Ringing for Private George Robert Potter, 6 September 2017

On Wednesday 6 September 2017 various ringing took place in the North-East to remember North Shields ringer Private George Robert Potter.

A quarter peal was rung in memory of George Potter at North Shields. The ringing received some good press coverage too, in the News Guardian.

Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
North Shields, Tyne and Wear
Christ Church
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 (7)
1250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Darren Gardner
2 David Hamby
3 Alyson Kerr
4 Christine Richardson
5 Alan Barber (C)
6 Michael Hewitt
On the centenary of the death of Private George Robert Potter of the 1st/6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (service number 275089) and is commemorated in Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. He was a ringer at this tower.

The band, clockwise from bottom right.

A quarter peal was also rung at Newcastle Cathedral:

Newcastle Cathedral
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 in 47 (17–0–16)
1320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Howard E J Smith (C)
2 J Michael Procter
3 Richard Grainger
4 David Hewitt
5 Daniel Smith
6 Matthew Hetherington
The bells of this Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas were rung today as part of “Ringing to Remember” – the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World War ringing commemoration. On this day one hundred years ago a bellringer from Christ Church North Shields was killed. We rang to celebrate his life and the ultimate sacrifice that he made.
Private George Robert Potter. His name is recorded on the ringers plaque in this Cathedral.
George Potter we have remembered you.

 

 

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Private George Robert Potter (6 September 1917)

Ringer at North Shields. Enlisted with the Lancashire Fusiliers,  1st/6th Battalion, Service No.275089. Died on 6 September 1917 aged 31. Commemorated at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XI C 16.

George Potter’s entry on the Central Council Roll of Honour, held at St Paul’s Cathedral

George was born during the first months of 1886. He was the son of George Thomas Potter and Jane Ellen Potter of 27 Hotspur Street, Tynemouth. He married Isabella Shepherd on 6 December 1914 in Newcastle.

George worked as an insurance clerk before enlisting in Whitley Bay.

He died on 6 September 1917 aged 31.

George Potter’s gravestone in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

The CWGC holds records for George.

Ringing has been arranged to commemorate the life of Private Potter.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Ringing for Sergeant Sidney Arthur Wright, 1 March 2017

On Wednesday 1 March various ringing took place in the North-East to remember Morpeth ringer Sergeant Sidney Arthur Wright.

Early in the day, a minute’s silence was held at the King Edward VI School in memory of Sergeant Wright.

The Morpeth ringers rang a half-muffled quarter peal in memory of Sidney Wright. The conductor of the quarter peal was a student at the King Edward VI School between 2001 and 2006. Simon White is a current School Governor.

Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
Morpeth, Northumberland
The Clock Tower
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 in 46 min (10–0–26 in G)
1260 Plain Bob Triples
1 Barbara Wheeler
2 Matthew Cracknell
3 Gillian Wheeler
4 Roger Ashmore
5 Simon White
6 Linda Perkins
7 Christopher Teasdale (C)
8 Lucy Manning
Rung half-muffled to commemorate the life of Sgt Sidney Arthur Wright, a ringer at this tower, who died on 1 March 1917 aged 34, during WWI. Rung as part of Ringing to Remember, the D&N First World War Centenary Commemoration.

A quarter peal was also rung at Newcastle Cathedral:

Newcastle Cathedral
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 in 43 minutes (8–0–02)
1250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Howard E J Smith (C)
2 Julie Bell
3 Barbara Davies
4 J Michael Procter
5 Stephen B Bell
6 Richard Grainger
The bells of this Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas were rung today as part of “Ringing to Remember” – the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World war ringing commemoration. On this day one hundred years ago a bellringer from Morpeth Clock Tower was killed. We rang to celebrate his life and the ultimate sacrifice that he made.

Sergeant Sidney Arthur Wright (1 March 1917)

Ringer at Morpeth Clock Tower. Enlisted with the Scots Guards 2nd Battalion, Service Number 12701. Died on 1 March 1917 aged 34. Commemorated at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France, Grave III C 17.

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Sidney Wright’s entry on the Central Council Roll of Honour, held at St Paul’s Cathedral

Sidney Arthur Wright was the son of David and Jane Wright (née Le Clercq). He was born in 1882 in Farnborough, Hampshire. In 1909, Sidney married Maud (née Benson), of 17 Olympia Hill, Morpeth, Northumberland. They married at the Gospel Hall in Carlisle. They had four children together, Thomas Benson (born 1911), Jean Murray (born 1913), Arthur Le Clercq (born 1914, died aged 1 in 1915), and Elizabeth Marjorie (born 1916).

Sidney learnt to ring under his father’s tuition at Westerham, Kent. He later moved to London to study at St Mark’s College Chelsea and joined the St Mary Abbott’s Society with whom he rang a number of peals. In 1912 he moved to Morpeth to take up a position as the music teacher at the King Edward VI Grammar School. During his short time in Morpeth he was a member of the Clock Tower band and was also organist and choir master at St George’s Presbyterian (now URC) Church.

