I read a short letter in a magazine regarding the First World War and it said that it would be a lovely if readers of this article would place a small bunch of flowers on the memorial of those who fell during that awful conflict.
In Whitley Bay, like other towns in North Tyneside, there are memorials to those brave men who lost their lives and are commemorated by inscriptions at the Cenotaph on the Links.
Here at St Paul’s, the town centre church of Whitley Bay, we have four graves of those who died during that conflict. They are as follows:
Corporal 1156 TN Jobling, Northern Cyclists, died December 12, 1915, aged 26;
Bandsman 59793 ER Taylor, West Yorkshire Regiment, died August 10, 1919, aged 17;
Sapper 203065 W Wakenshaw, Royal Engineers, died August 15, 1917, aged 34;
Private 23852 CF Robinson, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, died February 15, 1919 aged 35.
It is the intention of our guild to place flowers on each of these graves as a mark of respect.
Gerald M Lang
Secretary Saint Paul’s Guild of Bell Ringers