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the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

Surnames covered in our DNA project:



plus any other variants


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The current banner shows Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland - a county in the far north east of England, bordering Scotland.  This region is home to a number of Appleby lines - and our DNA project has confirmed genetic connections between several of these, which also match lines in Canada, USA and Ireland.

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Dominion Geordies* in World War One

By following the links on the names below, you can read details about the ten APPLEBY soldiers that our member Joe in Canada has researched as part of the Dominion Geordies project.  Click on individual soldiers' names below to read Joe's full reports ... the notes at the end of each sheet often reveal much more about their experiences of war, and in some cases, the effects on their subsequent lives.


Men who enlisted in Australian Forces:

Robert Newton Appleby - born in 1872 in Alnwick, Northumberland, and son of Thomas Appleby and Elizabeth (Newton) [a member of the 'Applebys of Alnwick' line]

Wilfred Lawson Appleby - born in 1895 in Langley Moor, Co Durham, son of Edward and Jane Ann Appleby.  Wilfred died in the Battle of Ypres in 1917 in Belgium [a member of the 'John Appleby of Kelloe' line]

William Appleby - born 1889 in Easington Lane, Co Durham, the son of John and Elizabeth Appleby (a member of the Brompton Appleby line from North Yorkshire)


Men who enlisted in Canadian Forces:

Andrew James Appleby - born in 1866 (though he gave 1879 as his year of birth when he enlisted) in Newcastle upon Tyne - a son of Henry Appleby and Ann (Stoker)

Henry Appleby - born 1885 in Newcastle upon Tyne - another son of Henry and Ann (Stoker)

William Appleby - born 1883 in Burnopfield, Co Durham - a son of William Appleby and Barbara (Bulman).  William died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Herbert Appleby - born in 1888 in Newcastle upon Tyne - another son of William Appleby and Barbara (Bulman).  Herbert died at Ypres in 1916.

Thomas Percy Appleby - born in 1875 in Greatham, Co Durham, a son of Thomas Appleby and Harriet (Wearmouth)

William Appleby - born in 1883 in Darlington, Co Durham (though stated 1885 on enlistment), son of William Charles Appleby and Margaret M (Smith)

Joseph Appleby, born in 1891 in Cramlington, Northumberland, a son of Joseph Appleby and Eliza (Milburn).  [a member of the 'Applebys of Cramlington' line]


In my view, the above links will give you much more detailed information about these soldiers than the briefer details included in their entries in the Project database!  The above research reports on these brave men show an exemplary level of detail - not only about their service during the War, but also their family history.

dominion geordies website

Click on the image above to read more about the project, which I think is still accepting researcher's information about other 'Dominion Geordies'


Although I think Joe has already researched all the APPLEBYs that qualify for inclusion in this project and submitted his reports, if you have other soldiers in your family tree who qualify, or would just be interested in carrying out research and would like to be part of the project, contact the Project Co-ordinator and find out more.


To qualify, soldiers must have been born in Northumberland or Co Durham and have enlisted in the forces of Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland or Canada during World War One.  You can find more information about the resources you would need to use on the website.



* Note: 'Geordie' is a nickname for a person born in the Tyneside region of North East England (though the project seems to be accepting soldiers born anywhere in Northumberland or County Durham).  It also refers to the distinctive dialect spoken by many residents ... one which has been voted as 'the most attractive accent in England"