Showing posts with label War and Remembrance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label War and Remembrance. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Centenary Soldier Newcastle


Centenary Soldier, Newcastle. 

The Centenary Soldier is a statue finished with bombshell brass which was created by award winning artist Mark Humphrey.
The Royal British Legion commissioned the sculpture to celebrate the Every One Remembered campaign in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Previously the statue had been on display in London and Cardiff.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War


Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War.

There are several memorials to the those who lost their lives  serving their country in the Second and First World Wars. The cemetery is a Commonwealth War Grave and contains 152 graves from the Great War and 223 from the Second World War. Most of the dead from WW1 would be buried near where they fell in Belgium and France.
Over 750,000 British armed forces members lost their lives in the Great War.
Contained within the cemetery grounds is a memorial to the 65 miners who lost their lives in the Great War from the nearby Preston Colliery.
This memorial was erected in 1924.
Also laid to rest in the cemetery are some of those lost their lives in one of the biggest civilian tragedies of WW2 when a German bomb hit an air raid shelter btween 3/4 of May 1941 when 107 people were killed. There are graves of other civilians who lost their lives due to the German bombings at other times.
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Second World War pillbox and concrete anti-tank blocks Northumberland



Second World War pillbox and concrete anti-tank blocks, Northumberland.

These pictures show a pillbox (so-called because of their shape) which were built around the British coast. The "D" type pillbox was unique to Northumberland and would contain firing positions for rifles and machine guns.
The fortification of Dunstanburgh Castle can be seen in the backgroumd.  
The large concrete blocks were placed around the type of beaches in the UK where a German tank invasion was anticipated. Most of these were put in place in 1940.
These photos were taken near the village of Embleton, Northumberland.
Further pictures of Second World War pre-invasion preparations along the North East coast can be seen here.      
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Newcastle Military Display 2017


Newcastle Military Display 2017

As part of the annual hoppings fun fair in Newcastle a military display is held on the Town Moor showing a variety of British Army armoured vehicles.
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 Please click here for images of the Newcastle Remembrance Day Parade and Service.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blyth Battery Northumberland


Blyth Battery, Northumberland.

Blyth Battery is a collection of 1st and 2nd World War buildings which were built to protect the Port of Blyth.
A brief history of more structures relating to the Second World War along the North East coast can be seen here.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Remembrance Day Newcastle 2016


Remembrance Day Newcastle 2016.

The Armistice which ended the First World War took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. 
750,000 members of the British Armed Forces died in that conflict.
These pictures are from the traditional Remembrance Day Parade and Service in Newcastle which took place on 13/11/2016. The service honours those who served the UK in the two world wars and subsequent wars.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Challenger Tank Newcastle



Challenger Tank, Newcastle.

The Challenger Tank is the main battle tank of the British Army.
These tanks were built in Newcastle and saw service in the Gulf War of 1990/91 and again in the Iraq War of 2003.The armour of the tank is the best in the world and saved many lives during times of conflict, Challenger tanks will be modified to remain in front line use for years to come. The prototype challenger tank is situated outside the Discovery museum. 
The tanks represents a link to an important period part of Tyneside industrial history, the Armstrong works in the Scotswood part of the city employed thousands of people for many years & has been a centre of engineering for over 160 years.
The factory produced cars, locomotives,aircraft parts as well as the hydraulics for both the Swing bridge over the Tyne and Londons' Tower Bridge.
The factory manufactured the first self breaching guns for use during the Crimea War and was central to making tanks and huge number of other armoured vehicles for use by the British and allied forces in World War One and World War Two.
In addition the factory produced parts for Spitfires and the bouncing bombs of Dambusters fame.  The Armstrong works was an important component in ultimate victory in both of those conflicts.
The factory is now owned by Reece Group and is their centre for engineering and innovation, work on behalf of the British Army is still done there.
William Armstrong made a huge impression on the North East.
Armstrong created Jesmond Dene park in the city pictures of that can be seen here.
Armstrong's Cragside Mansion was the first in world to be powered by hydro-electric power see photos here.
Armstrong also built the Swing Bridge over the Tyne, photos here.
Photos of the city centre monument dedicated to Armstrong can be seen here.

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