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Bradford VC Memorial Stone
'Brothers in Arms'
The event was well attended by over 200 people. The Standard for the DLI Association, Bishop Auckland Branch was dedicated. The 'Reflection' speech was given by General Sir Peter de la Billiere, KCB, KCB, DSO, MC*, DL which was well received.
The unveiling of the VC Memorial Stone was carried out by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham and Councillor Edward Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council. DLI association Chaplain was the Revd Kenneth Crawford who gave the Address and Dedication. Prayers were read by the Revd Elishava Mechanic, who is the priest in change of St Paul's at Witton Park. The unveiling of the statue by Ray Lonsdale [Tommy of Seaham fame], with the theme of 'Brothers in Arms' was performed by Councillors Robert Yorke and Christine Wilson. The proceedings were finished with the singing of the National Anthem.
The area designated a Memorial Garden has two wooden benches flanking the Statue and a Memorial plaque.
There will be a second Bradford VC Stone placed next to Roland's in April 2018 for his brother George.
Unveiling of the New War Memorial
It is dedicated to everyone from Jarrow who laid down their lives for their country in any conflict .
The service commenced at 10.50 and was attended by about 50 plus people. The Mayor, Cllr Alan Smith, welcomed the assembled crowd and made a special comment about the Latin top line on the Memorial. This was followed by Father Adrian Dixon who read the dedication, and the Reverend Gillian Maude with the Act of Remembrance. The Last Post was played by DLI Bugles with a minutes silence following.
Cllr Norman Dick read the Exhortation.
The President of the Royal British Legion Jarrow and Hebburn Branch laid a wreath.
Everyone was then invited to the Council Chambers for refrshments.
See our file J2.50.
The meeting will take place at The DLI Collection, Sevenhills, Unit 1 Greenhills Business Park, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JB
Following the AGM Gillian Kirkbride (Museums, Heritage and Collections Manager - Growing and Learning) will speak about the DLI Collection and a short tour has been arranged for all interested attendees.
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The preacher was the Right Reverend David Stancliffe the former Bishop of Salisbury.
The service was followed by an organ recital by Allan Coombes at 11.45am.
Representatives from the North East War Memorials Project, Durham School and Harrison and Harrison attended the event.
Have you ever wondered why the names of those who lost their lives during World War One, World War Two and later conflicts are not recorded on the village Green war memorial?
When the War Memorial was erected in 1951 the names of the fallen were already listed on memorial plaques/book of remembrance in the Parish Church, on the RC War Memorial and in the old Memorial Hall. (This plaque is now displayed in the entrance hall of the Community Centre). In 2018 it will be 100 years since the end of WW1 and the Parish Council are leading a project to have all the names added to the Village Green War Memorial.
At present 99 names are read out at the annual Remembrance Day Service on the Village Green. We want to ensure that the list is as complete as possible before we commission the new plaques. So we would like your help. The list of 99 names is shown below and can be viewed on the Parish Council notice board on the Village Green. If you think that you have a relative or know of someone from Lanchester Parish who died in WW1, WW2 or later conflicts and they are not on the present list of names or you think there is a spelling mistake of a name, please contact the Clerk on 01207 520146 or email:- email@example.com
World War 1
George Anderson, John R. Bateman, Margaret A. Barrow, Francis E. Bell, Walter Bell, James Brankston, Henderson Brankston, Alexander Brankston, Thomas R. Buckham, William Britton, Albert Bulleyment, Thomas Cheston, John H. Clough, Alexander Coates, Michael Collin, Sidney Duke, Ernest Fallon, Thomas Farrey, Robert B. Farbridge, Marmaduke Featherstonhaugh, William Featherstonhaugh, Lancelot Ferguson, Joseph M. Fletcher, Alfred E. Gibson, Harry Hampton, Bertie Hampton, William Harrison, Duke Harrison, James Harwood, Frederick Hattams, James Hodgson, Eric Heatherington, William Hunter, Thomas Jackson, William Jarvis, Stephen Kelly, Vivian Lathan, George Kirtley, Lisle Lathan, George McDonald, Joseph McElhatton, John H. Myers, Thomas W. Nicholson, William O'Brien, John Pinkerton, William Pratt, Stephen Ramsay, James Richardson, William Ross, Alfred Rowe, Gerald Sadler, Arthur Sargeant, John Sargeant, Joseph Norman Scott, Luke Smith, T. Henry Smith, John H. Spence, William Spence, Harry Spence, Newton Storey, Tom Storey, J. Herbert Swain, George Tapp, Joseph H. Teasdale, P. Henry Thompson, William Thompson, Luke Thornton, Thomas Henry Turnbull, Walter Veitch, Robert Wainwright, George Wardle, Thomas Wardle, John B. Walker, Thomas Whittaker, John Wilson.
