War Memorial File Sponsorship and Appeal 2020
Why not sponsor a War Memorial on our web site?

• to mark Victory in Europe 2020

• to remember a Relative

• to remember the local War Memorial in your village, school or work place

• to support the work of NEWMP

£10 minimum donation for each War Memorial

Send Place and name of Memorial with NEWMP reference number and wording you want included to

For example:-

Shotley Bridge St. Cuthbert S27.03

This Memorial File is sponsored by:- Alan and Dorothy Hall in memory of Tom Hall 14/06/1917

You can send money:-

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by Cheque made payable to the North East War Memorials Project, The Treasurer, 14 Park Road North, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 3SD. Cheques in GB Sterling only please.

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Thank you

11th December 2019

Donations £14,888

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YouTube- Always Remembered Film
Our Heritage Lottery Funded film Always Remembered - The North East Memorials of the Great War was launched at St. Mary's Heritage Centre Gateshead on Tuesday November 8th 2016.

Copies of the DVD are available at £5 plus p&p of £1.50 from

Total of memorials at 31st August 2020
On 31st August 2020, the total number of memorials in Northumberland, Newcastle and Co. Durham recorded by NEWMP is 5,035

There are also 60 more for which we do not have sufficient information to create a file.

The total does not include grave headstones, which are in the "Every Name A Story" section for each place.

On 21st August 2020 the total of "Every Name A Story" entries is 16,875

New website for NEWMP
Our website has been full to overflowing for some time now. We are in the process of having a new website created which will last for the next few years.

Hopefully, this will be ready to use soon. You can still access the present one, but nothing new can be added until the replacement website is up and running.

Many people have responded to our appeal for £25,000 for this project. We are still £8,000 short of the amount needed. We know only too well that this is a time when funds are needed for all kinds of good causes. Our Project personnel all give our time freely.

Please donate if you can, otherwise the funding for the new website has to come out of our own pockets.

A short tour of Tynedale's forgotten war memorials
Roger Morris tells us about the memorials on Plenmeller, Ninebanks and Limestone Brae:
"LEST WE FORGET A short tour of Northumberland's forgotten war memorials on Plenmeller Common and West Allen" is an article I wrote for the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society Summer 2020 Volume 45 Number 2. This covers the Shepherd's Memorial, Rolls of Honour in Ninebanks Church and Limestone Brae Burial Ground. This was in part driven as a reaction to disinformation about the origins of the Shepherd's Memorial and absence of local knowledge. The upshot will be to arrange a walk over there around Armistice Day based on the weather conditions around the 11th November.
I've also contacted O.S. and future editions of maps will now show the Shepherds Memorial. Hopefully this will encourage Northumberland C.C. to put up a bladed sign/ finger post sign from the road.
Defence of Rauray Anniversary
On 1st July we mark the Anniversary of the 70th Infantry Brigade Battle Honour - Defence of Rauray.

This was the final attempt by the German Panzer Divisions to break the Allied line of advance on the left flank and the fiercely fought action showed their relentless armoured attacks stopped in their tracks, with significant destruction of enemy vehicles through a co-ordination of all arms - infantry, tank, artillery and anti-tank guns, and a heavy toll taken of armoured infantry. The Brigade losses were significant.

Read the accounts of the various unit actions on the Website at Brigade, Battalion and Artillery Regiment levels over this period of the end of June and beginning of July 1944.

Sad news
It is with deep regret that we report the sudden death of Alan Hall, who has been treasurer of NEWMP since 2008. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Dorothy, NEWMP secretary, and family.
Janet Brown, Chair.
80th Anniversary Battle of Ficheux and Mercatel
Each year we mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Ficheux and Mercatel - which took place on 20th May 1940 and during which the three Battalions of 70th Infantry Brigade were ambushed by Panzer columns - part of the Blitzkrieg heading on their way West - the Brigade holding the extreme right flank of the B.E.F. A large number of the men of the Brigade were killed and a larger number captured - many of whom were wounded. The dead are commemorated on War Memorials throughout Durham - the scale of the disaster was of very significant proportions and changed the Brigade from a purely local Unit to one with soldiers serving in it from all over the UK. The details of the tragedy - the 80th Anniversary of which is today - can be found on the 70th Brigade Website - accessible from the bar at the top of the screen. It had been hoped to organise some commemorative activities to mark the solemn occasion but the current circumstances have prevented this.
2020 VE Day
Message from Durham County Record Office

We now have an online exhibition together with accompanying videos, as we have had to postpone the physical exhibition and Steve’s Third Thursday Talk. Follow the link from our home page the videos will be going out on social media

We have also created free learning resources for schools, which will soon be available on the Learning Zone section of our website. in the meantime, teachers can email to request a copy. They have teachers’ notes and worksheets as well as the documents themselves.

