Memorial Details

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Photo: Illustrated Chronicle


Pulpit and Chairs Durham Road United Methodist





Original Location

Durham Road United Methodist Church (demolished)

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 12th October 1919 by Col. F.R. Simpson, Commander, 9th Batt., D.L.I., dedicated by Rev. A. Rathmell.

Memorial Description

Pulpit, communion rails, table and chairs “fashioned in true Gothic style and finely relieved by delicate carving. Immediately below the pulpit are inscribed the names of the fallen”.
“The centre panels of the pulpit contain the names of the thirteen fallen heroes in letters of gold”.

Materials used

Carved oak


(Dedicated to 16 members who fell)


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Co-op store, Pelaw.


1. The unveiling also marked the re-opening of the church after redecoration.

2. It had originally been intended that the Earl of Durham, as Lord Lieutenant of the County should perform the ceremony, but the desire had been expressed that this memorial should be unveiled by one who had fought with them.

3. From the church, 60 members served of whom 13 fell. Press reports all suggest 13 fell, although 16 names appear in the newspaper transcript shown here.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Illustrated Chronicle 11/10/1919 carries drawing with proposed date “tomorrow”; 13/10/1919 reports unveiling

Northern Echo 13/10/1919 reports unveiling

North Mail 13/10/1919 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 18/10/1919 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 09/09/1919 reports proposals; 10/10/1919 reports proposed unveiling; 13/10/1919 reports unveiling.

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Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hall; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Doreen Morton

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Pulpit and Chairs Durham Road United Methodist (G39.040)

The layout of this memorial is not known.
The following has been extracted from a newspaper
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nor with the original.
   James Appleby           R.F.A.
   James Ernest Blair      9th N.F.
   William Edwards         19th N.F.
   Walter L. Garbutt       9th D.L.I.
   Harry F. Gibson         Canadian Seaforth H.
   William Hamilton        10th D.L.I.
   Norman Henderson        9th W.Yorks
   Thos. James Howe        9th K.O.Y.L.I.
   John Wheatley Lamb      London Rifles
   Geo. Maddison           R.E.
   John Jas. Maughan       R.N.V.R.
   John Wm. Millican       10th W.Yorks  
   Thos. Richardson Oliver 15th N.F.
   Geo. Robertson          21st N.F.
   Geo. E. Sowerby         9th D.L.I.
   Geo. Wood               Northumberland Hussars

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