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War Heroes Remembered in New Website

South Tyneside heroes of the First World War are being remembered with the launch of a new comprehensive online resource.

The South Tyneside Remembers website chronicles the details of more than 2,000 men and women from across the Borough who served during the First World War.

It provides personal information about their lives, their military history and features the names of not only those who died in the conflict but those who returned home from the front line. Individuals ranged from soldiers and shipyard workers to miners and hospital staff.

Councillor Ed Malcolm, Chairman of the South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, shaping every part of the UK, with most people being connected to the war in one way or another.

"The development of this wonderful new website South Tyneside Remembers, honours the memory of all those local individuals who served their country in the First World War, many never to return, and gives us all an opportunity to explore who they were. It is particularly fitting that we launch the site as we go on to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War next year."

The website was launched at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word - South Tyneside's newest library and cultural venue.

Volunteers from South Tyneside Libraries service have been working on the website for more than three years. More names are being added daily as their research continues and it is estimated that more than 8,000 people will eventually be included to make it one of the largest and most comprehensive databases of its kind. It will be used as a family history resource and useful research tool.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with special responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "Our libraries offer an ideal starting point for people wanting to research the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities across South Tyneside.

"Whether relatives want to trace their ancestors who served in the First World War or local history enthusiasts simply want to find out more about these local heroes, South Tyneside Remembers provides a wonderful new digital record of those heroic individuals, who will never be forgotten. It is also a useful addition to the local history resources that are already available."

South Tyneside Remembers - www.southtynesideremembers.org.uk - has been created with support from a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Those who are unable to find their relative on the website are encouraged to contact the libraries service on (0191) 427 1818with as much information as possible so they can be added. Volunteers meet every Monday at Cleadon Park Library between 2pm and 4pm. New volunteers are always welcome.

For further information about exploring local history and heritage at South Tyneside Libraries visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/libraries

 

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