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Old September 19th, 2017, 11:29 AM   #961
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Captain Richard Annand Victoria Cross

This commemorative statue to Captain Richard Annand VC (5th November 1914 – 24th December 2004) in South Shields Town Hall, photographed 7th September 2017.

Born in South Shields.

A member of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) he was awarded the VC for action near to the River Dyle, Gastuche, Belgium on 15th May 1940. This was the first VC of World War 2.

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For most conspicuous gallantry on the 15th–16th May 1940, when the platoon under his command was on the south side of the River Dyle, astride a blown bridge. During the night a strong attack was beaten off, but about 11 a.m. the enemy again launched a violent attack and pushed forward a bridging party into the sunken bottom of the river. Second Lieutenant Annand attacked this party, but when ammunition ran out he went forward himself over open ground, with total disregard for enemy mortar and machine-gun fire. Reaching the top of the bridge, he drove out the party below, inflicting over twenty casualties with hand grenades. Having been wounded he rejoined his platoon, had his wound dressed, and then carried on in command.

Richard Annand's platoon sergeant said later "Mr Annand came to me at platoon headquarters and asked for a box of grenades as they could hear Jerry trying to repair the bridge. Off he went and he sure must have given them a lovely time because it wasn't a great while before he was back for more.

During the evening another attack was launched and again Second Lieutenant Annand went forward with hand grenades and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. When the order to withdraw was received, he withdrew his platoon, but learning on the way back that his batman was wounded and had been left behind, he returned at once to the former position and brought him back in a wheelbarrow, before losing consciousness as the result of wounds.
The Victoria Cross was awarded by King George VI at Buckingham Palace on 3rd September 1940.

The Guardian carried an obituary @ https://www.theguardian.com/news/200...secondworldwar

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Remembrance Day Services in Gateshead 2017 & Field of Remembrance 2017 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Scanned copy of page from the Gateshead Council News magazine Autumn 2017 edition recently arrived through the door

Page 8 article about Remembrance Day Services & Field of Remembrance 2017 at Saltwell Park



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North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen to be unveiled at special event

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...orial-13640570
North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen to be unveiled at special event
Sonia Sharma 19 September 2017


Design by Ray Lonsdale (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

A memorial to fishermen lost at sea will be unveiled to the public at a special ceremony this week.

The sculpture, named Fiddler’s Green, will be installed at Clifford’s Fort, on the Fish Quay in North Shields. It is being created by sculptor Ray Lonsdale to honour fishermen who died doing their job after leaving the port.

Members of the public will be able to feast their eyes on the statue for the first time on Sunday, September 24.

To celebrate the official unveiling, a Fiddler’s Green Day has been organised and will run from 11am to 1pm. It will include live music followed by a parade of fishermen before the grand reveal at 12.30pm. The 10ft 6ins memorial will then be blessed and there will be a rendition of the song Fiddler’s Green. The event will be rounded off with a toast and thanks before visitors will be able to take photographs next to the sculpture.

Among those due to speak at the event is Julie Myhill, whose partner James Noble was the last fisherman to lose his life after leaving the North Shields port. James was the skipper of a fishing trawler which sank off the Northumberland coast in 2014, claiming his life as well two of his crew.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 12:23 PM   #964
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The South Tyneside greats to be honoured with Blue Plaques in latest round of issues

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/t...sues-1-8766909
The South Tyneside greats to be honoured with Blue Plaques in latest round of issues
22 September 2017


St. Hilda's Colliery, South Shields. Picture: TOM BANKS

Some of South Tyneside’s best known and loved personalities and places have been overlooked in a new list of Blue Plaque issues. Despite being nominated, there is no place for TV agony aunt Denise Robertson, historian and photographer Amy Flagg, or Arsenal footballer George Armstrong.

Instead, plaques will be put up later this year to honour John Dagnia, who built Cleadon House in 1738, and former borough councillor, mayor and organiser of the Jarrow Crusade, Joseph Bede Symonds. The St Hilda pithead in South Shields and St Hilda’s Colliery Band will also be commemorated with a single plaque in a joint nomination approval.

The decision by members of South Tyneside Council’s Place Select Committee aims to boost the borough’s standing in the national Blue Plaque league table. In 2015, it was ranked in the bottom ten in the country for its heritage by the Royal Society of Arts.

A South Tyneside Council spokeswoman said: “The Place Select Committee reviewed the long list of candidates suggested by members of the public and supported the prioritised schemes that were outlined in the report. “These were chosen in light of their significant contribution to the borough’s cultural, industrial or civic legacy and the valuable role they have played in the history and development of South Tyneside.” It is hoped the first plaque will be in place by Christmas with the others in place in the next six months.

