NEWMP News - See also WW1 Noticeboard
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 27th March 2017
On 27th March 2017, the total number of memorials recorded by NEWMP is 4,773

There are also 67 more for which we do not have sufficient information to create a file.

New location for Carrshield memorial
The memorial which honoured the pupils who attended the school at Carrshield has found a new home, having been kept in private hands for several years. It is now in the church at Ninebanks.

The memorial at Carrshield

VC Memorial Stone
Service of Dedication

Bradford VC Memorial Stone

Memorial Garden

'Brothers in Arms'

On Saturday, 11th March 2017 at 10.30 am, a service took place at Witton Park, to honour Roland Boys Bradford, VC, MC., with the dedication of the VC Memorial Stone, and the Memorial Garden recently constructed.

The event was well attended by over 200 people. The Standard for the DLI Association, Bishop Auckland Branch was dedicated. The 'Reflection' speech was given by General Sir Peter de la Billiere, KCB, KCB, DSO, MC*, DL which was well received.

The unveiling of the VC Memorial Stone was carried out by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham and Councillor Edward Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council. DLI association Chaplain was the Revd Kenneth Crawford who gave the Address and Dedication. Prayers were read by the Revd Elishava Mechanic, who is the female priest in change of St Paul's at Witton Park. The unveiling of the statue by Ray Lonsdale [Tommy of Seaham fame], with the theme of 'Brothers in Arms' was performed by Councillors Robert Yorke and Christine Wilson. The proceedings were finished with the singing of the National Anthem.

The area designated a Memorial Garden has two wooden benches flanking the Statue and a Memorial plaque.

There will be a second Bradford VC Stone placed next to Roland's in April 2018 for his brother George.

See NEWMP ref W125.10.

Tyne Tees ITV report

New War Memorial at Jarrow

Unveiling of the New War Memorial

On Saturday, 4th March 2017, a new War Memorial was dedicated and unveiled at Jarrow Town Hall.

It is dedicated to everyone from Jarrow who laid down their lives for their country in any conflict .

The service commenced at 10.50 and was attended by about 50 plus people. The Mayor, Cllr Alan Smith, welcomed the assembled crowd and made a special comment about the Latin top line on the Memorial. This was followed by Father Adrian Dixon who read the dedication, and the Reverend Gillian Maude with the Act of Remembrance. The Last Post was played by DLI Bugles with a minutes silence following.

Cllr Norman Dick read the Exhortation.

The President of the Royal British Legion Jarrow and Hebburn Branch laid a wreath.

Everyone was then invited to the Council Chambers for refrshments.

See our file J2.50.

NEWMP AGM
The AGM will be held on Saturday March 25th 2017 at 11am.

The meeting will take place at The DLI Collection, Sevenhills, Unit 1 Greenhills Business Park, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JB

Following the AGM Gillian Kirkbride (Museums, Heritage and Collections Manager - Growing and Learning) will speak about the DLI Collection and a short tour has been arranged for all interested attendees.

Please contact dorothy@newmp.org.uk for further details.

Directions to the DLI Collection

Durham St Margaret's
On Sunday morning 29/01/2017 at 10am there was a service to mark the centenary of the Organ which was dedicated as a war memorial 31/01/1917 and the 25th anniversary of organist Allan Coombes.

The preacher was the Right Reverend David Stancliffe the former Bishop of Salisbury.

The service was followed by an organ recital by Allan Coombes at 11.45am.

Representatives from the North East War Memorials Project, Durham School and Harrison and Harrison attended the event.

Lanchester War Memorial Names
Article in the Lanchester Village Voice January 2017:-

Have you ever wondered why the names of those who lost their lives during World War One, World War Two and later conflicts are not recorded on the village Green war memorial?

When the War Memorial was erected in 1951 the names of the fallen were already listed on memorial plaques/book of remembrance in the Parish Church, on the RC War Memorial and in the old Memorial Hall. (This plaque is now displayed in the entrance hall of the Community Centre). In 2018 it will be 100 years since the end of WW1 and the Parish Council are leading a project to have all the names added to the Village Green War Memorial.

