Kenmir Memorial Plaque

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Reference WMO/267351


Spennymoor Town Hall


DL16 6DG


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial is made of cast bronze on an oak base and measures three feet high by four feet wide, it was designed by the company founder Ernest Kenmir. The plaque was originally at the Kenmir Factory, Flora Street, Spennymoor where it was positioned in the general office, it was unveiled on 22 February 1948. The factory made good quality furniture and was well known in the area before closing in the early 1970's. When the factory was being demolished, the last director, Frank Kenmir removed the memorial and it was only found in 1996 when he died, it was in his garage. The memorial which is now located on the stairs at Spennymoor Town Hall.
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Letters are in raised form on the memorial.

Four name for the 1st WW and 4 for 2nd WW, all employees at the Kenmir factory. Wilfred COULTHARD served as Pte 47144 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and was KIA 28.5.1918 by CWGC, date given as 27 May on memorial. John COWENS served as Rifleman C/1180 16th Battalion KRRC and died of wounds 16.8.1916. Benjamin Richard GRAHAM served as Acting Bombardier 192 4th Battalion MGC and was KIA 18.11.1916. Frederick KENMIR served as Sapper Deal/5609 RND and was killed by shellfire 15.1.1917. (He worked at the Kenmir factory as a cabinet maker and I believe his father was the brother of Frank Kenmir)

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