Plea for town centre war memorial

CAMPAIGNER ... Vin Mullen.

CAMPAIGNER ... Vin Mullen.

A CALL has been made for the war dead to be properly remembered in Jarrow town centre.

In the year events take place to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, Vin Mullen has asked South Tyneside Council for a permanent memorial to more than 800 people in Jarrow and Hebburn who were killed.

Mr Mullen, 63, of Prince Consort Road, Jarrow, who has collated a wealth of material about Jarrow’s war dead, said: “I feel if anything’s going to be done, it should be in 2014 – otherwise, I fear it will all be forgotten about.

“The Jarrow cenotaph only has 25 per cent of the names of the war dead from Jarrow and Hebburn, the final total is more than 800.

“There has been talk of having a digital memorial book at South Shields Crematorium, but that’s not open to everyone.”

Mr Mullen found a newspaper cutting from 1920, which indicates Jarrow war memorial committee at the time carried a resolution to look at a town war memorial.

This was in response to a partial memorial, erected by Palmer Shipbuilding Company, Jarrow, which only contained names of those from the yard who had died.

Mr Mullen, who has long campaigned for the dead of Jarrow from both world wars to be properly recognised, believes such a memorial is long-overdue.

He added: “My great uncles died in the early part of the First World War, but they are not remembered on any memorial in Jarrow, and this must be the case for relatives of many more people in the town.”

Coun Ken Stephenson, a Primrose ward member, said: “The council is planning events over the next four years to mark the centenary.

“We will investigate ways to fund potential renovation of existing war memorials, and the prospects of creating future permanent projects.

“This could incorporate using names of the Jarrow and Hebburn war dead from the Great War.”

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