Nelglected war memorial finds new home

A long-forgotten war memorial commemorating Gateshead men who fell in the First World War will be re-erected this week-end, almost a century after the start of the war which took their lives.

Today (May 10, 2014), soldiers from 103 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Field Squadron Royal Engineers will build a raised garden in the graveyard at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead to provide a fitting location for a long-neglected memorial which has been out of the public eye for 50 years.

The two-tonne marble tablet was uncovered in 2006 in a corner of a council depot and sparked an investigation into where it had come from.

After a public appeal for information, it was eventually identified as a memorial from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church.