My Great Uncle did not belong to Jarrow, he was born in Primrose Hill Hospital, but lived in Boldon Colliery. He was my maturnal Grandmothers brother. I started researching him in 1999. During my research, I found quite a lot of Michael Riley`s. I have a photo of him in uniform, and that is how I found the correct Michael Riley, from his cap, which had the West Yorkshire Regiment badge on. I visited the West Yorkshire Museum in York, and got some more information on him, including the action on the day he was killed. When my Wife and I visited his grave in February 2009, the actual date was 11/02/09. When I got the copy of his birth certificate, he was born on the 10/02/1896. We were in Belgium again this year, but could not get to Cemetery, but we do intend trying to get back.
I have a copy of his medal index card, but I did not have the scroll. Many thanks to just passing for that. I will still continue my search into that side of my family.
Private Michael Riley 17339 is my great uncle. I visited his grave four years ago in 2006 leaving a message in the memory book ' A true geordie far away from home ' and even planted Dutch bulbs on his grave. He was my grandfathers brother. My grandfather named his son Michael Riley ( who is my father ). I am a teacher and every year I do an assembly on him displaying his hat, four medals and plaque he was awarded.
Can you please send me a private message. We must be related somewhere along the line.
Martin F Brown
I have sent you a message. Donna.
Not been on the forum for a while. We have visited Michael Riley's grave another couple of times since my earlier post's. I am now trying to find out some information on his Mother and Father now, and any of their relations, but it is proving quite difficult.