On Tuesday 1 st April the Tyneside Irish Cultural Society (TICS) launch a year-long project to capture family memories of some of the 5,000 soldiers who fought in the Tyneside Irish Brigade of the Northumberland Fusiliers in the 1914-18 war. It is backed by a grant of 10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Foundation and will be organised and delivered by volunteers recruited by the Society.

Already they are in touch with almost fifty descendants of the brigade, and they are keen to contact more. Even if little is known or you are not sure in which battalion your relative served in, they will do the research for you or show you how to do it yourself.

Bridget Lowery, who is co-ordinating the project says: “Recruits to the Tyneside Irish came from all parts of the North East and further afield and not all were Irish or Catholic by any means. Many came from the pit villages of Durham and Northumberland and the touring exhibition we are devising will visit some of these later in the year.”

TICS is keen to hear from individuals and organisations interested in participating in any way. Please get in touch via email library.tyneirishcs@gmail.com


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