Over the next few weeks Jake Wall, one of our Universities at War project volunteers, will be blogging about his experience of researching the stories of the WWI fallen using the university archives available in the Philip Robinson University Library.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of the Universities at War Blog. In the last few entries school magazines were used to try and recreate the life history of some of our 12 soldiers, specifically their time at Armstrong college. However now the focus will move to a more broad snapshot of their lives. This week I have looked at the North East War Memorials Project website.
William Stanley Wylie
William was born in 1891 in South Shields. He was the only son of marine engineer, Edward Wylie, and his wife, Amy. He was educated at Westoe Secondary School, Harton, South Shields from the age of 12, and left in December, 1906, only to return the following September for a further two years, leaving in 1909 at the age of 18 to attend Armstrong College. He went back to Westoe Secondary School to work as a teacher, as well as Dean Road Boys’ School, again in South Shields.
William was gazetted as Second Lieutenant to the York and Lancaster Regiment, 3rd Battalion on 27th October 1914. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1915. While attached to the 1st Battalion in Belgium in May 1915, William went missing near the town of Hooge. He was later reported as killed, having died of his wounds on 10th May 1915 aged 24.
The North East War Memorial Project aims to record every War Memorial located between the River Tweed and the River Tees. As they say on their site, “Our local War Memorials remind us of what happened and the consequences of these conflicts for many people in the region. They tell the story of those who fought, those who died, and those left behind to cope with the confusion which followed”
The site records four local memorials to Wylie:
- A stained glass window on St Mark’s church in South Shields
- A Plaque in Dean Road Boy’s School
- A plaque in South Shields Boy’s High school
- A plaque from Westoe Secondary School (now installed in Harton Technology College)
Of these only the plaque now installed in Harton Technology College remains.
Wylie’s full details, including some pictures of local memorials bearing his name, can be seen on his NEWMP profile page.