Families urged to view war dead tribute book

The poster advertising Anthea Lang's Life on the Home Front talk.
The poster advertising Anthea Lang's Life on the Home Front talk.

An ambitious project inviting visits by the relatives of any of the British war dead who are buried or commemorated on one of the great Memorials to the Missing in Belgium is now in Durham Cathedral.

Family members can view and make a personal entry into a book containing more than 174,000 names of the First World War dead of Britain and Ireland.

The book, at the cathedral until October 9, shows casualties names on the left-hand page, while the right-hand page is blank, leaving space for families to make an entry in memory of a lost relative.

Photographs and copies of letters can also be placed.

The book will tour the UK and Ireland at 16 locations until 2018, and then be returned to the ‘In Flander’s Fields’ Museum for the future.

A total of 268 men on the Tynemouth database, buried or commemorated in Belgium, feature in the book, and the project is anxious that all relatives of those men are aware of the opportunity to make an entry.

We will be contacting the 42 relatives who have been in touch with us to let them know about this event.

Anyone who lost a relative in the war not on our database, and is unsure whether they died in Belgium, can view the CWGC website at www.cwgc.org where the place of burial or commemoration for all British war dead is given with exact location details.

The next in our series of talks at the Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, North Shields, will be given on Tuesday, July 28, at 7.30pm, when Anthea Lang, a local historian and Newcastle City Guide, will examine Life on the Home Front during the Great War. This is a free event and all are welcome.

New volunteers for the expanded project are needed to help with research into the thousands of First World War dead from the other parts of the borough not covered by the Tynemouth project.

A second meeting for new volunteers will be held at Wallsend Customer First Centre (Library) at 7pm, on Thursday, July 30. Anyone interested to learn about opportunities to volunteer with the project can attend this meeting.

The scheme to install Blue Plaques has now placed over 120 plaques on those still existing former homes of Tynemouth men killed in the war. There are 560 to be placed.

As we expand into the other areas of the borough a significant number of the casualties from those areas will also be remembered in this way.

Anyone interested in helping with this aspect of our work is welcome to contact us at info@tynemouthworldwarone.org

We need more volunteers to help in the task of contacting property owners to seek permission for plaques and informing relatives of the casualties about the dates when plaques will be placed.

The project’s Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, adjacent to the library, is open at weekends and some weekdays over the school holidays until September 4.

A number of small exhibitions of the project’s work and publications can be viewed and purchased.

Anyone with information about anyone killed or who died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.

The Project Workroom in 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.