Other people nominated by groups or individuals were Dr Thomas Masterman Winterbottom, whose financial legacy led to the founding of today’s South Tyneside College, and geologist Arthur Holmes. Richard Thornton, founder of the Moss Thornton theatre empire, and Victorian music hall entertainer and songwriter James Wemyss, also made the list.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 02:31 PM   #965
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A fitting memorial to town’s heritage

From today's News Post Leader @ http://www.newspostleader.co.uk/news...tage-1-8765318
A fitting memorial to town’s heritage
22 September 2017


MP Ian Lavery with 100-year-old William Mason at the pit wheel in Ashington. Picture by Keith Saint and Jason Henderson, of Ashington Camera Club

A fully restored pit wheel has been given pride of place at the entrance to Ashington.

The wheel has been erected on Rotary Parkway, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ashington following the sinking of the Bothal mine shaft in 1867.

It was unveiled by MP Ian Lavery, who was joined by William Mason who, at the age of 100, is believed to be the oldest living miner in the Ashington area. Mr Lavery said: “The wheel will remind this and future generations of the significance of coal mining to the area. Ashington was known as the largest pit village in the world and the location, close to the Miners’ Chapel and the Colliery Heritage Trail, will act as a fitting memorial to over 300 men who lost their lives at Ashington Colliery.”

The Ashington Town Council project features shrub and tree planting, and it will be lit in the evening. A board provides information on the history of coal mining in the town. It was funded by the town council with support from the town’s county councillors Brian Gallacher, Lynne Grimshaw, Jim Lang, Ken Parry, Mark Purvis and Tom Wilson.

Coun Stephen Fenwick, leader of Ashington Town Council, added: “The entrance feature will offer residents and visitors alike an excellent opportunity to reflect on the significance of coal mining both culturally and economically to the development of the town. It’s fitting that the wheel should be unveiled in 2017 as we work to build a brighter future for the town from a proud past.”

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Old September 23rd, 2017, 04:52 PM   #966
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Northern General Hospital Memorial Plaque

This is the Northern General Hospital Memorial Plaque in Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, photographed 9th September 2017.

The then Armstrong College was requisitioned during the First World War as as the 1st Northern General Hospital.

The inscription reads:

THE COLLEGE BUILDINGS/ WERE USED DURING THE PERIOD/ OF THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 BY/ HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT/ AS THE FIRST NORTHERN/ GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR/ ENGLAND FOR THE EXCLUSIVE/ BENEFIT OF MEMBERS OF THE/ MILITARY AND NAVAL/ FORCES OF THE CROWN
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Old September 24th, 2017, 06:30 PM   #967
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Captain John Fenwick Huntley

Remembered on the headstone on the family grave of the Huntley family in Whitley Bay Cemetery, photographed 10th September 2017.

Killed in action at Arras, 9th April 1917 at the age of 30 whilst a member of the 25th Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish),

This extract from Visiting the Fallen: Arras: North by Peter Hughes:






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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...orial-13640570
North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen to be unveiled at special event
Sonia Sharma 19 September 2017


Design by Ray Lonsdale (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

A memorial to fishermen lost at sea will be unveiled to the public at a special ceremony this week.

The sculpture, named Fiddler’s Green, will be installed at Clifford’s Fort, on the Fish Quay in North Shields. It is being created by sculptor Ray Lonsdale to honour fishermen who died doing their job after leaving the port.

Members of the public will be able to feast their eyes on the statue for the first time on Sunday, September 24.

To celebrate the official unveiling, a Fiddler’s Green Day has been organised and will run from 11am to 1pm. It will include live music followed by a parade of fishermen before the grand reveal at 12.30pm. The 10ft 6ins memorial will then be blessed and there will be a rendition of the song Fiddler’s Green. The event will be rounded off with a toast and thanks before visitors will be able to take photographs next to the sculpture.

Among those due to speak at the event is Julie Myhill, whose partner James Noble was the last fisherman to lose his life after leaving the North Shields port. James was the skipper of a fishing trawler which sank off the Northumberland coast in 2014, claiming his life as well two of his crew.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...orial-13640570
A few of my photos of the unveiling of "the Fiddlers Green" Fishermans memorial here.
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Private A.D. Brigg - Whitley Bay Cemetery

This is the grave of Private Arnold Douglas Brigg in Whitley Bay Cemetery, photographed 10th September 2017.

Born, 19 February 1896 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire he was an office boy before enlisting. Son of Herbert and Barbara Bigg he had 4 brothers.

Enlisting 31 January 1916 he was attached to the 3rd Battalion, Duke of Wellington (West riding Regiment).

Unfortunately he died at the Voluntary Aid Detachment, 1 Oxford Street, Whitley Bay on 25th February 1916 from Bright's disease.

