Memorial project attracts talks with the Imperial War Museum

Christ Church memorials.
Christ Church memorials.

AS the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project reaches its second anniversary, its work has attracted interest across the north east and nationally.

The project is developing a bespoke database to record information about the casualties of the Great War in Tynemouth Borough

Following a series of information sharing meetings held in five locations across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, the work of the project and in particular its comprehensive database to record the history of the 1,700 casualties, has attracted interest from groups large and small.

They have indicated how it would be a useful tool for their own work.

And last week, members of the project showed the database to staff at the Imperial War Museum.

Discussions are now in hand to allow other groups to have access to the database and how this might allow data transfer into the collection planned by the Imperial War Museum.

Meanwhile several major aspects of the project are being developed following the award of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Anyone interested to participate in training in collection of materials for an oral history project or family research techniques can get further information from the project workroom in Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields.

Training is funded by the lottery grant and expenses can be paid for travel to training sessions.

The project is also in discussions with Northumbria University for the delivery of a series of free public lectures in the autumn and winter of 2013-14, which it is hoped will bring leading authors and researchers to the north east to talk on major aspects of the First World War.

A talk will be given by Dr Dan Jackson, of the Tynemouth Project steering group, on the subject of the munitions industry and Tyneside in the Great War.

This will take place on Tuesday December 11, at 7.30pm in the Low Lights Tavern.

Tickets (free) are limited and can be obtained from Keel Row Bookshop, Preston Road, North Shields, from Tuesdays to Sundays on a first come basis.

This week completes the listing of casualties for the month of November 1916, a typical month with a death almost every day and on some days several.

The Shields Daily News reported early in December the latest information received by relatives of deaths in action.

“December 5, 1916: NEWS OF LOCAL MEN. Killed and Wounded in Action. PTE. T. BUGLASS KILLED. Mr Wm. Buglass, of 45 Park Crescent, North Shields, has received word that his son, Private Thomas Buglass, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on Nov. 18th. He was 25 years of age. Deceased was a member of Christ Church Parish Hall, and was very popular among a large circle of friends.”

The Christ Church magazine soon recorded in January 1917 the loss of two more of its members, noting the increasing frequency with which it was obliged to be the publisher of sad news to the parishoners.

“... Death has been very busy amongst us this month. First came news of our sad loss through the death at the Front of Tom Buglass. He helped to capture a village and a thousand prisoners, but unfortunately gave his life as part of the price. His Captain described him as “an excellent soldier in every way,” “absolutely fearless,” and “very popular.” We knew he would be all that! Then came the news that Richard Tully, who was in our Parish Church choir till he went to Australia, had also laid down his life.’

The parish magazine provides a fascinating insight to the patriotic sentiments which abounded in the early months of the war and then reflects the increasing disillusion and fatalistic acceptance of the terrible price that the war was inflicting on all communities.

Copies of the booklet containing information about many of the men on the Christ Church memorials, extracted from the Christ Church Parish monthly magazine, can be obtained from Keel Row Bookshop, the project workroom or the parish office at Christ Church.

Anyone with information on this week’s casualties or anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.

The project workroom is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday – until 7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays – for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project and how to get involved.

THIS week’s casualty list gives details of men from the former Tynemouth Borough who were killed or died in November 1916.

Buglass, Thomas Toshach, age 25, Private, 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment, KIA, 19th, 45 Park Crescent, son of William and late Mrs Buglass. See story.

Essen, James, age 29, Private, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, (formerly RGA), DOW, 20th, 47 Norham Terrace, son of Rolf and late Elizabeth, husband of Edith (nee Naisbett), his brother also KIA.

Fuller, (aka Dixon), George William, age 21, AB RNVR, Hawke Battalion RND, DOW, 17th, fostered son of George William and Hannah Dixon. Served Gallipoli.

Mowat, Arthur, Private, Machine Gun Corps, DOW, 27th. Details needed.

Patterson, Arthur Winchester, age 31, Engineman, RNR, HM Drifter, Agnes and Janet, died of disease, 44 Penman Street, brother of Robert. Preston Cemetery.

Patterson, Henry, age 21, AB, RNVR, Nelson Battalion RND, KIA, 10th, 44 Penman Street, miner.

Peterson, Albert Edward, age 24, Private, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, RFA, DOW, 10th, 187 Stephenson Street, son of Charles and Sarah, husband of Mary Lizzie McCormack (formerly Peterson).

Robinson, William Henry, Private, 9th Battalion NF, KIA, 1 Front Street, Milburn Place, born Middlesbrough. Thiepval Memorial. Details needed.

Rumney, Herbert, age 18,AB, RNVR, Howe Battalion RND, DOW, 15th, 18 Trinity Street, later 77 Delaval Terrace Blyth. His cousin Benjamin lost on pilot cutter Protector six weeks later. His brother also KIA.

Taws, David, 29, 2nd officer, ss Tecumseh, drowned 25th, accidentally, Bayonne, USA, 63 Addison Street. Not recorded as war death by CWGC.

Taylor, Charles, Corporal, 1st Battalion NF, 11th, 48 Huddleston Street, Cullercoats. Details needed.

Tully, Richard Strachan, age 32, Corporal, 46th Battalion AIF, KIA 14th, son of James and Anne, of 181 Queen Alexandra Road, had emigrated to Australia. Villers Brettoneux Memorial.

Watson, Frederick James, age 22, Private, 9th Battalion NF, KIA, 9th, 29 Berwick Terrace, miner, previously with 19th Battalion.

Wilkie, John George, age 22, Private, 1st/7th Battalion DLI, KIA, 5th, 45 Elsdon Street, formerly of Blackcock Quay, son of Thomas and Margaret. His brother also KIA.


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, e-mail or write to Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AR.