Memorial Details

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Lectern Corker 1916 St. John the Baptist





Map ref

NZ 177438

Original Location

Church of St. John the Baptist, Front Street. (Closed)

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Dedicated January 1917, at which Rev. C.H. Kirk, Vicar of Waterhouses, was the special preacher.

Memorial Description

Lectern 4 feet high with pierced fretwork bookrest with the IHS monogram at centre. The central column is plain with three other columns in a “barley sugar” pattern round it. The base is circular, rising in several stages. The inscription is round the bottom in Gothic script.

Materials used

Brass-coloured metal


( Richard Corker)
"He did his duty".


(Sergt. Richard R. Corker, D.L.I., killed 1916)


1. Sergt. Corker’s name does not appear clearly on this memorial. The information that the lectern was dedicated to his memory was found through search of Diocesan Faculty Papers.

2. See his Every Name a Story entry

3. Follow the Durham Record Office website link below for fuller details of Sgt. Corker's life.

4. The church closed in February 2011. This lectern will go to Langley Moor R.C. Church.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: John and Mavis Dixon

Auckland and County Chronicle 25/01/1917 reports proposed dedication 'next Sunday'.

Illustrated Chronicle 23/09/1916 reports application for faculty

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

Source of quotation:
“He did his duty” Used extensively on Great War posters and in military propaganda.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

John and Mavis Dixon; Dorothy Hall; Durham Diocesan Office; Ann Lawlor, Hamsteels History Group

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story