Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: C. Sanders


Plaque Adamson 1915 St. Michael & All Angels





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NZ 341498

Original Location

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, The Broadway.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 16th November, 1916, the first anniversary of his death, by the Bishop of Durham. Reverend E. J. Day vicar of Newbottle and Curate of Houghton Reverend A. M. Smith.

Memorial Description

Plaque on a pattress 19 inches high x 34 inches wide x 1¾ inches thick (484 mm x 867 mm x 45 mm). There is a raised border of Celtic knot design. On the main plaque, in the top left hand corner, is a badge carved in half relief. It has three crosses, and the Latin text is “Crux Mihi Grata Quies” (?”The cross to me brings thankful peace”). The lettering is in Roman capitals.

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To the dear memory of
Francis Douglas Adamson
Lieutenant 2nd Border Regiment
Second son of
Cuthbert and Clara Adamson
Born Oct 8 1891
Killed in action in France Nov 16.1915
From the contagion of the world's slow stain
He is secure
Heaven's light for ever shines, earth's shadows flee


See above.


1. See his Every Name A Story entry.

2. Reverend Edward Blythman Adamson was the older brother of F.D. Adamson and was curate at Houghton le Spring when the plaque was unveiled. Rev. Adamson became Vicar of St Aidan Grangetown Sunderland.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: C. Sanders

Tyne & Wear Archives Ref: DT.CC/213/7 contains a photo of this memorial.

Sources of quotations
“From the contagion . . .” Adonais Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Earth’s shadows flee” is reminiscent of Song of Solomon 2 v 17, 4 v 6

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Research acknowledgements

C. Sanders; Tony Harding; Paul Lanagan

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story