The front of the school from 1936 South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys
Westoe Higher Grade School & Westoe Secondary School
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Harton School & Harton Technology College
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World War 1 memorial

Nobody knows just how .many boys and staff from the High School and Westoe Secondary School served their country during the war - but it is probably about 500.

Nearly all the names of those who gave their lives are known, as they appear on the two schools' Rolls of Honour.

However, the names of those who served and survived are not so easily discovered and are, sadly, not so well remembered. Sometimes names were linked with the schools in newspaper articles, but luckily the High School actually used empty pages of the first Admission Register to keep informal records. Sadly, no such record has been found for Westoe, so it is significantly under-represented.

At the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, and in honour of all of those who served (particularly of those who made the ultimate sacrifice), I have compiled a list of all those I've been able to discover, including military and personal histories where possible.

The youngest fatality is belived to have been James Law, who had only just turned 16. He wasn't killed in action, but was a mess room steward on the SS Strathcona, delivering coal from the Tyne to Marseille, when the ship was hit by a torpedo from the U-78 German submarine.

The youngest to have been killed in action is believed to have been Richard Steedman Kaye, who was killed in Flanders aged 19.

There are currently nearly 280 names listed (of which 118 are known to have lost their lives), and over 160 mini-biographies. This new section consists of:

Admission Register notes - page scans & transcription
Background to World War 1
Index to boys (and staff) who served

This is very much a personal project. But, as I was getting to the point of publishing my researches, I learned that there are other similar projects around the country.

In particular, the North East War Memorials Projectexternal link is aiming to document every war memorial, and every contained name, in the North-East. Although their project is very different in scope and intent to mine, I'm pleased to have been able to provide them with some information that could only be gathered from the schools' records, and to have had the opportunity to compare notes.

My own project is ongoing, and I would welcome any names or details that could be added. In particular, the February, 1917, edition of The Atom had some useful information, but I would love to be able to see other editions of The Atom and The Westovian.

If you have these, or any other information, please get in touch.

Mike Todd, Rothbury, 6th August 2014


Whether you, or perhaps other members of your family, went to the South Shields High School for Boys, the Westoe Secondary School or Westoe Higher Grade School, South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, Harton School, or Harton Technology College (or you're a student or member of staff there today), this site is for you.

The present-day school at Harton started life as the South Shields Boys' High School in Mowbray Road (founded in 1885) and the Westoe Secondary School (founded in 1890 as Westoe Higher Grade School, itself founded in the Ocean Road Schools Arts and Science section in 1887) - they both combined in 1936 to form the South Shields High School for Boys in a custom-built building in Harton.

In 1953 the name changed to the South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, and then in 1974 it became Harton Comprehensive. By the end of the 70s it had become co-educational and became Harton School. It is now called Harton Technology CollegeThis links to an EXTERNAL site which is completely independent of this site effectively a co-ed comprehensive with Technology College status.

This site is for anyone who went to or taught at any of these schools, but I also hope that it will prove useful for those researching their family history (as several genealogists have already discovered).

I was at the school (South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, hence the dominance of that name on the site) from September 1962 to July 1969, and have very fond memories of my time there (although there are a few things I'd rather forget). So I decided to put together this site about the school, from its founding to the present day. It was launched in December 2001, and re-launched with a new design in December 2002 - by June 2003 it had attracted almost 3 million hits!

Almost everything you see has either been sent to me by Old Boys from the school, or has been taken from the school's archives.

If you have anything at all to offer, whether it's just to correct or add a name or two to the photos, or if you have old photos that aren't on the site, old ATOMs, Speech Day programmes or anything else of interest (or you just want to let me know what you think of the site), please email me (but please contact me first before sending any material, as you may be about to send something I already have waiting in the wings).

Oh ... and you may recognise the colour scheme for the site as being the school colours - dark blue, light blue and gold.

Mike Todd

Site last updated: 16-Feb-2015
(excluding this page)

  30 school photos added (total now 585)

  8 school photos added (total now 555)

  26 school photos added (total now 547)

Historical update log (2003-2013)

  Improved quality of numerous existing photos
  Numerous photo name updates
  Added WWI memorial pages

  20 school photos added (total now 521)
  Improved quality of numerous existing photos

  77 school photos added (total now 501)
  Improved quality of numerous existing photos

  2 school photos added (total now 425)

  8 school photos added (total now 423)

  11 school photos added (total now 415)
  3 private photos added

  13 school photos added (total now 404)

  33 school photos added (total now 391)
  First admissions transcript completed

  8 school photos added (total now 358)
  Email address is changed
  Added 1 edition of The ATOM (total now 42)
  First admissions (expanded to the first 156)
  Added 1966-73 Spring/Summer Concert programmes

  31 school photos added (total now 350)
  New section Contact Register
  Access also via
  Added appeal for Sports Centre
  Added photo to sports section

  11 school photos added (total now 319)
  New section Guestbook
  Added Aerial Photos (1963-2004)
  Added 15 editions of The ATOM (total now 41)
  Added Photos of 26th SS Scouts
  Added 12 candid staff photos (1960s)
  Added 3 News Stories
  Revised all ATOM page scans

124 school photos added (308)
  New section The first 37 boys
  New section School News
  New section School reunions
  New section School trivia
  Added 12 News Stories
  Added 1 edition of The ATOM (total now 26)
  Added 1908 Scholarship Exam Papers
  Added Mikado photos
  Added Sporting moments (1933-49)
  Added Famous Old Boys
  Added The school at war
  Added photo galleries
  Added "Virtual tour" of school today.
  Added & updated staff biographies
  Updated First boys
  Upated Story of the school
  Moved site to new provider
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It is acknowledged that copyright exists in most photos on this site, however many show no indication of the photographer, let alone who owns the copyright (although in the case of the school photos, the copyright almost certainly belongs to the school who commissioned them prior to 1989). Photographs are reproduced here in good faith, and if anyone is concerned about the copyright status of any particular photos, please let me know.
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