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Photo: James Pasby


Plaque 1914-18 Westoe Secondary School





Map ref

NZ 376666

Original Location

Westoe Secondary School, Mowbray Road (demolished).

Present Location

Harton Technology College, Lisle Road, South Shields. NZ 379647

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 21st October 1921 by Cllr. A.D. Johnston, Mayor of South Shields; dedicated by Rev. J. Robson

Memorial Description

Plaque 2 feet 9½ inches high x 1 foot 10¾ inches wide (850mm x 578mm) set on an ornamental wood base with elaborate top which contains a copper badge depicting St. George slaying the dragon and the dates “1914” and “1918” each in a small cartouche on each side. The centre plaque has a rolled edge. The names are listed in three columns. Lettering is in raised sans serif capitals.

Materials used



Roll of Honour In proud and honoured memory / of the Old Boys of / Westoe Secondary School / who gave their lives for God, King / and Country in the Great War. Live thou for Britain / we for Britain died.


Who commissioned

Past & present pupils, Old Westovians Association, and parents and friends.


About £100

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Messrs. G Maile and Son, Ecclesiastical Art Craftsmen, London

Ownership and maintenance

Harton Technology College.


1. It seems that the Mayor was chairman of the school governors. It is not clear whether this was ex-officio.

2. H. B. Pettler actually survived the war and died in 1957.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: James Pasby

Shields Daily News 22/10/1921 reports the unveiling.

Northern Echo 22/10/1921 reports unveiling.

Shields Daily Gazette 14/12/1918 reports honours gained by former pupils; 08/10/1921 gives notice of unveiling; 12/10/1921
gives more details of the memorial itself.

Illustrated Chronicle 22/10/1921 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation:
“Live thou for Britain . . . .” Adaption of “True love by life - True love by Death is tried. / Live thou for England! - We for England died.” (Source not ascertained).

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

The late R.W. Gould; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; James Pasby; Dorothy Hall; Michael Mulhern

Research In Progress

The names on this memorial are being researched by Peter Hoy. Contact:

Plaque 1914-18 Westoe Secondary School (H104.03)

HARTON   Westoe Secondary School
   Roll of Honour
   In proud and honoured memory
   of the Old Boys of
   Westoe Secondary School
   who gave their lives for God, King
   and Country in the Great War.
   Live thou for Britain
   We for Britain died.
   John Abrahamson    Stanley Gray        Jas. W. Payne
   James Archer       W. Hubert Hall      H.B. Pettler
   John W. Armstrong  Edgar A. Hastie     Oliver Phinn
   Fred Atkinson      John Hellam         Clifford Ramm
   Roland Bainbridge  Irving Henderson    Watson Ramsay
   William C. Barlow  Robert Hogg         Andrew Rankin
   Fred Barnfather    Alex. D. Johnston   James W. Reay
   Robert D. Balmain  Richard S. Kaye     Harold Reay
   Harold Bell        Jas. L. Kennedy     John B. Richardson
   Jos. T. Bell       Fred. C. Laidler    Harry Ross
   E.M. Blanchflower  John M. Lauderdale  William Rowe
   Robert Blues       Norman Laverick     William Rynsaard
   Arthur Bridge      Fred. G. Law        George E. Smith
   Alex Bruce         George Lawrence     Walter Smith
   J.E. Burdon        Alfred Lawson       John Thompson
   Morris Carling     Alfred Legg         Robert Todd
   John G. Clarke     James Law           Lionel Tucker
   John Clarkson      Charles J. Leslie   John J. Varley
   John C. Cree       Joseph Mason        Harry Vaughan
   Corbett Cresswell  Harry Maughan       Thomas Ward
   Joseph Cubey       George McKenzie     John C. Watmough
   Albert V. Daniels  Enoch Mearns        Edmund Watmough
   Thomas Davison     Victor Medd         Edward Wilson
   John Dingle        John C. Napier      John Winter
   David Fleming      Alf. Ogilvie        J.B. Wright
   Edward T. Foster   And. Ohlsson        William S. Wylie
   Also D. Markwell Chapman, Member of the Staff
   Live thou for Britain
   We for Britain died.
The Shields Daily Gazette 14/12/1918 gives the following names of those who gained honours.  The headmaster, Mr. T.A. Lawrenson, would be glad to receive any further names.

   Anderson, Joseph L.; L.Cpl.; Northumberland Hussars; Military Medal
   Christie, W.E.; Lieut.; R.E.; Meritorious Service Medal.
   Edgar, John; Capt.; D. of Cornwall’s L.I.; Military Cross
   Fletcher, Stephen; L.Cpl.; London Regt. (Prince of Wales’s Own);  
      Military Medal and Belgian Croix de Guerre.
   Gibbon, Charles; Temp.Lieut.; R.N.D.; Distinguished Service Cross.
   Hogg, Gladstone; Sig.; R.N.D.; Military Medal
   Hunter, Robert E.; Sergt.; R.E.; Military Medal
   Jewels, Charles; Lieut.Col.; Lancs Fusiliers; Distinguished Service 
      Order (Bar) and Military Cross.
   Kennedy, J.L.; Pte.; Royal Fusiliers; Military Medal
   Maughan, Harry; Royal Sussex Regt.; Military Medal
   McHugh, Robert; Durham Light Infantry; Military Medal
   O’Neill, James; Northumberland Yeomanry; Military Medal
   Reay, John; Army Chaplain; Military Medal
   Reay, Marshall; Temp.Lieut.; R.N.R.; Distinguished Service Cross
   Rewcastle, George; Major; Distinguished Service Order and Military 
   Tate, Jasper; Canadian Cont.; Military Medal
   Walsh, Edmund; R.A.M.C.; Military Medal
   Walsh, Frank, R.A.M.C.; Military Medal
   Woods, T.C.; 2nd Lieut.; Military Cross.

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