Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Plaque 1914-18 Council Schools





Original Location

In the main hall of Bedlington Council Schools, now West End Primary School.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled November 1921 by Major Burdon.

Memorial Description

Plaque 3 feet high x 4 feet wide with slightly rounded top. At centre top is a wreath carved in half relief with the quotation above, the dates on each side and the name of the school below. In a sunken panel are the names. Those who fell are at the top. Those who served are in four columns below. All lettering is incised using sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used



Pro Deo at Patria, 1914-1918.
Bedlington Council School.
In grateful memory / of the old scholars of this school / who answered their country's call in time of need.




How money was raised

£12/10/9d had been raised by public subscription.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Fixed in place by Ralph Oliver, father of one of the dead pupils.


1. One newspaper reports that the memorial contained a bust photograph of John Patterson, which was inscribed “John Patterson, Corpl., D.L.I., 1st Assistant Master at this School. Killed Ypres, April, 1918”.

2. The prime mover is obtaining the memorial was Mr. Ralph Oliver, father of one of the fallen, who had not charged for erecting the memorial himself.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Morpeth Herald 09/12/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 02/12/1921 reports unveiling.

Blyth News 01/12/1921 reports unveiling.

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Research acknowledgements

J. Brown; Dorothy Hall; Jane Bushell (Headteacher)

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Plaque 1914-18 Council Schools (B15.21)

   Pro Deo et Patria
   1914  (wreath)  1918
   Bedlington Council School

   In grateful memory 
   of the old Scholars of this school
   who answered their Country’s call in time of need
      Killed :
   Patterson John (Asst. Master)
   Hindhaugh G.H.   Oliver. R.P. 
   Barnes J       Dickman R     Lynn T.        Smith J.
   Brown T.G.     Dickman J.    Metcalfe H.    Steele T.E.
   Cole L.        Docherty J.   Metcalfe G.    Smith J.
   Cuthbert J.R.  Graham T.     Macaulay J.R.  Tyler S.
   Clark T.       Hayes J.      Petrie G.      White J.
   Davies F.      Jackson T.    Robson R.      Young J.W.
   Davies W.      Legget S.     Roper R.H.     Young W.A.
Three local newspapers give variations on the names:
   G.H. Hindhaugh instead of G.P. Hindhaugh
   J. Barnes instead of J. Burns
   G.T. Brown instead T.G. Brown
   J.H. Cuthbert instead of J.R. Cuthbert
   S. Leggett instead of S. Legget
   They also all miss out three names.

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