Darlington, North Road Wesleyan

Roll of honour

North Road Wesleyan,Darlington Roll of Honour. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 29)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2016

North Road were very thorough in their remembrance: they commissioned a stained glass window, with accompanying plaque and book, and also a booklet which gives full details of the 23 members who died, the 132 who served and returned, and even the two ladies who served in the VAD. This full record is unusual, but inevitably there are some discrepancies due to the different times when the names were recorded.

The list provided in 1929 contains all the dead, who were:

Pte. Herbert R. Ascough                                West Yorkshire Regt.

Pte. Spenceley Bainbridge                           2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers

Pte. John William Beilby                                 King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regt.

Sergt. William Bell                                             18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

(transferred Tank Corps)

Gunner Harold A. Bladen                               151st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Gunner Ernest J. Butlet                                   151st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Pte. Charles C. Chapman                               Durham Light Infantry

Bomber. Sidney Dover                                    51st Royal Field Artillery

Pte. George R. Fisher                                       2nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Percy Geldard                                            3rd Canadian Infantry

Artificer Raymond William Heseldine     H.M.S. “Tipperary”

Corp. John W. Liddle                                         154th Field Coy. Royal Engineers

Serg. Thomas McMullen                                Coldstream Guards

Pte. Thomas Mason                                         21st Bn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Thomas Marley                                         7th Bn. Border Regt.

Pte. Joseph A. Peart                                         20th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

L/Corp. James A. William Rickaby             18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

Sub Lieut. Percy R. Shinkfield                      Royal Navy Volunteer Division

Driver William Smith                                         Royal Field Artillery

Pte. Arthur Smith                                               Army Ordnance Corps

Pte. James N. Taitford                                      5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Albert Edward Theakson                      5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

Sapper Herbert Whittle                                  Royal Engineers

The booklet giving full details of all who died and served may be found at


The roll held within the church, which accompanied the stained glass window was presumably written before the war ended, as Bladen, Butler, Chapman, Dover, Heseldine, Liddle, Mason. Rickaby. Shinkfield, Smith and Whittle are not noted as casualties, and Ascough, Bewll, Geldard, and Marley are not listed at all. It may be found at



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