There will be a Northern Echo supplement on Friday 8th May, principally with content from DCRO – for those who cannot get a copy there should also be at least some of this on the Northern Echo website.

Alfred Haggerston War Medal
Colin Stevens contacted us to say that he had the British War Medal for Alfred Haggerston who died in 1917. He would very much like to reunite it with his family.

It has now been arranged for the medal to be sent to the Haggerston family in Canada.

North East War Memorials Project 2020 AGM

Frosterley Methodist at Stanhope

Harton Cemetery - new bench

Jarrow Underpass Mural

Tudhoe Village bench

Bishop Auckland Garden of Remembrance

Our Annual General Meeting was planned for June this year at Stannington Village Hall.

However owing to the current situation with CoronaVirus we have reluctantly decided to cancel the meeting and instead put our reports on to the Website.

If you have any comments, suggestions or even donations can you please contact Janet Brown at

2020 AGM reports

Shepherds' Cairn
Roger Morris has informed us that following his intervention the Shepherd's Cairn on Plenmeller Common has been accepted by Ordnance Survey as a 'memorial.'

Detail of Shepherds' Cairn
80th Anniversary of the start of WW2

Mains House, Front Street, 1960s

It will be appreciated that we are approaching the 80th Anniversary of the Declaration of War in 1939.

However, it may not be always appreciated that Territorial Army Units in the Region were "embodied" on 24th August 1939 and that local units then began to be mobilised - one of the first being the 41st (Durham) National Defence Company, consisting of experienced older soldiers, who immediately took up their key role of guarding and securing vulnerable points - such as railway facilities and key factories.

It is likely that Private George Robert Milburn, who was killed in a railway accident on the night of 29th August 1939, while on duty at Croxdale Viaduct, near Durham City, was one of the first casualties of what became the Second World War. George was in uniform, on duty and armed. However, because his death took place before the formal outbreak of hostilities, he is not included in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records as a war casualty and was not commemorated using the familiar CWGC Headstone when he was buried.

His Memorial Page can be accessed here

The 70th Infantry Brigade came into formal existence on the 1st September 1939 as the three DLI Battalions (6th, 8th and 9th) of 151 (Durham) Brigade - which had recruited locally way beyond their establishments in accordance with Government plans - were separated each into two, with the "duplicate" Battalions - formalised as the 10th, 11th and 12th - now being grouped to form 70th Brigade, becoming one of the two Brigades in the 23rd Division - itself a duplicate of the famous 50th Division. Brigade HQ was at Mains House in Chester-le-Street.

Those from Durham who are aware of family members being mobilised in those duplicate Battalions in 1939 are asked to contact the Lead Researcher at to see if their relative(s) are already included on the Memorial database, provide any extra information they can, or add them to that list if they are not already there.

Private Andrew Hanton 1915
Andrew Hanton died in 1915. He lived in Alnwick but had connections in Bedlington.
Are there any living relatives? If so, there are a few items in the hands of Paul Reed who would like to hand them over. These include the scroll given to all families of the fallen, and a memorial card for his sister Alice who died in 1917.
Please contact if you have any knowledge of the family.

Northumberland and Durham Freemasons support NEWMP
Tuesday July 23rd 2019

NEWMP members Dorothy and Alan Hall and John Dixon travelled to the newly renovated War Memorial in the churchyard at St Ebba's Church at Ebchester. Paul Debenham, a member of the Benevolent Committee of the Province of Durham, arrived with a cheque for £1000 from their Community Support Grants in response to our 2019 Appeal.

Masonic War Memorials can be found in Durham Cathedral, St. Hilda's Church Hartlepool and in the many Masonic Halls in the Province. In the Bi-Centenary 1806-2006 St. Johns Lodge No. 80 book - the Unveiling Programme is reproduced with not only the names and details of the dead (14) but also lists the names of those who served -99 members. A total of 113 Freemasons in the services from one lodge. The photograph in the booklet also shows the War Memorial was altered after World War II.

One of the first 'extras' we added to the website was a transcription of the Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 published by Grand Lodge in 1921. Since then we have had W. Bro. Rev. David T. Youngson's permission to add his research on Durham Freemasons to our County Durham notes. Rev. Youngson has since found through his studies that there are a number of Durham Freemasons who are not in the Roll of Honour and he is sending us these details to add to our Every Name a Story pages.

