21st Battalion (2nd Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers

1914 - The Beginning.

The 2nd battalion joined the 1st at Alnwick camp on 13th March 1915 where it too began the rigors of long hard days training. Again a large number of men were discharged as unfit or transferred to munitions work. The highest number so far recorded is 21/1737 Roland Bosomworth.

The battalion arrived in France in January 1916 moving to the Somme area in preparation for the great battle of July that year.

On the 30th June 1916 the 2nd battalions CO, Colonel Dunbar-Stewart was injured by shell fire. Major Frederick Heneker who was second in command of the 1st battalion took over command. Major Heneker had previously served with the Leinster Regiment. Major Heneker was killed in action with his new battalion on the 1st July 1916 and is buried in Ovilliers Military Cemetery.

The battalion was eventually disbanded in France in May 1918.


2nd Battalion Gallery

Band of the 2nd Battalion
1 & 2 Companies in Newcastle 1914
B Company 21st Battalion
Private 37212 Robert Turnbull