1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 235275 Matthew Caton Airey
- Age: 35
- From: South Bank, Yorks
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Tuesday 7th May 1918
- Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 31-34
Matthew Caton was born at 16 Middlesborough Road, South Bank, Normanby, just outside Middlesbrough on 19 November 1882 to James and Mary Ann Airey (nee Caton).
His Father James was a Mechanic engine fitter and he and Mary Ann were both born in Kendal, Westmoreland, where they were married in the December Quarter of 1869.
They appear to have moved to Guisboro, near Middlesbrough in September 1874 upon the birth of their 4th child.
They had 8 children 2 boys and 6 girls of which Matthew was the 7th child. 3 older sisters sadly died, Elizabeth aged 1 in 1877, Margaret aged 6 in 1878, Edith aged 1 in 1880.
Matthew became a Joiner for the local Corporation.
His mother Mary Ann died in 1898 and his father remarried in March 1905 to Ruth Coates, they had no Children living at 3 Mason Street, Normanby.
On the 1911 Census, Matthew is living with his married elder sister Mary Susan, now Shingler, and her family at 44 Redcar Road, South Bank, Normanby, Yorkshire.
In 1914 Matthew enlisted in South Bank, Middlesbrough, joining the Yorkshire Regiment as Private 17379. He was later Transferred to the 18th Battalionn of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 235275.
The battalion diary records "May 1918 was a noisy month, shell fire was heavy, for our guns were continually harassing the enemy and he replied vigorously!"
It was presumably during this bombardment that Matthew was killed on 07/05/1918, his body never found. He was aged 35 though his family headstone claims 36
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 31-34 and also on the South Bank Memorial in Middlesborough.