A resident of 17, Olympia Hill, Morpeth, Sidney enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1914. His remains are interred in plot III C 17 in Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte, Somme, France. He is commemorated on Morpeth Cenotaph, the King Edward VI School Memorial and St George’s Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

The CWGC holds records for Sidney.

Ringing has been arranged to commemorate the life of Sergeant Wright.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Ringing for Rifleman William McLachlan, 3 November 2016

A quarter peal was rung at Newcastle Cathedral on Thursday 3 November 2016 to remember Rifleman William McLachlan. It had been intended to also ring a quarter at William’s home tower Holy Trinity, Sunderland but this was not possible as the bells are currently not available for ringing due to cracks in the tower fabric.

Newcastle Cathedral
Thursday, 3 November 2016 in 52 mins (17–0–16)
1280 Plain Bob Major
1 Barbara M Wheeler
2 Barbara Davies
3 Julie Bell
4 Karen Dickinson
5 William Davidson
6 J Michael Procter
7 Howard E J Smith (C)
8 Stephen B Bell
The bells of this Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas were rung today, 3rd. November, as part of “Ringing to Remember” – the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World War Ringing Commemoration.

Ringing for Private Joseph Foster Appleby, 18 September 2016

On Sunday 18 September 2016 various ringing took place in the North-East to remember Wylam ringer Private Joseph Appleby.

A quarter peal was rung at Joseph’s home tower of Wylam:

Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
Wylam on Tyne, Northumberland
St Oswin
Sunday, 18 September 2016 in 0:50 (22–0–20)
1320 Plain Bob Doubles
Composed by Trad.
1 Graham Wright
2 Anne Henderson
3 Andrew J Cairns (C)
4 Kevin Webster
5 Andrew G Enzor
6 David L Henderson
The bells of this Church of St. Oswin were rung today as part of “Ringing to Remember” – the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World War Ringing Commemoration.
On this day one hundred years ago Private Appleby, a bellringer from St. Oswin’s, died of his wounds sustained in The Battle of The Somme. We rang to celebrate his life and the ultimate sacrifice that he made.
Rung by a local Sunday Service band – the first in living memory.
Joseph Foster Appleby, we have remembered you.

Private Appleby’s niece, nephew and great nephew met the band before the quarter.

The family of Private Joseph Foster Appleby, l-r, Peter Babe (Nephew), Eileen Hawkshaw (Neice) and Simon Babe (Great-nephew) join Wylam bellringers for a commemorative quarter-peal to mark the soldier's death in the Battle of the Somme.  Bellringers (l-r) Graham Wright, Kevin Webster, Anne Henderson, Andrew Enzor, Andrew Cairns, David Henderson.

The family of Private Joseph Foster Appleby, l-r, Peter Babe (Nephew), Eileen Hawkshaw (Neice) and Simon Babe (Great-nephew) join Wylam bellringers for a commemorative quarter-peal to mark the soldier’s death in the Battle of the Somme.
Bellringers (l-r) Graham Wright, Kevin Webster, Anne Henderson, Andrew Enzor, Andrew Cairns, David Henderson.

The Wylam QP was reported in The Hexham Courant: ‘Bells toll in memory of Wylam soldier killed in Battle of the Somme’ (20 September 2016)

A quarter peal was also rung at Newcastle Cathedral:

Newcastle Cathedral
Sunday, 18 September 2016 in 53 mins (17–0–16)
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 Gordon Rothwell
2 Julie Bell
3 Kris King
4 Karen Dickinson
5 Stephen B Bell
6 Peter K D Dawson
7 Edmund P Crowdy
8 Howard E J Smith (C)
Today the bells of this Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas were rung as part of “Ringing to Remember” the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World War Ringing Commemoration.

 

Rifleman William McLachlan (3 November 1916)

Ringer at Holy Trinity, Sunderland. Enlisted with the 16th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Service Number C/1441. Died on 3 November 1916 aged 35. Buried in Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, Grave II. K. 8.

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William McLachlan’s entry on the Central Council Roll of Honour, held at St Paul’s Cathedral

William McLachlan was the son of Mary Ann Tweddle and the late John McLachlan. Ann remarried to a William Tweddle of 18, Zion Street in Sunderland. Rifleman McLachlan was a printers apprentice when he enlisted in Sunderland and was killed in action on the 3rd. November 1916 in the Battle of the Somme aged 25. He was with the 16th. Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. The 16th. Battalion was one of the so called “Palls Regiments” with the 16th. being called “the Church Lads Brigade”.

William was born and later enlisted in Sunderland. He is recorded as having lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The CWGC holds records for William.

Ringing has been arranged to commemorate the life of Rifleman McLachlan.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.