World War 2
William Blackett, Thomas Cheston, Edward Cowan, James Dobson, John Martin Finch, John Gamlin, George Green, William Charles Hill, George William Laykin, Michael Luxmoore, Anthony McGeary, Donald MacMillian, Vera Mace, Michael O'Brien, Robert Reay, John Wardle Scott, Percy Stoker, Robert Bell Smith, William Keith Thompson, Alan Tomlinson, John Tomlinson, Nathaniel Thornton, Robert William Tonks.
Stewart Ian Laing
It is over two years since the Prime Minister announced a national programme to survey and restore many of the country’s First World War memorials and about 18 months since the First World War Memorials Programme began.
Civic Voice is hosting a free workshop on February 10th from 09:45 to 13:00 in Middlesborough, North East . Come and find out more about the programme and how you can help record the condition of your local war memorials and access funding.
Help us save the hundreds of war memorials located across the North East!
If you are interested in coming to the workshop you can reserve your free place by visiting Eventbrite
The workshop will cover:
- Background information about the programme - Training to undertake a simple condition survey - Training on how to record survey results on the War Memorials Online website - Information about funding available for war memorial repairs and conservation - A resource pack containing all the necessary information to get you started.
If you are interested in coming to the workshop you can reserve your free place by visiting Eventbrite
Dorothy Hall will speak about the work of NEWMP and the new project "Over the Tees".
All the information we have on any one person is on the website, uploaded as quickly as we can after it has been received. Sometimes it is only where he is buried and remembered. There is also an invitation to submit anything to add to this. But we do not have the time to spend doing in depth research. Sorry!
The ANLHS was started as the Northumberland Local History Society by Mrs. Ellen Mitchell assisted by Robin Gard, then County Archivist, helped by Dr. Constance Fraser. There were very few local history societies in existence at the time, and the NLHS sent people to various parts of the county in order to start societies and help them with legal advice and speakers. This meant that the new societies became members of ANLHS from the very beginning. Other county societies which tried to get local societies to join them found great difficulty, trying to catch free range chickens after they were hatched, where the ANLHS had laid the eggs from which their members sprung!
After a few years the name was altered to reflect the changing nature of the society. Each year there were two meetings to study a given subject. Also, once a year one society would organise a day for others to visit them and be given the chance to learn about the local history of the host society.
A magazine called "Tyne and Tweed" was issued containing articles of local interest. A few other books were also published. There were projects in which members could take part, such as recording headstones in churchyards, or taking photos of their locality on a given day.
The Society was also represented on various local bodies such as archives groups and reports from these were received at the AGM.
ANLHS played a part in other events. The Standing Conference for Local History grew from the national Community Council and in time it became the British Association for Local History. ANLHS was represented from the outset. They also were founder members of the now defunct North East Environment Education Forum, which was a meeting place for those interesting in teaching or studying local subjects from green issues to local history.
In 1988 ANLHS took up the idea of the project to record all the war memorials in Northumberland. This was six months before the Imperial War Museum started their list, and the ANLHS worked hard with them. A group was later started by the Imperial War Museum to do a similar job in Co. Durham. These two bodies of work were finally pulled together and the North East War Memorials Project was started, and is now a registered charity in its own right.
It is sad that the ANLHS has had to close, but there can be no regrets. It has done a magnificent job in the last half century, but it has come to the decision to go out with head held high and with pride in what it has achieved.
Pre-bookable viewings and on demand service every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm as from October 11th
18th Battalion Seat Memorial
Thanks to Chris Lloyd, Chester-le-Street Advertiser 1st October 2016.
