Memorial Details

Photo: James Pasby


Plaque 2 V.C.s Hospital





Map ref

NZ 340650

Original Location

Palmer Memorial Hospital, Jarrow. In the foyer.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled Sunday 21st October 2007 by Cllr. Tracey Dixon, Mayor of Jarrow.

Memorial Description

Plaque, very plain. At the top is the dedication. Below this is a depiction of the Victoria Cross. Between the two names is the badge of a lion courant with the words “The King’s Own” underneath. Each name is accompanied by a brief description of how the Victoria Cross was won using Roman lower case lettering.

Materials used

Stainless steel


The Valiant Sons of Jarrow / who were awarded the Victoria Cross for / their deeds of valour. (Collin and Firth)




How money was raised

Jarrow Neighbourhood Management Partnership.


1. The ceremony was attended by relatives of the two men.

2. Sgt. James Firth was seriously wounded while rescuing two fellow soldiers in the firing line in 1900. See Every Name a Story

3. 2nd Lt. Collin single-handedly attacked a German machine gun team in Givenchy, France, in April 1918. Having killed four Germans and wounded two others, he kept the enemy at bay until mortally wounded. See Every Name a Story

3. 2nd Lt. Collin is incorrectly called "Collins" on the plaque.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos taken at unveiling: James Pasby

Shields Gazette 26/10/2007 reports unveiling.

External web link

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

James Pasby

Research In Progress

The names on this memorial are being researched by Peter Hoy. Contact:

Plaque 2 V.C.s Hospital (J2.21)

JARROW     Former Hospital
The Valiant Sons of Jarrow
who were awarded the Victoria Cross for
their deeds of valour.
(Victoria Cross)
April 19th 1918 Awarded VC
Lieutenant Joseph Henry Collins
Orchard Keep, Givenchy
4th Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment
Died on the battlefield.
February 1900 Awarded VC
South Africa
Sergeant James Firth
1st Battalion the Duke of Wellington Regiment
Died Sheffield 29th May 1921
Names J2.21               

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story