During World War 1 Whitley Bay and the surrounding area were used by the military for training purposes.

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Shield is shipshape

From today's Hexham Courant @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news...d8e8a64c7cb-ds
Shield is shipshape
28 September 2017


The Lord Commissioners Shield installed in Prudhoe Waterworld. Photo: HX391777

A SHIELD presented to Prudhoe to commemorate its strong community war effort has been restored to its former glory and is now hanging proudly in the town’s leisure centre.

The Lord Commissioners to the Admiralty Shield was presented to Prudhoe Urban District Council following warship week in 1942, when the town adopted a naval ship – Prudhoe UD – H.M.M.L.142. During warship weeks held across the country, locals were set a figure relative to their community’s size and would attempt to raise money to fund a warship. Prudhoe was set a target of £15,000, but ended up raising a staggering £37,700 to fund a motor launch. Prudhoe UD – H.M.M.L.142 served in Dover, Dartmouth and Plymouth during the war.

Around six years ago, members of Prudhoe and District Local History Society, Len Franchetti and Bill Rochester, came across the shield in the boiler room of Prudhoe Parish Hall, submerged in one-and-a-half inches of water. The shield has now been erected on the wall of Prudhoe Waterworld, along with some framed information about its history, thanks to the support of Active Northumberland.

It was a particularly interesting find for Bill, who, being born in 1937, had memories of the shield being presented to the town. “After seeing it when I was just a toddler when it used to hang in the old council offices, I’m over the moon it’s found a place here,” he said. Fellow history society member Derek Tulip undertook work to restore the shield, including drying it out – which took around a month – scraping it down to the bare wood, retaining the original colours and keeping the original metal.

Mayor of Prudhoe Coun. Gerry Price said the town council has been looking for a suitable location for around two or three years. “It’s a very important part of Prudhoe’s history and along with all the other contributions we made, such as men who went to fight for their country, this was a demonstration of the support by local people who did what they could do support the war effort,” he said. We felt this is a good location and somewhere that a lot of people use. It’s open to the public and it means it’s on display in a safe environment, as well as that it of course has the association of water.”

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The rather nasty brick base was added when the memorial was moved from in front of the nearby Memorial Health Centre to the middle of Gosforth Central Park. It has since suffered from spalling and frost damage. In April 2016 funding was provided to clad the brickwork with matching Cumbrian sandstone (I believe from St. Bee's quarry) to unify the whole structure. It was carried out superbly by Corinthian Stonemasons.
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"Fiddlers Green" by Ray Lonsdale - North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen - pictures 28/09/17 Part 1 of 2

Previously recently covered on this thread on posts #921, 928, 945, 946, 963, 968 (perhaps some earlier)

Pictures (over 2 posts) by myself from Thursday 28/09/17 approx 1300 to show the recently unveiled North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen, "Fiddlers Green" by Ray Lonsdale





















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"Fiddlers Green" by Ray Lonsdale - North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen - pictures 28/09/17 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Pictures (over 2 posts) by myself from Thursday 28/09/17 approx 1300 to show the recently unveiled North Shields Fish Quay memorial to lost fishermen, "Fiddlers Green" by Ray Lonsdale
















Everyone there at time I was seemed to like it

Think like his other work "Tommy" at Seaham it will get a great deal of visitors

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Fiddlers Green

Not a lot of folk know about the hidden 'Fishquay Rat', but following the tradition of Robert Thompson (The Mouseman), the sculptor of Fiddlers Green, Ray Lonsdale included one to mark his work and give a hat tip to the local rodentsts.

Of course Robert Thompson has two hidden mice in his sculpture of The Wooden Dolly which has been featured on the forum in the past, i.e. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3183




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Armstrong College World War One Memorial Plaque

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Newcastle University students uncover the stories behind the names on a World War One plaque
Nov 05, 2014 09:24 By Ian Robson


From left: Scott Bradley, Ian Johnson and Ben Howson

University students have discovered the dramatic stories behind the names of the dead on a World War I memorial plaque.

Researchers have revealed the heroism and heartache behind some of the 223 names on the inscription inside the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University.

The project started as a student’s dissertation before being expanded by head of archaeology Dr Jane Webster as part of the Armstrong Building Digital Memory Book. She said: “Most people don’t even look at the plaque when they walk past it. It’s just become part of the furniture. This seemed a real shame to me and that’s where the idea for the digital memory book came from.”

Students Ben Howson and Holly Johnson helped to research around 200 names using the University archives and online sources such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. “It felt like an honour really,” said Ben. “The way we were able to learn about the staff and students who came before us and made that sacrifice. Armstrong College was quite small at the time so for 223 men to die in the war would have had a huge impact.”