Half Shilling Curate Front Cover
The Seat which has the name of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry wrought on the seat was unveiled on Monday the 19th September 2016.
The funding of this memorial was raised by a number of Durham organisations including the Northern Echo, the County Council, the DLI Trustees, Durham Cathedral, and Durham University. Honorary Colonel James Ramsbotham, also a DLI Trustee, said "We wanted to make sure the Durham Pals were also commemorated and a public appeal has paid for this memorial and an identical seat will be in place in Durham later this week."
A party of 30 DLI veterans and their families attended Monday's ceremony.
"It means everything to us" said Major Chris Lawton, the Rifles Regimental Company secretary - the successor organisation to the DLI Association. "Our own County Durham Pals battalion, which was not recognised at the end of the First World War, is finally commemorated. I hope thus is just the beginning and in time we shall get a full stone memorial to them".
The leader of the Somme Regional Council, Laurent Somon, said "The unveiling of the bench takes on a very special meaning during the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme. The bench here mirrors its English twin in Durham and is a metaphor for the unique Franco-Brittanic friendship which links us together."
Source : Chris Lloyd Durham Advertiser 24th September 2016.
See NEWMP ref D47.159.
Many people remember the Blood Swept Lands and Seas display at the Tower of London, which marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the War in 1914. So another extraordinary event was planned for the Somme.
The commemoration was conceived and created by Jeremy Deller, the Turner -Prize winning artist, in collaboration with Rufus Norris, the Director of the National Theatre, and produced by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in total secrecy, with the help of 27 organisations.
They were seen all over the North East. There were 1,400 volunteers involved to bring this unique event to the UK.
WE WILL REMEMBER...
There is a brief history of the memorial, followed by the names and stories of the men who fell. There is also a list of those for whom they could find no information.
This nicely produced and well-written book costs £4.99, of which £4 goes to SSAFA and 99p to Houghton Racecourse Community Association.
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The Durham Hymns has been specially written for the centenary of the battle, with lyrics by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
The work will be given its premiere in the magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral on Saturday, part of this year's Durham Brass Festival. The concert will be repeated in the Chapel of Ushaw College on September 24th, with further planned performances Sunderland Minster, St Hilda's, Hartlepool, and St Joseph's in Felling. Tickets start from £13 to £20. Available from the Gala Theatre box office.
King visiting the Butte de Warlencourt
The King himself visited the Butte, and in 1926 the three crosses were taken from the Butte and placed separately in the parish churches of St Andrew in Bishop Auckland, St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester-Le-Street and in Durham in Durham Cathedral in the DLI Chapel.
See durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson. This is the second time all of the crosses have been collected together for display. The last time was in 2006 for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
The beers, created by Hadrian Border Brewery, are:
Newcastle Commercials, a brown ale;
Tyneside Scottish, an amber coloured ale;
Tyneside Irish, a dry dark and rich stout, and
Durham Light Infantry, a pale ale.
Cases of 12 x 500 ml bottles, and boxed gift sets.
Sets of 4 beer mats, one for each battalion, costing £2.
Stockists of the WW1 Centenary Ales are:-
Daniel Farm Wylam
Fenwick Dept store Newcastle
The project is backed by NEWMP and the Royal British Legion.