At present 99 names are read out at the annual Remembrance Day Service on the Village Green. We want to ensure that the list is as complete as possible before we commission the new plaques. So we would like your help. The list of 99 names is shown below and can be viewed on the Parish Council notice board on the Village Green. If you think that you have a relative or know of someone from Lanchester Parish who died in WW1, WW2 or later conflicts and they are not on the present list of names or you think there is a spelling mistake of a name, please contact the Clerk on 01207 520146 or email:- lanchesterparish@btopenworld.com

World War 1

George Anderson, John R. Bateman, Margaret A. Barrow, Francis E. Bell, Walter Bell, James Brankston, Henderson Brankston, Alexander Brankston, Thomas R. Buckham, William Britton, Albert Bulleyment, Thomas Cheston, John H. Clough, Alexander Coates, Michael Collin, Sidney Duke, Ernest Fallon, Thomas Farrey, Robert B. Farbridge, Marmaduke Featherstonhaugh, William Featherstonhaugh, Lancelot Ferguson, Joseph M. Fletcher, Alfred E. Gibson, Harry Hampton, Bertie Hampton, William Harrison, Duke Harrison, James Harwood, Frederick Hattams, James Hodgson, Eric Heatherington, William Hunter, Thomas Jackson, William Jarvis, Stephen Kelly, Vivian Lathan, George Kirtley, Lisle Lathan, George McDonald, Joseph McElhatton, John H. Myers, Thomas W. Nicholson, William O'Brien, John Pinkerton, William Pratt, Stephen Ramsay, James Richardson, William Ross, Alfred Rowe, Gerald Sadler, Arthur Sargeant, John Sargeant, Joseph Norman Scott, Luke Smith, T. Henry Smith, John H. Spence, William Spence, Harry Spence, Newton Storey, Tom Storey, J. Herbert Swain, George Tapp, Joseph H. Teasdale, P. Henry Thompson, William Thompson, Luke Thornton, Thomas Henry Turnbull, Walter Veitch, Robert Wainwright, George Wardle, Thomas Wardle, John B. Walker, Thomas Whittaker, John Wilson.

World War 2

William Blackett, Thomas Cheston, Edward Cowan, James Dobson, John Martin Finch, John Gamlin, George Green, William Charles Hill, George William Laykin, Michael Luxmoore, Anthony McGeary, Donald MacMillian, Vera Mace, Michael O'Brien, Robert Reay, John Wardle Scott, Percy Stoker, Robert Bell Smith, William Keith Thompson, Alan Tomlinson, John Tomlinson, Nathaniel Thornton, Robert William Tonks.

Falklands Campaign

Stewart Ian Laing

Civic Voice Condition Survey Workshop

Middlesborough

Did you know that it is estimated that across England, 10,000 war memorials are at risk? Did you know that there is no complete database of all the country’s war memorials and their current condition? Did you know training and funding was available to help change this?

It is over two years since the Prime Minister announced a national programme to survey and restore many of the country’s First World War memorials and about 18 months since the First World War Memorials Programme began.

Civic Voice is hosting a free workshop on February 10th from 09:45 to 13:00 in Middlesborough, North East . Come and find out more about the programme and how you can help record the condition of your local war memorials and access funding.

Help us save the hundreds of war memorials located across the North East!

If you are interested in coming to the workshop you can reserve your free place by visiting Eventbrite

The workshop will cover:

- Background information about the programme - Training to undertake a simple condition survey - Training on how to record survey results on the War Memorials Online website - Information about funding available for war memorial repairs and conservation - A resource pack containing all the necessary information to get you started.

If you are interested in coming to the workshop you can reserve your free place by visiting Eventbrite

Dorothy Hall will speak about the work of NEWMP and the new project "Over the Tees".

Appeal for relatives from the CWGC
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is appealing for relatives on the attached list. If you are related to any of those listed, please get in contact with the UKNA Technical Team

Appeal for Relatives

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!

