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WWI memorial mystery unravelled
WWI memorial
The memorial was removed from a demolished church
The mystery surrounding a World War I memorial found dumped at a council depot on Tyneside has been solved.

Workmen at Gateshead Council's Felling depot discovered the marble and granite tablet, but local historians could not identify where it had originally stood.

Following an appeal, a retired head teacher recognised one of the names on the stone as that of his great uncle.

He identified the memorial as originally from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church in Bensham.

'Heart leapt'

It was head teacher Peter Yorke's family church, and his great uncle, John Marshall, was a member of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Mr Yorke said: "My heart leapt. To find the memorial was still in existence was quite remarkable."

The church was demolished more than 40 years ago and the surrounding area of back-to-back terraces transformed into flats and houses.

Gateshead Council said it hoped to re-erect the memorial, and wants suggestions as to a suitable location.

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