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When the NEWMP website was set up in 2006, it was designed to host up to 5,000 files in a searchable website www.newmp.org.uk. At that time, we had 2500 War Memorial Files!

In 2018 we are faced with a crisis.

We now have 4,834 War Memorials identified in the area from the Tweed to the Tees as well as all the Every Name A Story entries, the Parish Pages, District and County Pages and the North East Notes. We have over 20,000 pages at www.newmp.org.uk. It is creaking at the seams.

Since 2010, we have had over 316,000 visitors and 1,846,082 page visits. NEWMP is well used and well respected. It is a unique website. No other area in the country has its War Memorials recorded in such depth and detail.

We wish to safeguard our website for the future but that takes Money.

If you believe like us that www.newmp.org.uk is an indispensable resource for the History and Heritage of the North East and should continue to be available for the people of the North East and those with North East Connections please consider making a donation.

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or 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.

Online Bank Transfers- Bank: Barclays Bank; Sort Code: 20-27-43; Account Number 60173444; Account Name North East War Memorials Project; Reference–2018 Appeal

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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 dorothy@newmp.org.uk

Total of memorials at 2nd October 2018
Total of war memorials at 22nd October 2018
On 2nd October 2018, the total number of memorials in Northumberland, Newcastle and Co. Durham recorded by NEWMP is 4,843

There are also 66 more for which we do not have sufficient information to create a file.

This does not include burial headstones, which are in the Every Name A Story section for each place.

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 (www.novopublishing.co.uk) 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 nufc.com website.

See Newcastle Parish Page

Re-Dedication of Lanchester's War Memorial
Rededication of Lanchester War Memorial

The Parish Council and members of the community have been working for some time to have the names of fallen soldiers added to the Village Green War Memorial.

The original War Memorial was Dedicated in 1951. The War Memorial was then moved to its current position in 1972.

The works to the War Memorial are currently being undertaken by Art of Stone Memorials. 130 names have been identified and will be engraved on the new marble panels.

The project has been made possible through a grant from the County Council Neighbourhood Budget. The Parish Council have also committed funds to enable the project to progress.

The Rededication of the War Memorial will take place on Friday 19 October 2018 at 2pm. The three Churches in the Parish will lead the service.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon will attend the service.

It is hoped that there will be representation from the schools and organisations in the Parish. All members of the community are invited to attend.

Following the service on the Village Green, refreshments will be served at the Methodist Church.

For further information please contact Sally on 01207 520146

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 richm.tolson@yahoo.com

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.

Anniversary of the Defence of Rauray
In 2018 we commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the crucial "Defence of Rauray" on 1st July - a hard-fought action by 70th Infantry Brigade which brought to an end the Panzer threat hindering further advances on that flank of the Normandy theatre of war. This engagement, part of Operation Martlet, may not yet be so well known as the earlier D-Day battles, but crippled a significant element of some of the best armoured troops available to the Axis forces, and represents a first-class example of close co-operation in ground action between Infantry, Artillery, Anti-Tank Units and Tanks .

To read an account of the Brigade's actions, and the casualties sustained, look at the Memorial Website for July 1944, especially for 1st Tyneside Scottish and 11th Durham Light Infantry. For a more detailed appreciation, read Kevin Baverstock's excellent book "Breaking the Panzers".

The Brigade was indeed "Faithful."

70th Brigade Anniversary 1940
Sunday 20th May marked the 78th Anniversary of the disastrous battle of FICHEUX and MERCATEL in Northern France in 1940, in which so many men of 70th Infantry Brigade were killed in action, wounded and captured, facing columns of armoured vehicles from German Panzer Divisions. Over the next year we hope to link their Memorial Pages to the local War Memorials on which they are remembered. We will remember them.
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70th Brigade Update
It is with sincere regret that we have learned of the death, last October, of Colonel Oliver Warman, Welsh Guards - retired. Colonel Warman acted as John Dixon's guide during his research visit to Northern France and Normandy and was of very considerable assistance in navigating to the various locations in which 70th Infantry Brigade was involved in the two campaigns, as well as discussing, in detail, the military strategy aspects. This formed a key part of the HLF-funded project.

