Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Choirfront 1914-18 Central Primitive Methodist





Map ref

NZ 274517

Original Location

Central Primitive Methodist Church, Corner of Newcastle Road and North Burns.

Present Location

Private Hands in USA bought for £75.00 scrap value.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 15th November 1923 by Mr. Thomas Storey (church official for 42 years and one of the oldest members); dedicated by Rev. Dr. F.H. Jackson, Rector.

Memorial Description

Choir front and pulpit.
A gilded plaque bears the dedication. The top line is curved to match the top of the plate. The names are listed in a single column using Roman capitals throughout.
“The memorial itself is formed of two buttressed sides holding the general framework, and these are mounted by two carved crocketted finials, bound together by a band of Tudor rose carving. The panel itself is surmounted by a Gothic laurel wreath indicating victory. The spandrels above the tablet are carved with Gothic cuspings and within the wreath is the monogram IHS. The finials have not the well-known interpretation but are those of the words ‘In His Service’ ”.

Materials used

Fumed oak with gilded Brass panel


Greater love hath no man / than this that a man / lay down his life / for his friends.
The / Great War


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Messrs. Hunting and George, Newcastle.


1. The memorial was part of a greater scheme to refurbish the church in a major restoration and refurbishment project.

2. The press report of the unveiling reports the names slightly differently. See transcript.

3. Offertories at the unveiling ceremony, amounting to £7.10s., were to be given towards the town’s war memorial.

4. Northern Echo reports unveiling by Rev. J.J. Anderson. He is reported in Consett and Stanley Chronicle as having given an address.

5. Isaac Harbron is on the town memorial as “J. Harbon, D.L.I.”

6. The Memorial plaque was sold to the USA for about £75 as scrap in 1979 to a private buyer, as the church felt it was surplus to requirements and it would interfere with the redecoration and restoration being undertaken then. Also there was a scratch on the Memorial front!.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Dorothy Hall

Chester-le-Street Chronicle 02/11/1923 reports refurbishment project; 16/11/1923 reports unveiling.

Northern Echo 05/11/1923 reports proposed unveiling on Armistice Day; 12/11/1923 reports unveiling

Consett and Stanley Chronicle 17/11/1923 reports unveiling.

Stanley News and Consett Chronicle 15/11/1923 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 10/11/1923 reports proposed unveiling; 17/11/1923 reports unveiling

Darlington and Stockton Times 17/11/1923 reports unveiling.

Durham County Advertiser 09/11/1923 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation
“Greater love hath no man than this . . . St.John 15 v 13

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hall; James Pasby; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale

Research In Progress

James Pasby is researching the names on this memorial

Choirfront 1914-18 Central Primitive Methodist (C105.04)

CHESTER LE STREET	Central Chapel, 


   Greater love hath no man 
   than this that a man 
   lay down his life 
   for his friends.
   Fred Brown
   Thomas Brown
   Peter S. Cole
   Ralph Curry
   Thomas Gilder
   Fred Gilder
   Isaac Harbron
   Joseph Hutchinson
   Nathan Marshall
   John L. Middleton
   James Middleton
   Joseph H. Pringle
   Alfred B. Tate
   James Smith Curry

   1914	 Great War	 1918  
A press report gives the names as follows:  
   Frederick Brown, 
   Peter Smyth Cole,                             
   Thomas Brown, 
   Ralph Curry, 
   Thomas Gilder, 
   Frederick Gilder, 
   Isaac Harbron, 
   Joseph Hutchinson, 
   Nathan Marshall, 
   John L. Middleton, 
   James Middleton, 
   Joseph H. Pringle, 
   Alfred B. Tate.

It is possible that the name of James Smith Curry was added later,
as it comes at the end, out of alphabetical sequence, and is not
mentioned in the press report.

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