by Jeannie Swales
This week’s exhibit from the Scarborough Collections is something of a mystery.
It’s a rather beautiful pink-flecked cream marble plaque, with an inscription in copper-coloured and silver lettering – a roll of honour ‘to the men & women of this church who rendered service in the Great War 1914-1919’. Interesting that they used 1919 as the final date, presumably referring to the rendering of services in the aftermath of the war, which, of course, ended officially on November 11, 1918.
The question is: which church? This plaque has been in the stores of Scarborough Museums Trust for some time with no indication of which local church it came from.
The inscription above is followed by the roll of honour itself – 14 ‘fallen’ and 40 others, all just initials and surnames, with no indication of who were which gender – but all must have been members of the unknown church.
Research by team members at Scarborough Museums Trust has unearthed some information about the first name on the list of fallen - H. Pugmire. We believe this to be Private Horace Pugmire, who lived at 19 Gladstone Street.
Horace was the son of Henry and Margaret, and had two sisters, Mabel and Evelyn. He was just 19 when he signed up on December 1, 1915, and was a private in the 21st Battalion King’s Rifle Corps.
Given his age, it is possible that Horace may have had children - perhaps his descendants, or those of Mabel and Evelyn, are still around in Scarborough, and can shed some more light on Horace, and the family’s church?
The Museums Trust would also be interested to hear from any relatives of the other men and women listed there with information on either them, or on the church from which the plaque came. Please contact Julie Baxter, Collections Assistant, on Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01723 384506.
The roll of honour is part of the Scarborough Collections, the name given to all the museum objects that have been acquired by the borough over the years, and now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust.
For further information, please contact Collections Manager Jennifer Dunne on Jennifer.email@example.com or (01723) 384510.