South Tyneside Remembers commemorates the lives of the men and women from South Tyneside who served during World War 1. It includes not only those who died but also the people who survived.
The site is intended for use by people carrying out family research, those looking for information about their World War 1 relatives and by people carrying out research on the period. It has been designed so that it is easy to use and can be understood by everybody including people who have had no previous experience of either military or family history.
South Tyneside is made up of the towns South Shields (including Tyne Dock, Harton and Westoe), Jarrow, Hebburn and Boldon (including East Boldon, West Boldon and Boldon Colliery) and the villages Cleadon, Monkton and Whitburn.
In 1914-1918 these places were all part of County Durham.
About the records
More than 7000 people have currently been identified for inclusion on the website and new records are being added daily. The records are being input randomly so that no surname, town, regiment, monument or roll of honour is given preference. We hope to eventually develop the largest database of its kind for a local area, with potentially 13,000 individuals included, and that it will prove an invaluable tool for research.
All of the information on the website has been researched using publicly accessible records including those on Ancestry, Find My Past, Common Wealth War Graves Commission and North East War Memorials Project websites. We have also referred to the Shields Gazette and the Jarrow Express newspapers which contain much contemporary information.
Ancestry and Find My Past are subscription websites but are free to use at all of South Tyneside Libraries and many other public libraries (please check your local library for information). Both of these websites contain copies of original documents including censuses and military attestation papers.
It is worth noting that many military documents were lost during the Second World War when the archive where they were being stored was bombed. Unfortunately this means that the records for many of the men who served during the First World War were destroyed. If the information about your relative on this website does not contain military information it means that we have been unable to find the record and that it probably no longer exists.
Work is continuing on the website. Please look out for further developments.
For more information about the project, see About the project.
How to search
- Go to World War 1 records search
- Type in your relative's surname and a list of possible matches will appear
- Click on view record and the information about your relative will appear
- If your relative has a Commonwealth War Grave or is mentioned on a local memorial or roll of honour, click on the underlined link to take you to the relevant page on either the Commonwealth War Grave Commission or North East War Memorial Project website
Can't find your relative?
If you can't find your South Tyneside relative please contact us.
If your relative has already been researched we will add them to the website as soon as we are able.
We will also carry out research about people from South Tyneside who we're not currently aware of for inclusion on the website.
We are sorry but we will not be able to carry out research for or include anybody on the website who does not have a link to South Tyneside (i.e. was born or lived here).