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New stamps mark civilian role in First World War

The new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World Wa Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

A new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World War - including the important role civilians played.

The six stamps mark the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, while munitions worker Charlotte Meade is pictured in her overalls.

At least 120 men from the North East perished during the Battle of the Jutland, including the three Malcolm brothers from Stockton-on-Tees.

Charles Malcolm, aged 22, John Robert Malcolm, aged 25, and Joseph Malcolm, aged 29, all died onboard the HMS Queen Mary when it was destroyed.

Minister for First World War commemorations David Evennett said: "The Royal Mail stamps are a poignant tribute to the many lives lost and affected by the First World War.

"The Battle of the Somme and Jutland commemorations are important milestones in the First World War centenary and I hope that these stamps encourage people to remember and learn more about the pivotal events of 1916."

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: "A century ago our armed forces were making the ultimate sacrifice on land and at sea, and non-combatants were making an extraordinary contribution overseas and on the home front. Our stamp issue pays tribute to all."

The stamps are the third set of a five-year commemorative programme.

WW1 memorial given new home on Wearside

WW1 memorial spent years in storage but will now be housed in a museum

A Wearside war memorial has been given a new home after spending years hidden away in storage.

The oak carving, which lists the names of colliery workers who lost their lives during World War One, was unveiled in 1921 in the entrance to Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute in Spout Lane.

It remained in place until 2012 when the hall, which was by now the London Inn nightclub, closed. It was then moved into storage.

The site of the old hall is now being re-developed by a partnership involving Riverside housing association and Sunderland City Council into retirement apartments.

One of the private companies involved in the renovation work, Galliford Try, has donated £1,000 to bring the memorial out of storage and put back on display at the F Pit Museum in Washington.

Sunderland City Councillor John Kelly said:” This project is a fantastic opportunity to bring something that has been hidden for many years back to the people of Washington. During this time of commemorating the First World War the memorial is a timely reminder of the impact the war had here at home.”

Martin Routledge, Keeper of History at the Sunderland Museums and Heritage Service, said: “It is fantastic to be able to bring a real piece of Washington history to the F Pit Museum. The memorial was made to commemorate men from Washington Colliery, including the F Pit, so it is fitting place for a forgotten artefact that has needed a new home for some time.”

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