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