On the 4th July 2017 we welcomed Lt. Col. David MacDonald (US Army) assistant Military Attache - US Embassy, London. Lt. Col. David MacDonald and his family were present at a flag raising ceremony to mark Independence Day, named Liberty Day in 1918.
Following a meeting in North Tyneside Council in November 2016 with representatives of US Embassy London, the project was successful in obtaining a grant from the Embassy to explore the many links between the North East of England and the United States during the Great War. Of particular interest were the events of 3rd February 1917 just prior to America's entry into the war involving the sinking of SS Eavestone and the deaths of Richard Wallace, an African American citizen and John Richard Kolmn together with 3 other men who were shelled in an open lifeboat by U45.
Other significant connections were the repair and fitting out of US Navy ships on the Tyne; the presence of 2 US air squadrons at Cramlington for training and hospitality associated with those visits.
The program of research, funded by the embassy, has included examination of US draft records of the time, which show more than 800 men in the American Expeditionary Force were recent emigrants to the United States who declared their birthplace as being Northumberland.
FREE public talks at The Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields
All talks start at 7.30pm unless noted otherwise
18th July 2017
Dr Dan Jackson - With God on our side: Military chaplains in the Great War
GRAND BOOK SALE
Sunday 16th July 2017
Old Low Light heritage Centre.
A huge collection of new and second hand books.
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.
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 4500 names when research is completed in 2018.
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.
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,
More then 250 plaques have now been installed (June 2017).
To donate to the fund for the maintenance of the garden and placing of blue plaques please visit our memorials page.
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.
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.
We are investigating the creation of a App based walking trail.
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.