Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Simon Raine


Plaque Slee 1916 St. Mary





Map ref

NZ 161332

Original Location

St.Mary the Virgin, Church Street, Howden le Wear. On north wall. (Closed 27/01/2008)

Present Location

Returned to the Slee family when the church closed.

Which war


Memorial Description

Plaque approx. 1 foot 6 inches high x 2 feet wide set on a plain wood pattress approx. 4 inches wider all round. In the top left hand corner is a raisedplain cross. In the top right hand corner is the regimental badge of The Yorkshire Regiment of Princess of Wales’ Own. The lettering is in elaborate capitals.

Materials used

Brass on wood pattress.


Sacred to the memory of
Corporal John Henry Slee,
who, at the call of King and Country
left all that was dear to him, endured hardness,
and danger, and finally passed out
of the sight of men by the path of duty and
self sacrifice giving up his life
at Fricourt July 1st 1916
that others might live in freedom.
This tablet is erected by his loving wife.


See above

Who commissioned



1. See Every Name A Story

2. St. Mary the Virgin Church at Howden-le-Wear was built to serve the Fir Tree Parish and was consecrated October 1869. It's official name was Fir Tree St. Mary and the church closed 27th January 2008. The building has been sold for conversion to residential housing.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: John and Mavis Dixon; ABRC

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

Source of quotation
“Who, at the call of King and Country . . .” From a certificate signed by King George V and sent to all bereaved families.

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Research acknowledgements

John and Mavis Dixon; Dorothy Hall; Howden le Wear Local History Society; Anne McNair, Advisory Board for Redundant Churches

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Every Name A Story