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Memorial details

Memorial type
Chapel: Dedicated within church building
District
Durham
Town
Durham
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Walter Brierley of Brierley & Rutherford of York, Rudd & Sons of Grantham
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 1924
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Rededicated
    Date: 29 July 1956
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Dedicated
    Date: 30 September 1926
    Attended by: Bishop of Durham
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
41916
Current location

Durham School
Quarryheads Lane
Durham
Durham
Durham
DH1 4SZ
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 26947 41913
Denomination: Non-denominational

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Description
Gothic Style Chapel Building with a sandstone dedication plaque. This has a small cross on each side of the first sentence, The lettering is carved in a sunken panel using elaborate capitals. Inside the building, the eight stone pillars have the inward facing sides inscribed with the names of those who died from both wars. These are in alphabetical order from the NW pillar proceeding clockwise to the SW pillar. 97 steps, one for each of the WW1 fallen. Beside these steps is an explanatory stone tablet. They were originally made of old wooden railway sleepers, replaced with concrete after WW2 and refurbished in 2006. One of the WW1 casualties was the war poet, William Noel Hodgson.
Inscription
Dedication tablet-+AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM+/FORUM QUI DE SCHOLA DUNELMENSI/IN BELLO OMNIUM MAXIMO/MORTEM PRO PATRIA OCCUBERANT/NON IMMEMOREIS/AEDUM HANC EXCITARUNT AMIC/A S MCMXXVI Steps Tablet-EACH STEP TO THE CHAPEL/COMMEMORATES/AN OLD DUNELMIAN WHO DIED/IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY 1914-1919/THE PRESENT STONE STEPS WERE LAID/IN MEMORY OF THE OLD DUNELMIANS/WHO DIED 1939-1945/LEST WE FORGET Each Pillar-Lower Panel- PRO PATRIA/MCMXIV-XVIII/[names] Each Pillar-Upper Panel-PRO PATRIA/MCMXXXIX-XLV
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adamson, Charles Young
Adamson, Francis Douglas
Adamson, Robert William
Aldridge, Peter Mestaer
Anderson, Charles Thomas Roderick
Apperley, Newton Wynne
Ashworth, George Christian
Baily, Roger Henry Johnson
Bain, Alan Thornton
Banister, Maurice James
See details for all 176 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 97
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 97
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 79
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 79
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Chapel
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Pillar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Concrete
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Memorial: £15,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: Friends and Old Boys
Reference
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7020
  • BOOK- LET DURHAM FLOURISH A HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL (1997) PP40-44
  • Plans at The Borthwick Institute, York, reference 6/23
  • Illustrated Chronicle 4 July 1924
  • Hartlepool Northern Daily News 1 October 1926
  • Sunderland Echo 29 September 1926
  • Durham County Advertiser 11 July 1924 & 30 September 1926

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