Memorial Details

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NEWMP Memorial Image


Roll of Honour 1914-18 Gray School





Original Location

Gray School, Vine Street

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 10th April 1921 by Dr. Henson, Bishop of Durham.

Memorial Description

Plaque. There is a border of Celtic string design, culminating in roundels in each corner. The top of the main panel is arched, the spandrels are hatched. At centre top is a ribbon bearing the words “Faithful unto death”. Below this are two crossed flags. Names are listed in three columns divided by vertical lines. Lettering is in sans serif throughout.

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Faithful unto Death
To / The Imperishable Memory / of those / Old Boys of the Gray School / who gave their lives for / King and Country / in the Great War 1914-1918.



1. The school was named as a memorial to Rev. R. Gray, former Rector of Sunderland Parish. History & Topography of the County of Durham, 1894, Whellan

2. The school was originally built in Vine Street in 1822. It grew much larger and eventually moved in 1853 to another site on the Town Moor, when the Vine Street buildings were sold.

3. This is a standard design of plaque, produced by Cowell and Gatiss of Sunderland; the roundels in each corner and the flags were probably red. For a similar plaque, see S140.053

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Northern Echo 11/04/1921 reports unveiling.

Sunderland Echo 12/04/1921 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Sunderland City Library Ref: 940.467 SUN Gray Church of England School Roll of Honour

Antiquities of Sunderland, Volume XXVIII, 1977 - 1979 - the journal of Sunderland Antiquarian Society - 'The East End of Sunderland' by C B Walker being the subject of an illustrated lecture given by him on 7th December 1976 tells the story of the School.

Sunderland East End Revisited, Alan Tedder, contains the photo shown here.

Source of quotation:
“Faithful unto death” Revelation 2 v 10

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Research acknowledgements

Tony Harding; Alan Vickers; James Pasby; Dorothy Hall; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale

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Roll of Honour 1914-18 Gray School (S140.109)


  Faithful unto Death
  The Imperishable Memory
  of those
  Old Boys of the Gray School
  who gave their lives for
  King and Country
  in the Great War 1914-1918.

  Pte. Anderson, John T.   Pte. Hood, Richard      Pte. Ratcliffe, Luke
  Pte. Brown, Gilbert      Corp. Horlington, F.W.  Pte. Renton, F.S.
  Pte. Boys, Thomas        Pte. Hall, A.S.         Pte. Stafford, R.H.
  Pte. Bewick, J.W.        Pte. Ingham, Chas.      Gr. Stoker, Rich.
  Gr. Brown, H.            Pte. Kidd, Geo. H.      Pte. Stewart, Wm. B.
  Pte. Bousfield, R.       Pte. Kavanagh, Jos.     A.B. Smith, Wm. C.
  Pte. Burnside, Jas.      Pte. Lane, Jno. Geo.    Sergt. Snaith, George
  A.B. Clark, Henry        Pte. Lawson, Chas.      Pte. Shellcott, James
  Pte. Carr, Fred.         Pte. Laverick, James    L’Corp. Smith, John
Pte. Collins, Geo. W. Pte. Morton, Wilkinson Pte. Shinkfield, Thos.
  Pte. Cowhoun, Ed.        Pte. Miller, Wm.        Gr. Swainston, Wm. T.
  Pte. Clark, Geo.         Rfm. McLachlan, Wm.     Pte. Tate, Joseph
  Pte. Curtis, Jno. W.     Pte. Milburn, Angus     Pte. Tate, Andrew
  Pte. Colling, Wm.        Spr. Morris             Sergt. Tyson, John
  Pte. Dobson, David       Pte. Morrison, Richard  Pte. Tindell, Robt.
  Pte. Dixon, Ar. H.       Pte. Miller, A.H.       Pte. Thompson, James
  Pte. Duncan, Chas.       Cf. Sig. Nelson, George Pte. Thompson, M.R.
  A.B. Emmerson, John      L’Corp. Nelson, Joseph  Pte. Usher, Michael
  Pte. Emmerson, Wm.       Std. Nelson, Chas.      L’Corp. Wilson, Samuel
  L’Corp.Fitzgerald,Geo.B. Pte. Pounder, Ernest    Pte. Willis, David
  Cf.Eng. Fleming, Alb.    Pte. Parton, David      Pte. Wadsworth, Wm.
  Pte. Fowler, Oliver      Pte. Parton, Thomas     Pte. Watson, Thos. O.
  Pte. Gray, George        Sergt. Porter, Stanley  Pte. Watson, Jas. E.
  Pte. Gray, Jno. Wm.      Pte. Potts, George      Pte. Welch, J.
  Pte. Gales, Jos. M. M.M. Pte. Pattison           Tpr. Wilson, J.A.
  Pte. Hooper, Jno. D.     Pte. Rich, Wm.          Pte. Wrathmall, Edw.
  Pte. Hurdman, J.S. M.M.  Pte. Ross, Jas. R.      L’Corp. Wright, Jas. Wm.
  A.B. Dobson, Edw.        Corp. Ironsides, Albert Corp. Skea, Fred.
  Pte. Herbert, Ernest     Pte. Turnbull, Robert   

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