Victoria Street Primitive Methodist, New Room (Demolished)

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Victoria Street South



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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Chapel/church
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Brass
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: "An impressive dedicatory service took place yesterday afternoon at the Victoria-street Primitive Methodist Church in connection with the alteration and renovation of the new primary room, which has been dedicated to the memory of those identified with the church who gave their lives during the Great War. A special memorial service was held in the church, which was fairly well filled, the ministers taking part in the service being the Rev. H. H. Hind (who read the lesson) and the Rev. J. E. Storey, who delivered an appropriate address, and the choir rendered the anthem “What are these arrayed in white robes.” The meeting then adjourned to the primary room, and after the choir had rendered the anthem “Evening and morning,” the Rev. J. E. Storey, who presided over the proceedings, briefly introduced Mrs. Wilkinson, of Grimsby, who unveiled the memorial. In an address appropriate to the occasion, Mrs. Wilkinson said they were gathered that afternoon with mixed feelings-feelings of pride and feelings of sadness. They were proud of those men, proud of their noble and heroic deeds, and of the great sacrifice they had made. They were types of Christ, who died for them. He died that they might have life-eternal life-and the young men gave their lives that we might live. They stood between the people at home and the enemy and she felt that we had much to be grateful for. She trusted that the young people who used that room and saw the tablet would read the words written thereon and that the words would inspire them to noble service for Christ. The brass tablet is fixed on an oak shield and bears the following inscription: - After the ceremony tea was served and later in the evening a concert recital was given by the Rev. S. Davies, of Bradford. The Grimsby News, Friday, October 22, 1920. The above church was bombed during the war, and demolished in 1947, during the demolition interesting souvenirs were found in a recess of the foundation stone, they were three Victorian pennies and three pennies of the time of George III, together with two half pennies issued during the respective reigns. There was also a copy of the New Testament, the paper of which had, in the process of time, withered and fallen to pieces. Perhaps the most interesting thing discovered was a small bottle, sealed with red sealing wax bearing the letter “C”. In the bottle is a slip of paper and a Victorian half farthing, dated 1843. There is some writing on the paper but the ink has faded and the words cannot be deciphered. A chemist might be able to suggest something that would make the writing legible. The foundation stone bears the date 1859 and the building was completed in 1861 at a cost of £3,000." Grimsby Evening Telegraph, Saturday December 20 1947.
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“Dedicated to the sacred memory of these few men of the many thousands who gave their lives freely in a great cause.”

The names are as follows: - George W. Bodsworth; William C. Beswick: Albert E. Cole; George H. Doughty; George Donnington; Max W. P. Emerson; Albert E. Frow; Fred Howsam; Henry C. Holgeth, Alec G. Locke: Alfred Smith; James Smaller; Frank Scrimshaw; Albert H. Woodcraft:

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