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Shilbottle Parish Church (St James)
 Interior and War Memorial.

We would particularly like to thank Joyce Snaith and Lilian Hume for making these pages possible. 
Aisle to Chancel Chancel. The window in the east wall, together with the inscribed wooden panels behind the altar are the Shilbottle war memorial. The arch in the north transept is the original chancel arch from the earlier Norman church The church has some fine timber framing to the ceiling - this section showing the Symbols of the Passion
The original Norman font from the old church. The bowl has had some carved decoration added in more recent times. A brass plaque on the font cover commemorates Pilot James Amour Buglass who lost his life when his aircraft crashed into the sea between Newbiggin and Whitley Bay A brass plaque on the Credence table commemorates Kenneth Forrest Middlemist: "This Credence table and the Alter Cruets were given by his family in memory of Kenneth Forrest Middlemist, communicant of this church who fell in action at Salerno, 15th September 1943 - Per Ardua ad Astra, Requiescat in pace" On the north wall a plaque commemorates Reverend Joseph Golightly, The incumbent during the building of the new church.
- see church history page  
A marble grave cover on the Chancel floor: Robert Lisle 1697 another...for the Strother family of Newton on the Moor.  In the south transept, a marble tablet inscribed: Near this place are interred the mortal remains of Samuel Cook Esq. of Newton, in this Parish; Obit Dec XXIII MDCCXCVI Aetat LXXI. Likewife Elizabeth his wife, Obit May XXIV MDCCXCIV Aetat LXXI. I.C. P.G. P.C.
A large brass plaque in the south transept for the Cook and Widdrington families. (see Hodgson's transcription on the church history page) A marble tablet in the south transept reads: In Memoriam. Shallcross Fitzherbert Widdrington of Newton Hall and Hauxley Northumberland. Born February 9th 1826 died December 22nd 1917. And Cecilia Widdrington his wife, daughter of E.J.G. Hopwood of Hopwood Hall Lancashire Born September 5th 1840 died December 30th 1936. The marble for this next tablet (also in the south transept) which commemorates Samuel Edward Widdrington, was brought back by himself from the Court of the Lions, Alhambra, Spain: To the Memory of Samuel Edward Widdrington, of Newton Hall. Captain in the Royal Navy. Knight of the Tower of the Sword. Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Geological Society. He died at Newton Hall January 6th 1856. And of Dorothy his wife, daughter of Alexander Davison of Swarland Hall. She died September 1st 1865. Font Ewer, 1899
War Memorial Window and Panels
The War Memorial Window.
The crucified
Christ, the Virgin Mary and  St. John the Evangelist. The verse is John 12:32: [and] I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Left panels Right panels Carved wood plaque in the south transept.


To the glory of God and in Memory of the Men of the Parish who Gave their Lives in the Great War 1914-1919
This East Window has been filled and their names recorder here

Robert Baxter 1903 Serjeant Robert Baxter, 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 15th September 1916 aged 26. Son of Isabella Baxter, of Lisburn House, Alnwick, Northumberland, and the late Robert Baxter. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. (The Baxter Family from Bilton Banks had five brothers serving in the war: see The Baxter Brothers
George W Buglass 203154 Private George William Buglass 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 3rd July 1917 aged 19. Son of Henry and Margaret Buglass, of Bilton Banks, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Buried Hermies British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Thomas H. Charlton 42834 Rifleman Thomas Heatley Charlton, 1/8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), killed in action 9th October 1917 aged 30. Youngest son of the late Joseph and Phyllis Ann Charlton, of Hitchcroft, Alnwick, Northumberland; husband of Jane Isabella Charlton, of Elder Cottage, Shilbottle, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial
William Darling 2173 Private William Henry Darling, 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 17th June 1916 aged 24. Son of Robert and Margaret Darling, of Greensfield Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland. Buried La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Born Shilbottle, enlisted Alnwick.
Joseph J. Dunn probably... 31572 Private John Joseph Dunn, 7th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, killed in action 26th August 1918 aged 20. Son of William and Mary Dunn, of Newton-on-the-Moor, Felton, Northumberland. Commemorated Tehran Memorial, Iran. Enlisted Belford.
Robert Green

5614 Lance Corporal Robert Green, 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died 27th April 1917 aged 27. Son of the late William Ternent Green and Mary Green. Commemorated  Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Joseph R. Hall

235171 Corporal Joseph Robert Hall, 26th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 5th June 1917. Commemorated  Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Born Alnwick, enlisted Shilbottle. Previously served 7th Battalion.
John Hindhaugh 38250 Private John Hindhaugh, 26th (Tyneside Irish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds 12th November 1917 aged 31. Son of John and Anne Hindhaugh, of Bilton, Lesbury, Northumberland. Buried Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France.
George Slater  


John Smails 36056 Private John Smails, 1st/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds, 22nd April 1918 aged 37. Son of Joseph and Jane Ann Smails, of Shilbottle, Lesbury, Northumberland; husband of Isabella Smails, of Cavil Head, Acklington, Northumberland. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
William Smails 2031 Private William Watson Smails, No. 2 Coy. 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, Killed in action, 26th April 1915 aged 29. Son of Joseph and Jane Ann Smails, of Shilbottle, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
James J. Thompson

38295 Private James Joseph Thompson, 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died 27th April 1917. Commemorated  Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Alexander J. Tweedy

38301 Private Jacob Alexander Tweedy 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action, 18th November 1917 Buried Wancourt British Cemetery,  Pas de Calais, France.

