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Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 Ewesley Road Methodist





Map ref

NZ 379562

Original Location

Ewesley Road Methodist, Chester Road / Ewesley Road

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled July 27th 1921 by Alderman William Walker J.P.

Memorial Description

Plaque of three panels, classical design, curved semi-domed top. The central panel contains the dedication. The two side panels contain the names.
Underneath a small panel has been added for 1939-45.
All lettering is painted using gilded Roman capitals.

Materials used



a. This tablet is erected / in gratitude, honour / and love, to all who / left this Church, School / and Brotherhood to / serve in the Great War / 1914-1918 / and in revered memory / of those who made the / supreme sacrifice / whose names are / hereon inscribed.
Greater love hath no / man than this, that a / man lay down his life / for his friends.
b. 1939-1945



1. The Northern Echo 29/07/1921 reports the unveiling of a bronze, plainly ornamented plaque dedicated to the memory of 24 of those members who fell. The 1939-45 section was added to the 1914-18 memorial.

2. From the church, over 50 young men signed up.

3. In order to accommodate men arriving into the town because of the Great War, a Soldiers’ rest was opened in the church, run by Mr. John Wilson.

4. The church suffered slight damage during the Second World War. A “Dug Out” service was held in the schoolroom.

5. During 1939-45, contact was maintained by the men serving, and a Comforts Committee was established. At the end of the war a “Welcome Home” was held in 1946.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Tony Redmond; Simon Raine; James Pasby

Sunderland Echo 28/07/1921 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Northern Echo 29/07/1921 reports unveiling

Ewesley Road Methodist Church “100 not out” commemorative booklet 1904-2004 contains information in Notes 2-5 above.

Source of quotation
“Greater love hath no man . . .” St. John 15 v 13.

External web link

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Research acknowledgements

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

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Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 Ewesley Road Methodist (S140.021)

   G.W. Armstrong    This tablet is erected       T. McLean
   T.T. Edmundson    in gratitude, honour         A. McMann
   J. Forbes         and love, to all who         T. McDermott
   R. Fenwick        left this Church, School     H. Mountford
   T. Green          and Brotherhood to           J. Milne
   W. Holland        serve in the Great War       E.A. Nevison
   A.S. Henderson    1914-1918,                   W. Richards
   J. Hughes         and in revered memory        N. Surtees
   T.W. Hindmarch    of those who made the        A. Taylor
   J.W. Hebdon       supreme sacrifice,           R.H. Vipend
   A. Isherwood      whose names are              H. Ward
   J.D. Kerr         hereon inscribed.            G.E. Wilson
                     Greater love hath no 
                     man than this, that a 
                     man lay down his life 
                     for his friends.
                     N.N. Birtley      A. Miller
Names S140.21  

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