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Photo: Ralph Gould


Plaque 1914-18 St.Luke's Chapel R.V.I.





Map ref

NZ 245654

Original Location

Royal Victoria Infirmary. St. Luke's Chapel.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 10th November 1921 by Dr. David Drummond, president of the British Medical Association; dedicated by Bishop of Durham, Dr. Hensley Henson.

Memorial Description

Plaque 4 feet high x 3 feet wide surmounted by the surgeon's symbol of pole entwined by snakes, set in a laurel wreath, all gilded. The two upper corners are surmounted by a gilded ball, which may well be globes, since this memorial strongly resembles the plaque in the Medical School NUT066. The panel is engraved top and bottom, and there is a slight pediment up either side.
In each corner is a regimental badge, carved in half relief and gilded, as follows (top left) Northumberland Fusiliers; (top right) Durham Light Infantry; (bottom left) Royal Field Artillery (?) (bottom right) royal crest. The central panel containing the names is outlined by beading which forms a domed top, in which is the dedication. The names are listed in two columns, the lettering incised and gilded, using Roman capitals. The dates appear between the two badges at the bottom.

Materials used

Light oak


To the / glory of God / and in / memory of / (names) / who fell in the / Great War / 1914-1919


How money was raised

Public subscription


1. The names include 11 practitioners, members of the Royal Army Medical Corps, seven students and two porters.

2. This appears to have replaced a Roll of Honour which was reported in the Newcastle Journal of 09/10/1916:
“Dedication of a Roll of Honour. At a special service in St.Luke’s Chapel at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, the Bishop of Newcastle, who was the preacher, dedicated an inscribed roll of honour, delicately executed, the gift of an anonymous friend. (transcript). The roll is the work of Mr. J.H. Binks, of Ford, and is chastely and ably done.”
For the transcript see below.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: R.W. Gould

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

Illustrated Chronicle 11/11/1921 reports unveiling with photos.

Northern Echo 11/11/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 12/11/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 11/11/1921 reports unveiling.

Tyne and Wear Archives Ralph Hedley photo series. DT/RH/20-1-232

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Research acknowledgements

The late R.W. Gould; James Pasby; Dorothy Hall

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Plaque 1914-18 St.Luke's Chapel R.V.I. (NUT051)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, St. Luke's Chapel, R.V.I.
   To the
   glory of God
   and in 
   memory of 
   L.A.H. Bulkeley
   S. Cross            T.A. Peel
   H.J. Dingle         R.B. Pirrie
   A.G. Dunn           R.F. Pratt
   J. English          J.D. Proud
   F.J.H.T. Frere      C.H. Robson
   L.B. Frere          W.T. Sewell
   M.H. De J. Harper   G.P. Sinclair
   J. Horsley          W.T. Thompson
   H.T. Hunter         G.H. Wood
   R.J.T. Ingram-Johnson
   who fell in the
   Great War
The Newcastle Weekly Chronicle adds Christian Names as follows:

   Llewellyn A.H. Bulkeley
   Solomon Cross
   Hugh John Dingle
   Arthur Gibson Dunn
   John English
   F.J.H. Tobias Frere
   Lionel Basil Frere
   Maurice Henry de Jersey Harper  
   John Horsley
   Howard Tomlin Hunter
   Reginald James Theodore Ingram-Johnson 
   Thomas Alfred Peel
   Robert Bourn Pirrie
   Raymond Forster Pratt
   John Dover Proud
   Charles Henry Robson
   William Tate Sewell
   George Patrick Sinclair
   Wilfrid Taylor Thompson
   George Huntly Wood
The Newcastle Journal 9/10/1916 read:
	“Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
   Pro Patria: Freely they served and died.
   Sleep lightly, lad,
   Thou art king’s guard at daybreak.
   With spotless kit turn out:
   And take a place of honour.
   Howard Tomlin Hunter
   George Huntley Wood
   William Tate Sewell.
   Maurice De Jersey Harper
   Hugh John Dingle
   Thomas Alfred Peel
   Lionel Basil Frere
   John Horsley
      May they rest in peace.

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