Killingworth is a new town established in 1963 which is why there is no traditional war memorial. The designer, who sadly passed away in 2005 had lost three friends who were young and she felt their loss. She tried to imagine how families felt about losing someone young through war. The jigsaw with the pieces missing seemed to express her feelings. The fact that the missing pieces are beside the memorial, symbolising that the dead are always there, even if not in place, is a powerful expression of loss.
The Jigsaw 10 feet high x 10 feet wide, of sixteen pieces, with 2 pieces from the centre lying at the foot, leaving gaps where they should be. There are three plaques at the foot, all of stainless steel set in concrete, the centre one bearing the dedication inside a laurel wreath. The left hand plaque bears acknowledgments, and the right hand plaque bears a statement of the purpose of the sculpture by the designer.
The nearby Supermarket donated £20,000 for cost of materials. A famous north eastern shipbuilding design, engineering, and management company provided time, expertise of apprentices and technical staff free of charge. The said apprentices built the memorial. It was erected 28th September 2000 by Sappers from the Royal Engineers and unveiled 11th November 2000
This is a puzzle cache, solve this jigsaw then use the overlay here to locate the final coords. First three digits are northings second three westings. N 55° 02.nnn W 001° 33.www
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