Conscientious objectors a controversial subject

Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project’s popular talks at the Low Lights Tavern in North Shields resume next week.

The talk, on Tuesday, September 23, at 7.30pm, will hear Bill Midgley consider another controversial aspect of the Great War – the treatment of conscientious objectors – those men who felt unable to participate in the prosecution of the war.

No tickets are being issued for the talk, at the pub in Brewhouse Bank, the Fish Quay, and admission will be on a first come basis.

The talks have proved popular and range over many aspects of the war.

Future talks will include ‘The Lamps Went Out’ – Sir Edward Grey and ‘the war to end all wars’ – on Tuesday, October 23; and ‘Zeppelin raids in the north east’, on Tuesday, November 18 – all start at 7.30pm.

The annual concert Salute Our Heroes, organised by the Army Benevolent Fund in aid of SSAFA, the charity supporting service personnel and their families in times of need, will be a spectacular event in the centenary year of the First World War.

A special programme of words, music and song supported by well-known local personalities and artists will be staged in the magnificent surroundings of Hall One, Sage Gateshead, at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 27.

The Tynemouth project has been working with the Army Benevolent Fund for 18 months to supply information and stories to inform the programme.

Tickets for the concert are available only from Sage Gateshead,including online, on (0191) 443 4661.

There is one last chance to see exhibition of materials gathered by the project telling the story of the war in the local area.

It closes on Saturday, September 20, in North Shields Customer First Centre.

The project’s Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, will be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm until late in the autumn.

To access the project database go online at

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 to learn more about the project or how to get involved.

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