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The following memorials have been granted Grade II Listed status:
New Brancepeth - Sherburn Hill - Newcastle St. Cuthbert's - Greatham - Keenley & Broadside - Knarsdale - Stillington - Kirk Merrington - Horncliffe - Lambley & Hartleburn - Pelton Fell - Langley Park - Matfen - Lemington - Leadgate - Leasingthorne - Lanchester - Lucker - Ludworth - Humshaugh - High Spen - High Etherley - Heighington - Houghton-le-Spring - Helmington Row - Howden-le-Wear - Hawthorn - Haughton-le-Skerne - Hamsterley - Haswell - Hallgarth - Greenside - Cleadon - Gosforth - Escomb - Fir Tree - Ferryhill (East Howle) - Esh Laude - Fence Houses - Fatfield - Gainford - Hallington - Embleton - Greenhead - Felton - Cornhill - Corbridge - Chevington and Broomhill - Chatton - Eastgate - East Ord - East Boldon - Easington Colliery - Castleside - Cambo - Eaglescliffe - Denwick - Castle Eden - Aycliffe - Belmont - Birtley Cenotaph and shelters - Bishop Middleham - Bishopton - Blackhall - Blyth Submariners (in cemetery) - Blyth WWI - Brancepeth - Brandon - Brunswick Village - Burnopfield - Butterknowle - Byers Green - Byker - Dipton - Haltwhistle - Horsley - Newbrough - West Rainton - Westoe
How Do I Take Part? -Mark the 141 days of the Somme centenary by joining the Living Memory Project and discover, explore and remember the CWGC war graves near you. It is easy to take part:
Get your FREE copy of the Living Memory Pack Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy of the Living Memory resource pack which helps you to find a local cemetery and is full of activities to remember those buried there.
Living Memory Online -Share news on your visit to your local war graves and what you have discovered either by emailing us email@example.com, posting on our Facebook Page or by tweeting us #LivingMemory
Support -The Living Memory team will be on hand to help you find a suitable date to mark your local connection with the Somme and find a local site near you. .
Funding -You can apply for up to £200 in expenses to cover costs associated with taking an active part in the project this year email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
From the end of April we will have a team of Area Managers in post who will be on hand to help connect you with local sites, offer advice on when to plan a Living Memory event throughout the 141 days of the Somme Centenary and support your activity. We are hoping that communities will use this resource pack to plan local visits and activities during the period 1st July - 18th November 2016 to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
We are also calling on communities to help add to our list of known graves of Somme casualties buried here in the UK. More information can be found within the resource pack attached.
Please also check out our Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/CWGC-Living-Memory This is a space for you to share information and discuss the project with others. If you haven't done so already please also follow CWGC on Twitter @CWGC for updates.
NEWMP is seeking assistance from family and local historians or other interested people who have the time, patience and stamina to work with us!
We need individuals who can follow the precise instructions and lay out necessary for preparing material for uploading onto the NEWMP web site.
Good basic English and Internet skills are needed for research into names and where people are remembered.
We also need people to keep us updated about memorials in their locality.
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This is a well written book. At the beginning it is stated quite clearly that it is not a military history of the Battle of the Somme. It is about the 72,000 young men involved who never returned, and whose bodies were never found. It explores the reasons for the memorial’s erection, the building of the edifice itself, and explains the layout. It tells why, despite so many fatalities and woundings, the battle paved the way for eventual victory for the Allies.
The main content, however, is the 200 biographies of men from all the regiments which fought on the Somme in 1916, including photographs. There are four stories from each face of the memorial, and each has been chosen to bring out a different facet. These young men had promising careers ahead of them. The impact on the families is unimaginable. In the preamble to the biographies the question is asked: “What might have been had they lived?”
The book is also designed so that visitors to the memorial can find the names on each face and read the story.
Pam and Ken Linge have spent ten years working on the records of all the men named on the Thiepval memorial, prompted in the first instance by the discovery that Pam’s family had lost members during that battle. This book is a credit to their work, and helps to bring home the individual cost of war of each man and family involved.
Missing But Not Forgotten by Pam Linge and Ken Linge, is published by Pen and Sword and is priced at £25. ISBN 1473823587.
The photographs will be attached to their records and will be displayed on to the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance for all time.
The following names are just some of the young men from the North East who gave their lives in Korea.
Fusilier Alexander Brotherston
Fusilier Isaac Corbett
Private John B. Straughan
Driver Nicholas Robson
Private Gordon Shiell
Fusilier Thomas H McNally
Private Leslie Jackson
Warrant Officer 2 James Morris
Private Robert Smith
Lieutenant Brian Swinbanks
Private Leonard R Turnbull
Gunner Ralph J Barwick
Sergeant Alfred Wilson
Private Ronald Leggett
Lieutenant John T Mc Gregor (RN).
Any family who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53 and wish to take part can send the photograph to me.
James Grundy, 102 College Croft, Eccles, Manchester, M300AN or for further details phone 0161 789 7633 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org