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NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: James Pasby


Plaque & SGWs Shafto 1900 St. Margaret of Antioch





Map ref

NZ 271423

Original Location

St. Margaret of Antioch Church, Crossgate DH1 4PR. In the south aisle.

Which war

South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

1/11/1900 the window unveiled by Serg. Maj. Clements, Sergt. Maj. Fisher and Col Serg. Shearwood.

Memorial Description

Stained glass windows, set of three, each with two lights.
Left illustrates “The Raising of Lazarus” with the text at the bottom: “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live”;

centre illustrates “The Resurrection” with the text at the bottom: “Why seek ye the living among the dead. He is not here, but is risen” ;
Right represents “The Ascension” with the text at bottom ; “I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself”.

This is accompanied by a plaque set in a wide moulded frame. There is a cross at centre top. Lettering is sans serif.

Materials used

Marble plaque.


To the Glory of God
and in memory of
Charles Duncombe Shafto
Lieutenant 68th Regiment
(Durham Light Infantry)
who fell at the storming
of Vaal Krantze Natal

on 5th February 1900
in the 22nd year of his age.
This tablet and three windows
in this aisle were dedicated
by parishioners, relations
and friends.
A tribute of affection and
appreciation of duty
bravely done.


See above

Who commissioned




Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Burlison and Grylls of London.


1. There is a plaque to this man’s memory in Durham Cathedral. See D47.068 He is also named on the Boer War Memorial D47.001, where the name is incorrectly hyphenated as “Duncombe-Shafto”.

2. Lieut. Shafto was the eldest son of Charles Duncombe Shafto, grandson of the late rev.. A.D. Shafto of Brancepeth and nephew of Mr John Lloyd Wharton M.P. His brother Arthur was killed at Mons in the Great War and a third brother died young not long after Lieut. Shafto was killed. A window to his memory in St. Margarets was dedicated on the same day.

3. “On the north side of the Nave there are three windows, a thankoffering for the safe return from the South African War of 1899-1902 of Lieutenant Arthur Duncombe Shafto”. (Church Guide)

4. The tablet recording the circumstances which has been placed in the south aisle was unveiled by Private Martin, servant to the late Lieutenant and Private Coulthard.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Dorothy Hall; James Pasby

Shields Daily Gazette 2/11/1900 gives details in note 2 above and unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

4th Royal Warwickshire Regiment For remembrance and in honour of those who lost their lives in the South African War 1899-1902. James Gildea, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1911.

The Monumental Brasses of County Durham William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield and Philip Whittemore 2002 ISBN 095 4327101

Illustrated Chronicle 23/1/1915 reports death of Charles Duncombe Shafto

The Parish Church of St.Margaret of Antioch: An Illustrated Guide. Bertram Colgrave, M.A., D.Litt., F.S.A.; with additions by Roger Norris; photos by John Pounder; reissued 2008.

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Research acknowledgements

Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

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