1918 - 2018 ARMISTICE CENTENARY
To mark the centenary of the Armistice which, in November 1918 brought to an end four years of bitter conflict, the Project will present a week of public events at the Memorial Hall, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RN. Illustrating the full scale of our project volunteers work over seven years - 2011 to 2018.
Monday 5th to Saturday 10th November, 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday 11th November 2018, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Project Display and Exhibition:
A full review and exhibition of the work of the project from 2011 to 2018 with audio-visual presentations, online database, key publications, casualty map and printed materials, plus another chance to see the six large and five smaller exhibitions including: The Somme; Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland; Dominion Geordies; and Geordie Doughboys.
Publications on sale and Tyneside Tommy Ale (off-sale only).
Friday 9th November 2018, 7.30 pm - 11 pm
Concert and Project Review:
Featuring musical entertainment: Linskill Community Choir, Tony Corcoran Band and 'Five Strung Out Group'. Short extracts from two World War One dramas - Journey's End (R.C. Sherriff) and Death at Dawn (Peter Mortimer). To be performed by The Time Bandits and Cloud Nine Theatre Company. Review of our project volunteers work 2011-2018. Poetry of the war and soldiers' letters home.
Tickets on sale - £7.00 - from June via the Memorial Hall and Project Workroom, B9, Linskill Centre, North Shields.
Saturday 10th November, 10 am - 4 pm
Information Day & Programme of Talks:
9.45 am - Introduction to the day - Professor John Derry.
10.00 am onwards. A full programme of short illustrated talks by well-known speakers on a wide range of subjects. A chance during the day to hear up to four talks from a range of speakers (currently 14) . See weapons and militaria display by The Time Bandits. Military and local history book fair, Keel Row Bookshop (North Shields); Tiffin Books (Darlington); Pinwell Books (Wooler) and Westwood Books (Cramlington).
Carville Primary School Choir - telling the story of John Collinson. Shipyard worker from Wallsend to grand opera singer via Australia, The Somme, casualty hospitals and the Royal Academy of Music (London). The first man to record Waltzing Matilda (Vocalian Records 1926).
In January 2015 the Tynemouth project was expanded to encompass all of the communities of the current Borough of North Tyneside and became the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project.
FREE public talks at The Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields
All talks start at 7.30pm unless noted otherwise
Tuesday 17th April
Peter Coppack - The Zeebrugge Raid 23rd April 1918
For the full list of talks see Events
Project Workroom - Room B9
Linskill Community Centre, Linskill Terrace, NE30 2QY.
The project workroom is staffed from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Visitors are welcome to bring family materials and items of interest or to make enquiries about a relative lost in the war.
RAINBIRD The Tragedy of an Artist
PETER MORTIMER's dramatic new play for Cloud Nine is inspired by the life of the North Shields artist Victor Noble Rainbird, Pre-World War One, Rainbird looked set to be a leading light in the art world. A winner of numerous prizes and awards and the only northern artist to be accepted by the Royal Academy in 1911, his future looked assured.
But the experience of the war, his exposure to gas and the onset of shell shock took its toll on the talented painter. Back in his native North east, though he continued to paint at a prodigious rate, Rainbird slid into poverty and alcoholism, forced to sell his work for liquor in the Shields hostelries. His marriage fell apart, he developed cancer and for 80 years was buried in a pauper's grave in Preston Cemetery, until a recent appeal raised £6,500 for a proper headstone. As Rainbird's reputation is slowly re-established this play, which spans both the painter's lifetime and the present day, puts into context the life of an artist about whom it was said: "He was a born artist with all the faults and qualities of those possessed of the artistic mind - a race apart, not understood by ordinary folk."
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.
Three Kings Brewery's bottled version of 'Tyneside Tommy' commemorative ale with limited edition 'dog tag' labels. Have you collected all 18?
Available from Wine Chambers Front Street Tynemouth and Walton Avenue North Shields, Cherry Wines, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, Oddfellows Arms, North Shields, Low Lights Tavern, Fish Quay, North Shields also from Glug... Grainger Market Newcastle and Coppers, Gosforth.
A range of 18 biographical 'dog-tag' labels are available to collect.
Phil Caffrey has written and recorded a new song 'Delicate as Paper', and it's available for download now from http://thecaffs.com/album/440121.
Phil says: 'The idea for this song came to me whilst I was waiting for the 6.55am 308 bus on my way to the school. I wrote it about two boys who go to school together, and end up fighting together in the First World War. One of the boys dies in battle. Why I wrote it with me in it, I don't really know; maybe it was a an attempt to try and connect with it in some way. Sometimes we are not in control of how ideas develop.
I feel a real sense of pride as I sang this song very recently at the unveiling of the headstone of my Grandad, Andrew Neil. I wrote this song two years ago, not knowing I would do that. I guess it was meant to be.'
Written & recorded by Phil Caffrey: All proceeds will go the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project
The Battle of Jutland (or The Skagerakschalcht to the Germans) was a unique event in naval history and the major engagement at sea during the First World War. DISCOVER MORE
Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland, with a foreword by Hon. N. Jellicoe,the grandson of the Commander in Chief of the Grand Fleet, Earl Jellicoe is available to purchase now, priced £6.99. You can purchase the book online here.
The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project (now Northumbria WW1 Project) was recognised in June, 2016 with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the MBE for voluntary groups.
The project has been engaged since April 2011 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.
The expanded Northumbria Project is currently adding additional casualties to the database, which it is envisaged will increase to approximately 4000 names when research is completed in 2018.
Animated Casualty Map
As covered by the BBC1 documentary (June 2014) - 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.
Placing of individualised memorial markers on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property survives today) of men who were killed. Markers have been placed since June 2014,
Almost all plaques have now been installed: circa 300 (March 2018).
To donate to the fund for the maintenance of the garden and placing of blue plaques please visit our memorials page.
We are investigating the creation of a App based walking trail.
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.
A commemorative metal sculpted poppy was installed in the garden on Saturday 11th November 2017. Presented by M. Eric F. G. Donjon - Consul Honoraire - France for the North East of England to mark the centenary of the Battle of Arras, April - May 1917. In recognition of the many local men who fought and died in that campaign.
The memorial garden is open to the public daily - Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
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. A further 2000 casualties have now been added bringing the total for the modern borough of North Tyneside to almost 4000 for the period 1914 - 1921.