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Durham County Council


Plaque 1914-1918 Shire Hall Old Elvet





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Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 27th July 1921 by Cllr. Peter Lee.

Memorial Description

Plaque. In the top left and right corners is a County Shield with the dedication in gilt lettering between. The names are on six panels below, the top two being horizontal, with a motif of a sword with wreath at centre , and the names in two columns on either side.
The other four panels are vertical, below, with the two outer ones being longer than the two inner ones. The names are on a single column on each.

Materials used

Light oak


In Memory of / the members of the staff of the / Durham County Council / who fell in the Great War 1914 to 1918


Present condition

Replaced by D47.052 to include 1939-45.


1. From the Durham County Council, 1,455 employees, including 421 police, joined the colours, and of these, 178 fell, including 52 police.

2. The idea of a war memorial commemorating the County Council staff who had died in the Great War appears to have come from the Durham County Local Government Officers’ Association.

3. In October 1919 the Association asked the Finance Committee to consider the provision of a memorial, and the matter was referred to a sub-committee. The sub-committee took a year to consider the question and in October 1920 agreed that a brass tablet should be placed in Shire Hall (the County Council’s headquarters in Old Elvet) recording those who had died and that a memorial book should be produced, listing the names of all the members of the Council’s staff who had served in the war.

4. In February 1921 the Finance Committee considered the tenders for the tablet and accepted that submitted by Messrs. Hart, Son, Peard and Co. of London, for £230. By July the County Surveyor reported that the tablets had been fixed in the ante-chamber to the Council Chamber, and asked for the Finance Committee’s instructions as to the unveiling, which took place on 27 July 1921.

5. At the ceremony the Chairman of the County Council explained that 1,134 members of staff had joined-up and 126 had died. Peter Lee delivered ‘an impressive oration’, in which he said that the men who fought were not the cause of the war. They had simply answered their country’s call and ‘like millions more fought for what they believed was a worthy object, viz. their home land’. He described as a ‘terrible percentage’ the fact that one in eleven of those who joined-up had died.

6. In October 1922 the Clerk reported that he had arranged for photographs of the memorial to be sent to the relatives of each man named. Durham County Record Office holds 40 letters of thanks from the relatives, but unfortunately there is no surviving record of the book which listed all those who had served during the war. Although the newspaper reports of the unveiling refer to 126 names, photographs of the memorial only show 122, and the present memorial only has 122 Great War names.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Durham County Advertiser 29/7/1921 reports unveiling

Northern Daily Mail 28/7/1921 reports unveiling

Illustrated Chronicle 28/7/1921 reports unveiling.

Seaham Weekly News 29/7/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 28/7/1921 reports unveiling.

External web link

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Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Dorothy Hall; Durham County Council

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Plaque 1914-1918 Shire Hall Old Elvet (D47.141)

   In Memory of
   the members of the staff of the
   Durham County Council
   who fell in the Great War 1914 to 1918
Top left hand panel
   Francis Allen        Alf. J. Axtell
   Jos. Armstrong       John W. Barr
   William Arnett       John Barclay
   Jos. H. Atkinson     John Barton
   Oswald C. Ash        William Bates
   Jas. F.G. Ashworth   Willm. H. Bayles
Top right hand panel

   N. Beardmore         Thos. Brown
   Thomas H. Bell       W.L.G. Brown
   Gordon Bower         Willm. T. Brown
   W.H. Bradley         H.A. Buffham
   Alfred L. Brock      N.W. Chambers
   Christphr. Brown     Hny. Chipchase
Lower panel 1           Lower panel 2
   Arthr. Chester       T.R.S. Harrison
   Percy Clark          Waltr. S. Hedger
   John G. Clark        John G. Heslop
   James E. Cook        Willm. Heslop
   Percy Cook           A. Hetherington
   Arthur Coon          John W. Hogan
   Saml. S. Collin      Robert Hogg
   Richd. Corker        John Hook
   Arthr. H. Corner     Willm. D. Hoole
   A.B. Cosgrove        John H. Horne
   Jacob Crabb          John W. Huggins
   Geo. Crawford        Richd. Jameson
   Ralph Deighton       Robert Jones
   Hy. Drummond         Henry King
   John Duke            Jas. H. Lawson
   John O. Elliott      K. MacDonald
   Ingrm. T. Elsdon     Geo. McPherson
   Edwd. Fairless       Alex. J. Metcalfe
   Tho. Ferguson        G.E. Middlemass 
   J.C. Flavell         Thos. Minks
   Basil Ford
   Robt. W. Forster
   Wilson Forrest
   I.T.T. Francis
   J.B. Frankton
   M. Fullerton
   Matt. Gibson
   Robt. L. Groves
   Joseph Guy
Lower panel 3           Lower panel 4

   Willm. R. Moody      John F. Rowell
   Harry Moore          Hugh Rowell
   Gilbert Noon         Michl. W. Rudd
   A.E.L. Parker        Jas. J. Sanderson
   E.F. Pattinson       Fred. Seed
   H.T. Peadon          Stan. Shepherd
   Thos. S. Pratt       L. Shortridge
   Thos. P. Prudham     John H. Sinclair
   Thos. B. Pyburn      Thos. H. Smith
   Robert Pybus         Artr. E. Smith
   A.L. Richardson      Richd. R. Soulsby
   W.E. Richardson      T.W. Stanfield
   Olvr. Richmond       Harry Stobbs
   Tyson Rigg           W.H. Stockdale
   Geo. S. Rivers       Edwin Taylor
   A.W. Robertson       Thos. H. Tiffin
   T.N. Robinson        W.H. Turnbull
   John W. Robson       Artr. Turner
   Robert Robson        A.D.L. Vickers
   Robt. R. Robson      Josh. P. Wake
                        W.G.B. Walker
                        Josh. M. Watson
                        Sydy. Watson
                        Ernst. H. Waud
                        Hawey S. Werry
                        Edwd. R. Wilson  
                        Josh. K.C. Wood
                        William Wood
                        Chas. Yearman

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