Memorial Details

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Photo: C. Sanders


Plaque 1914-18 United Methodist





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Original Location

United Methodist Church, Church Street

Present Location

Methodist Church Seaham Harbour

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Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 1st January 1920 by Mr. William Ballard, Steward, and Mr. James Richardson, oldest member of the church.

Memorial Description

Plaque with domed top, 2 feet 3 inches high x 1 foot wide. There is a single line border. At centre top is a cross in red. There is patterning between the letters of the dedication. The dedication is in elaborate Roman capitals. The names are listed in two columns using sans serif capitals.

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1914 1919
“They sought the honour / of their Country / they beheld the Glory of God”.



1. Former Wesleyan Chapel was on Church Street.

2. This is a new church, building erected 2002, which incorporates four former separate churches.

3. At the ceremony, the minister of the church, Rev. J.R. Herron, distributed silver medals to 117 members of the church and congregation who had served. These medals replicated the sanctuary knocker on the door of Durham Cathedral. on the back was the name of the recipient.

4. Military medals were also handed to Driver John W.C. Hall, R.F.A., and the other to the only child of the late Cpl. Robert Nichol.

5. As a thank offering for the return of the men, the congregation had raised £500 towards the reduction of the church debt.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: C. Sanders

Auckland and County Chronicle 08/01/1920 reports unveiling.

Sunderland Echo 02/01/1920 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Source of quotation:
“They sought the honour of their country . . .” Not ascertained.

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Research acknowledgements

C. Sanders; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Dorothy Hall

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Plaque 1914-18 United Methodist (S117.12)

SEAHAM   Methodist Church


   1914  +  1919
   “They sought the honour
   of their Country.
   They beheld the Glory of God”.
   Charles B. Allard    Thomas Foggin
   Joseph Ballard       George Huntley
   Thomas Bland         Ernest Ingram
   Wilfred Clark        John B. Laws
   George Dent          Joseph Newby
   Wilfred Edmundson    Robert Nichol M.M.
   Charles Fairbairn    James Ogden
   Ernest Findlay       Robert Rowell
   John Wood


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