert worked as a roper at Quiggin and Co Ropeworks.

Herbert enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers 2/7th Battn. in Douglas.  The 2/7th Battalion was formed at Salford in August 1914 as a home service (“second line”) unit. In February 1915 they were attached to 197th Brigade, 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division and landed at Le Havre 28 February 1917. In March 1918, the brigade suffered extremely high and horrendous casualties during Operation Michael, the opening phase of the German Army’s Spring Offensive.  On the morning of 21 March, a large-scale German attack began the Battle of St Quentin. Elements of the German 25th and 208th divisions attacked through heavy fog at dawn, overwhelming the 4th East Lancashires and 2/8th Lancashire Fusiliers (24th Division)  which held positions in the forward zone. On the right flank, near the boundary with 24th Division, a reserve company of 2/7th Manchesters held a defensive position from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, when they surrendered, having taken 70 percent casualties and run out of ammunition. Consequently the battn was reduced to a cadre status and became a training battn seeing no more active service.

Herbert was killed in the action on the 21 March 1918, the first day of the battle of St Quentin when the Lancashires lost over 7000 men. He is remembered at Pozieres Memorial Picardie, France.  His final pay due was paid to his mother and his sister Eva Alice.



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Robert Killip Teare 1891-1918

poppyRobert Killip Teare was born 19 November 1891 in Ballabeg, Lonan, IoM, son of Philip Christopher Teare and Margaret Killip and in 1901 the family was living at their uncle’s house – Ballabeg Farm. In 1911 Robert was working as a horseman at Berrag Farm, Jurby, which was run by brothers Henry and Robert Quirk.

Robert enlisted on 11 November 1915 in Keswick where he was working as a farm labourer, he was recorded as 5ft 6¼ in tall, 147 lbs and with defective teeth. He joined the Border Regiment as a private in September 1916 and was initially posted to the 3rd Battn but then later to the 1st Battn.

Between December 1915 and July 1916 he was in UK and he married Sarah Mary Burrow on 29 June 1916. He was posted to France 16 July 1916 where he was wounded. He was in Topsham Gen Hosp between August and October 1916 with a gunshot wound to the cheek, which was reported as healing uneventfully but at the same time 10 teeth were extracted. After a furlough he was again posted to France from May to December 1917. Back home 16 December 1917 he was admitted to Runcorn Hospital for a few days with a septic thumb. He was absent from parade on 13 February 1918 and confined to barracks for 5 days before he was posted to France again embarking from Folkestone for Boulogne on 17 February 1918 arriving in Etaples on the 18th to join the newly amalgamated 7th Battn Border Regiment (Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry).

In February 1918 the regiment was around Hermies, supplying working parties for the defences being prepared for the expected German Offensive. With the end of fighting on the Eastern Front many battle hardened German Divisions were assembled. On March 21st 1918 the German Bombardment began and the 7th Border ‘stood to’ in battle positions at Havrincourt as part of V Corps, Third Army. By the 22nd March it was decided to withdraw from the Cambrai Salient and on the 23rd they withdrew via Villers en Flos to Martinplouich and manned a ridge there, repulsing an attack by the Germans in this area.

On 23 March 1918 Robert Teare was reported missing presumed dead. He is remembered on the Malew Parish war memorial and the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He had married Sarah Mary Burrow in Flimby Paris Church, Cumberland on 29 June 1916 and they had two children Eleanor Teare (born Maryport 25/09/1916) and John Burrow Teare (born Flimby 20/12/1917). His £14-9s-6d pay owing was transferred to Sarah M Teare his widow and sole legatee.


More information about 7th Battn Border Regiment (Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry) http://www.freewebs.com/7borderandyeo/7borderandyeo1.htm

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Centenary of Wanderer rescue after sinking of Lusitania 7 May 1915

lusitania wandererThe Cunard Line passenger liner ‘Lusitania’ was torpedoed by the U boat U20 off the Irish coast at 1400 on 7 May 1915 with the loss of about 1200 lives.

The Wanderer (PL11) a Peel built and operated fishing boat was the first on the scene of the disaster as she had been shooting her nets 10 miles south of Kinsale head when the Lusitania was torpedoed. She sailed to the scene and was able to pick up over 160 survivors. Luckily the sea was calm and they took 110 on board and towed the others in a raft and lifeboat until they could be transferred to other boats. The letters from the crew of the Wanderer provide a vivid first hand account of the final moments of the Lusitania and the efforts to rescue as many as they could in a small fishing boat which quickly became overloaded.

