Roll of Honour
Bowburn Wesleyan church, near Durham recorded two losses.
Lce. Corp. Jesse Smith 18234 7/8th Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers died 24 April 1917 aged 40
Lce. Corp. Joseph Pyke Wake 104402 [252nd Siege Bty] Royal Garrison Artillery died 14 August 1917 aged 41
Besides being considerably older than many of the casualties of the Great War these two men shared the distinction of being Local Preachers in the Durham Circuit.
The Bowburn Local History Society have provided full details of their lives
J.P. Wake is one of only five men whose war grave records their service as Local Preachers to the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He was also Choirmaster and a class leader.