Wednesday, 1 March 2017 in 43m (8–0–02)
1250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Howard E J Smith (C)
2 Julie Bell
3 Barbara Davies
4 J Michael Procter
5 Stephen B Bell
6 Richard Grainger
The bells of this Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas were rung today as part of "Ringing to Remember" - the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World war ringing commemoration. On this day one hundred years ago a bellringer from Morpeth Clock Tower was killed. We rang to celebrate his life and the ultimate sacrifice that he made.
Sidney Arthur Wright was the son of David and Jane Wright ( nee Le Clerco ). He was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. Sidney married Maud Benson of 17, Olympia Hill, Morpeth, Northumberland. They had three children; Thomas Benson ( born 1911 ), Jean M. ( born 1913 ), Arthur Le Clerco ( born 1914 ) but died in infancy.
Sidney learnt to ring under his Father's tuition at Westerham, Kent. He later moved to London to study at St. Mark's College Chelsea and joined the St. Mary Abbott's Society with whom he rang a number of peals. He worked as a Science Master at Morpeth Grammer School and was also organist at St. George's Presbyterian Church at Morpeth.
Resident in Morpeth, Sidney enlisted into the 2nd. Battallion Scots Guards at Newcastle. Aged twenty four at the time of his death he is commemorated at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France. Grave III C 17. and is inscribed on the East side, large upper panel, of the Castle Bank Cenotaph at Morpeth.
His name is recorded on the ringer's plaque in this Cathedral.
Sidney Wright we have remembered you

This performance is linked to the event Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association — Ringing to Remember.

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