The Baptistry, St David's Haigh

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Reference WMO259288

Address:

The Parish Church of St David Haigh

Copperas Lane

Haigh

Wigan

WN2 1PA

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other church fitting
Materials:
  • Stone Sandstone
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The four sons of the Vicar of the Parish, the Revd. Charles James, were killed in the Great War. Following the deaths of three of them, their parents re-furbished and embellished the baptistry at the West end of the church. A carved stone plaque, incorporating a figure of St George, commemorating their deaths was inserted into the South wall. The Bishop of Liverpool dedicated the works in September 1916 - just as the family heard that the fourth son had been posted missing on the Somme. He was confirmed dead in 1917, and a second carved stone plaque was inserted into the opposite wall of the baptistry.
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First plaque: To the Glory of God - and in loving memory of - Charles Edward James, Corporal 13th Middlesex Regt. - who was killed in action in France on September 28th 1915 aged 31 years Francis Arthur James, MA Camb: Captain 5th Manchester Regt. TF - who died of wounds in Gallipoli on Sept. 18th 1915 aged 29 years George Sydney James, Lieut. 5th Manchester Regt. TF - who was killed in action in Gallipoli on June 4th 1915 aged 22 years - Sons of the Vicar of this Parish. The Adornment of this Bapistry is dedicated by their parents - They loved not their lives unto the death Second plaque: To the names on the - tablet opposite is added - Henry James, - Sergeant, 13th Middlesex Regt.. - Third and last surviving son - of the Vicar of this Parish. - Reported missing, but known to - have been killed in action on - August 18th 1916. Aged 28 years.

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