Thomas H. Weightman 290501 Private Thomas Henry Weightman, 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died 26th October 1917 aged 25. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Weightman, of 8, Sea View, Shilbottle, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial
Brian B. Weightman

2238 Private Brian Broomfield Weightman, 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 26th April 1915 Buried Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Langemark-Poelkapelle, Belgium.

Robert G. Weightman

290499 Private Robert George Weightman, 1st/7th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, died 26th October 1917, age 25. Son of Robert George and Mary Weightman, of Grange Colliery; husband of Ellen Weightman, of 6, Garden Terrace, Grange Colliery, Shilbottle, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial
Thomas Weir 41420 Private Thomas Weir, 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, killed in action 8th October 1918 aged 19. Son of Andrew and Elizabeth Weir, of West Lodge, Newton-on-Moor, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland. Buried Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, Aisne France.
James J. Wilson

290498 Private James John Wilson, 1st/7th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, died 16th September 1916 Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme France. Enlisted Shilbottle.
Mossman Wilson 290502 Private Mossman Wilson, 9th Battalion, formerly 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 23rd April 1917 age 27. Son of the late John and Sarah Ann Wilson. His brother also fell. Commemorated Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais , France
William Wilson 129074 Pioneer William Wilson, "A" Special Company, Royal Engineers, killed in action 29th April 1917 aged 24. Youngest son of John and Sarah Ann Wilson, of Shilbottle, Northumberland. One of three brothers, two of whom fell.Buried London Rifle Brigade Cemetery
Martin Young 59673 Private Martin Young 1st/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), killed in action, 11th October 1918, Buried Iwuy Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. (1911 Census: Age 30, son of George and Ellen Young of Shilbottle. Martinís occupation is shown as a coal mine pump attendant.)



R.W. Anderson  
A. Armstrong  
J. Berry  
A. Knox

probably...556229 Corporal Andrew Knox, 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, died 16th July 1943, age 28. Buried  Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

J.H. Madden  
K.F. Middlemist 1376378 Warrant Officer (Pilot) Kenneth Forrest Middlemist, 112 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Died 15th September 1943 aged 23. Son of James and Ann Anderson Middlemist, of Shilbottle, Northumberland. Buried Salerno War Cemetery
G. Porteous  


J.T. Pringle C/KX 96537 Stoker 1st Class John Thomas Pringle, H.M.S. Juno, Royal Navy, died 21st May 1941 aged 23. Son of Robert Anthony and Margaret Pringle; husband of Annie Tait Pringle, of Shilbottle, Northumberland. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Juno, J Class Destroyer sunk by Italian aircraft, Mediterranean.
D. Simm

611943 Corporal Dennis Simm, Royal Air Force, died 18th February 1945 aged 24. Son of John and Margaret Simm, of Shilbottle. Buried Alnwick Cemetery

J.R. Straughan 1503294 Aircraftman 1st Class Jowsey Richardson Straughan, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 27th February 1944 aged 22. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Straughan, of Shilbottle, Northumberland. Buried Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Kolkata, India.
S. Thompson  


J.I. Trueman 2090542 Driver John Ian Trueman, Royal Engineers, died 3rd September 1946 age 28. Son of Mark and Isabella A. Trueman, of Hexham. Buried Shilbottle (St James) Churchyard
P.W. Weightman 533027 Sergeant Percival William Weightman, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force, died 21st June 1940 aged 22. Son of Robert William and Frances Edith Weightman, of Shilbottle, Northumberland. Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Sergeant Weightman's aircraft, a Lockheed Hudson of Coastal Command with three other crew members, failed to return from convoy escort duties in the North Sea.
A. Widdrington  



Aden [South Arabia 1966]

R.J. Hughes 23994669 Gunner Robert Jeffrey Hughes, B Battery, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, Died 28th April 1966, aged 18. Buried Little Aden Cemetery. One of three men killed and three wounded during a 105mm rocket attack by dissident tribesmen on Monks Field Camp, Radfan. The two other men killed were 23547142 Sergeant Brian Dunkley (26) and 23978525 Gunner Silas Bartley (21) 


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