The Fallen

Killingworth WW1 Commemoration Project

Between 2014 and 2016 we undertook the Killingworth WW1 Commemoration Project between 2014 and 2016 in partnership with local schools and the Killingworth Local History Society, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Research

The research is based on Military and Census records with some additional information emerging as work progressed. It began by looking at all of those named on local war memorials within the 1914 Parish of
Killingworth. However, it soon became clear that there were those who fell who had links with the 1914 Parish but were not listed on its memorials. Attempts have therefore been made to record all those with such links who were born in the Parish or moved into it. Records have been traced for all but some 14 of the 293 known to have died as a result of the war between 1914 and August 1921, the dates for which Commonwealth War Graves Commission records are held. The records cover the research undertaken up to July 2016 but the project is continuing to record any information which emerges thereafter.

Use in schools

The research has been used as a basis for activities with 11 local
schools. These have included storytelling sessions with ‘Time Bandits’, the historical re-enactment group, as well as visits to relevant exhibitions and/or training trenches for year 6 and year 9 pupils.

It has advised a lecture programme organised with George Stephenson High School and activities organised by individual schools.

Our researchers

The information is the result of research carried out by Mark Craigen, Wendy Earnshaw, John Hamilton and Michael Ottey. It has also had the assistance of Diane Lingwood with particularly complex issues.

Further research

The partnership will welcome contacts about the 1914 Parish and those affected by the events of 1914-8.

We hope that these records help the remembrance of those linked to the Parish and beyond, whose lives were affected by the Great War.

You can see the full results of our research in the "Remembering the Fallen" booklet, which you can download here.

The Fallen of WW2

Records of those Fallen linked to St.John’s Parish who fell in the 1939 – 45 War and in subsequent conflicts. (Researched by St.John’s Heritage Group ) can be seen in this downloadable list.