THE centenary, this year, of the outbreak of the First World War has highlighted how geographical boundaries didn’t really exist when it came to joining up.
We saw that recently in respect of local men, a number of them Whitburn miners, who witnessed the Christmas truce of 1914 while serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment.
A case in point was the 160th (Wearside) Brigade, Royal Artillery, which didn’t recruit in just Sunderland but also in what is now South Tyneside.
Some time ago I featured Phil Adams’s book, Idle and Dissolute, which is about the brigade, in which his great-uncle, William Adams, served and was killed.
It’s since been good to have an end-of-year catch-up from Phil, whose efforts are currently being directed towards organising events to celebrate the centenary of the Brigade’s foundation in March.
He hopes to have something to announce in the new year.
Also, the Friends of Sunderland Museums have invited Phil to give a talk and presentation on ‘Wearside’s Own WW1 Gunners’ also in March.
He also continues his search for information on his great-uncle. “I will not give up hope of proving his final resting place,” he says.