Northumbria World War One Project

A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of the North Tyneside communities.

There is currently 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 country is being 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 over the four years 2010 to 2014 researched 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 have been established to research the casualties of Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Forest Hall, Benton and the mining communities of Killingworth, Dudley, Burradon, Backworth, Shiremoor and others.

Exhibitions 2016

An exhibition will tour various locations across North Tyneside from 2nd July 2016 to mark the centenary of the Somme campaign - 1st July  / 20th November 1916.
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland 31st May / 1st June 1916, the greatest sea battle in history to that date.

Exhibition Dates and Venues

27th May - Old Low Light Heritage Centre - Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields. Until 22nd June.
23rd June - Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road. Until 30th July.
11th August - Wallsend Customer First Centre, Forum, Wallsend Town Centre. Until 3rd September

FREE public talks at The Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields

All talks start at 7.30pm unless noted otherwise
21st June 2016
John Sadler - Calvary on the Somme. Death of a northern generation.
1st June 2016
Peter Coppack - Aspects of Jutland
This talk will be held in the Old Low Light Heritage Centre at 2.30pm

For the full list of talks see Events

The Response

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.

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.


Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916

The Battle of Jutland (or The Skagerrak to the Germans) was a unique event in naval history and the major engagement at sea during the First World War. DISCOVER MORE

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.

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.


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 180 plaques have now been installed (April 2016).

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 were dedicated on the 25th October 2015.

The memorial garden is open to the public daily - Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.