Dominion Geordies

Dominion Geordies is a Living Legacies-funded project with the Tynemouth World War One commemoration project as the principal community partner along with Northumbria University.  As an introduction to the project, Alan Fidler will talk about the role of the Dominion armies in WW1 and their willing participation in the war.

Marie Caffrey will cover the issues of how men with local connections to the North East serving in the Dominion forces of Australia, Canada and New Zealand (we did not cover South Africa) were traced, usually through Dominion war archives. Over 7200 individual records of men and women who served were added automatically to the database.  Volunteers in the UK and across the world came forward to assist with researching individual names following a press release by the University in the Dominion countries and local press stories here in the north east.

Marie will also comment on the issues of variable skill levels of volunteers working remotely from the project across multiple time zones. The concept of this research was ‘crowd sourcing’ of volunteers to work on a major project which is well beyond the capacity of a small group.  There may be useful lessons for us to learn from this project.

We know that several Teesdale men served in the Dominion forces, and hopefully we’ll learn more about them.

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