Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Plaque Fallen 1939-45 Duke's Middle School





Map ref

NU 185134

Original Location

Duke's Middle School, The Dunterns. In the main assembly hall. (Former Duke's Grammar School)

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 24th April 1949 by P.W. Shelford, former Headmaster, and dedicated by Rev. G.H. Marshall.

Memorial Description

Plaque 2 feet high x 4 feet wide (608 mm x 1.21 m). At centre top is the Duke's badge of a crown above a crescent, raised and gilded, on a blue background. There is a narrow border, with Tudor roses raised at intervals. The names are raised in casting, listed in five columns. At the bottom the words "We will remember them" are raised in half relief on a cast ribbon. All lettering is in Roman capitals throughout.

Materials used



In memory of the old boys of this school / who fell in the Second World War / 1939-1945. /
We will remember them.



1. Besides being former Headmaster, Mr. Shelford was also Vice-president and first Life Member of the Old Boys' Association.

2. The name of the Headmaster's son appears on this memorial.

3. The name of J. Berry also appears in the Guinness Book of Records as having shot down the most enemy aircraft within a certain time.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Janet Brown

Morpeth Herald 04/03/1949 reports proposal to unveil the memorial; 15/04/1949 announces unveiling on 24/04/1949. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Source of quotation:
“We will remember them” : ' For the Fallen', Lawrence Binyon.

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; Duke's School

Research In Progress

The names on this memorial are being researched by the Alnwick District WWI Centenary Commemoration Group. Contact them @

Plaque Fallen 1939-45 Duke's Middle School (A11.17)

ALNWICK, Duke's School.

   In memory of the Old Boys of this School
   who fell in the Second World War
   1939 - 1945.

   J.R. Anderson  D. Cook        W. Hall         K. Ord          J.G. Stewart
   T.J. Baston    A. Dobson      P. Hedley       J.W. Patterson  J. Storey
   C.L. Beattie   A.J. Dodd      D. Horn         R.R.G. Perrett  J.O. Straffen
   J. Berry       R.L. Dodds     H.G. Hunter     N.G. Riddell    F. Swan
   J.H. Bolton    G. Earnshaw    G.T. Jobson     A. Robson       G.A. Todd
   V.G. Brewis    R.D. Fender    R.M. Kay        J.V. Routledge  A.D. Trotter
   F. Brown       J.S. Ferguson  R. Lisle        W.H. Scott      F.J. Turner
   J. Brown       T.A. Forster   A.M. Lorimer    A.L.P. Shearer  J. Weddell
   R.M. Buck      J. Forsyth     W.C. Mackenzie  A.C. Shelford   G.B. White
   R.H. Carr      E. Goodfellow  A.G. Michie     G. Smailes      R.J. Willcox
   R.B. Chrisp    W.L. Graham    K.F. Middlemist G.A. Smith               
   W.H. Cockburn  C. Hall        J.W. Moore      J.T. Smith      
   We will remember them

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