Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: C.N. Dallison


Plaque Head 1915 Abbey





Map ref

NY 937642

Original Location

Priory and Parish Church of St. Andrew, Market Place. South choir wall

Which war


Memorial Description

Plaque 52cm high x 76cm wide, with dome at centre top. The central panel is white marble, with a red marble fluted border. At the top is a laurel wreath in which is a black cross. The letters are in black Roman capitals.

Materials used

Red and white marble.


To the glory of God, and in ever loving
memory of
John Oswald Head: Hackwood,
who died
July 28th 1914. Aged 85 years.
Also of his son
Reginald Head, Captain,
1st Border Regiment,
who was killed at Gallipoli on April 28th 1915
aged 30 years.
Erected by Dorothy Head.


See above.

Who commissioned

Dorothy Head.

Present condition



1. “Captain Reginald Head, of the 1st Border Regiment, was killed at the Dardanelles. The family is well known to us all, and has been closely identified with the Abbey. He leaves a widow and a newly-born babe whom he never saw. May God bless them and comfort them and his widowed mother, who lost but a few months ago her husband, and now mourns the death of her gallant son. The only sister mourns too, for Reggie was so much, so very much, to each and all”. Hexham Parish Magazine June 1915 Page 6

2. The Newcastle Journal 18/12/1917 reports the proposal to erect a memorial in Hexham Abbey to J. Oswald Head and Captain Reginald Head.

3. Capt. Head is remembered in an Every Name A Story entry

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C.N. Dallison

Hexham Parish Magazine June 1915 page 6

Newcastle Journal 18/12/1917 reports proposed memorial. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Diocese of Newcastle Faculty No.566, 12/03/1918.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

C.N. Dallison

Research In Progress

Alan Grint has researched the names on the Hexham memorials in his book The Faith and Fire Within, 2006, Ergo Press ISBN 0955275814 Contact:-Cogito books 01434 602555

Plaque Head 1915 Abbey (H51.07)

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story