A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of a North East UK riverside community.
Over the next four years there will be an enormous public focus on the centenary period of the First World War, 4th August, 2014 until 11th November, 2018 (the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice with Germany). 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 over the past four years (2010 to 2014) been preparing detailed biographies of those men, 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.
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.
The exhibition has also been toured to a number of other venues, details of any current locations and periods of display will be shown below.
St George's Church, Cullercoats – Friday 7th to 14th November, during hours when church is open to visitors.
Death at Dawn - A soldiers tale : A play by Peter Mortimer was staged at Linskill Community Centre, 1st – 6th September 2014.
The play was received with critical acclaim both for it's content and the inspired stage setting and direction by Jackie Fielding.
It is hoped that the play will be staged again in North Tyneside and elsewhere across the North East sometime within the next 18 months.
Memorial garden and blue plaques
A memorial garden is currently being developed in an enclosed courtyard at Linskill Community Centre. The restored garden was opened on 3rd August 2014 and subject to funding, plaques showing casualty names, street by street will be installed in 2015.
Placing of individualised memorial markers on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property survives today) of men who were killed. Markers to be placed from June 2014, Memorial garden open to public from 4th August 2014.
To donate to the fund for the creation of the garden and placing of blue plaques please visit our memorials page.