Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Tony Harding

Memorial

Plaque Hutchinson 1918 St. Giles

Reference

B34.04

Place

BIRTLEY

Map ref

NY 878779

Original Location

St. Giles' Church, 2 miles east of Wark.
North inner wall.

Which war

1914-18

Memorial Description

Plaque 61cm high x 45.5cm wide. There is a border of corded pattern in half relief. Lettering is incised and blackened using a mixture of elaborate serif capitals and plain italic capitals throughout.

Materials used

Marble

Inscription

To
the Glory of God
and in Loving Memory of
John Thomas Hutchinson
of Birtley Shields and of
the Australian Imperial Forces
who was killed in action in
France, 24th April 1918
aged 28.

Names

See above.

Notes

1. North Tyne Magazine, contains the following:
John Hutchinson, of Birtley Shields, was “killed in action in France on the 24th of April 1918 by the bursting of a shell. He left home six years ago (in 1912) for the purpose of farming in Australia, spending most of his time in Adelaide and Queensland. He gave great promise as a successful farmer, being naturally endowed with distinct ability, together with a good judgement and an exceptional capacity for business. He volunteered for military service in November, 1916, joining the Australian Imperial Force. Coming to England to complete his training, he left for France in June, and since that time he has seen a good deal of fighting. He took part in the big offensive which was lead by the Australians last October and again in March of this year. He has died a brave soldier, giving his life for the defence of the homeland in the noblest cause of honour, freedom and righteousness.”

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: Tony Harding

North Tyne Magazine, Vol.XXVIII, no.302, June 1918, pp.2-3 contains the information in Note 1 above.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Bellingham & North Tyne Local History Society; P. Thirkell; Tony Harding

Research In Progress

Alan Grint has researched the names on this memorial in his book In Silent Fortitude, 2011 Ergo Press ISBN 9780955751098 :-Cogito books 01434 60255

Plaque Hutchinson 1918 St. Giles (B34.04)

 
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