product_thumbnailTyneside and the Battle of Jutland
31st May 1916

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.

Jutland Exhibition Venue

The exhibition is currently on display at our Information Centre on Front Street, Tynemouth where you can also purchase the book.

The Centre is open on Sundays and occasionally on other days across the winter period.

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

All talks start at 7.30pm unless noted otherwise
21st March 2017
Alan Fidler - America enters the war - 1917
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 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.


Tyneside Tommy

Three Kings Brewery's bottled version of 'Tyneside Tommy' commemorative ale with limited edition 'dog tag' labels. Have you collected all 21?
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 30 biographical 'dog-tag' labels are available to collect, subject to remaining stock.

paperDelicate as Paper

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.'

You can purchase the new song here.

Written & recorded by Phil Caffrey: All proceeds will go the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project


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.

Read the full release here.

Interactive Database

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.


Blue Plaques

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 240 plaques have now been installed (November 2016).

To donate to the fund for the maintenance 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.

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.