A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of a North East UK riverside community.

Carry the wounded from the battlefieldOver the next year there will be an increasing public focus on the impending centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (4th August, 2014), and thereafter, until 11th November, 2018 (the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice with Germany and the Central Powers), the nation will be reminded over the four years, by a series of important anniversary dates of key events, of the sacrifice of the nation, which brought personal loss to almost every family in the land.

The former Borough of Tynemouth marked that loss with a Roll of Honour published in 1923 containing very brief details of some 1,700 local residents known to have lost their lives due to causes associated with the war and their service.

The project has been formed with the aim of reminding the population today of that loss and also to explore the social and economic consequences for the town and its inhabitants.

MemorialA large-scale research effort is in progress in order to expand greatly the biographical information about as many as possible of the names on the Roll of Honour. When as much information as can be traced has been entered into an electronic database the public will have availability via the internet.

A copy of the Roll, sorted by reference to the date of death of the 1,700 on the database, will be exhibited widely so that the population today can gain an understanding of the impact of this tragic period in the town’s history.

A number of other related events and projects are planned.

Events 2013/14

Public Commemorative Event - Northumberland  Square, North Shields.
Date: August 3rd 2014

Launch of Project database on the internet - June 28th 2014. The project has been engaged for three years in building the most comprehensive biographical history possible of the nearly 2000 men of the Borough of Tynemouth known to have been killed or died in military service, the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets. The database will be free to access and all materials in relation to each man will be free to download for personal use only.

Exhibition - July to September 2014
Display of materials and the story of the project, including many original and fascinating documents loaned or presented by relatives of men who served in the war.

Death at Dawn - A soldiers tale : A play by Peter Mortimer to be staged at Linskill Community Centre, September 2014. Booking from Spring 2014

Concert : THE RESPONSE - The Sage Gateshead - September 27th 2014. In association with the Army Benevolent Fund - tickets available Spring 2014

Autumn 2013 Series of prestige lectures - in association with Northumbria University - October 2013 to May 2014 - details
All lectures at University of Northumbria.

Placing of individualised memorial markers on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property survives today) of men who were killed.