Memorial Details

2016
Photo: James Pasby

Memorial

SGW & Plaques Choristers 1914-18 1939-45 Cathedral

Reference

D47.009

Place

DURHAM CITY

Map ref

NZ 273420

Original Location

Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, Palace Green. Chapter House

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 19th September 1935.

Memorial Description

Two single light windows, one for 1914-18, one for 1939-45.
a. 1914-18 window represents St. Benedict at the foot of the Cross.
b. 1939-45 window represents Adam and Eve with the Tree of Life with radiant beams above it. Gazing up at them is Bishop Walcher with a chorister at his side. There is a ribbon bearing the name “Walcherus”. The chorister is holding a book bearing the inscription “Requiem aeternam”.
Below each window is a stone panel between two half rounded pillars, on which the names are inscribed in a single column. Lettering is in Roman capitals throughout.

Materials used

Stained glass, stone

Inscription

a. Hujus ecclesiae / e choristis / qui non delixerunt / animas suas / usque ad mortem / cantant / quasi canticum novum / ante sedem

b. Altero in bello / fratrum exemplar / eodem studio secuti / idem suis / reliquerunt / desiderium

Names

Who commissioned

a. Given by the Chapter and the Old Choristers Association.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Hugh Easton

Ownership and maintenance

Dean and Chapter

Notes

1. Bishop Walcher was the first Norman Bishop and was murdered in Gateshead in 1080.

2. The Verger described a recent visit to the Cathedral by the man who, as a youth, had modelled for the chorister figure.

3. These two windows are from a series of seven designed by Hugh Easton.

4. A 1950s schoolgirl stab at the Latin translation is as follows. Any improvement will be welcomed:
a) Hujus ecclesiae e choristis qui non delixerunt animas suas usque ad mortem cantant quasi canticum novum ante sedem.
“These choristers from this church who loved not their lives unto the death now sing a new song before the throne”.
b) Altero in bello / fratrum exemplar / eodem studio secuti / idem suis / reliquerunt / desiderium.
“Also they are an example in battle to those who earnestly seek to follow”?? (Janet Brown)

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: John and Mavis Dixon; James Pasby

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Cathedral verger; John & Mavis Dixon; Janet Brown

Research In Progress

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SGW & Plaques Choristers 1914-18 1939-45 Cathedral (D47.009)

 
  
1914-18 plaque

    
     W. Bowler
     J. Chapelow
     R.E. Coyne   
     T. Manners
     A. Morgan
     Geo. Newby
     R.G. Raynor
     H.W.T. Reed
     F.D. Summerscales
  
     Hujus ecclesiae 
     e choristis 
     qui non delixerunt 
     animas suas 
     usque ad mortem 
     cantant 
     quasi canticum novum 
     ante sedem
----------------------
1939-1945 plaque
  
     James Dobbie
     John Frater
     Denis Johnson
     Douglas Mackenzie
     John Saunders
     Richard Wylde
  
     Altero in bello 
     fratrum exemplar 
     fodem studio secuti 
     idem suis 
     reliquerunt  
     desiderium
NamesD47.09         

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