Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Simon Raine


Plaque 1914-18 St. Mary





Map ref

NZ 405616

Original Location

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Church Lane. On the north wall.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 2nd January 1921 by Mr. Sewell; dedicated by the Bishop of Durham.

Memorial Description

Plaque 5 feet high x 6 feet long (1.52m x 1.96m) carved into three panels. The centre part is taller than the two sides. At centre top is a cross in a roundel.
Below, the panel is sunken with a shallow domed top. This panel bears the dedication incised using elaborate upper and lower case lettering. The outer parts have sunken panels bearing the names in a single column on each in Roman capitals.

Materials used

Red marble.


To / the Glory of God and / sacred to the memory of / those forty seven men of / Whitburn who gave their / lives for their country in / the Great European War / A.D. 1914-1919.
These are they who / for God and their Country / jeoparded their lives unto / the death. Therefore they / shall be Mine, saith the Lord / of Hosts, in that day when / I make up my jewels.



1. Mr. Sewell performed the unveiling in place of Mr. Hedworth Williamson.

2. “We returned to Whitburn (from Cleadon) and at 3 p.m. dedicated a war memorial tablet in the church & gave an address. Sir Hedworth Williamson who was to unveiled the tablet failed to appear but arrived after everything was over at tea at the Rectory”. (Bishop Henson's diary 02/01/1921).

3. The Parish Church, variously dedicated to St.Mary and also to St.Andrew, now has no dedication.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; C. Sanders

Sunderland Daily Echo 03/01/1921 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Sources of quotations
Old Testament composite of Judges 5 v 18 “These are they who . . .” and Malachi 3 v 17 “Therefore they shall be mine . . .”

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; Dorothy Hall; James Pasby

Research In Progress

The names for 1914-18 are being researched by the Whitburn Local History Society. Also Mrs. Christine Buckham, 52 Wheatall Drive, Whitburn, Nr. Sunderland, SR6 7HQ. 0191 5293007

Plaque 1914-18 St. Mary (W100.03)

WHITBURN      St. Mary’s Church
  Richard Abbot                                                  Norman Laverick
  Henry James Noel Palmer Allison                                Thomas Linford
  John Asselbrough                To                             James Miller
  Robert Barff                    the Glory of God and           Robert William Mustard
  Ernest Jordan Barkess           sacred to the memory of        Robert Oliver
  Robert Humphrey Bruce           those forty seven men of       George Patterson
  Arthur William Buzzard          Whitburn who gave their        Tom Henry Sparvell Raine
  Thomas Buzzard                  lives for their country in     Leonard Ranson
  William Chamberlain             the Great European War         William Tait Sewell
  David Dobson                    A.D. 1914-1919.                Alan Shipley
  Daniel Donaldson                These are they who             Joseph Edward Smith
  Frederick Elliott M.M.          for God and their Country      Jacob Talbot Stenton
  Robert Emmerson                 jeoparded their lives unto     James Stenton
  Frederick Joseph Forster        the death.  Therefore they     Thomas Patterson Stenton
  Robert Gibson                   shall be Mine, saith the Lord  Robert Sweeting
  Christopher George Grimwood     of Hosts, in that day when     William Sweeting
  George William Hall             I make up my jewels.           William Tighe
  Robert Harper                                                  Thomas Wallace
  Robert Hogg                                                    Alexander Whyte
  Cuthbert Ralph Hutchinson                                      John Payne Wight
  Arthur Jackson                                                 Adolphus Hudleston Williamson CMG
  William Jackson                                                Charles Grunwell Young
  Robert Percy Kellett                                           Hammet Young
  Robert Lamb      


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