Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Christine Jemmeson


Triptych 1914-18 Reading Room





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Original Location

Reading Room at Sockburn Lane Ends.

Present Location

Moved inside in the 1950s.

Which war


Memorial Description

Triptych 4 feet high x 1 foot 8 inches wide with gable top containing the words “For / God, King and Country” painted in gold and shadowed in black. The doors are each 2 feet 6 inches high x 10 inches wide. On opening the doors, there is a central panel with a cross painted in gold, and the names of those who joined the conflict in 1914 painted on either side of the upright.
The names are in a single column on the inner doors and either side of the cross, in each case with the words “Roll of Honour” painted in red above.
The names of those who fought from 1915 and some of those who fought from 1916 are painted on the inside of the left hand door, and the remaining names from 1916, and those from 1917 and 1918 are painted inside the right hand door. Those who died are marked with a painted gold star.
Honours or medals achieved are painted in red. All lettering is incised using plain capitals throughout. There is a shelf below. Two small plaques tell the story of the makers of the memorial.

The memorial is built out from the wall on a dark varnished backing panel with moulded edges, approx. 6 inches deep, in shape echoing the shape of the triptych. Overall height estimated at 8 feet 6 inches.

Materials used

Ship’s timbers. See Notes below.


For / God, King & Country.
On doors
Roll / of Honour
On small brass plaque beneath names:
Made / from / H.M.S.Britannia / cadet training ship at / Dartmouth / 1869 – 1905
On small white plaque at left side of memorial:
Made from timber removed / from / H.M.S. “Britannia” / Cadet Training Ship at Dartmouth / 1869 – 1905
On small white plaque at right side of memorial:
Manufactured by / Hughes Bolckow & Co. Ltd., / Battleship Wharf / Blyth / 10 Dover St. / London


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Hughes Bolckow & Co. Ltd.


1. In a booklet presented by Hughes Bolckow to their staff when the firm was taken over in 1961, there is a long piece about the break-up of the "Britannia". The salvaged material went to making up all kinds of things including a font made a from binnacle at Blyth. One sentence reads : "Folding chairs on offer were designed with wounded soldiers in mind ('their high back is very restful, but does not interfere with the hat when seated'); tea trolleys were advertised ('in hospitals and nursing homes they ease the extra work brought by the war'); and there were three patterns of memorial shrine with space for names of up to 150 dead; the names could be added 'in black at a halfpenny a letter, or in gold at a penny a letter'".

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C. Sanders; Howard and Christine Jemmeson

Durham Villages. published by W.I., 1993

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Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; Howard and Christine Jemmeson

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Triptych 1914-18 Reading Room (N56.02)

NEASHAM      Reading Room 
Centre panel

   God, King and Country.

   1914                    1914                 
   C.A. Wrightson C.B.E.   R. Herring           
      Captain  R.N.           Cpl.       L.G.           
   R.N. Thompson           W. Kitchen  +       
      Major    R.G.A.         Pte.       N.F.          
   T.G. Wrightson          J. Knight            
      Major    D.L.I.         Drv.       A.S.C.M.T.    
   W.E. Rogerson +         A. Lawson            
      Captain  D.L.I.         A.B.       R.N.          
   A. Surtees              J. Lawson            
      Captain  N.F.           Drv.       R.F.A.        
   A. Surtees              E. Manning           
      Captain  N.F.           Cpl.       D.L.I.        
   F.M. Thompson           E. Sanderson         
      Captain  R.N.D.         Cpl.       A.S.C.       
   B. Surtees  +           J. Sanderson 
      Captain  W.Yks.         Pte.       R.D.F.           
   J.W. Thompson           W. Sanderson
      Lieut.   R.G.A.         ?          R.D.F.
   B. Wilkinson  +         H. Slade             
      Lieut.   E.Yks          Pte.       R.Wrk.
   W.I. Wrightson          G. Smith
      Lieut.   D.L.I.         Pte.       Yks.
   J. Ainsley              R. Smith
      A.B.     R.N.           Pte        K.O.Y.L.I.
   A. Copsey D.C.M.        A. Towers           
      Sgt.     R.F.A.         Sgt.       D.L.I.     
   H. Cowell               I. Towers
	   Pte.     Husrs.         Sap.       R.E.   
   R. Harrison             C. Wood             
      Pte.     E.Yks          Pte.       D.L.I.
   H. Henderson            F. Wrightson
      Pte.     M.G.C.         Sgt.       M.G.C.
Left inner door                        

