The forgotten 600: MP backs call for WW1 fallen who have no memorial

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn
Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn

A CALL to publicly recognise the soldiers from Jarrow who died during the First World War has gained the support of MP Stephen Hepburn.

The town’s Member of Parliament has contacted South Tyneside Council to see what can be done to create a memorial to the men who lost their lives.

Jarrow has no public memorial to about 600 men from the town who died during the First World War.

The issue was first highlighted in 2011 by local campaigner Vin Mullen and, earlier this week, by Alan Forrester.

Both men have relatives who died in the war but there is no public memorial with their names on.

Now, Mr Hepburn has contacted the South Tyneside Council to find out what can be done to rectify the matter.

Mr Hepburn said: “I am very much in favour in creating a memorial in the town to commemorate the brave men who sacrificed their lives in various conflicts of the First World War.

“I have contacted South Tyneside Council and I am awaiting their response into the matter.”

Mr Forrester’s grandfather Adam Greig was 22 years old when he was killed in 1916.

He served as a private with the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He has no known grave in Thiepval Memorial, created for those who died in the Somme between 1915 and 1918.

Mr Mullen’s grandmother’s two brothers, William and Frank Monaghan, were both killed in early 1915, and have no known grave in the fields of Ypres, Belgium.

Her older sister also lost her husband, Tom Wadey, at Ypres in the same year.

Both men say they would like to see a public war memorial put in the town where families can go to pay their respects on important dates.

Mr Forrester, from Jarrow, said: “It would be nice to be able to go somewhere on Remembrance Day to remember my grandfather, to stand at a memorial where his name is and pay our respects.”

The issue was first raised in 2011 to the Jarrow and Hebburn Community Area Forum.