Norham Churchyard Section A Row 6 – 6 – Strother/Robertson/Cowans
In loving memory of Fanny ROBERTSON beloved wife of James STROTHER who died at Horncliffe 2nd January 1934 aged 69 years
Also John their son who was killed in action in France 9th April 1917 aged 25 years interred in Bailleul Road Cemetery.
Also Mary Jane COWANS their daughter who died at Horncliffe 16th February 1919 aged 17 years.
Also the above James STROTHER who died 24th march 1935 aged 74 years.
Sergeant John Strother, 21st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, ( 2nd Tyneside Scottish ). He was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917, aged 22. He was the son of James and Fanny Strother of Tweed Row, Horncliffe and is buried in Bailleul East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blagny, Arras France. The Battalion captured all their objectives namely the German Black, Blue and Brown Lines with reasonably few casualties. Before enlisting he had worked as a fisherman at Scotch New Water at the Union Bridge, Horncliffe before joining the Police Force. He had enlisted in July 1915 and at the time of death he was acting Sergeant Major.