Reflecting on completion of a successful project
Supported by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund & Western Front Association (WFA), along with contributions from local branches of the WFA & Royal British Legion & others, during 2014 & 2015 Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project Group completed an ambitious project made up of five areas of activities.
These focused on schools & education; IT, including building a searchable database of casualties from the area; heritage; events in 2015 commemorating the Northumberland Fusiliers’ Tyneside Scottish Brigade’s time at & around Alnwick (these men were Kitchener Volunteers); & production of a WFA-sponsored DVD ‘Alnwick 1915 – An Armed Camp’ relating the story of the camp built on the pastures opposite Alnwick Castle where the Brigade carried out its initial training.
In addition, the Group contributed to publication of three books (Alnwick in the Great War by Ian Hall; Me, the RAF & 77 Squadron by Bill Foote, DFC produced & edited by David Thompson; & a recently published work by Howick Heritage Group).
All bar two or over twenty deliverables were successfully delivered – the two exceptions were minor parts of the schools & education programme for which there was no demand for the help & support then available to schools.
The ‘Northumberland Gazette’ recently ran a series of two-page spreads in each of three editions, reflecting on the Group’s activities, events, deliverables, & achievements. We can do no better than provide copies, as below:
21 January 2016:
28 January 2016:
Although the project has effectively come to the end of its planned life, Northumberland Branch of the WFA will undertake further work on the search database & continue to maintain it on-line via these pages on Bailiffgate Museums website. Similarly, the teaching resources portal & tools will still be available to schools & teachers, as theyve been designed specifically for use throughout the centenary years of World War One.
The following piece originally appeared in the Introduction Section as an update on the projects progress. It is retained only for archival purposes.
Introduction to WW1 Section
More information on the book is available via the link in the panel to the left-
hand side of this page,
Shortly after publication, in September 2014 Bill suffered a stroke from which he’s making
a remarkable recovery for a man now well into his nineties. He has relished the success
of his book – the first edition sold out in less than a month! – & it is evidence of his
great determination that he has recently commissioned a second print run to satisfy
continuing demand for it.
left-hand side of this page,
Copies of the book, priced at £7.50, are available from its publisher,
Wanney Books – www.wildsofwanney.co.uk or contact 01665 604717.
via the link in the panel to the left-hand side of this page.
Finally, in conjunction with
project Group helped set up an initial exhibition, in Alnwick, individual members of the
The exhibits came from 4 very different sources – 2 major displays of village-based general research plus 2 personal histories. Planning for this is well-advanced & more information will be available nearer the time.
This website should be particularly useful for those seeking information & guidance to help with their own genealogical researches on ancestors who may have died in the service of their country during World War One.
How you can take part.
There is a database here of all the WW1 dead from the Alnwick & district area known to date. It is unlikely to be totally comprehensive as in the confusion of war there were many men not commemorated on any memorial or not attributed to the Alnwick area. Please check on the database & if you believe we have omitted a relative of yours let us know using our contact form below.
We are especially keen to show any information or materials which have come down through the generations – photographs; letters; personal / family experience stories; diaries; & any other memorabilia related to the WW1 years. We will ensure that the material is scanned or photographed carefully & returned safely to you.