Matthew Baty, his family and ancestors

Matthew Baty photo maybe (2)        Born 1871, Married 1895, Died 1938

Matthew Baty was one of 9 children born to Isaac Baty and Barbara Tate in 1871, like father like son they were slaters in the family business.

Born in the Parish of Wark, he was the fifth child in the large family, his siblings as listed in many of the Census being Elizabeth born 1864, Isaac John born 1866, William born 1868, Barbara born 1869, himself born 1871, Thomas born 1875, Charlton J Born 1876, Margaret Jane born 1878 and Annie M. born 1883.

Baty Family 1881 Birtley

Census 1881 Birtley

The information is available through the website  – Find My Past

On the 12th April 1915, after the outbreak of The Great War, Matthew, as were many, was called up to serve his country, by now he was 44 years of age and whilst he joined the Durham Light Infantry, 26th Battalion, he was classed as unfit for active service abroad.

Here is a brief description by Durham County Record Office:

Durham Light Infantry, 26th Battalion

« Territorial Force battalion

Before the First World War began in August 1914, the Durham Light Infantry, County Durham’s own infantry regiment, was made up of nine battalions each of about 1,000 men. There were two Regular battalions of full-time professional soldiers, many of whom came from outside the North East of England; two Reserve battalions of part-time volunteers and ex-Regular soldiers; and five Territorial Force battalions of part-time volunteers centred on key County towns. There was also a Depot or headquarters shared with the Northumberland Fusiliers at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle upon Tyne.

By the end of the war in November 1918, the DLI had grown to 43 battalions, as new Reserve, Service, Territorial, Young Soldier, and other battalions were formed. Of these 43 battalions, 22 served in war zones from the Western Front to the North West Frontier of India.


In 1915, soldiers unfit for service overseas from the DLI’s 2nd and 3rd line Territorial Force battalions, were formed into the 23rd and 25th Provisional battalions.

In January 1917, the 23rd Provisional Battalion in Durham was re-named the 26th Battalion DLI, whilst the 25th Provisional Battalion in Gateshead was re-named the 27th Battalion DLI.

Neither of these new Territorial Force battalions, whose ranks by 1918 were filled with conscripts, served outside of England and little is known about their activities. »

Maybe they were the original ‘Homeguard’ !

Matthew died in 1938, his eldest son, Isaac, in attendance, he was already a widower…..

Matthew Baty Death


Baty Family 1911 Birtley

Census from 1911 and here is the house they lived in:

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His family

Sisters Barbara and Margaret Jane remained spinsters, they lived all their lives in the family home, next door to The Percy Arms, Birtley Village.



Paul outside the family home of his Great Grandparents.




Isaac John married Mary Hedley.

Thomas married Elizabeth Jane Elliott

Charlton J married Isabella M Nichol their Great Grandson still lives in Birtley running Catreen Farm on the outskirts of the village.

Annie M married John Ord.

Elizabeth married John Boyd.

William married Isabella Wood.

His parents

Isaac Baty born Wark 1821,  one of six children, John born circa 1812, Elizabeth born circa 1815, Isabella circa 1816, Edward born circa 1824 and William born 1827.

He married Barbara Tate in 1863, he died in 1896, she in 1904.

His Grandparents

John Baty born in 1781 married Elizabeth Charlton in 1807, she was born in 1787. One of eight chidren:

James born 1780, married Ann Thompson

Mary  born 1784 died 1793…

Isaac  born 1786 married Jane Wears in 1810, he died in 1834. Here is a link to Isaac and his family, with thanks to Margaret Winters:  The Tones Family

William born 1789

Jane born 1792

Ann born 1794

Thomas born 1796

His Great Grandparents

John Baty born 1759 married Jane Charlton.

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