South Charlton – St James

DSC02987I had a meeting here – it is a long way north up the A1, onto the Berwick OS map NU164202. Pevsner gives the church two lines: “1862 by James Deason of London for the Duke of Northumberland. Small but good quality church in E.E. style”.

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Entering the churchyard on the north side, having parked on the road through the hamlet, I passed the war memorial, and was surprised to see that the only WW2 name is that of a woman.

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Inside the church is another memorial plaque to the lady – Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. There is a good website about the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service – http://www.qaranc.co.uk/qaimns.php. I can’t find any mention of Sarah, so I have emailed them to see if they have anything. If they do, I’ll edit the blog.

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Not – sorry good folk of South Charlton – a particularly stunning church, but they had the kettle on and made us welcome. They have plans and I wish them well.

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2 Responses to South Charlton – St James

  1. Arthur Vine says:

    RE: Your post; South Charlton – St James (Posted March 5, 2013) – Sister Sarah Elizabeth Dixon memorial plaque.

    I realise it’s been a while since this entry was made, but I thought it might still be of interest to you, to know the circumstances of the tragedy surrounding the death of Sister Dixon, which occurred in the Mediterranean while on duty on the Hospital Ship St David.

    The St David was deliberately attacked and sunk by a German bomber, while transporting wounded soldiers from the Anzio beachhead at night in company with two other hospital ships. The captain and 12 crew as well as 22 Royal Army Medical Corps personnel (including 2 reserve QAIMNS nursing sisters, Sarah Dixon and Winnie Harrison) and 22 of the wounded patients lost their lives. When the attack took place, all three ships were fully illuminated as per the Geneva Convention.

    More info, including a detailed description of the sinking as well as a full list of casualties, can be found here: http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty.

    I hope this tragic story is of interest and thank you for your very interesting blog.

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