Monday, 15 November 2021

Saltwell Park 2021 - Field of Remembrance

Saltwell Park Remembrance IJ

Saltwell Park Remembrance
Private Matthew Stephenson

In Memory of Private Matthew Stephenson
8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Lost as a POW on SS Scillin
14th November 1942
Commemorated on the  Alamein Memorial


Saltwell Park Remembrance
Boer war Memorial

Saltwell Park Remembrance
Durham Light Infantry Memorial

Saltwell Park Remembrance
Memorial to 6th 8th 9th Battalions DLI

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Remembrance Sunday 2021


Remembrance Sunday 2021
Eldon Square

Remembrance Sunday 2021
Wreath Laying Party

Remembrance Sunday 2021
Wreath Laying Party

Remembrance Sunday 2021
March Past

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Kenton School Armistice Day Parade


Kenton School Armistice Day Parade
Kenton School CCF

Kenton School Armistice Day Parade

Kenton School Armistice Day Parade
Tyneside Scottish Branch RAA 

Friday, 29 October 2021

Tynemouth - Sherlock's visit


Tynemouth Spanish Battery
Sherlock               IJ           CG

Tynemouth Castle Battery 12 pdr emplacement
  Sherlock          CG                      IJ              

Tynemouth Castle Battery

Tynemouth Castle Battery
Paul and Sherlock man 6 inch gun

Tynemouth Castle Battery
IJ and CG in the Magazine with Sherlock

Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory

 A monastery on the Tynemouth headland was established in the 7th century when the late King of Northumbria, Oswine, was buried there. It flourished during the 8th and 9th centuries, however, it was the subject of four major raids during the 9th century, and in 875 it was destroyed.

The monastery was re-established in 1090, and new buildings constructed. The Priory was endowed with extensive lands, the rents and resources, notably coal, from which it  prospered. This led to further development and expansion of the priory buildings.

Tynemouth Priory 1300

Tynemouth Priory 1450

The venerability of Tynemouth from Scottish raiders and it's use as a base for military campaigns resulted in a grant by Edward I in 1296 to be properly fortified.

Tynemouth Castle c1400

In 1534 Henry VIII broke away from the authority of the Catholic Church in Rome and established himself as the head of the Church of England. In 1536 Henry began the dissolution of the monasteries, appropriated their  income and assets, removing them as a power base. Tynemouth Priory was dissolved in 1539, it's lands and possessions handed to the King, and the monastery closed.  

The Priory became a military base as a staging post for the billeting and supply if forces engaged in war with Scotland. 

Tynemouth Priory
Percy Chantry being used as a supply base

 The priory would be used as an ordnance depot during the Napoleonic Wars and barracks were built during the 19th century. Guns would be positioned on the headland, and in 1904 a purpose built battery was built as part of the defence of the Tyne from coastal attack. The priory building it's self would fall into ruin over the centuries. 

Tynemouth Priory 1789

A lighthouse was built near the priory on the headland in 1775. It was pulled down in 1898 following the building of the Tyne Piers.

Tynemouth Priory 1845

Tynemouth Priory 1880

Tynemouth Priory 1895

Tynemouth Priory 2021

Tynemouth Priory and entrance to Percy Chantry

The only remaining portion of the Priory that still has a roof is the Percy Chantry. It's ceiling bears thae arms of the Percy's.

Tynemouth Priory Percy Chantry entrance

Tynemouth Priory Percy Chantry

Tynemouth Priory Percy Chantry

Tynemouth Priory Percy Chantry
Stained glass windows

Tynemouth Priory Percy Chantry
Stained glass windows

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Whitley Bay War Memorial

 The Whitley Bay War Memorial is located on the links in Whitley Bay near the Spanish City.

Whitley Bay War Memorial and Spanish City

Whitley Bay War Memorial

Whitley Bay War Memorial

The granite Cenotaph was unveiled on 15th July 1922 by the Duke of Northumberland. 

Whitley Bay Cenotaph

The Cenotaph bears bronze plaques recording the losses of the 1941-18 war. Additional plaques were added for those lost during the Second World War.

Whitley Bay War Memorial
Inscription Plaque

A plaque on one of the bollards surrounding the memorial commemorates the loss of Trooper James Christopher Thompson killed in action in Helmand Provence Afghanistan, a Reservist from the 23rd Special Air Service Regiment.  

Whitley Bay War Memorial
Tpr JC Thompson
23 SAS

Gunner Edward James Cowan West died 21st July 1942 serving with 72 (Northumbrian) Field Regiment Royal Artillery. He is buried in Florence War Cemetwery, Italy.

CWGC Information - Gunner EJC Cowan West




Honourable Artillery Company

Private A Crawford

Royal Field Artillery

2nd. Lieut. Wally Brunstrom MC

Gunner James Isherwood 

Bombardier JT Newton 

Gunner Chester Potter 

Gunner Cyril Strong MM

Gunner G Winham 

Gunner EC Costar 

Gunner WJ Milhench

2nd. Lieut. FHG Douglas Smith

Gunner Jos Aynsley 

Gunner Andrew Scott

Royal Garrison Artillery

Gunner James Barker

2nd. Lieut. HW Cowen 

Bombardier GW Husband

Gunner C Attwell 

Bombardier Thomas W Ross 

L/Corporal Stanley Warham 


Lieutenant CC Baty

Signaller Raymond Berrystone 

Gunner JL Gorman 

Gunner John Grieves 

Gunner David Heywood 

Gunner KJ Lyall 

Sergeant Geoffrey R Barr

Gunner Carl G Beckman 

Lieutenant N Wison 

Captain KW MacGregor

Gunner JH Orange

Sergeant Wilfred Harrison Storey

Gunner EJC West

Lieutenant Norman Wilson

Monday, 11 October 2021

Tynemouth - Castle Battery

Tynemouth Castle Battery is located within the confines of Tynemouth Castle and Priory. The infrastructure of the battery has been preserved and partially restored.

Tynemouth Castle Battery

The battery was commissioned in August 1904, part of the Tyne Defences, which consisted of Tynemouth Castle Battery, Spanish Battery (Tynemouth) and Frenchmans Point Battery (South Shields)

Tynemouth Castle was constructed with  1 x 9.2 inch gun, 2 x 6 inch guns and 2 x 12 pounder quick firing guns. The 
12 pounder QF guns were removed in 1910.

The battery operated through the First and Second World Wars, but never engaged the enemy, its guns achieving the aim of deterring enemy ships attacking the Tyne. The advent of the Cold War saw the threat of jet aircraft and missiles reducing the requirement for coastal artillery. In 1956 coastal artillery units in the UK were disbanded and coastal batteries decommissioned. 

The restored element of the battery consists of  a 6inch gun with it's magazine.

The gun emplacement is built atop of the magazine and it would have been  fed with shells and cartridges via hoists. 

6 inch gun emplacement

 Shell Storage

Cartridge Storage

Shell Hoist

Shell Hoist
Ammunition awaiting hoisting to gun emplacement

Shell Hoist
Cartridges ready to be passed through to the cartridge hoist

 Cartridge hoist

6 inch gun

6 inch gun breach