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Plaque 1914-18 St. Cuthbert





Map ref

NZ 317 814

Original Location

St. Cuthbert's Church. At the junction of Wellington Street and Plessey Road, Blyth.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 15th December 1920 by Lt. Col. J.H. Nicholson; dedicated by Rt.Rev. Bishop Ormsby.

Memorial Description

Plaque, comprised of an elaborate white monument set onto a plain black pattress with gabled top, measuring 60 inches at its highest point by 54 inches wide. The central panel is basically rectangular with a gable top, but there are two black pillars on each side, and the gable top has a broken line. A wreath has been carved into the gable top. The names are listed in three columns. The letters are incised and painted black, using sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used

White Sicilian marble; black, green and white Belgian marble pattress.


Their name / liveth for ever /
To the glory of God / and in memory of members of this / church who fell in the war / 1914-1919
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori


English Heritage Listing

In Grade II Listed Building

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Bart Endean, Blyth.


1. When discussing the proposed memorial “Mr. P. Dodds asked if they were going to include the names . . . .of men who had been lost in the mercantile marine. Mr. Hill replied . . . . the memorial was to be for those who had joined up and had fallen while wearing the King’s uniform in the Army or Navy. If they included the mercantile marine, there would be many other things which they would have to include – munition workers, transport workers and all kinds. They must have a definite line. Mr. Dodds, who had just been discharged from the army, said the men in France and the men in the navy paid tribute to the work done by the mercantile marine. Mr. Hill, after further discussion, said the matter could be raised at a future committee meeting.”

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Jack Tait; Tony Harding

Morpeth Herald 02/05/1919 reports the inclusion of the mercantile marine quoted in Note 1 above; 17/12/1920 reports the unveiling ceremony.

Illustrated Chronicle 16/12/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 18/12/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 16/12/1920 reports unveiling.

Diocese of Newcastle Faculty Book 1 , No. 713, 26/11/20, NRO 1875.

Sources of quotations:
“Their name liveth for ever” Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 44;
“Dulce et decorum est . . .” (It is a sweet and noble thing to die for one's country) Horace, Odes Book 3, No.2, 1.13

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Research acknowledgements

The late Jack Tait, Blyth Local History Society; Sally Bird; Miss E. Laws; Dorothy Hall; Tony Harding

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Plaque 1914-18 St. Cuthbert (B42.14)

BLYTH, St. Cuthbert's Church.
   Their name
   liveth for ever

   To the Glory of God
   and in memory of members of this
   church who fell in the war
   1914    -    1919
   Bell, A.E.       Harris, A.H.      Paul, R.
   Bell, J.         Hope, R.          Raffle, F.W.
   Charlton, J.L.   Lansdale, F.J.    Reay, J.W.
   Crawford, J.A.   Liddle, R.        Richardson, J.R.
   Davison, C.      Middlemas, R.     Robson, J.
   Elliott, A.S.    Middleton, J.R.S. Robson, T.E.
   Elliott, A.J.    Middleton, W.     Straker, A.G.
   Elliott. J.      Mitchell, W.      Thompson, F.J.
   Field, J.R.      Moffatt, A.E.     Walton, J.E.
   Fulcher, J.A,    Newstead, F.L.    Webster, J.W.
   Harland, J.D.    Nicholson, A.L.   Wray, J.
   Harris, J.A.     Partridge, J.A.   Young, H.
   Dulce at decorum est pro patria mori

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Parish Notes

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