Many of the considerable numbers of men who enlisted for the First World War from East Bedlington never returned to take up their work in the pits.
Precise figures are difficult to establish – even the Memorial Plaque that 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 to 104 years ago.
It is appealing to families to search among family papers to see if they have photographs, documents, letters, memorabilia and stories that they would be prepared to share with a wider public.
As part of the council’s commemoration, it hopes that children from local schools can begin to create personal histories of some of those men before all traces disappear completely.
Further news of its plans for the commemoration will be published closer to November 11.
Residents can contact the parish council at the community centre in Bedlington Station by telephone on 01670 828808 or email clerk@east bedlingtonpc.org.uk