Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 St. John





Map ref

NZ 278831

Original Location

St. John the Evangelist Church, North View, Bedlington Station. On west wall of south aisle.

Present Location

Moved from its original position in the church.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled December 1920 by Capt. Burdon of Hartford Hall.
b. Unveiled 7th November 1948 by Capt. W. Appleby, O.B.E. Dedicated by Rev. J.E. Davison, Vicar of Sleekburn.

Memorial Description

Plaque approx. 6 feet high by 2 feet wide. There is a carved border with flowers raised at intervals. The dedication is in a small panel at the top. The names are listed in three columns. Where there have been errors, the letters have been removed and replaced. Other names have been added afterwards, two each on either side of the cross at the top of the panel, and another added on the cross piece which divides the two sections of the panel.
The names from the Second World War are in a lower panel, which has obviously been added afterwards very skilfully. All lettering is carved using Roman capitals throughout.

Materials used



a. To the / Glory of God / and in memory of / those who laid down / their lives in the / Great War / 1914-1919
b. 1939-1945


Who commissioned

b. Men's and Women's Sections of Sleekburn British Legion.

Present condition


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Hedley Bros, Newcastle upon Tyne.


1. The Morpeth Herald 17/12/1920 reports the unveiling of an oak tablet in "St. Aidan's Church, Sleekburn", which bore 103 names. It is thought that this is erroneous, and it is the tablet in St. John's which they were reporting.

2. This is one of very few churches which lies north-south rather than east-west. This is thought to be because of the lie of the land in relation to the coal pits in this area.

3. This area was called “Sleekburn” until the arrival of the railway, when it became known as “Bedlington Station”.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown

Morpeth Herald 23/07/1920 reports agreement to place an oak tablet in the church; 17/12/1920 reports the unveiling of the 1914-18 memorial in "St. Aidan's Church"; 12/11/1948 reports unveiling of 1939-45 memorial.

Newcastle Daily Journal 24/07/1920 reports proposal to erect tablet bearing the names of 70 men who fell;

Northern Echo 10/12/1920 reports unveiling.

Diocese of Newcastle Faculty Book 1, No.715, 09/12/1920; Faculty No. 1715, 16/12/1949, allows for the addition of the lower panel to add the names from 1939-45 to those from 1914-18.

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Research acknowledgements

Sally Bird, Janet Brown; Michael Newrick, Morris Robinson; Dorothy Hall

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Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 St. John (B163.04)

   To the 
   Glory of God
   and in memory of
   those who laid down
   their lives in the
   Great War
            N. Knox      +     F.R. Shaw
            W. Hay             E. Tubby
   H. Anderson        R. Green        E. Potter
   W. Anger           G. Grey         R. Riddle
   J. Allen           M. Gill         R. Reid
   A. Brooks          H. Gill         V. Robinson
   D. Brooks          A. Harris       C. Robinson
   J. Bailey          T. Hedley       S. Robinson
   E. Bell            J. Henderson    W. Robinson
   J. Bell            R. Ince         J. Richardson
   C. Cramer          A. Jeffrey      A. Robertson
   J. Clausen         G. Jude         J. or T. Rochester
   F. Carruthers      R. Jamieson     H. Routledge
   R. Carruthers      W. Jamieson     G. Reed
   G. Chilton         C. Jefferson    G. Ramsey
   R. Chilton         H. Jefferson    T. Smith
   R. Cockburn        G. Jennings     T. Smith
   W. Cram            H. Jennings     J. Simpson
   P. Clark           F. Johnson      T. Storey
   J. Cowans          R. Kane         W. Southern
   T. Cowen           T. Kinghorn     A. Singleton
   J. Craggs          W. Latty        R. Spencer
   W. Crosby          D. Latimer      F. Trotter
   J. Dunbar          E. Mason        T. Tait
   W. Dobson          J. Middlemiss   A. Taylor
   T. Doyle           W. Matthews     G. Taylor
   J. Davidson        M. Murphy       C. Tweddle
   T. Emery           J. Mordue       J. Tait
   C. Fenwick         W. Mouter       E. Turner
   W. Flockhart       W. Moffatt      D. Thain
   N. Fitzsimmons     W. Neil         G. Turnbull
   D. Fitzsimmons     W. Nicholson    W. Tweedy
   J. Ferrier         J. Nicholson    T. Wilkinson
   G. Ferrier         J. Pattison     T. Weatheritt
   R. Foster          T. Pringle      J. Walker
   J. Reynolds        W. Hall         G. Kinghorn
                      H. Lee
   J. Aird            E.C. Ellis      G. Moscrop
   G. Allison         J. Eve          T. Moscrop
   S. Angus           G. Hall         R. Peel
   W. Bainbridge      A.G. Hedley     K. Reavley
   A.S.G. Barras      B. Johnson      F. Reed
   S. Baxter          T. Johnstone    W. Reed
   J.E. Calder        J.E. Johnstone  G.G. Tebble
   R. Christie        F. Lamb         W. Temple
   H.J. Cotsworth     A. Latty        A. Thompson
   P. Crackett        H. Lockett
   J. Dickson         E. Maughan
   E. Dodds           C. McGinn
   W. Dodds.
Names B163.04

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