   of Honour                                                                           

   H. Jolliffe         Lieut.   Yorks  
   C. Rutledge         Lieut.   N.F.                                                    
   B. Wilkinson      + Lieut.   W.Yks                                                   
   G. Wilkinson        Capt.    C.N.D.A.                                                    
   H. Wrightson ARRC            Lond. VAD                                                     
   N. Anderson M.M.  + Sap.     R.E.                                                    
   H. Bailey           Pte.      D.L.I. 
   R. Bowlby  C.deG.   Drv.      A.S.C.M.T.
   C. Bywater          Trp.      I.C.       
   A. Curran           Pte.      A.S.C.       
   W. Dayer            Sgt.      R.F.A.     
   A. Ford             Pte.      A.S.C.       
   J. Forder         + Pte.      R.Wks.     
   T. Foster           Drv.      A.S.C.M.T.   
   I. Jolliffe         Nurse     V.A.D.     
   E. Lawson           Sgt.      D.L.I.       
   E. Sanderson        Cpl.      A.S.C.     
   H. Sanderson        Gun.      R.F.A.       
   J. Smith            Pte.      D.L.I.     
   J. Soakell          Pte.      A.S.C.       
   H White             Sgt.      D.L.I.     
   W. Wrightson        Pte.      Blk.W.         
   M. Wilkinson        ?         Yks.                                 
   P. Allison          Pte.      N.F.       
   W. Anderson         Pte.      A.S.C.       
   J. Atkinson         Gun       R.G.A.     
   J. Bailey           Gun       R.F.A.       
   J. Bell             Pte.      A.O.C      
   J. Burgess          Gun.      R.F.A.       
   A. Burton           Sgt.      Yks        
   A. Bywater          Pte.      D.L.I.       
   T. Chapman          Pte.      Yks.        
   I. Forder           Gun.      R.G.A. 
   R. Forster          Pte.      N.F.       
   A. Garbutt          Pte.      A.S.C.       
Right inner door

   of Honour
   H. Goldsborough     Cpl.      D.L.I.
   W. Haw              Gun.      R.G.A.
   J. Henderson        Pte.      Yks.
   S. Holland          Drv.      A.S.C.
   A. Knight           Pte.      D.L.I.
   A. Lawson           A.B.      R.N.
   R. Lawson           Sgt.      E.Yks
   H. Manning          Pte.      R.F.A.
   E.R. Richardson   + Cpl.      Can.
   E.H. Richardson     Pte.      D.L.I.
   H. Roycroft         Pte.      Yks.
   J. Ryan             Pte.      R.A.F.
   R. Ryan             Pte.      D.L.I.
   J.K. Sanderson      Pte.      D. of W.
   F. Sanderson        Pte.      D.L.I.
   T. Sharpe           Pte.      M.G.C.
   E. Sidgwick         Gun.      R.F.A.
   R. Towers         + Sap.      R.E.
   R. Wilkinson        Pte.      Can.
   A. Wood             Drv.      A.S.C.
   T. Wood             Gun.      R.G.A.
   G. Wood             Sig.      R.F.A.
   J. Woollard         Cpl.      N.F.  
   W. Dixon            Drv.      I.W.T.
   A. Garbutt          Drv.      R.G.A.
   E. Knight           Pte.      R.A.M.C.
   W. Manning          Pte.      K.O.Y.L.I.
   J. Sanderson        Pte.      K.O.Y.L.I.
   F. Slade            Pte.      E.Yks.
   W. Smith            Gun.      R.F.A.
   B. Surtees          Nurse     V.A.D.
   M. Wrightson        Sgt.      Q.M.A.A.C. wi  
   P. Garbutt          Sap.      R.E.
   J. Hughff           Drv.      A.S.C.
   B. Jolliffe         Drv.      W.R.A.F.

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story