Historian Mick Hardy unveils Ryton war website (UK)

FOR the past 10 years it has been an obsession for local historian Mick Hardy, and now his project is complete.

Mick has painstakingly sifted through thousands of documents, old news paper cuttings, death records, interviewed residents and put out appeals through the Chronicle to find as much information as possible about the 565 people who died in the First and Second World Wars from his village and surrounding area.

And now he, with pals Iain Mutch and Malcolm Anderson who make up the Ryton and District War Memorial Project, are proud to present the men and women who died for their country in a new website.

Mick 59, of Chesters Gardens, Crawcrook, Gateshead, said: “The wars of the 20th Century had a major impact on the Ryton district. Casualties were high and the personal tragedies were immense.

“It is the aim of the Ryton and District War Memorials Project to keep alive the memory of those men and women from the district whose names adorn the memorials and to remember the sacrifices that were made by all of those local people that were involved in the conflicts of the 20th Century.”

The website, which represents the Army, Navy and RAF, has been funded by a grant from Awards for All and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of local lads and a couple of lasses associated with the war years.

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