NEWMP are very grateful for the donation from the Freemasons of Durham and acknowledge their support over the years.

Also in attendance were Rev. Ian Waugh with Eric and Paul Heatherington. Eric, a member of St Ebba's Church, had brought with him the original Order of Service for the Unveiling of the War Memorial in 1922 - to Dorothy's delight the sheet included a 'Roll of Honour' of those from Ebchester who had served, never seen before. This will be added to the website shortly.

The Rector at the time of the unveiling, Rev. John George Gibson, was a prominent Freemason.

Photographs with kind permission of Ian Lowrey.

Detail of Northumberland and Durham Freemasons support NEWMP
Peace Celebrations 1919

Beamish Collection 43269

Beamish Collection 43270

Following the signing of the Peace Treaty on June 28th 1919 the country celebrated on Saturday 19th July 1919. In the following weeks Victory Tea parties were held.

We have looked at the Beamish Museum Collection and extracted Peace and Victory photos.

Use "Peace celebrations" as a search term and see how the North East celebrated peace.

Have you a photograph of a Peace mug, Peace celebrations or Victory Tea parties you are willing to share?

Contact : Dorothy Hall

70th Brigade News
75th Anniversary
It is at this time of the year when we mark the anniversary of "Operation Martlet" in Normandy, in which 70th Brigade Group and its constituent and associated units played such a key role - culminating in the Defence of Rauray. This year is the 75th Anniversary of that series of engagements.

The implications for each of the units, especially 11th DLI and 1st Tyneside Scottish on 1st July, is set out in each of the War Diaries on the Website. Those with a specific interest are recommended to read Breaking the Panzers by Kevin Baverstock, for an hour-by-hour account of the Rauray battle, for which the Brigade was awarded a Battle Honour.

Let us remember those men who took part, and especially those remembered on War Memorials throughout the UK, and particularly within the North-East.

Relatives and descendants of those who served in the Brigade are encouraged to get in touch with John Dixon, Lead Researcher, to see if further information about those individuals can be added to their Memorial Pages.

John can be reached at

Do you want to help with our project?
Our Project started in 1988 and covers the whole of Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and County Durham - Tweed to Tees.

The past few years has produced a lot of research into the two Great Wars and also into the names of those who fell and/or served.

We now feel that the time has come to pull all information together in a way that recognises the work done by people over the past few years as well as our own over 31 years.

New memorials have been created, and older ones have been restored. Some have even been rediscovered! We need the public to keep us informed of these, and we appreciate photos and copies of unveiling service programmes. Everything is acknowledged to the sender.

We also need funds, as our website is creaking at the seams and needs to be updated. Our group members all work voluntarily.

We are also seeking help from people as the workload piles even higher. We can explain what we need.

Please tell us about your own work and we will see how we can bring it all together into one tribute to all who suffered through war in the north-east of England, whether they served, fell, or were left to pick up the pieces.

Do you know of T.L. Marlin at Heligoland in 1939?
We have received an e-mail from Caroline Kesseler, a family researcher of the Heligoland39 Project who asks:

My Uncle (John Henry WATERFALL) died in a Wellington bomber in July 1940 . He had been stationed at RAF Feltwell in Norfolk and was in 37 Sqdn. My cousin and I have been researching his story for some years now. (see website

My interest in contacting you about Thomas Leo Marlin is that RAF Feltwell was also involved in the first big mission of WW2 on the 18th December 1939 when many planes and crews were lost. We are trying to make contact with family of all crew members who took part that night in the battle of Heligoland Bight as we are arranging a commemoration on 18th December of this year at the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK. This will mark the 80th anniversary year of the event. We held a remembrance event in 2018 at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire to mark the beginning of the anniversary year and over 80 relatives were able to attend. We have not been able to find any family of T.L. MARLIN as yet.

We have already made contact with heritage groups at RAF Feltwell (37 Sqdn), Honington (9 Sqdn) and Mildenhall (149Sqdn). The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln is also helping with our project. Your website regarding North East War Memorials shows a T.L. MARLIN who appears to be the same person as the serviceman in 9 Squadron who died in The Battle of Heligoland Bight.

We have a website for the project at and a Facebook page at: Heligoland39 Project (currently off line while changes are made) where you can see the progress we are making.