YouTube - Raise Your Glass Campaign 2016

Watch the Story of the 2016 Raise Your Glass Campaign.

Congratulations Ian Johnson for another successful year!

Memorial to RAF Morpeth at Stannington
A new memorial has been placed to commemorate RAF Morpeth which was based at Tranwell. It takes the form of a skeletal Spitfire, to scale, by the grandson of the man who founded the first aircraft model shop in the world in Newcastle. The file is listed under Stannington, because the memorial is located near the former administration building, now St.Mary's Public House, at the former St.George's Hospital.

The memorial file

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 as from October 11th

DLI Digital Collection

Second 18th Battalion DLI 'Pals' Memorial Unveiled
18th Battalion Second 'Durham Pals' Memorial

18th Battalion Seat Memorial

On the 26th September 2016, the unveiling of the 2nd Seat to the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry took place. Located near the Bandstand at the Race Course, the bench is one of a pair recently unveiled. [see previous news story], it is identical to the earlier seat.
The benches are a joint initiative between the DLI Trustees, Durham County Council, the University, Cathedral and the Northern Echo and were funded by public subscription. The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett dedicated the bench.
The ceremony ended with the bugler's Reveille echoing off the tree-lined slopes of the Wear. Councillor Edward Bell and Colonel James Ramsbotham unveiled the memorial.

Thanks to Chris Lloyd, Chester-le-Street Advertiser 1st October 2016.

Half Shilling Curate
Account of a Curate in WW1

Half Shilling Curate Front Cover

There is a new book being launched on the 17th October 2016, titled '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.
18th Battalion "Durham Pals" Memorial
18th Battalion 'Durham Pals' Memorial
The 18th Battalion "Durham Pals' now have a Seat as a Memorial to the Battalion within the shadow of the Thiepval monument at the Somme.

The Seat which has the name of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry wrought on the seat was unveiled on Monday the 19th September 2016.

The funding of this memorial was raised by a number of Durham organisations including the Northern Echo, the County Council, the DLI Trustees, Durham Cathedral, and Durham University. Honorary Colonel James Ramsbotham, also a DLI Trustee, said "We wanted to make sure the Durham Pals were also commemorated and a public appeal has paid for this memorial and an identical seat will be in place in Durham later this week."

A party of 30 DLI veterans and their families attended Monday's ceremony.

"It means everything to us" said Major Chris Lawton, the Rifles Regimental Company secretary - the successor organisation to the DLI Association. "Our own County Durham Pals battalion, which was not recognised at the end of the First World War, is finally commemorated. I hope thus is just the beginning and in time we shall get a full stone memorial to them".

The leader of the Somme Regional Council, Laurent Somon, said "The unveiling of the bench takes on a very special meaning during the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme. The bench here mirrors its English twin in Durham and is a metaphor for the unique Franco-Brittanic friendship which links us together."

Source : Chris Lloyd Durham Advertiser 24th September 2016.

See NEWMP ref D47.159.

Project Octagan
The Somme Remembered 'Project Octagan'
On Friday 1st July, 2016, whilst you were travelling, shopping, or commuting to work, you may have witnessed many WW1 soldiers dressed in the Great War uniforms moving and mixing amongst you. These 'Ghosts' soldiers represent a soldier who died on the Somme, each soldier carried a card of someone they represented. This was an evocative experience which moved some people to tears. They said nothing but occasionally burst into song. We're Here Because We're Here.

Many people remember the Blood Swept Lands and Seas display at the Tower of London, which marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the War in 1914. So another extraordinary event was planned for the Somme.

The commemoration was conceived and created by Jeremy Deller, the Turner -Prize winning artist, in collaboration with Rufus Norris, the Director of the National Theatre, and produced by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in total secrecy, with the help of 27 organisations.

They were seen all over the North East. There were 1,400 volunteers involved to bring this unique event to the UK.

WE WILL REMEMBER...

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.

