A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of the North Tyneside communities.
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.
In January 2015 the project was expanded to encompass all of the communities of the current Borough of North Tyneside.
An application for grant funding has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the project in researching a wider area now to be included in the project's acclaimed database. Groups will be established to research the casualties of Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Forest Hall, Benton and the mining communities of Killingworth, Dudley, Burradon, Backworth, Shiremoor and others.
The North East and the Great War : 1914 – 1918
Full of information collated by project volunteers ; written by Ruth Chittenden and Alan Fidler, this 52 page book covers our region's contribution to 'the war to end all wars'. Price £5.00
Lavishly illustrated and full of personal stories of heroism, bravery and tragedy with many photographs of personal artefacts and recollections of the war.
Available from Waterstones : Hexham, Newcastle and Sunderland plus many more outlets.
Introducing Three Kings Brewery's new bottled version of 'Tyneside Tommy' commemorative ale with limited edition 'dog tag' labels. Have you collected all six? .
A further six stories to collect coming in April 2015.
Available from Wine Chambers Front Street Tynemouth and Walton Avenue North Shields also from Glug... Grainger Market Newcastle.
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.