Boilermaker John Collinson was one of more than 7,000 individuals from the North East who left for a better life in distant parts of the British Empire, but who later fought for the old country in the First World War. He could have been a brief archive record among thousands but for a project which will next month reach the end of its year-long funded life, although it is expected to continue in some form.
Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. The Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project has been engaged in partnership with Northumbria University over the past ten months in an Arts and Historical Research Council funded project looking at the story of the men and women, of the North East , who emigrated to the former Dominions of Australia, Canada and New Zealand in the years before the First World War.
A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with two counts of fraud and will appear in front of magistrates next month. Father John Reid was initially arrested more than two years ago following allegations that money had gone missing from St Cuthbert's Church in Ropery Lane, Chester-le-Street - one of the two parishes at which he was priest at the time.