18th Battalion "Durham Pals"
The Durham Advertiser series is helping to raise money for a Memorial at the Somme in tribute to the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry - The Durham Pals. To donate, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/sommememorial or send a cheque made payable to Former Charities of the Durham Light Infantry to the Rifles Durham Office, Elvet Waterside, Durham DH1 3BW.

See also http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/durhamremembers/

Somme Tribute event
A veteran soap star is to narrate an emotional tribute to the fallen at a cathedral concert. Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick and former Coronation Street actor Phil Corbitt will tell the story of the sacrifice, courage and endurance of the people of County Durham during the Somme offensive in a special performance at Durham Cathedral.

The Durham Hymns has been specially written for the centenary of the battle, with lyrics by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

The work will be given its premiere in the magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral on Saturday, part of this year's Durham Brass Festival. The concert will be repeated in the Chapel of Ushaw College on September 24th, with further planned performances Sunderland Minster, St Hilda's, Hartlepool, and St Joseph's in Felling. Tickets start from £13 to £20. Available from the Gala Theatre box office.

Trio of Memorial Crosses

King visiting the Butte de Warlencourt

A trio of Memorial Crosses from the Somme Battlefield were re-united at Durham Cathedral as part of the commemorative events being held to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The three crosses were placed on the Butte de Warlencourt, a 60 feet high burial mound, as a Memorial to the 1/6th 1/8th and 1/9th Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry.

The King himself visited the Butte, and in 1926 the three crosses were taken from the Butte and placed separately in the parish churches of St Andrew in Bishop Auckland, St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester-Le-Street and in Durham in Durham Cathedral in the DLI Chapel.

See durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson. This is the second time all of the crosses have been collected together for display. The last time was in 2006 for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

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.
Successful Launch of WW1 Centenary Charity Beers
On Sunday 8th May 2016, the successful launch of a series of Charity ales, the proceeds of sales of which will go towards the 2018 celebration of peace took place in the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

The beers, created by Hadrian Border Brewery, are:

Newcastle Commercials, a brown ale;
Tyneside Scottish, an amber coloured ale;
Tyneside Irish, a dry dark and rich stout, and
Durham Light Infantry, a pale ale.

Cases of 12 x 500 ml bottles, and boxed gift sets.
Sets of 4 beer mats, one for each battalion, costing £2.


Stockists of the WW1 Centenary Ales are:-

Alnwick Castle
Artique Amble
http://www.artiqueamble.co.uk/home/4584474985
Beamish Museum
Daniel Farm Wylam
Fenwick Dept store Newcastle

The project is backed by NEWMP and the Royal British Legion.

Contact: Ian Johnson:- lestweforget@hotmail.com

Listing of war memorials
Heritage England have started a project to have all the free-standing war memorials from the Great War listed. They stress that this will not be a hindrance to any plans for restoration.

The following memorials have been granted Grade II Listed status:

New Brancepeth - Sherburn Hill - Newcastle St. Cuthbert's - Greatham - Keenley & Broadside - Knarsdale - Stillington - Kirk Merrington - Horncliffe - Lambley & Hartleburn - Pelton Fell - Langley Park - Matfen - Lemington - Leadgate - Leasingthorne - Lanchester - Lucker - Ludworth - Humshaugh - High Spen - High Etherley - Heighington - Houghton-le-Spring - Helmington Row - Howden-le-Wear - Hawthorn - Haughton-le-Skerne - Hamsterley - Haswell - Hallgarth - Greenside - Cleadon - Gosforth - Escomb - Fir Tree - Ferryhill (East Howle) - Esh Laude - Fence Houses - Fatfield - Gainford - Hallington - Embleton - Greenhead - Felton - Cornhill - Corbridge - Chevington and Broomhill - Chatton - Eastgate - East Ord - East Boldon - Easington Colliery - Castleside - Cambo - Eaglescliffe - Denwick - Castle Eden - Aycliffe - Belmont - Birtley Cenotaph and shelters - Bishop Middleham - Bishopton - Blackhall - Blyth Submariners (in cemetery) - Blyth WWI - Brancepeth - Brandon - Brunswick Village - Burnopfield - Butterknowle - Byers Green - Byker - Dipton - Haltwhistle - Horsley - Newbrough - West Rainton - Westoe

Living Memory
The Living Memory project is offering funding and resources to community groups across the UK to enable them to discover war graves in their local community, explore the sites and remember those buried there.

