Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Play Tribute to Local Soldier, Only Under-Age Volunteer to Be Shot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Play Tribute to Local Soldier, Only Under-Age Volunteer to Be Shot

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A PLAY is to be written on the First World War execution of a Tyneside soldier who was under age when he signed up for the conflict.

The case of William Hunter, who lived in Coronation Street, North Shields, has emerged from research carried out as part of the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project.

The project is seeking personal details on as many as possible of the 1,700 individuals from the old borough of Tynemouth who lost their lives as a result of the war.

One development has been in co-operation with Cullercoats writer Peter Mortimer, founder of the Cloud Nine Theatre Company.

Peter now plans to write a play about William Hunter, with the working title Shot At Dawn.

He said that with the 100th anniversary of the war fewer than three years away, the conflict was now remote to young people.

So he plans to use some young actors from local schools in the play, who will be around the same age as William Hunter when he joined up. …

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