Poignant recital of names as borough remembers

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The public service of remembrance held at Hawkeys Lane war memorial, on Sunday was one of several across the borough to pay respect to the many thousands of men and women of the borough who lost their lives in conflicts over the last 100 years.

For the first time this year the event included a reading out of the names of casualties of the Great War, when project volunteers recited the names and details of death for the 58 victims of the war in the period from August 4 to December 31, 1914, and who are recorded in the project’s online database.

The Tynemouth borough war memorial is a simple monument placed in front of the former Jubilee Infirmary which was funded by public subscription in 1923 and included the building of an extension to provide an accident and emergency wing of the infirmary.

The simple monument bears no names of the war casualties of the town – the extension of the infirmary being seen as a more fitting memorial to the nearly 2,000 men who had lost their lives in the war.

The project hopes that with the agreement of the organisers of the event that the reciting of casualty names will form a feature of the service in future years over the centenary period, when sadly the litany of names will be much more extensive.

The next in our series of talks at the Low Lights Tavern on Brewhouse Bank, North Shields, will be given by Peter Coppack of the project team, on the theme of Zeppelins and the impact of the then novel concept of taking the war to the civilian population across vast distances; far removed from the frontline where soldiers were facing each other.

The unpreparedness of the country to face this new weapon will be explored as Peter considers the role of these novel aerial machines and the impact they had on civilian morale. [image]

The project in partnership with local micro brewer Three Kings Brewery has commissioned a special commemorative beer – Tyneside Tommy – which is now on sale as a cask ale across the borough (and in Newcastle) at selected bars where traditional hand-crafted beers are sold.

Tyneside Tommy’will also be available in bottles from retailers at the end of the month.

The bottles will have a novel feature, telling the story of some of the notable characters who are recorded on the project database in the form of six separate short biographical accounts of local men printed onto small tags attached to each bottle.

The bottled beer and our popular commemorative book The Response will be available at the North Shields and Cobalt Business Park Christmas markets in December.

The series of war-themed talks will continue on November 20, at North ShieldsCustomer First Centre when a supporter of the Tynemouth project Ian McArdle MA will deliver a talk entitled Medical Services in the First World War.

This talk continues with a medical theme looking at the provision of hospital and emergency services for the troops in battlefront areas.

Ian’s previous talks at the Low Lights Tavern, some of which feature in this series, were highly acclaimed. The series continues on Thursdays to December 11.

The talks (6.30pm to 7.30pm) are free but prior booking is essential either by phone 643 5270 / e-mail northshields.library@northtyneside.gov.uk OR in person at North Shields Library.

Our Information Centre on Tynemouth Front Street is open on Sundays only from noon to 4pm until spring 2015. To access the project database please visit www.tynemouthworldwarone.org

Anyone with information about anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project. The Project Workroom at Room B9, Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project or how to get involved.

Our address for correspondence is c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR.