East Wall, United Reformed (formerly Presbyterian) Church, Glanton, Northumberland NE66 4AN England
GPS: 55°25’27” N 1°53’34” W
United Reformed (formerly Presbyterian) Church, Branton, Northumberland NE66 4LN England
GPS: 55°26’25” N 1°55’40” W
Former Branton Presbyterian Church (photo taken Feb 2018)
The image above shows the former Branton Presbyterian Church of England in the village of Branton, Northumberland UK. The building is now a residential home known as ‘Branton Church House’.
According to The Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church, Branton church was built in 1720 and was in use as a place of worship until at least 1978. In 1978, the congregation joined with the congregation at Glanton United Reformed (formerly Presbyterian) Church just three miles away. The Branton church building was subsequently sold. The National Archive, however, indicates that the Branton church was in use from 1730-1980. Whatever the exact dates, when the Branton church closed, the Roll of Honour was transferred to the church at Glanton where it now hangs on the East wall.
The Branton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour is hand-written on paper and presented in a glazed, wall-mounted, wood frame.
Branton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour
(Image © Robbie Burn 2017. Used with permission.)
The image above shows the Home, Name, Rank, Regiment and Date & Where they “fell in action or died of wounds or disease” during WWI of 12 servicemen who were “…members and adherents of Branton Presbyterian Church of England.”
/PRO PATRIA/ ROLL OF HONOUR/ OF THE MEMBERS AND ADHERENTS OF/ BRANTON /PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ENGLAND/ WHO SERVED IN THE WAR /DURING THE YEARS 1914-1918./ NAMES OF THOSE WHO/ FELL IN ACTION OR DIED OF WOUNDS OR DISEASE/
To the left of the lines /WHO SERVED IN THE WAR/ DURING THE YEARS 1914-1918/ there is the quote:
/“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN/ HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”/ ST JOHN XV 13./
To the right of the lines /WHO SERVED IN THE WAR/ DURING THE YEARS 1914-1918/ there is the quote:
/“BEAR YE ONE ANOTHER’S/ BURDENS, AND SO FULFIL/ THE LAW OF CHRIST.” GAL VI 2./
Of the 12 servicemen listed as having died during WWI, the names of all 12 now appear on the Breamish Valley War Memorial, Powburn, Northumberland UK:
- James Atkinson
- Robert Brewis
- John Brown
- Thomas Dunn
- Richard Matthew Hall
- Thomas Hall
- Walter Potts
- Robert Sisterson
- William Thompson
- George Trotter
- Arthur James Turnbull
- James William Turnbull
National Archive: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/073b5420-eb39-4e4a-9e54-79db4245f8e3 Accessed 08 Oct 2018.
North East War Memorials Project: http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7362#listlink Accessed 08 Oct 2018.
Northern Synod ‘Nonconformist Histories’ https://www.urc-northernsynod.org/about-us/non-conformist-histories/ Accessed 27 April 2021.
War Memorials Register: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33723. Accessed 08 Oct 2018.
[Published: 09 October 2018. Updated 27 April 2021.]