Blue Plaque Trail

A short walk around North Shields highlighting some of the Blue Plaques placed at the former homes of casualties of the Great War

Approximately 1.5 miles / one hour.

The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration project was established in 2011 and expanded as the Northumbria World War One project in 2015. Its original aim was to research the lives of 1,700 men from Tynemouth Borough who were recorded in a Roll of Honour (1923) as having died due to the Great War.

Those lives, and some hundreds more we discovered 95 years later, were examined and included in a comprehensive database launched on the 28th of June 2014 and added to with additional material since then.

A special aspect of the project was the creation of a casualty map showing the homes of many of the men lost, on a contemporary map from 1915/16.

This was quickly recognised worldwide as a startling representation of the scale of the war losses suffered by the community.

Copies of the map and leaflet can be obtained from our workroom, B9 – at Linskill Community Centre and Keel Row Bookshop only a short walk from the Linskill Centre.

As a further mark of recognition of the community’s loss it was decided to place small blue plaques on the homes of men who died. Only 300 plaques could be placed because of the later clearance for redevelopment of most of the men’s homes and the bombing in World War Two. In response to public requests for information about the blue plaques we have now produced this trail which shows the homes of some of the men who lived in the Linskill Terrace area.