John had just completed uploading the photographs taken during the trip, together with the associated background information on the various places to the Memorial Website, and had composed a message to Colonel Warman to thank him for his help, and show him the results of their efforts, when he became aware - belatedly - of his death notice in The Times in early October 2017 at the age of 85.

Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends, together with our apology for not being aware earlier of his sad demise.

Joseph Henry Collin VC

Photo : Peter Hoy

A commemorative VC paving stone was unveiled to honour the memory of South Tyneside Victoria Cross winner, Joseph Henry Collin.

The stone was unveiled during a special ceremony on Monday 9th April 2018 at 11am at Joseph Collin House, in North Street, Jarrow, Lt Collin's birthplace marking the 100th anniversary of 2nd Lieutenant Collin's act of gallantry which won him the Victoria Cross. It was during this act that he was killed leading the defence of his men against the enemy.

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Olive Punchion as well as a representative of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment - a direct descendent of Lt Collin's old regiment. The ceremony also included prayers of dedication and remembrance, the Last Post, a minute's silence and Reveille, played by the Durham Light Infantry buglers.
The Mayor said: The unveiling of this special stone is set to be a very moving and poignant event, marking 100 years to the day that Joseph Henry Collin died defending his comrades.

This new memorial will not only recognise the gallant actions of 2nd Lt Collin and ensure his legacy lives on, but remind us all of the incredible bravery and sacrifices made by so many other members of the armed forces who fought for their country.

The Mayor was joined by the Mayoress, Mrs Mary French as well as local councillors and members of the Armed Forces community. Members of the public were in attendance.

See his Every Name A Story Entry.

Councillor Malcolm added:This will be the last of three special commemorative ceremonies held in South Tyneside in honour of the local heroes who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. This is the highest military award for gallantry and valour in the face of the enemy. It is important that these soldiers are remembered for their brave actions.

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.
Research in Progress
As we move towards the conclusion of the Commemorations of the First World War in November 2018 NEWMP are inquiring-

1. Are you still researching the names on your local war Memorial/s?

2. Have you published your findings?
If so could we have sight of a copy and can you give details as to where the publication is available to add to the NEWMP web site files.

3. Have you set up your own web site?
If so we can hyperlink to the web site if you send us details. We would also like you to hyperlink to us!

4. What are you intending to do with your research?
Our Every Name a Story section attached to each village or town is a way of making your research accessible to the public.
The NEWMP website is archived by the British Library and the results of all your work will be there for future generations.

5. War Memorials files – Do you want your contact details to remain/ to be added to Research in Progress?

6. What Next?
Our website continues!

We are always looking for Volunteers –
• to research the history of your Memorials,
• locate new Memorials,
• find missing Memorials,
• update us with what is happening to your War Memorials,
• retake Memorial photographs,
• as well as researching names.

We do need your help!

Contact: dorothy@newmp.org.uk

Newcastle United and the Great War
South Tyneside Remembers
On Tuesday 12th December 2017, South Tyneside Council launched their website, South Tyneside Remembers. The Heritage Lottery funded project produced a searchable database, researched by volunteers to commemorate the lives of the men and woman who served during Wold War One.

See www.southtynesideremembers.org.uk

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.

Burnmoor

Medomsley

Newcastle

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!

A.N.L.H.S. closes down
The 50th and final A.G.M. meeting of ANLHS.
The 50th and final A.G.M. was held on November 5th 2016. The decision to close the Society was taken with heavy heart but acceptance of the fact that few people would take office.

The ANLHS was started as the Northumberland Local History Society by Mrs. Ellen Mitchell assisted by Robin Gard, then County Archivist, helped by Dr. Constance Fraser. There were very few local history societies in existence at the time, and the NLHS sent people to various parts of the county in order to start societies and help them with legal advice and speakers. This meant that the new societies became members of ANLHS from the very beginning. Other county societies which tried to get local societies to join them found great difficulty, trying to catch free range chickens after they were hatched, where the ANLHS had laid the eggs from which their members sprung!