The story which stands out for Ben is that of Wallace Moir Annand, who studied maths, physics, chemistry and engineering. He died on 4 June 1915, aged 27, while serving in the Navy at Gallipoli.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...tories-8051668

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Hexham War Memorial

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17/02794/LBC | Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of memorial: cleaning of stone work, partial re pointing, remove bronze staining, cleaning and waxing of sword, epoxy resin crack and repaint lettering. | War Memorial Abbey Grounds Beaumont Street Hexham Northumberland
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Application Received Fri 04 Aug 2017
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Address War Memorial Abbey Grounds Beaumont Street Hexham Northumberland
Proposal Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of memorial: cleaning of stone work, partial re pointing, remove bronze staining, cleaning and waxing of sword, epoxy resin crack and repaint lettering.
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Hexham War Memorial, First and Second World Wars, is located in Hexham Parks, it was however originally located in the Priory and Parish Church of St. Andrew, Market Place.

Raised by public subscription it was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, R.A. and built by William Cresswell of Hexham. Unveiled 29th September, 1921 by Prince Henry (later Duke of Gloucester) and dedicated by the Rector, Rev. J.V.C. Farquhar.

Grade II Listed, this is the Protection Text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...morial-hexham-

Description: Hexham War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 239221

OS Grid Reference: NY9347164003
OS Grid Coordinates: 393471, 564003
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9706, -2.1035

Location: Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3QZ

Locality: Hexham
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE46 3QZ

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5334 Hexham War Memorial (Formerly listed under Beaumont Street)
NY 9364 1/113 2.10.51.

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Well proportioned Portland stone cross with applied sword, Blomfield type, on a pedestal inscribed with the names of the fallen.

Listing NGR: NY9347664002

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First World War Memeorial Plaque - St Cuthbert's Church, Elsdon

Photographs of the First World War Memorial plaque in St Cuthbert's Church, Elsdon, Northumberland taken 3rd October 2017.

Unveiled in 1921 by the Duke of Northumberland and made from black Carrara marble, funded by public subscription.
(Source: North East War Memorials Project @ http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7101)






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Thomas Snaith Plaque, St Cuthbert's Church, Elsdon


Thomas Snaith mentioned in the World War One Memorial in St Cuthbert's also has an individual plaque.

A gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 154th Hants Heavy Battery.

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John Gallon, St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Elsdon

This red granite headstone caught my eye whilst in St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Elsdon on 3rd October 2017.

The epitaph reads:

'Erected by a few friends to the memory of John Gallon, who was drowned while hunting his hounds in the River Lugar, Ayrshire, July 16th 1873, aged 59 years.'

This information courtesy of the Ayrshire History web site @ http://www.ayrshirehistory.org.uk/Shorts/otter.htm

From the Ayr Advertiser, Thursday July 17th, 1873, 4e.

'Yesterday morning the pack of hounds belonging to J. Gallon, Esq., near Newcastle, met at Barskimming House at 7.30. A considerable number of lovers of the sport mustered, and a start was made under the guidance of the well-known and highly appreciated master, Mr John Gallon.

The hounds at once gave tongue, and went at a rattling pace up the Lugar for about a mile above Barskimming House, where a precipitous rock on either side of the stream, with an extremely narrow border below on which to pass, renders following the bed of the river almost impossible. Here Mr Gallon must have endeavoured to pass, but the other followers (none of whom were at the time in sight of him) left the bed of the stream lower down, and through plantations took the nearest course to Slatehole Bridge, to await his arrival with the hounds.

His non-appearance, however, at the expected moment created no great surprise, as it was thought he had either got before his friends or taken a nearer way to a bend further up the river (the hounds being in full cry), but on their going about a mile further on, they fancied he could not have gone so far without their hearing his horn, or some other symptom, and resolved to turn back in search of him.

On arriving at Slatehole Bridge they learned that no trace of him had been see, and after sending scouts up and down the river unsuccessfully, their most anxious fears were aroused.

A raft made of a cart and ladders was constructed, and a grappling iron procured from a smithy near at hand, and after about an hour's dragging the body was found about 150 yards below the bridge. The unfortunate gentleman had thus lost his life while hunting and cheering on his hounds at the sport he so dearly loved. We understand that he could not swim.

Mr Gallon as for the last 40 years been well-known and justly esteemed by all lovers of otter hunting as a thorough-going and most energetic amateur master and huntsman, and his loss will be sincerely regretted by all sportsmen on both sides of the Tweed. He was in his 61st year, and leaves a widow to lament his untimely fate.'




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St Michael and All Angels, Alwinton War Memorial Plaque

This is the War Memorial Plaque in St Michael and All Angels, Alwinton, photographed 3rd October 2017.

Information on some of the names recorded on the memorial can be found @ http://www.newmp.org.uk/memimages/Al...ers[1].pdf






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