The North East Remembers 1918-2018
Copies of the Commemoration Booklet are available for a Donation of £5 to include postage and packing from:-

Dorothy Hall


Articles include:-

Newcastle and the Outbreak of War
The Newcastle Commercials
Tyneside Scottish and Tyneside Irish
St James' Park
Ypres and The Somme
Caring for the wounded
Armistice and Peace day
Sir George Renwick and The Response
Boy Scouts of the North East and the Great War
Keeping the Bond Birtley Belgians
North East War Memorials Project

Lanchester Remembers
A new book Lanchester Remembers - Project Poppy, remembering our fallen 1918-2018 has been published to coincide with the re-dedication of the War Memorial on the Village Green and the Poppy Project in the village November 2018. The book includes the stories of the men and women on Lanchester, Malton and Knitsley memorials.

Price £5 plus £2 post and packing.

Details from Eric Hepplewhite or 07969 808958 or 01207 521323

A Sturdy Race of Men
A history of the 149th Brigade Territorial Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers, written by Alan Isaac Grint, is being published this month by Pen and Sword.

Contact: Alan Grint

Newcastle United and the Great War
Newcastle United Football Club played a full part in the Great War and the fascinating and detailed story is told in To The Glory of God, compiled by Club Historian Paul Joannou and published during September 2018 by Novo Publishing Ltd.

How the famous Black’n’Whites coped with those years of conflict is related when more than 150 players and officials connected with the Magpies served in the armed services with many more engaged in essential work. Over 20 footballers tragically died. Stars of the football field found themselves all over the world facing the enemy; on the Western Front, in the Middle East, Turkey and Greece, in India and Russia. They faced death countless times and several won gallantry honours, the Victoria Cross included. The famous served alongside the not so famous and several players were wounded, some recovered and never played again, others returned to the game, even winning the FA Cup with United.

Comments on Joannou’s new book include;

Newcastle United: “A truly incredible piece of work” which “will appeal to United supporters and non-football fans alike”.

The Journal: “another meticulously researched book from club historian Paul Joannou”

Evening Chronicle: “unveils layer upon layer of some of the harrowing tales and revelations from Gallowgate of yesteryear”

“a book that takes you through the blood, sweat and tears of war and football and it’s a story that really engages the mind”

To The Glory of God: Newcastle United & The Great War is published by Novo Publishing Ltd ( in a limited edition. It is sure to sell out so Newcastle supporters should obtain their copy quickly.

240 pages, wonderfully illustrated with over 280 photos. Price £16.99.
Available from:
Waterstones in Newcastle & the Metrocentre, The Back Page in Newcastle & the Metrocentre, Newcastle Library Bookshop and on the website.

See Newcastle Parish Page

Books published at Stannington
The first two hardbacked books from a trilogy have been written by Richard M. Tolson entitled "Stannington For King and Country" and are now available.

The first volume, entitled "The Parish 1909-1919" describes the village in the years leading up to the Great War. ISBN 978 1 9996595

The second is entitled "Stannington for King and Country. The Boys of Netherton Training School" identifies those boys from the school and tells their stories. ISBN 978 1 9996595 1 6

A third volume is planned to come out in time for the Armistice which deals with the village and those involved in the Great War.

Each volume costs £20 and does not include postage. If it needs to be posted, please contact the author by e-mail at

George Burdon McKean V.C., M.C., M.M.
VC Commemoration Stone

Photo : NEWMP

On the 28th April 2018, there was a Commemoration service for George Burdon McKean at Willington, County Durham. A commemorative VC stone was unveiled to recognize 100 years since his efforts on the battlefield earned him the Victoria Cross.
'We’re a small town and he’s a big hero born here,' Greater Willington mayor Fraser Tinsley said. 'It will be a day to remember in our town.'

Flanked by town officials and representatives of the Queen, most of the town paraded from the Willington War Memorial to the town library following the unveiling of the stone. McKean’s great-nephews Ken and Peter Wade, who live in County Durham, were in attendance along with great-granddaughter Sophie Evans.
The event was also attended by Major Timothy Button, a Canada Defence Liaison stationed in the United Kingdom. 'Everybody from Willington heard of George, Greater Willington Town Council clerk Helen Cogdon said.

Read his Every Name a Story Entry.

