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Historical WW1 document goes digital

People all around the world are now able to remember family members from Gateshead who fell in the Great War after an important historical document has gone online.

The Roll of Gateshead Men Who Nobly Fell is a large leather-bound book which lists men from the old borough of Gateshead who were killed in the First World War.

It used to be kept in the cenotaph on Prince Consort Road. It has been held at the Central Library for conservation purposes and is rarely seen.

However, as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to mark the centenary of the First World War, the Gateshead Roll of Honour has been digitised and is available to view and search online.

The leather bound book is now digital

“This is an important document which, because of its age, we have to store with very great care. Unfortunately, that means that few people ever have the chance to see it. “Our new digital version means that everyone can now access the Roll of Honour no matter where they are simply by logging on to the internet."

– ouncillor Peter Mole, Cabinet member for culture