Public’s help sought for difficult cases

The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project has made great progress over the past two years researching more than 1,700 men listed on the 1923 Roll of Honour.

But it is now seeking the assistance of readers with the surnames shown below to help research a small group of men for whom it is proving difficult to find any information.

Although these men were listed in the original Roll of Honour, the project has been unable to trace family connections or any information beyond the barest details shown below.

If any reader believes a man listed may be a relative or a relative of someone known to them, the project would be grateful if they would make contact.

Information is required on the following entries from the Roll of Honour:

James Robert Ridland, from Shetland, died March 5, 1915, ss Caithness, Mostyn Deeps;

Alfred John Matthews, drowned after slipping from HM trawler Eros, January 29, 1916, 32 Charlotte Street;

Joseph Shea, Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, killed in action on April 24, 1917, lived in George Street, Willington Quay, and his mother was Mrs Munday, of 131 Norfolk Street;

George A Taylor, Royal Naval Reserve, 19 Church Street, no further details;

John Arthur Stainthorpe (aka Cripps), Killed HMS Britannia, November 11, 1918 (Armistice day);

John Johnson Metcalfe, Royal Navy, HMS Louvain, killed January 20, 1918, home address 2 Pottery Yard, Northumberland Street, his mother Catherine lived at 13 Front Street, Preston Village;

Harold Brooks Robson, RNVR, 40 Church Street, previously at Ritson’s Colliery, Preston, killed in action in France, November 13, 1916.

Some tickets are still available for the next talk at the Low Lights Tavern – Cruelty and Compassion – which will be given at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 30, by Ian McArdle, who will consider the literature of the great war, comparing the works of famous writers on both sides in the conflict.

Ian said: “Few periods in our history have produced such an enormous store of literature as the First World War.”

He will examine and compare some of the most famous novels of that time through the eyes of British, French and German writers.

Tickets can be obtained from the Low Lights Tavern, Keel Row Book Shop and the project workroom.

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 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.