John Ferguson Aikenhead.

Stricken sailor scalded and not expected to live

Having twice been sunk by the Germans – once in the First World War (when he was severely scalded) and again in the Second World War – you could say that South Shields-born Merchant Navy seaman John Ferguson Aikenhead was an unlucky sailor.

Former South Shields footballer Tommy Passmore pictured in 1966.

Football memories on way to South Shields

The days of concrete-heavy ‘casey’ footballs; chunky brown, ankle-high boots and shin-pads as thick as an Ian Fleming paperback may be gone, but thanks to an upcoming exhibition to be staged locally – they won’t be forgotten.

War memorials.

No forgetting war dead

Sadly, when people here on South Tyneside attempt to trace their family history, they sometimes come across relatives whose lives were lost fighting for king and country – predominantly in the First and Second World Wars.

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