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South Tyneside October 2016 Meeting Report
« on: October 29, 2016, 06:05:20 PM »
The meeting held on 19th October 2016 took the form of a film presented by North East War Memorials Project entitled 'Always Remembered'. 

In her introduction, Dorothy Hall advised the project had traced some 4,700 memorials in the North East, covering all wars, but that there may be more to be uncovered.  The film depicted how battalions in WW1 were formed in local communities, naming Brancepeth, Co. Durham as an example, where many of the villagers were employed by landlords of the local Hall. 

At the end of the war, and with the loss of so many lives, communities and schools wanted permanent memorials.  Various options were put forward and in 1919 fund raising commenced, with people being surveyed on the type of memorial they wanted, but particularly going on the wishes of the family of the person who had died. 

Memorials started to be unveiled in 1921 and dependent upon the design, costs varied.  Examples given were Stanley, Crook built at a cost of £430 whereas Alnwick, having a more intricate design, cost over £2,000.  Names appearing on the memorial depended on a number of factors, not least of which were the wishes of the family.

The film was well presented and gave an interesting insight into the work of the project.