See http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/mannin/v6p315.htm 

The Wanderer PL11 was built in Peel in 1821 and sailed with a crew of 7 with skipper William Ball (Jurby), his son Stanley, William Gell (Ramsey), Thomas Woods, Robert Watterson, John Macdonald and Harry Costain (all from Peel). One of her shareholders was Charles Morrison a Peel grocer and it was to him the letters about the Lusitania rescue were sent. His daughter Eleanor Morrison was married to William Edward Teare, sailmaker and partner in Teare and Sons ships chandlers. Wanderer was sold to Ireland and renamed Erins Hope. Later she was fitted with a motor and continued fishing until the 1930s.

There were 771 survivors in all and 128 American citizens amongst the dead. In firing on a non military ship without warning the Germans had breached international law (the Cruiser Rules). The Germans accused Lusitania of being a naval vessel because she was reportedly carrying munitions and said the British had been breaching the Cruiser Rules. The presence of  munitions in the cargo was never proved and  this sinking caused a storm of protest in the United States. The resulting propaganda was important in changing public opinion and the subsequent decision for America to enter the war.

See the recent BBC article and video at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-28677593

Thomas Arthur Teare 1889 – 1915

poppyThomas Arthur Teare was born on 11 May 1889 in Urmston Lancashire son of Thomas Teare originally from Ballamona, Isle of Man and Alice Day born in St Neots, Cambridge.

Thomas’s father worked in the stationary trade and is variously recorded as a stationer, printer and stationery traveller or commercial traveller. They lived at various addresses in Urmston during Thomas’s childhood and at age of 22 in 1911 he was living at home but now employed as a bank clerk for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in Cadishead. Thomas had two siblings Harry James (born 1891) who became an Insurance Clerk for the Boiler Insurance Company and a sister Doris Day Teare (born 1893).

Thomas was a pre war territorial and on 10 September 1914 he sailed with the 1st/6th Battalion Territorial Force of the Manchester Regiment for Egypt. In May 1915 the 1st/6th embarked for Gallipoli and disembarked at ‘W’ and ‘V’ beaches on 5 May. Each man carried 200 rounds of ammunition, 2 days supplies and iron rations – no baggage blankets or stores were allowed. On the 4 June they took part in the 3rd Battle of Krithia. Their first objective was taken and consolidated but the enemy counterattacked on the 6th

On Sunday 6 June Thomas was wounded twice and seen to fall into one of the many gullies characteristic of the Gallipoli peninsula. His brother Lance Sergeant Harry James Teare (later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Manchester Regiment in June 1915), searched for him without success and he was later declared killed in action.  Sergeant Thomas Teare has no known final resting place and is remembered on the Helles memorial, Gallipoli and St Clements War memorial, Urmston.


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James Percival Teare 1896 – 1915

James Percival TeareJames Percival Teare (Percy) was born 23 August 1896 in Everton, Lancashire. His parents were Edward George Teare, originally from Darlington, Co Durham and Emma Eliza Skillicorn, originally from Douglas, IoM.

When Edward was born his father was a clerk but later he became the branch office manager for the Liverpool Echo. In 1901 James was living in Park View, Aughton, Lancashire with his parents and siblings Emma, Elizabeth, George, Lillie, Grace and Clifford. By 1911 the family were living in Stanleys Road, Bootle and he was finishing school. His older brother George was working with his father at the Liverpool Echo.

James started working as a clerk in the forwarding dept of the North Docks Station of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and was also an energetic member of the Bootle Baptist Church. He enlisted into The Kings (Liverpool) Regiment  1st/7th Bn. on 14 May 1913 in Bootle aged 17. At his medical examination in 1914, when he was 18 years old, it was recorded that he was 5 feet 8 inches tall and 9 stones 6 lbs and his older brother, George, was on active service in Salonika.

He was inoculated on 23 February and embarked for France on 7 March 1915. Just over 2 months later he was killed in action on 16 May 1915.  A letter from from Signaller E. Weller (Ern), of the 7th King’s to his parents recalled that there had been a fierce attack by our Battalion upon the German trenches. “C” Company was ordered to advance. Machine guns were turned on them, and very few got back safe. At night some of our wounded crawled back. Many of them I spoke to, but could obtain no definite news of my dear friend. Two days later it was official that he had been killed. May God help you to bear this terrible blow. Try to think of Percy as called from a world of pain to be with the Master he loved so dearly.’

 In his will Percy left his pay to be divided between his mother and his fiancée Barbara Roberts. He has no known grave but is commemorated at the Le Touret memorial Richebourg-l’Avoue Department Pas de Calais, France and the War Memorials in Bootle and Stanley Road Baptist Church, Bootle.

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