Roll of Honour restored to remember World War One heroes

Peter Maggiore, treasurer at St. Cuthbert's Church, Quarry Heads Lane, East Rainton, with the newly installed Worlkd WEar One Memorial board.
Peter Maggiore, treasurer at St. Cuthbert's Church, Quarry Heads Lane, East Rainton, with the newly installed Worlkd WEar One Memorial board.
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CHURCH parishioners have managed to restore a memorial board to those fought in conflict a century ago.

The Roll of Honour, featuring the names of brave servicemen involved in the First World War, was discovered by members of St Cuthbert’s Church, in East Rainton.

Now the board has been fully restored and framed and is taking pride of place in the Quarry House Lane church.

Church treasurer Peter Maggiore said: “At the back of the altar there’s a little enclave where we found the roll of honour, which contains the names of people of the parish, mainly from the Fence Houses and Moorsley areas, who fought in the First World War.

“It was gathering dust and covered in cobwebs, which I thought was ridiculous.

“A long-standing parishioner said she hadn’t seen it for years and that it was now past its best, so at a meeting we decided we’d get it restored.”

Using modern techniques a new roll has been created with improvements to the existing piece.

“The names on the board are now in order from A-Z and it also includes whether they were killed, deemed missing in action and what medals they achieved,” added Mr Maggiore, 55.

The board was unveiled at a Remembrance Sunday event at the church last month.

“It looks really good and everybody at the church is delighted with it,” said Mr Maggiore.

“We had a few extra people come to the Remembrance Sunday service and if anybody thinks they have ancestors whose name is on the board they are welcome to come along and have a look.”

A weekly service at St Cuthbert’s Church takes place at 9.15am on Sundays.