Seeking the family of Thomas Tallentire (d.1918)

The Town Council is trying to trace descendants/ relatives of Thomas Tallentire. Early in WW1, Tom joined the 15th. Battalion DLI, and then was attached to the I.B.D – Infantry Base Depot as a yellow arm-banded instructor (canary) at Etaples. Tom put the new drafts through their paces. He was then sent back into the line with the 14th. Battalion DLI and won the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field at Cambrai in November 1917. Promoted to Corporal and section commander he was killed-in-action on the flank command with his company from the 19th. Battalion DLI (Bantams) during the German Spring offensive in March 1918.
Tom, the pit man proved to be an exceptional soldier, a mentor and leader of men who paid the ultimate price, he holds a cherished place in the history of our town. He is remembered on the plaques at Memorial Park in South Moor. We believe that Thomas’s family may still live in the Stanley area and we would love to make contact with any relatives and would be very keen to find any photographs of him.  If you can help, please Contact Us
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  1. Paul Tallentire
    Paul Tallentire says:

    There is a Thomas Tallentire in our tree who died in 1918. He is our great-grandfather (Harry Tallentire’s Dad). His occupation is listed as a coal miner onsetter and he was born in 1877 in Langleydale. He married Ellen Etherington in 1898. My family and I still live in Stanley so would love to know more as we are fascinated and intrigued by this. Kind regards. Paul

    • Lynn blair
      Lynn blair says:

      Great but I also remember dad saying Noman Tallentire changed the spelling to 2 T instead of one so the surname may of been Talentire !!! Great that the research is going on I was Lynn Tallentire, Paul’s Sister

    • Paul embley
      Paul embley says:

      Hi Paul, I too am a great grandson of Thomas Tallentire, my grandmother was Gladys gates ne tallentire, funnily enough I have just visited his grave in Burnopfield today for the first time with my parents which is what has set us off wanting to know more, would be great to chat and find out more about him and possibly other people in our family tree Regards Paul

  2. Melvyn Conlong
    Melvyn Conlong says:

    There were two Thomas Tallentires who died in 1918 !
    Paul, I believe that your great grandfather died in the Burnopfield area. The Thomas Tallentire who was killed on the Somme was born in 1889 and married Alice Pattison in 1912. I believe that his direct descendants all live in the Midlands, although he does have more distant relatives in the Stanley area.
    Melvyn Conlong
    The Tallentire One-Name Study

    • Alan Shaw
      Alan Shaw says:

      I think you are right Melvyn, the Thomas Tallantire who we are trying to trace was 28 years old when he died. There are quite a number of Tallantires in the area – more than I had expected because it is quite an unusual name

  3. BW
    BW says:

    I have done a lot of research into the men of Stanley area who died as a direct result of the Great War.

    Why is Stanley Town Council so interested in Thomas TALLENTIRE?


    TALLENTIRE Thomas. Cpl. 25033.
    Durham Light Infantry, 19th Battalion
    Enlisted in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
    Killed in action in France & Flanders on 29-Mar-1918, aged 28.
    Born in Burnopfield. Husband of Alice COXON (formerly TALLENTIRE) of 84, Newburn Road, Shield Row, Stanley.
    Listed on Pozieres Memorial, France. Ref: Panel 68 to 72.
    Gallantry award:
    Corporal TALLENTIRE was awarded the Military Medal (MM.) for bravery in the field.
    (London Gazette: 23-Feb-1918)


    Thomas TALLENTIRE married Alice PATTISON – Lanchester Area Reg BMD – SeptQ 1912
    Their children were:
    William TALLENTIRE born Lanchester Area Reg BMD – JunQ 1913
    James TALLENTIRE born Lanchester Area Reg BMD – MarQ 1915

    Alice TALLENTIRE (the widow of Thomas), aged 29, daughter of Calley PATTISON, married Benjamin COXON (a widower), aged 28, son of William COXON, in Collierley St. Thomas Parish Church on 25-Feb-1922.
    The following may be their children:
    Nellie COXON born Lanchester Area Reg BMD – DecQ 1922
    Alan COXON born Lanchester Area Reg BMD – MarQ 1930

    • Alan Shaw
      Alan Shaw says:

      Thanks BW – you’ve got lots of information about Thomas. We do have a specific reason for trying to track down relatives and pictures of Thomas…but the beyond that the reason is to remember and relate to the men and families who died and whose lives were changed by the war as real people who lived in this place. Thomas would have looked at the same hills we see every day before he went to France.

  4. Ross H
    Ross H says:

    I am doing my family tree at present and I have a Thomas Tallentire in my family also killed in March 1918. His half brother is my Great Great Grandfather


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