This year marks one hundred years since the end of the First World War. Many of the considerable numbers of men who enlisted from East Bedlington never returned to take up their work in the pits. Precise figures are difficult to establish – even the Memorial Plaque which was once in the Wesleyan Chapel in Bedlington Station has disappeared – and the heroism and sacrifice of those who enlisted, or were conscripted, is all but forgotten.
East Bedlington Parish Council wishes to honour the memory of those soldiers from 100 years ago and we are appealing to families to search among family papers to see if they have photographs, documents, letters, memorabilia and stories which they would be prepared to share with a wider public. As part of our commemoration, we hope children from our local schools can begin to create personal histories of some of those men before all traces disappear completely. Further news of our plans for the commemoration will be published closer to November 11th.
Nothing is too small. We already have photographs, documents and postcards from a man living on Boathouse Terrace, Cambois Colliery, which form a fantastic story – he was a prisoner of war in Switzerland.
If you think you can help or have any memorabilia please contact East Bedlington Parish Council at the Community Centre in Bedlington Station, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01670 828808. Thank you.