Women on War Memorials
Finding Women on War Memorials @

Go to Home Page

Surname box

Suggested Search Terms

Nurse; Miss; Sister;

V.A.D;. Red Cross/R.R.C./RRC;

Q.M.A.A.C.; N.A.C.B.;

Munitions; Munitionettes;

Worker; Land Army

Thomas Young VC

Photo : Peter Hoy

The Thomas Young VC Memorial stone dedication service took place on the 27th March 2018 at Boldon. See Thomas Young Every Name A Story entry.
70th Brigade Milestone
A major milestone has been reached in the research work being carried out into the 70th Infantry Brigade.

One of the agreed objectives for the work was the processing of the War Diaries for not only the Brigade, and its three Battalions, but also every other unit which supported the Brigade during its five-year existence.

That task, involving typing and uploading some 7500 pages of text, was completed this weekend.

Each unit's Diary is accompanied by a list of the men known to have served within its ranks. The supporting units include Artillery, Engineers, Transport, Indian Mule Companies and Provost.

Local Family Historians are invited to access the Website and see if any of their relatives served in the Brigade - lead researcher John L Dixon would be delighted to hear from them - contact details are on the Website.

Much more work remains to be done, but a key task has now been completed.

Sleep Lightly Lad
“Sleep lightly lad.
Thou art for King’s guard at daybreak.
With spotless kit turn-out
And take a place of honour.”

Does anyone know where this poem comes from?

It is used on a number of North East Memorials.




Whitley Bay

Family research
We have had several queries recently which are purely on family research. We cannot always help. We are a small group with outside helpers. We cannot undertake to do family research.

All the information we have on any one person is on the website, uploaded as quickly as we can after it has been received. Sometimes it is only where he is buried and remembered. There is also an invitation to submit anything to add to this. But we do not have the time to spend doing in depth research. Sorry!

DLI Collection
DLI Collection, Sevenhills, Spennymoor

Pre-bookable viewings and on demand service every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm

DLI Digital Collection

Illustrated Chronicle on Flickr
An item in the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society Journal - 9000 or so photos published on Flickr by Newcastle City Library of local men and women who died or were injured in the First World War taken from newspaper reports in the Illustrated Chronicle. There are also occasional reports of those setting off to war and of their families. Illustrated Chronicle.
Air crashes in Northumberland
"Almost Forgotten (Volume 2) The Search for Aviation Accidents in Northumberland" has now been published.

It costs £12.99 per copy, inc. p&p, and is available from:

Chris R. Davies, Allerhope House Guest House, 2 Walby Hill, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7NT.

Missing but Not Forgotten
This is a well written book. At the beginning it is stated quite clearly that it is not a military history of the Battle of the Somme. It is about the 72,000 young men involved who never returned, and whose bodies were never found. It explores the reasons for the memorial’s erection, the building of the edifice itself, and explains the layout. It tells why, despite so many fatalities and woundings, the battle paved the way for eventual victory for the Allies.

The main content, however, is the 200 biographies of men from all the regiments which fought on the Somme in 1916, including photographs. There are four stories from each face of the memorial, and each has been chosen to bring out a different facet. These young men had promising careers ahead of them. The impact on the families is unimaginable. In the preamble to the biographies the question is asked: “What might have been had they lived?”

The book is also designed so that visitors to the memorial can find the names on each face and read the story.

Pam and Ken Linge have spent ten years working on the records of all the men named on the Thiepval memorial, prompted in the first instance by the discovery that Pam’s family had lost members during that battle. This book is a credit to their work, and helps to bring home the individual cost of war of each man and family involved.

Missing But Not Forgotten by Pam Linge and Ken Linge, is published by Pen and Sword and is priced at £25. ISBN 1473823587

Shipping Lists
For most people, the emphasis of the Great War has been on the men who fought in the trenches. We hear little about the men who served on the high seas, with either the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy.
For some time now we have been compiling a list of ships and the men from the North-East who served in them.
This is merely just that - a list - and when we have an "Every Name A Story" page for a man, this has been added to the list. There are a lot of names for which we do not yet have the "Every Name A Story" information.
The lists can be found under "North East Notes" accessed from the Home Page on the left hand side.
If anybody wishes to add anything, or do any work on this aspect of the war, please contact :
Poems and their sources
We've been asked if we know the source of the following verse:

Shall we not offer up our best and highest ?
When duty calls can we forbear to give ?
This be thy record where in peace thou liest
“He gave his life that England's soul should live."

If you help, this would be very useful. The only instances of it on the Internet do not give the author.

On our Quotations page, there are a lot of gaps in the information on where these came from. Some of them will have been made up for the purpose, and will be one-offs, but others are obviously taken from somewhere. Help with these would also be useful. Please send any help to