Young military cadets will commemorate those from part of Tyneside who fell in the Great War at a Remembrance Sunday service being held this weekend (Nov 9).
Members of the 1509 ATC Squadron have made 325 crosses, one for each person named on the Blaydon War Memorial, including one local woman, a nurse who died of the flu during the pandemic that followed the Great War.
The cadets have also prepared profiles of some of those who died and the names will be read out as part of the commemorations, which are given special poignance because they happens as the world marks a century since war was declared.
The service will take place at local Anglican church St Cuthbert’s at 10.15am followed by a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Blaydon Cemetery at noon.
ATC Squadron Flight Sgt Kate Tickell, who is related to Northumbrian Pipes player Kathryn Tickell, said: “I am not sure I could have coped as a nineteen year old fighting in the war a hundred years ago. It would have been daunting.
“The fact that a nurse is commemorated on the war memorial shows that everyone was affected by what happened. We wanted to remember all of those who died.”
Squadron Chaplain the Rev Adrian Thorp, who is also the vicar of St Cuthbert’s, said: “Reading out the names will have quite an impact on people.”