Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Simon Raine


Plaque Former pupils 1914-18 St. John CofE School





Map ref

NZ 30?14?

Original Location

St. John’s Church of England School, Yarm Road. North end of large classroom.

Present Location

The school is now demolished. The plaque was stored in the belfry room of St. John’s Church in 1992.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 12th May 1923 by Lieut. Col. Fisher; dedicated by Rev. A.S. Thompson.

Memorial Description

Plaque 1 foot 8 inches high x 2 feet 6 inches wide (508 mm x 762mm) surrounded by oak frame 3 feet 3 inches high x 3 feet 6 inches wide (990 mm x 1.06m) of classical design with side columns and pediment, in which is a laurel wreath raised in half relief. The main plaque has pillars incised at the sides and a laurel wreath in each top corner. The main panel is subdivided by a plain black single line border round three panels, each of which bears a list of names in two columns. Lettering is in Roman capitals for the dedication and sans serif capitals for the names. There are some red initials in the dedication, otherwise all are blackened or gilded.

Materials used

Brass with oak frame.


To the glory of God / and in / Honoured Memory of the Old Boys from this school / who sacrificed their Lives in the Great War 1914-1918.
Rest eternal grant them O Lord.


How money was raised

Public subscription

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

NESF Co. Ltd.


1. Photographs of the memorial were presented by little Miss Mollie Broughton to the principals in the ceremony.

2. From the school, about 500 old boys served, of whom 120 died.

3. The memorial was created largely on the initiative of Mr. J. Broughton, who was headmaster at the school for 38 years.

4. The Committee had readily agreed to Mr. Broughton’s suggestion not to place the rank of the men on the memorial, because, “whatever their distinction in that respect, they were ‘all my lads’ “.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: Simon Raine; C. Sanders

Northern Dispatch 09/05/1923 page 5

Northern Echo 09/05/1923 reports proposed unveiling;14/05/1923 reports unveiling.

The Monumental Brasses of County Durham William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield and Philip Whittemore 2002 ISBN 095 4327101

Darlington and Stockton Times 19/05/1923 reports unveiling; 06/06/2014 reports them being brought out of storage for cleaning and placing in the church.

Source of quotation:
“Rest eternal grant them . . .” Mass for the Dead.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; Dorothy Hall; Anthony Magrys

Research In Progress

Stephen Nicholson is researching the names on this memorial

Plaque Former pupils 1914-18 St. John CofE School (D40.049)

DARLINGTON  St. John’s Church of England School
These names have not been checked against a photo or the original.

Centre top
   To the glory of God 
   and in 
   Honoured Memory of the Old Boys from this school 
   who sacrificed their Lives in the Great War 1914-1918.
Left hand panel   

   Alderson C.       Craggs J.T.      
   Angus Wallace     Croft W.R.       
   Archer L.R.       Curry B.W.       
   Archbold W.H.     Davey A.W.             
   Ascough H.R.      Davey T.E.       
   Atkinson G.W.F.   Davies T.W.      
   Atkinson W.       Davison J.       
   Ayre Claude       Davison C.       
   Baynes Fred       Dawson J.A.      
   Broadwith H.G.    Dawson T.V.      
   Bland H.P.        Dawson A.L.      
   Boyd G.W.         Dixon J.T.       
   Brock A.L.        Dobson R.W.      
   Burnip Wilf.      Dodsworth J.W.          
   Charlton T.       Dyson G.B.       
   Clarke A.         Earle J.W.       
   Cockfield J.H.    Etherington T.   
   Cockfield J.T.    Foster G.W.      
   Collinson F.      Foxton L.N.      
   Craggs R.H.       Gales M.H.                                           
Centre panel  

   Gardiner J.       Johnson R.       
   Gay Arthur        Kettlewell F.    
   Golding F.        Kipling F.       
   Hall Fred         Kirton T.D.
   Henderson A.      Lambert G.H.     
   Hepper A.F.       Lambert S.       
   Heslop A.         Layfield J.H.    
   Hetherington H.   Lee Robbie B.    
   Hewett H.         Longbottom R.    
   Hodgson W.        Longstaff B.     
   Horton W.         Lowcock B.       
   Hutchinson H.W.   Lucas William    
   Hughes J.W.       McGlesson T.     
   Iliffe Thos.      McLardy H.
   Jackson P.        Metcalfe G.?T.   
   Jacques J.        Middleton O.T.   
   Jacques R.        Miller W.        
   Johnson W.        Moncaster F.A.   
   Johnson T.        Monroe W.        
Right hand panel

   Moore Walter      Taylor H.
   Mutimer R.        Taylor H.T.
   Nesbitt R.W.      Thomas W.
   Patterson R.H.    Thompson A.
   Pearson A.G.      Thompson G.B.
   Pearson T.        Tolson P.
   Quincey Alf       Toole W.E.
   Raine Arthur      Wade Samuel
   Riddle R.G.       Walton H.
   Ridley J.G.       Watson J.
   Roach James       Weakner A.
   Robinson J.W.     Welburn J.
   Sanderson A.      Welburn W.
   Sanderson J.W.    Whitfield C.W.
   Sandwick J.       Wilson J.W.
   Sharp Fred        Wilson J.T.
   Smurthwaite W.    Wilson R.
   Spence G.         Yates Walter
   Stewart A.        Staff
   Swan Robert       Howell A.

   Rest eternal grant them O Lord.

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