A service for war memorial that was lost

Ward councillor Deirdre Campbell.
Ward councillor Deirdre Campbell.

A war memorial is to be rededicated at a special service this weekend.

The memorial features 18 names of members of the Newsham and New Delaval Social Club who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

The rededication is taking place at 10.45am on Saturday in the grounds of Newsham Pavilion, Blyth.

The memorial stood in Newsham Library for decades until the building was demolished in 2008. It was then tracked down to Woodhorn Museum by members of the Newsham and New Delaval Residents’ Association earlier this year.

Kelly McFarlane, of the residents’ association, said: “As a community, we are delighted to have located the memorial and to have it displayed permanently in Newsham. It is important for the families, especially the relatives of James Jackson who still live in Newsham.

“I’m delighted we have the happy ending we’d hoped for. We’re looking forward to the rededication service and we hope there will be a good turnout.”

Local ward councillor Deirdre Campbell said: “A memorial to local men who gave their lives in defence of their country will be back where it belongs in Newsham.”

“There are significant anniversaries coming up connected to the first world war including the centenary of the Battle of the Somme next year, so it’s even more important that this part of our community’s heritage is back in its rightful place.”

The names on the memorial are William Bailey, Peter Carr, Joseph Cousins, William Clark, George Dickinson, Hush Evan Evans, Cuthbert Gregory, Richard Gibson, Andrew Hamilton, Michael Phillipson, Henry Potts, James Smith, John Scott, Matthew Wake, John Wilkinson, James Jackson, Frederick James and Ralph Wilson.