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Despatches from Tyneside

Chris Jackson follows a community project creating a unique picture of the impact of conflict on those living and working on Tyneside with rarely seen footage. Chris hears that Tyneside bore not just physical but deep emotional scars from World War I.

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Aug 2017 19:30

The impact of WW1 on Tyneside

The impact of WW1 on Tyneside

A century after the outbreak of the war there have been innumerable books, films, articles and research papers published on the topic.


However, locked away in boxes in the loft or lurking in the back of drawers are the real stories of the men who fought and died for their country.


Chris Jackson goes in search of the stories from the home front in his correspondent blog.


Read the blog post about WW1's impact on Tyneside 

Forgery leads to father's WW1 death

Forgery leads to father's WW1 death

A Tyneside daughter had to live with the knowledge she helped send her father to his death in World War One.


Joseph Forster was too old to enlist so he asked his eldest daughter Martha to help forge his birth certificate to make him look 10 years younger.


Watch an excerpt from the film on the BBC News website

Mapping Tyneside's WW1 victims

Mapping Tyneside's WW1 victims

A community project in Tynemouth has been mapping dates and addresses of all those who fell in the borough during WW1.


The Tynemouth WW1 commemoration project is collecting photos and details of the lives of 1,700 men who died both on home ground and abroad.


Watch a film about the mapping project on the BBC News website


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Jackson
Producer Chris Jackson
Editor Jacqui Hodgson


How did WW1 change your world?

How did WW1 change your world?

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