War project’s informal drop-in session

TO mark their move into a dedicated work space at the Linskill Centre, the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project are holding an informal reception and ‘drop- in’ session.

The event, on Monday, June 13, is for all those who have already expressed support for the project and anyone else interested in taking part.

New volunteers are required to help in the researching of the biographical details of the 1,700 men of the former Borough of Tynemouth killed in the First World War.

Also, anyone interested to learn more about the project and the opportunities to get involved will be welcome to meet the project team and volunteers between 7.30pm and 8.45pm that evening in the Linskill Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields.

Information about the initial work programme and familiarisation sessions about the sources of information held locally will be available, as well as details of the opening times of the project work room when volunteers will be able to get involved and assist in the various activities.

Project co-ordinator Alan Fidler said: “It is pleasing that we have been able to establish the project in a dedicated workspace only six months after forming the steering group.

“The widespread expressions of interest and public support for the aims of the project – not least from the News Guardian – have been very encouraging and confirm our view that the history of the Great War is still a significant element in the collective memory and experience of people alive today; many of whom have connections with and poignant stories to tell of the impact of the war on their families and the local community.

“The links we have forged already with local youth groups and the education service will help us to ensure future generations will be aware of and hopefully understand the consequences of the conflict which still have resonance today.”

THIS week’s list is drawn from men of the borough who were killed or died in the month of June, 1915 to 1918.

Conley, Edward, age 33, Stoker 1st class, Hood Bn, RND, KIA, 4th, 1915, brother of Mrs Maria Montgomery, 13 Northumberland Street, North Shields.

Hart, John William, Private, Howe Bn, 2nd Brigade, RND, KIA, 4th, 1915, 12 Waldo Street, served at siege of Antwerp and was killed in the Dardanelles, employee of Smiths Dock Co Ltd in the Bull Ring Docks.

Hunter, Edward Fry, Able Seaman, RNVR, drowned, HMS Hampshire, 5th, 1916, Front Street, Tynemouth. Was with Field Marshal Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, who was also lost, sailing to Russia.

Kennedy, RJ, 2nd Bn NF, KIA, 4th, 1920, 83 Little Bedford Street. Not listed in War Graves records. Where was he killed on this date?

Lawless, Henry, AB, Anson Bn, RND, KIA, Dardanelles, 4th, 1915, Barrasford Street, East Howdon.

Patterson, John, age 37, Gunner, 2nd/1st Northumbrian Brigade RFA, DOW, 3rd, 1916, buried at Fulford Barracks, York, son of James and Margaret, of Isabella Pit, Blyth, husband of Elizabeth Jane (formerly Patterson), now of 29 Stephen Street, Byker.

Roland, Richard, NF, KIA 2nd, 1916, Barrasford Street, East Howdon. No record on Commonwealth War Graves Commission site –details needed.

Shuttleworth, James, age 23, AB RND, KIA, Dardanelles, 4th, 1915, Belle Vue Street, Cullercoats, son of the late John and Isabella.

Tait, Richard, W Henzell, Private, Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, KIA, 2nd, 1916, formerly of Percy Main.

Treadwell, R H, died at home of effects of service, 2nd, 1918, 3 Argyle Street, Tynemouth, sSon of Reuben Herbert and Susannah Ann. No official War Graves record –men who died after discharge from service as being no longer fit for service were not accorded an official war graves commission headstone. His brother, Major George Reuben

Treadwell, had been killed in action in 1917.

Warman- Harrison, William, age 50, 2nd hand, HM Trawler ‘Alex Hastie’ RNR, died in hospital, Lowestoft, 3rd, 1916, son of William and Louisa Warman-Harrison and husband of Mary, of 8 Hylton Street, North Shields, formerly of 15 Coronation Street, buried at Beccles Road Cemetery, Lowestoft.

Ward, Patrick, Private,10th Bn NF, KIA, 2nd, 1917, 7 Walker Place, North Shields.


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