Database to provide a living record of conflict

When the Tynemouth project’s database is made available to the public at large through our website on Saturday, the work of the project will not be complete and the records held on over 1,700 men

whose deaths were attributed to war service will not be closed.

The database will continue as a ‘living’ record to which new information, photographs and documents can be added.

The project hopes and expects that the launch on Saturday will see the records created being accessed by many family members who have not had direct contact with the project over the past three years, as we have been researching the lives of the casualties of the war.

We will welcome any further information to enrich the records and where any information shown is incorrect or incomplete we would be pleased to have details.

Contact can be made through our website, and for the future our workroom at Linskill Community Centre and the Information Centre on Front Street, Tynemouth will be staffed to help anyone to bring to our attention more information to enhance the database.

The database will be launched officially at North Shields Customer First Centre (Library) at 10am on Saturday when we are also staging another public information day with many organisations with an interest in the conflict there to give advice and answer queries.

Project volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the database to members of the public and it will of course be accessible also through our website at

A number of one hour talks will be given during the day beginning at 11am (Dr Dan Jackson – Understanding the Rush to Volunteer), 1230pm (James Pasby of the North East War Memorials Project – Researching Casualties and Pensions in World War One) and at 2pm, Ian McArdle will give his talk on the literature of the war from the perspective of British, German and French writers – Cruelty and Compassion. All talks will take place in the Community Rooms on the first floor of the library area.

In addition, we will be showing the project’s acclaimed digital animated Casualty Map at various times between the talks.

The 90-minute drama commissioned by the project, Death at Dawn– telling the story of William Hunter of Coronation Street and written by North East playwright Peter Mortimer – will also be featured, with three short excerpts being read at 10.25am, 10.55am and 12.25pmin the open area of the Customer First Centre on the first floor, where the information stalls are located.

Our Information Centre on Front Street, Tynemouth, next door to the library, will not be opening this weekend, in view of the large event we are staging at North Shields Customer First Centre on Saturday and work on Sunday preparing for the distribution of 28,000 commemorative books to be presented to all schools pupils and students in the borough.

The book, copies of which have been funded by sponsorship generously provided by many local businesses and individuals, will be a special reminder of the effects of the conflict as recorded by the project’s many activities over the past three years

Tickets for our specially-commissioned play – Death at Dawn – can still be obtained online – see the project website – and also from Keel Row Bookshop, North Shields, Customer First Centre, Northumberland Square and the Linskill Community Centre reception.

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.