Second Lieutenant Edmund Mortimer and men of 6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


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Reference WMO/281189

Address:

St Paul's Church

Beresford Road

Seaton Sluice

NE26 4DR

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Marble TabletIn the shape of a marble shield, elaborately decorated (see below). Small carved tablet with poem superimposed at the top. Surmounted by an officers sword swathed in foliage with motto "quo vata vocant" incised on carved belt. Sheaf of wheat carved in half relief and resting on a sickle crosses the shield at the bottom. Shield quartered by a flat cross carved in raised half relief. Was in the Old St Paul's Church-now closed and demolished. This building (the former Ochiltree hall) opened in 1962
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(Top Left quarter) SACRED TO THE BELOVED MEMORY/ OF/ EDMUND MORTIMER/ 2ND LIEUTENANT/ 6TH BATT. NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS/ WHO FELL GALLANTLY LEADING/ HIS MEN IN A DESPERATE ATTACK/ ON ST JULIEN/ IN WHICH THE BATTALION/ SUFFERED TERRIBLY./ APRIL 26TH 1915 AGED 35 YEARS/ THIS TABLET IS ERECTED/ BY HIS SISTER JOSEPHINE (Top Right quarter) ALSO TO THE MEMORY/ OF/ HIS BRAVE COMRADES/ OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED/ OFFICERS AND MEN/ 6TH BATTALION NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SAME/ FIGHTING FOR THEIR KING & COUNTRY/ & THE UNDYING HONOUR OF THEIR/ REGIMENT. APRIL 25 - APRIL 28/ THE WEEK AFTER THEY MARCHED/ OUT OF SEATON SLUICE/ ON APRIL 20 1915 (Bottom left quarter): "FOR THEY REST FROM THEIR/ LABOURS AND THEIR WORKS/ DO FOLLOW THEM" (Bottom Right quarter) "BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH/ AND I WILL GIVE THEE/ A CROWN OF LIFE". (Small Panel) "UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY,/ DIG THE GRAVE AND LET ME LIE./ GLAD DID I LIVE AND GLADLY DIE,/ AND I LAID ME DOWN WITH A WILL./ THIS BE THE VERSE YE GAVE FOR ME: HER I LIE AS I'D WISH TO BE;/ HOME IS THE SAILOR, HOME BY THE SEA,/ AND THE HUNTER HOME FROM THE HILL."

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