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WW 1 Call to Arms

In October 1914 the War Office authorised the formation of a "Tyneside Brigade",  to include 2 Battalions of Tyneside Scottish raised by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.
 
By the 26 October 1,268 men had enrolled and this was believed to be a record in the country, thus within a month instead of forming two Battalions it had formed a Brigade consisting of four Battalions amounting to 4,400 men in total and within the next three months the Tyneside Scottish reached nearly 7,000 men. The Brigade came under command of Brigadier General Trevor Ternan and was locally known as "Harder than Hammers", for it was believed that a hammer might be broken, before the fighting spirit of the Tyneside Scottish.
 
  Source: Long Long Trail
 
20th (Service) Battalion (1st Tyneside Scottish)
Formed at Newcastle, 14 October 1914, by the Lord Mayor and City.
 
21st (Service) Battalion (2nd Tyneside Scottish)
Formed at Newcastle, 26 October 1914, by the Lord Mayor and City.
 
22nd (Service) Battalion (3rd Tyneside Scottish)
Formed at Newcastle, 5 November 1914, by the Lord Mayor and City.
 
23rd (Service) Battalion (4th Tyneside Scottish)
Formed at Newcastle, 16 November 1914, by the Lord Mayor and City
 
Tyneside Scottish Brigade
June 1915 : came under orders of 102nd Brigade, 34th Division.
Landed in France in January 1916.