Northumbria World War One Project

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 these 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 1,850 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. A current database of more than 1850 personal biographies can now be viewed.

In January 2015 the Tynemouth project was expanded to encompass all of the communities of the current Borough

 of North Tyneside.

An application for grant funding 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 was successful and groups are being established to research the casualties of Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Forest Hall, Benton and the mining communities of Killingworth, Dudley, Burradon, Backworth, Shiremoor and others.

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A series of FREE public talks at Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields. Talks start at 7.30 pm

22nd September 2015
Peter Coppack Development of the Tank

27th October 2015
Ian McArdle Shell Shock

17th November 2015
Janet Brown "Lest we Forget" War Memorials in the North East

Death at Dawn posterDeath at Dawn - Play by North East playwright Peter Mortimer

Following the highly successful premiere performances of the play in September 2014, new productions will be staged in February 2016 at The Memorial Hall, Wallsend (19th to 23rd February) and the Great Hall, Discovery Museum, Newcastle (26th February to 2nd March). Tickets will be available from December 2015. See the website for details.

Exhibitions

An exhibition is planned for July 2016 to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Somme campaign.

An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland - the greatest sea battle in history to that date - April to October 2016 (in conjunction with HMS Calliope - Royal Navy Reserve).

Interactive Database

The project has been engaged for four years in building the most comprehensive biographical history possible of more than 1850 men of the Borough of Tynemouth known to have been killed or died in military service, the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets.

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Animated Casualty Map

As covered by the recent BBC1 documentary - Despatches from Tyneside, watch and listen how the Great War devastated the local community of North Shields. See the relentless impact; street by street, house by house, family by family and learn of those people, all who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Despatches from Tyneside

Chris Jackson follows the project, creating a unique picture of the impact of conflict on those living and working on Tyneside with rarely-seen footage. Chris hears that Tyneside bore not just physical but deep emotional scars from World War I.

The Response

The North East and the Great War : 1914 – 1918

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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.
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Tyneside Tommy

Introducing Three Kings Brewery's new bottled version of 'Tyneside Tommy' commemorative ale with limited edition 'dog tag' labels. Have you collected all 12?
tynesidetommyAvailable from Wine Chambers Front Street Tynemouth and Walton Avenue North Shields, Cherry Wines, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, Oddfellows Arms, North Shields also from Glug... Grainger Market Newcastle and Coppers, Gosforth.


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Blue Plaques

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,

Currently 125 plaques have now been installed (July 2015).

To donate to the fund for the creation of the garden and placing of blue plaques please visit our memorials page.

 

Memorial Garden

A memorial garden has been developed in an enclosed courtyard at Linskill Community Centre. The restored garden was opened on 3rd August 2014; plaques showing casualty names, street by street will be installed on the 25th October 2015 (subject to final confirmation).

The memorial garden has been open to the public daily since 4th August 2014.