Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Jim Scott


Plaque 1914-18 Queen Victoria School





Map ref

NZ 351682

Original Location

Queen Victoria School, Coach Lane

Present Location

Relocated 2006 to the Beacon Centre. See Note 2 below.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 30th July 1920 by Mr. T. Davison, the late headmaster.
Relocated September 2006

Memorial Description

Plaque 6 feet high x 2 feet 4 inches wide (1.82 m x 711 mm) set onto the forward face of a brick pilaster. The "capital" 1 foot high (302mm) and "plinth" 6 inches high (151mm) are a very light stone painted dark grey. The dedication is incised into the capital. The main column is of marble, in which the names are listed in a single column. The lettering throughout is incised and painted gold, using sans serif capitals.
Alongside is a stainless steel plaque which tells the story of the relocation of the plaque. There is a slim double line border. Lettering is in sans serif lower case.

Materials used

Marble. Stainless steel plaque.


On memorial:
In gratitude and homage / To the honoured memory of our boys /who gave their lives for us / in the Great War. On new plaque alongside:
This memorial was relocated from / the former Queen Victoria School / North Shields and rededicated with / the help of North Tyneside Council / and Whitley Bay and District Royal / British Legion.


Who commissioned

War Memorial Fund: Mr. J.S. Sharp, secretary, and Mr. H. Storey, treasurer.

Present condition

Good, apart from one small chip on the base

Ownership and maintenance

North Tyneside Council. Alderman Black accepted the tablet on behalf of the local Education Committee at the unveiling ceremony.


1. When in the Queen Victoria School this was in the Great Hall on the first floor of the School. When the school became a Training Centre, the hall had its ceiling lowered and it became a joinery workshop.

2. Queen Victoria Training School (formerly Queen Victoria School), Coach Lane NZ 351682 became the Development Training Operations (North Tyneside Council). The Development Training Operations vacated the building which is awaiting demolition. In September 2006 the plaque was relocated to the Beacon Centre, and a new steel plaque 24.5 cm x 32.5 cm telling the story of the relocation placed alongside it.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo in old location: R.W. Gould; photos in new location: Tony Harding; Ian McCaffrey; Jim Scott

Newcastle Daily Journal 31/07/1920 reports unveiling.

Whitley Bay Observer 06/08/1920 reports unveiling.

Research acknowledgements

Michael Newrick; the late R.W. Gould; Ian McCaffrey (North Tyneside Council); Tony Harding; Jim Scott

Research In Progress

The names on the North Shields memorials are being researched by the Tynemouth WW1 group. Contact

Plaque 1914-18 Queen Victoria School (N34.46)

NORTH SHIELDS, Queen Victoria Training Centre.
   In Gratitude and Homage -
   To the honoured memory of our boys
   who gave their lives for us
   in the Great War
   Bertie Badsey
   Edgar Best
   William A. Blakey
   Alexander Camp
   James Campbell
   Samuel J. Craig
   William Daniel
   Septimus Dixon
   Joseph H. Duncan
   Thomas Forrest
   James A. Gray
   Henry D. Hogg
   John Jackson
   Colin M. Jamieson
   Thomas M. Jobling
   John Jobson
   Norman W. Lawson
   Harold Liddle
   Arthur E. Lilburn
   John Mummery
   Albert Robson
   Harry Scurr
   W. Gordon Scurr
   Andrew Smith
   George W. Taylor
   John Ord D. Taws
   Edwin Tweedy
   William Vickers
   Cecil Knott
   James Forsythe Fell
   Thomas Dixon
On new plaque alongside

   This memorial was relocated from
   the former Queen Victoria School,
   North Shields and re-dedicated with
   the help of North Tyneside Council
   and Whitley Bay and District Royal
   British Legion.

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story