Finding the Fallen - Local History
Celebrating our Local Heroes
Remembering the Fallen in Byker and Heaton Cemetery
No community was untouched by the ravages of the Great War. What began on a wave of patriotism in an expectation that the war ‘would be over by Christmas’, descended into a resigned struggle for survival and, at times, a distant hope that a breakthrough would bring victory.
Families lost fathers and sons. Some families paid an even higher price with both or several of their male family members claimed by the war. The slaughter of so many hundreds of thousands of young men led many to talk of the failed promise of a ‘lost generation’.
The purpose of this project has been to ‘rescue’ this lost generation from anonymity and to explain how the war impacted upon Heaton. It is hoped that through this study our young people will begin to understand why the war was fought, the sacrifices that were made, and the changes it wrought on our community in Heaton.
A series of lessons, activities, and sources, are provided for teachers to support pupils in their investigations of this major turning point in the history of the world. Whilst the lessons are arranged sequentially, teachers can best decide what they want to teach and when. We hope pupils will find this project both informative and challenging.
Class Teachers Y6 - Ravenswood Primary School
Schools Project Managers
Heaton History Society
Kate Hancock - Artist
Newcastle University Robinson Library special collections
Tyne and Wear Archives Museum
Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of New Zealand
Heritage lottery Fund FW-14-08086
To download all the assets for this project as one large zip file click on the link below (30.7 mb).
To download individual files use the links below.
To save the file to disk, right-click (Mac, control-click) and choose 'save link as...'
(left-click on a pdf opens the file in the browser window)
Eve of War
Heaton on the eve of war downloads:
Heaton Spies - Questions.pptx
Cemetery search downloads:
Heaton at War
Heaton at war downloads:
The Sinking of the Lusitania - Sources.pptx