HMS Manchester (15). Builder: Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn. Laid down: 28 March 1936. Launched: 12 April 1937. Commissioned: 4 August 1938. Fate: Scuttled on 13 August 1942 off Tunisia. Class and type: Town-class light cruiser. Displacement: 11,930 tons. Length: 591 ft 6 in (180.29 m). Beam: 64 ft 9 in (19.74 m). Draught: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m). Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h).
BBC coverage of the 100th Anniverasry of the Somme. Historian Dan snow mentions the 'Newcastle Commercials', while later on Dame Shirley Williams references the men of South Shields. The town's Central Library and Local History Group have compiled a database of the men from South Tyneside (South Shields, Jarrow & Hebburn) who served in WW1.