Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tell Us Your First World War Tales

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tell Us Your First World War Tales

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Byline: Andrew Jehring Reporter

WORLD War One's impact on a Newcastle community is being uncovered, thanks to the work of local historians.

St James' Heritage and Environment Group is exploring the Great War's e| ton Benwell and Scotswood, and has asked anyone with photos to get in touch.

e two-year project called "Bringing it back home" focuses on the true stories of individuals and families to understand the experiences of ordinary people.

--Judith Green, secretary of St James' Heritage and Environment Group, said: "Whether it's about ancestors working in the munitions and shipbuilding factories here, or those killed in the conict, we're after any interesting photographs or documents from the time.

NOSTALGIA How North How North memories dementia See "With everything on the TV at the moment about the First World War, we are aiming to make it more meaningful for local communities."

"As there have been so many homes lost around here recently, it would be great if people originally from the area could come back with information of their family's past."

St James' Heritage and Environment Group is working alongside another volunteer group, two local schools and two churches with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

e group holds dropin sessions at St James' Church in Benwell every Tuesday from 1pm until 4pm, and anyone with information can get involved.

A particular focus is on learning about those commemorated on the war memorials for Scotswood and Benwell.

is is especially intriguing as the foundation stone for St Margaret's Church in Scotswood was laid on July 24, 1915.

Ms Green said: "I think it's very interesting that the church was built in the middle of this huge con-ict, and that the war memorial is in that church." With this poignant centenary fast approaching, Ms Green hopes people will come forward with information about those commemorated. …

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