Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall

Memorial

Bedspread 1914-18 Leazes Wing R.V.I.

Reference

NUT013

Place

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Map ref

NZ 244652

Original Location

Royal Victoria Infirmary. Leazes Hospital Wing. On the wall in a corridor.

Which war

1914-18

Memorial Description

Bedspread, approx. 7 feet 9 inches x 5 feet 9 inches, in a glass case attached to the wall. It is comprised of 35 individual squares embroidered with a flower pattern, each square the same design but different colours, with one square only worked in a different pattern. They are joined together in seven rows of five by handworked crochet. Each square bears the name of the person who worked the square and the Regiment. The central square bears the embroidered text "For King and Country, 1914-1918"
Alongside is a plaque 8 inches high x 12 inches wide set on a wood pattress 11 inches high x 15 inches wide. This tells the story in incised and blackened lower case Roman lettering.

Materials used

Linen cloth; stainless steel plaque.

Inscription

On plaque:
The Leazes Bedspread / This bedspread was worked on / by injured members of the armed forces / recovering in the Leazes Hospital, part of the Royal Victoria Infirmary / built during the First World War 1914-1918. / Each of the flower-embroidered squares / bears the name of the servicemen who / completed the work and the initials of his unit.
On centre panel of bedspread
For King and / Country / 1914-1918

Names

Present condition

Good.

Notes

1. Mrs. Stirling Newall was wife of Frederick Stirling Newall, managing director of Newall's, a large firm of wire-rope and cable makers in Teams, Gateshead. They lived at Birtley Hall until c1900 when they moved to Castle Hill House, Wylam. They lived there until their deaths, he in 1932 and she in 1933. The house was then given to the RVI by their sons in their memory. It is now owned and used by Gateshead Health Authority for elderly patients. Mrs. Newall was active in, among other things, organising nursing services to help in local convalescent homes and hospitals in Tyneside area during 1914-18 to treat wounded soldiers. Mr. and Mrs. Newall were Governors on several hospitals inc. R.V.I., and may have been benefactors.

2. Before the bedspread was restored, it bore a card which read: "For King and Country, 1914-1918" // Worked by wounded soldiers, / patients in the Leazes Hospital / during the 1914-18 War, and presented to Mrs. F. Stanley Newall / of Castle Hill, Wylam on Tyne.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: R.W. Gould; Dorothy Hall

Evening Chronicle 18/10/1993 reports the finding of the cloth after being hidden in a cupboard for 75 years.

100 years of the RVI 1906-2006. Edited by John Walton and Miles Irving. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals.

Research acknowledgements

The late R.W. Gould; P.R.B. Brooks; Mr. Waggett, Leazes Hospital; Dorothy Hall; James Pasby

Research In Progress

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Bedspread 1914-18 Leazes Wing R.V.I. (NUT013)

 
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Royal Victoria Infirmary.
  
Column 1                Column 2            Column 3

    
   R. Atkinson          J. H. Thornton      R. Lister          
   2/5 Yorks and Lancs  23 North Fus.       12 Leicesters      
  
   J. Mooney            J. McNeill          J. Fox             
   12 North Fus.        Royal Irish Rifles  15 D.L.I.          
   
   F. Redhead           L.Cpl. E. Smith     R. Holbrook        
   14 Royal Warwicks.   3 S.S.              11 Lancs. Fus.     
  
   R. Bailey            Priv. H. Baxter     FOR KING AND       
                        D.C.M.                COUNTRY      
   14 Yorks & Lancs.    1 W Yorks           1914    1918       
    
   W. Keery             W. Cleary           W. Fox             
   5th Cameron HDS.     2 Irish Guards      2 Yorks.           
    
   T. Bowness           C.Q.M. S. Anderson  Sergt. T. Thompson 
   R.F.A.               7 H.L.I.            R.F.A.             
    
   J. Jackson           E. Rutherford       A. Allcoat         
   R.N.D.               32 N.F.             M.G.C.             
--------------------------------------------------------------
Column 4                Column 5           

    
   G. Short             A. Salmon      
   9 D.L.I.             6 London Rifles  
   
   P.O.W. Parvin        A. Fair       
   H.M.S. Furious       R.S.A.         
  
   E.A. Shaw            A. Crooks     
   R.F.A.               D. of W.
  
   W. Chaffer           F.W. Brown     
   12 Yorks & Lancs.    R.F.A.     
   
   D. Linton            A. Kellet   
   31 Canadians         R.F.A.  
   
   J. Whitfield         R. Storer     
   3 North. Fus.        E. Yorks.    
   
   T. Shannon           J. Brockett   
   R.F.A.               12 M.G.C.  
  
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On plaque: 
  
   The Leazes Bedspread
   This bedspread was worked on
   by injured members of the armed forces
   recovering in the Leazes Hospital,
   part of the Royal Victoria Infirmary
   built during the First World War 1914-1918.
   Each of the flower-embroidered squares 
   bears the name of the servicemen who
   completed the work and the initials of his unit.
NamesNUT013    

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