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Photo: Jack Tait


Plaque 1914-18 County Secondary School





Map ref

NZ 290813

Original Location

County Secondary School, affixed to wall in School hall.

Present Location

The new Tynedale High School.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 20th October 1921 by Sir Francis Blake; dedicated by Rev. A. Campbell-Frazer.

Memorial Description

Plaque 25 inches high by 17˝ inches wide, with a border of Celtic intertwined rope pattern with knots in each of the four corners. The top line is in Gothic script. The names are listed in two columns using Roman capitals throughout.

Materials used



In proud and grateful memory of / the old boys of this school / who fell in the Great War / 1914-18


Who commissioned

Old Students Club.


1. This was originally the Blyth Secondary School, changed in 1946 to Blyth Grammar School and in 1974 to Blyth Tynedale High School on a different site. The old Grammar School became Delaval Secondary then Middle School.

2. From the school, 200 boys and 3 teachers had served. 42 attained Commissioned rank; the following awards were achieved: one Medaille d’Honneur; 3 Military Medals; one Croix de Guerre.

3. There was a proposal to endow a school prize annually for top boy and top girl with whatever funds were left over.

4. The name of William Elliott should be Elliot (Daphne Kennedy)

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: Jack Tait

Blyth News 24/10/1921 reports the unveiling ceremony.

Illustrated Chronicle 21/10/1921 reports unveiling.

Morpeth Herald 02/04/1920 reports opening of fund; 23/07/1920 reports progress of fund raising; 25/02/1921 reports on decisions; 28/10/1921 reports unveiling;

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 30/03/1920 includes a letter asking for donations; 20/12/1920 reports progress; 21/10/1921 reports unveiling.

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Research acknowledgements

The late Jack Tait, Blyth Local History Society; Mr. Gibb, Delaval Middle School; Dorothy Hall; Daphne Kennedy; Janet Beecroft, The Blyth School

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Plaque 1914-18 County Secondary School (B42.18)

BLYTH, Grammar School.
   In proud and grateful memory of
   the Old Boys of this School
   who fell in the Great War
   David Blyth           James Hutchison
   John Blyth            T. Edward Keenlyside
   Francis Breyen        Alexander Locke
   Mark Cockburn         Francis Lupton
   Thomas Crosby         James Mason
   Arthur Davison        James Minter
   John Dodds            William Mitchell
   Robert H. Duncan      William Nixon
   William Elliott       James M. Penn
   William Ellison       Robert Rutherford
   Albert J. Erskine     Albert G. Sharp
   David F. Fenwick      A. Cecil Shotton
   John R. Field         William D. Soulsby
   John A. Fulcher       Alexander Storey
   John Harney           Albert G. Straker
   George R. Henderson   Joseph Wake
   Percy Hetherington    Ernest Willis
   Thomas Clark          Edward Wilson

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