Drowned Soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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Reference WMO/281326


Dave Stephens Centre

Links Road


NE24 3PL


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Round dark blue plaque with inscription in raised white lettering. The inscription is topped by the crest of Blyth Valley. Beside the plaque is a caption board explaining the story of the drowned soldiers.
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Rectangular Plaque- REMEMBERED/24 August 1917/[the names around the regimental badge and with a photograph of Lieutenant E K W Brown at top centre]// On a hot August day in 1917 over 600 soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire/Regiment were on a route march from Horton Camp. They stopped to rest on/Blyth beach and were given permission to cool off in the water. Many had/never seen the sea and some could not swim. Tragically no-one understood/the strong undercurrents of an ebb tide and very quickly some of the men got/into difficulties. Others went to their aid and also floundered. Lieutenant/Brown organised human chains to attempt a rescue and seven soldiers were/saved while eight were swept out to sea. Sadly Lt Brown lost his footing and/despite efforts to hold onto him, he, too, was drowned; Blue Plaque-DEDICATED TO THE/ MEMORY OF 9 SOLDIERS OF THE/ ROYAL/ WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT/ WHO DROWNED NEAR HERE/ 24 AUGUST 1917

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