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Harton Cemetery

Harton Cemetery was discussed by the town planners as Westoe Cemetery and the Church Yards could no longer cope with the growing population of the town. Work started in 1889 and continued until January 1892 when the cemetery was completed


     The burial ground was consecrated by the Bishop of Durham ,The Reverend J Morris, and was opened in January 1892. The was reported in the local paper of the first person to be buried there was Mary Middleyard relic of David Middleyard aged 77 years, residing at  87 Denmark Street,  South Shields, and the grave location Section F.  The memorial service was held at St Hilda's Church in the market place which is the oldest church in South Shields


    There is also a small church with in the ground for those who did not wish use on of the local church for the service or for those from the poor house (I.E. unknown bodied washed ashore or pauper). The cemetery was also used by those from Work House and also for s mariner ship wrecked on the coast line. 


    The Cemetery boundaries were extended 5 times due to the further increase in population of the town.  This includes the Jewish section which has its own boundary walls, also including is the War Graves of World War 2, and also the Muslim section.      


   The Cemetery has been transcribed By Lindenbridge Publications & Research Services to help preserve the heritage of the town, many of the old head stones have falling down due to age and the mining works of West Colliery.

To puchase Harton Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions

Harton Cemetery War Graces Section

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George Birch




The very name of this publication conjures up visions of those fields in Flanders where so many of the pride of this country gave their lives in the First World War. There have been many historical studies of the war itself and its participants, and for the family historian and biographer there are well known publications giving details of those who fought or those who died on a national and regimental basis. However Lindenbridge have given us an insight into the impact the totality of deaths across all branches of the services must have made on the life of one North-Eastern town: South Shields

Information has been brought together from a variety of sources. After a short introductory piece on recruitment, the casualties are listed alphabetically for each year 1914-1918. The people dealt with were not all soldiers; South Shields being a port, the Royal Navy in all it’s branches, as well as a few casualties from the R.A.F are also included. The details are taken directly from newspaper announcements of the deaths followed by a miscellaneous section covering a selection of the awards for bravery; those reported missing, wounded and letters from friends of soldiers killed in action Extracts of parish magazines giving an insight to how each parish coped and reported the deaths of so many of their parishioners. Also mentioned are Commonwealth War Graves for Harton, Westoe and St Stephen’s Churchyard

Altogether this makes “The Poppy Fields a very worthwhile compilation of Material on just how great a sacrifice of its young men. It will be indispensable for anyone in interested in the history of South Shields in general, in the social history of the First World War or in the history of any families of South Shields, hardly any of which would not have been touched in some way by the individual tragedies reported here.