After a few years the name was altered to reflect the changing nature of the society. Each year there were two meetings to study a given subject. Also, once a year one society would organise a day for others to visit them and be given the chance to learn about the local history of the host society.

A magazine called "Tyne and Tweed" was issued containing articles of local interest. A few other books were also published. There were projects in which members could take part, such as recording headstones in churchyards, or taking photos of their locality on a given day.

The Society was also represented on various local bodies such as archives groups and reports from these were received at the AGM.

ANLHS played a part in other events. The Standing Conference for Local History grew from the national Community Council and in time it became the British Association for Local History. ANLHS was represented from the outset. They also were founder members of the now defunct North East Environment Education Forum, which was a meeting place for those interesting in teaching or studying local subjects from green issues to local history.

In 1988 ANLHS took up the idea of the project to record all the war memorials in Northumberland. This was six months before the Imperial War Museum started their list, and the ANLHS worked hard with them. A group was later started by the Imperial War Museum to do a similar job in Co. Durham. These two bodies of work were finally pulled together and the North East War Memorials Project was started, and is now a registered charity in its own right.

It is sad that the ANLHS has had to close, but there can be no regrets. It has done a magnificent job in the last half century, but it has come to the decision to go out with head held high and with pride in what it has achieved.

DLI Collection
DLI Collection, Sevenhills, Spennymoor

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

DLI Digital Collection

Half Shilling Curate
Account of a Curate in WW1

Half Shilling Curate Front Cover

'The Half Shilling Curate' a remarkable true story of the Reverend Herbert Butler Cowl who served in World War 1, written by a relative. This well researched book gives an insight to what chaplains endured along with the ordinary fighting soldier. There is strong evidence that this man was the Chaplain that presided over Lieutenant Philip Anthony Brown's burial service in France when he died after being rescued by Private Kenny V.C under fire. The author Sarah Reay has spent many hours researching this man, and visiting many sites, over many years. A highly recommended read. It includes photographs not seen by any one. A discounted price if the book is purchased via the website Half Shilling Curate and the author might sign it for you.
Houghton-le-Spring: Our War Memorial-Our Families
is the title of a booklet produced by the Houghton War Memorial group of researchers.

There is a brief history of the memorial, followed by the names and stories of the men who fell. There is also a list of those for whom they could find no information.

This nicely produced and well-written book costs £4.99, of which £4 goes to SSAFA and 99p to Houghton Racecourse Community Association.

They can be contacted on www1houghtonwarmem@yahoo.co.uk.

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 book is timely, with the centenary of the events which led to the building of the Thiepval memorial falling in 2016.

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 janet@newmp.org.uk.
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 enquiries@newmp.org.uk
Why only the dead?
It is becoming obvious that most projects regarding the centenary of the Great War are concentrating on the fallen, and sometimes on those who served. But the war affected everybody. Is there any reason why studies in other subjects could not be made?
For example, in Newcastle General Hospital there is a bedspread made by injured men. NUT013. We know the bare outlines of the story, but what other projects were set up for occupational therapy for wounded men?
We have files on several animals who went to war. There is Peter the Cat L27.03; Sammy the dog H51.32; not to mention the famous donkey which helped John Kirkpatrick move injured men from the battlefield S86.014. See the story of Blind Billy. What other animals showed helped in any way? Regimental mascots, for example, - or anything else from pigeons to elephants. Sometimes animals were welcomed as a diversion from the horrors of war. The Dickin Award wasn’t set up until the Second World War, but there must have been many animals to whom it would have been awarded had it been available in 1914-18.
What about the work groups who set about raising money for comforts for the troops? What hopes and tribulations did they encounter? There were people raising hundreds of pounds before ever war memorials were found to be needed. How did people cope on the land and in the factories? We know about these in general, but where are the individual stories?
There are hundreds of stories to be told. We will happily house them for you on our “Every Name A Story” page for every place.