Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
The Clock Tower
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 in 46m (10–0–26 in G)
1260 Plain Bob Triples
1 Barbara Wheeler
2 Matthew Cracknell
3 Gillian Wheeler
4 Roger Ashmore
5 Simon White
6 Linda Perkins
7 Christopher Teasdale (C)
8 Lucy Manning
Rung half-muffled to commemorate the life of Sgt Sidney Arthur Wright, a ringer at this tower, who died 1st March 1917 aged 34, during WWI. Rung as part of Ringing to Remember, the D&N First World War Centenary Commemoration.
Sidney Arthur Wright was the son of David and Jane Wright (née Le Clercq). He was born on 20th June 1882 in Farnborough, Hampshire. In 1909, he married Maud Benson at the Gospel Hall in Carlisle. They had four children together, Thomas Benson (born 1911), Jean Murray (born 1913), Arthur Le Clercq (born 1914, died aged 1 in 1915), and Elizabeth Marjorie (born 1916).
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.
In 1912 he moved to Morpeth to take up a position as the music teacher at the King Edward VI Grammar School. During his short time in Morpeth he was a member of the Clock Tower band and was also organist and choir master at St George's Presbyterian (now URC) Church.
A resident of 17, Olympia Hill, Morpeth, Sidney enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1914. He succumbed to complications from bronchitis on 1st March 1917. His remains are interred in plot III C 17 in Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte, Somme, France. He is commemorated on Morpeth Cenotaph, the King Edward VI School Memorial and St George's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.
Earlier in the day, a minute's silence was held at the King Edward VI School in memory of Sgt Wright. The conductor of the quarter peal was a student at the King Edward VI School between 2001 and 2006. Simon White is a current School Governor.
£4.00

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

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