How Do I Take Part? -Mark the 141 days of the Somme centenary by joining the Living Memory Project and discover, explore and remember the CWGC war graves near you. It is easy to take part:

Get your FREE copy of the Living Memory Pack Contact: livingmemory@cwgc.org for your copy of the Living Memory resource pack which helps you to find a local cemetery and is full of activities to remember those buried there.

Living Memory Online -Share news on your visit to your local war graves and what you have discovered either by emailing us livingmemory@cwgc.org, posting on our Facebook Page or by tweeting us #LivingMemory

Support -The Living Memory team will be on hand to help you find a suitable date to mark your local connection with the Somme and find a local site near you. .

Funding -You can apply for up to £200 in expenses to cover costs associated with taking an active part in the project this year email livingmemory@cwgc.org for more information.

From the end of April we will have a team of Area Managers in post who will be on hand to help connect you with local sites, offer advice on when to plan a Living Memory event throughout the 141 days of the Somme Centenary and support your activity. We are hoping that communities will use this resource pack to plan local visits and activities during the period 1st July - 18th November 2016 to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

We are also calling on communities to help add to our list of known graves of Somme casualties buried here in the UK. More information can be found within the resource pack attached.

Please also check out our Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/CWGC-Living-Memory This is a space for you to share information and discuss the project with others. If you haven't done so already please also follow CWGC on Twitter @CWGC for updates.

We look forward to hearing more about your Living Memory plans. Please remember to keep us updated and share your images and new discoveries. Visit the site for further details.
Living Memory Project

Application Form

HELP!
The commemoration of the Centenary of the Great War and the resulting publicity about War Memorials has resulted in the small team of North East War Memorials Project members being inundated with new information about our 4,600 plus War Memorials and stories about the people named on them.

NEWMP is seeking assistance from family and local historians or other interested people who have the time, patience and stamina to work with us!

We need individuals who can follow the precise instructions and lay out necessary for preparing material for uploading onto the NEWMP web site.

Good basic English and Internet skills are needed for research into names and where people are remembered.

We also need people to keep us updated about memorials in their locality.

Interested?

Please contact to discuss/arrange a meeting. Contact: janet@newmp.org.uk

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
Korean War names appeal
United Nations Memorial Cemetery
An appeal has gone out on behalf of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery at Busan, South Korea for photographs of serviceman interred there, and also of those who died but have no know grave.

The photographs will be attached to their records and will be displayed on to the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance for all time.
The following names are just some of the young men from the North East who gave their lives in Korea.
Fusilier Alexander Brotherston
Fusilier Isaac Corbett
Private John B. Straughan
Driver Nicholas Robson
Private Gordon Shiell
Fusilier Thomas H McNally
Private Leslie Jackson
Warrant Officer 2 James Morris
Private Robert Smith
Lieutenant Brian Swinbanks
Private Leonard R Turnbull
Gunner Ralph J Barwick
Sergeant Alfred Wilson
Private Ronald Leggett
Lieutenant John T Mc Gregor (RN).
Any family who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53 and wish to take part can send the photograph to me.

James Grundy, 102 College Croft, Eccles, Manchester, M300AN or for further details phone 0161 789 7633 or email: james.grundy102@yahoo.com

Talks in schools
We have been asked by one or two schools to give talks and/or arrange workshops to the children on the theme of the Great War.
Sadly, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot take these on. There are only a few of us, and there is a lot of work already to do.
However, we are more than happy to advise. If we cannot, we could pass your message on to somebody who can help.
We can also advertise what you are doing. This could result in people from anywhere in the world providing you with that little piece of information you are lacking.
We are also prepared to house the results of your project, or to arrange a mutual hyperlink if you have your own website.
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.