North Shields bell ringers to remember fallen comrades 100 years on

A church in North Shields plans to honour three of its former bell ringers who died during the First World War on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

Thursday, 31st August 2017, 10:35 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 10:56 am
Christ Church in North Shields.

The Christ Church Guild of Bell Ringers will honour each of them by ringing a quarter peal on the date of their deaths.

The first memorial bell-ringing will be for Whitley Bay man George Potter, who was killed in action on September 6, 1917, in Flanders.

George R Potters gravestone in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

He was 32 years old and married.

George Potter’s name appears on the First World War memorial pulpit in Christ Church.

On Wednesday, September 6, a half-muffled quarter peal will be rung in the evening, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

During The Grear War, 41 bell ringers from towers in the area covered by the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers went to war and never returned home.

The war memorial monument at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

To recognise their sacrifice, the association members plan to ring a commemorative quarter peal at the tower where the fallen rang.

The interactive database of the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project can be found at www.northumbriaworldwarone.co.uk

George R Potters gravestone in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
The war memorial monument at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.