Market Deeping - C. A. Harrison

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Reference WMO/264303


Market Deeping Post Office

88A Church St

Market Deeping Peterborough PE6 8AL



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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: WAR MEMORIAL – On Sunday evening week at the Wesleyan Chapel a crowded congregation assembled to witness the unveiling of a marble tablet, which has been placed in the Chapel to the memory of the late Private C. A. Harrison, son of Mr. S. J. Harrison, painter and decorator, who was killed in action in France a year last August. The ceremony was performed by Mr. H, A, Sneath, J.P., of Thurlby, and among those present were Messrs. H. Ringrose and W. H. Smith (Bourne), representing the Circuit of the Sunday School Council, Messrs. W. Kelby and A. Wall. Representing the local Preachers; and about fifty members of the V.T.C. also attended, besides a large number of inhabitants and friends of the deceased. The tablet, which is inserted on the south side of the Chapel, bears the following inscription:- “In loving memory of Pte. C. A. Harrison, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action, August 7th 1916, aged 25 years, A faithful local preacher and worker in this Circuit. He gave his life for his friends of the Bourne Circuit.” The pulpit and communion table were draped with the Union Jack, and the service throughout was very impressive, the deceased being well known and highly respected by a large circle of friends Lincolnshire Free Press – Market Deeping – 11 September 1917, p7. Market Deeping’s Wesleyan Chapel building is currently used as a Post Office and shop, and prior to that was a dance studio. In 2013 when a committee was formed to research Deeping men who served in WW1, enquiries were made about the memorial commemorating Pte C A Harrison. Unfortunately, the current owners of the old Chapel had no knowledge of its existence. The interior of the building is lined with plasterboard, so the original interior walls are no longer accessible. A committee member contacted the Wesleyan Methodist society, to ask if the memorial had been removed when the Chapel closed, but no information was forthcoming. I can confirm that the tablet is not in St Guthlac’s church in Market Deeping. I’m sorry we have no positive knowledge of its whereabouts at present. Alison Lord Deepings Heritage
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