Memorial Details

Photo: James Pasby


Plaque 1914-18 Post Office





Original Location

Durham General Post Office.
On the wall of the Sorting Office in Providence Road.

Present Location

Moved 1995 to a new Sorting Office, Carrville Industrial Estate, Belmont

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 2nd August 1920 by Mayor Cllr. W.H. Wood; dedicated by Canon Dawson Walker.

Memorial Description

Plaque 3 feet high x 2 feet wide (904mm x 608mm) on oak pattress 4 inches wider all round. The City arms are at the top, with a decorative border of Celtic knotted string work with GPO monograms at the corners. The names are listed in a single column, using mostly Roman upper and lower case with some elaborate lettering for the heading and the quotation.

Materials used

Brass on oak pattress.


For King and Country.
This tablet is erected / by the staff of the Durham Postal Area / to perpetuate the memory of / their colleagues who lost their Lives / in the Great War 1914-1919.
At the call of their Country they left all, endured / hardships, faced danger and finally passed out of / the sight of men, by the path of duty giving up their lives / that others might live in freedom.


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

W.T. Toulson, engravers, Durham


1. From Durham and District, 93 staff served. 36 were male sorting clerks, telegraphists etc. and two were females. Thirty postmen went from the head office and 35 from sub-offices. Their places were taken by a temporary force. 15 were killed, one was missing and 11 were wounded. Two obtained honours.

2. Canon Walker commented that most memorials he had seen were in churches and were only seen once a week, and only occasionally by those who did not attend church, whereas this one would be seen by all who visited the post office.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C. Sanders; James Pasby

Sunderland Daily Echo 3/8/1920 (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Northern Echo 3/8/1920 reports unveiling.

Durham Chronicle 30/7/1920 reports proposed unveiling; 6/8/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 7/8/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 30/7/1920 reports proposed unveiling on Monday;

Source of quotation
“At the call of their country . . .” Quoted from a Certificate signed by King George V and sent to every bereaved family.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; George Nairn; Dorothy Hall; James Pasby

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Plaque 1914-18 Post Office (D47.131)

DURHAM General Post Office.  
   For King and Country.  
   This Tablet is erected 
   by the Staff of the Durham Postal Area 
   to perpetuate the Memory of 
   their Colleagues who lost their Lives 
   in the Great War 1914-1919.  
   Pte. A. Davison,         Cameron Hdrs.     Durham 
   Pte. T. Ewbank,          D.L.I.            Durham 
   Spr. S. Hardy,           R.E. Signals      Durham 
   Gnr. G.W. Harris,        R.F.A.            Durham 
   L/Cpl. C.C. Heron,       R.E. Signals      Durham 
   Pte. E.W. Keeble,        D.L.I.            Durham 
   Spr. T. Telford,         R.E. Signals      Durham 
   Pte. F.E. Wills,         D.L.I.            Durham 
   Pte. R. Nicholson,       D.L.I.            Chester-le-Street 
   Capt. F. Wilson., D.C.M. 17th Lancers      FenceHouses
   Pte. J.W. Finch,         D.L.I.            FenceHouses 
   Sgt. A. Lavender,        R.F.A.            FenceHouses 
   Gnr. J.W. Jackson,       R.F.A.            Hetton-le-Hole 
   Pte. A.E. Shepherd,      West Yorks.       Houghton-le-Spring 
   Pte. S. Duke,            Yorkshire Regt.   Lanchester 
   Pte. L. Clark,           Coldstream Gds.   Willington        
   At the call of the Country they left all, endured 
   Hardships, faced Danger and finally passed out of 
   sight of Men, by the Path of Duty, giving up their Lives 
   that others might Live in freedom.

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