Project’s Imperial War Museum recognition

TO mark their move into a dedicated work space at the Linskill Community Centre, the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project held an informal reception and ‘drop in’ session for people to learn about the project.

Those present were able to see the facilities and resources now available to allow volunteers to meet and plan activities for the future as the three-year programme of research and other activities gets under way.

The informal proceedings included a reading of war poems by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, which were selected and read by Peter and Dylan Mortimer.

Mayor Linda Arkley called into the project’s new base to meet the co-ordinators and volunteers.

And she said that while the council was currently recognising the sacrifice of recent veterans and serving men and women of the armed forces by concessionary access to many local facilities provided by the local authority, it was also appreciated that the project was intending to record and remind the residents of the borough today of the enormous sacrifice of the community and families in the years from 1914 to 1918.

Co-ordinator Alan Fidler told the gathering how the project has already attracted attention from other groups and bodies who are planning various activities for the forthcoming centenary of the First World War.

The most notable of these is an invitation from the Imperial War Museum for the Tynemouth project to be entered onto an international register of recognised projects which are working to commemorate the war.

The first four familiarisation sessions for volunteers will be taking place over the next two weeks at North Shields library, where they will learn about the sources of information available to help research the history of the 1,700 casualties from the former borough of Tynemouth.

These sessions are being held at 2pm tomorrow (Friday), Monday, June 20, Wednesday , June 22, and Monday, June 27, in the local studies area on the first floor of the library.

Anyone wishing to attend one of these sessions, for which places are still available, should contact the project at any of the addresses shown in the weekly listing of casualties.

The times for access to the project room at the Linskill Centre will be circulated to volunteers shortly and shown on the project’s website.

New volunteers will be welcome to attend at any of those times to learn about the project and how to get involved.

THIS week’s list of casualties is drawn from men of the borough who were killed or died in the month of June 1915 to 1918.

Anderson, Thomas, Cpl, 38th Bn, Australian Imperial Forces, KIA, 8th, 1917, late of Hudson Street.

Barker, Roland, age 22, Able Seaman, (RNVR), Collingwood Bn, RND, DOW, 8th, 1915, 22 Borough Road, son of Charles Henry and the late Jane A, buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Dardanelles.

Blagburn, W Raynor, NF, died from the effects of war service, June 8, 1920. Like all those who died after discharge from military service he was not accorded an official war headstone.

Burns, Jos, William, chaplain, Army Chaplains Department, attached RGA, DOW, 52 Park Crescent, son of Joseph and Helen, husband of Mary C, of 2 Denwick Terrace.

Butler, William, Pte, 12th Bn DLI, DOW 7th, 1917, 27 Bell Street.

Clark, J, age 55, donkeyman, ss Dart (London), killed at sea in enemy action, son of late John and Ellen, husband of Mary Ann (nee Burke), 6 East Street, Milburn Place.

The following three men were lost together on ss Polyxina (Liverpool) June 12, 1917:

King, Mark Patrick, age 55, greaser, husband of Alice Maude (nee D’eath), 14 Orwell Street, Grimsby (born Alderney).

Logan, Michael, age 25, fireman and trimmer, 35 Stephenson Street, son of Hugh and Mary Ellen (nee Czar).

Webb, WH, age 24, fireman / trimmer, born London.

Rich, Jack, Loyal North Lancs, DOW, 16th, 1918. Details needed.

Svensson, Thomas Hedley, age 20, AB, (RNVR), Collingwood Bn RND, KIA, 6th 1915, Gallipoli, 31 Cardonnel Street, son of Augustus Svensson and Eleanor (nee Metcalfe). He was employed at Smith’s Dock Co Ltd and Is recorded on the Helles Memorial.

Swift, Joseph, age 23 Pte, Royal Scots, killed, 11th, 1915, 32 Gardner Street, served under name of ‘Smith’.Details needed.

Walker, Christopher, Fawcett, age 17, galley boy, ss Borg (London), MN, lost at sea – enemy action, 10th 1918, 10 Cardonnel Street, son of John Thomas Walker and the late Jennie (nee Fawcett).

Key:

KIA – killed in action

DOW – died of wounds

LAS – lost at sea

NF – Northumberland Fusiliers

DLI – Durham Light Infantry

RND – Royal Naval Division

RNR – Royal Naval Reserve

RFA – Royal Field Artillery

n Anyone with information on this week’s list or who wants to find out more about the project, should visit www.tynemouthworldwarone.org, e-mail contact@tynemouthworldwarone.org or write to Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AR.