Barnard Castle (Trinity)

Roll of honour

Barnard Castle. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 132)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018

Trinity Methodist Church in Barnard Castle was the main Wesleyan chapel in the town, and the congregation decided to commemorate their 17 war dead, and give thanks for the service of the 88 who returned by installing an organ, with a plaque. Both were unveiled on 14th April, 1922. The plaque is now in the church porch. Full details may be found at

Seven years later the Wesley Guild Secretary sent this document to Catterick and, as we shall see, recorded that another member of the congregation had succumbed to his injuries.

Pte. Fred Breen 40361 1st Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers died on 28 March 1918 aged 35.

Lance-Corporal Thomas W. Brown 203841 1/5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 29 March 1918 aged 23.

2nd Lt. Arthur Roland Burn 6th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 26 March 1918 aged 21.

Pte. Thomas Chapman 250585 1/6th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 14 April 1917.

Lance-Corporal William Chapman 251047 1/6th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 9 July 1917 aged 31.

R. Ebdon does not appear on the town war memorial, in the grounds of the Bowes Museum, and cannot be matched with the casualties recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He may be Robert Ebdon, born in 1895.

G. Golightley is also missing from the town war memorial. He may be Pte. George Golightley 277284 1/6th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 9 March 1918 aged 35.

Driver John Thomas Kipling 240388 Royal Field Artillery died on 5 December 1918. He is buried at Bowes, four miles from the chapel, so presumably died there.

Sapper Frederick Morley 79709 176th Tunnelling Co. Royal Engineers died on 9 July 1916 aged 22.

Pioneer Gordon Gerard Metcalfe Higginbotham 156555 No. 1 Special Co. Royal Engineers died on 22 August 1917, aged 19.

Driver Alfred Victor Nevison 199540 205 Field Co. Royal Engineers died on 23 January 1918 aged 20.

2nd Lt. Charles William Raine 3rd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, attached 16th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers died on 3 November 1918 aged 20.

J. Ramsden  There is not enough information to identify this man

Pte. Sidney William Wearmouth 45509 2/6th Bn. Durham Light Infantry died on 18 September 1916 aged 22.

Pte. George William Wilson 15300 7th Bn. East Yorkshire Regt. died on 1 July 1916 aged 20.

Pte. William Wilson 37562 8th Bn. South Lancashire Regt. died on 2 August 1917 aged 32

Pte. Arthur Waldo Emerson 3396 5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry was born in 1897 and died in Barnard Castle in the second quarter of 1922, shortly after he was listed on the plaque as having survived the war.

Additional source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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