Memorial Details

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Photo: Tony Harding

Memorial

Lychgate 1914-18 1939-45 St. Cuthbert

Reference

A6.02

Place

ALLENDALE

Map ref

NY 837559

Original Location

St. Cuthbert's Church, Market Place

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled August 1920 by Viscountess Allendale. Dedicated by Canon Newsom.

Memorial Description

Lych gate in Gothic style covering an area 10 feet x 8 feet. Dark wood on stone base. Over the entrance is the cross of St. Cuthbert. The words "For God, King and Country" are incised into the barge boards using Gothic lettering.
On a beam above the first centre panel are inscribed the words “Roll of Honour”.
The inner walls have been divided into three panels on each side. The centre panel on each side bears a dedication, while the two outer panels on each side bear names. Lettering is Roman capitals.

Materials used

The parapet is of dressed stone from a local quarry. The stone flags are from an old smelt mill. Oak woodwork.

Inscription

On outside overhead arch
For God, King and Country.
On centre panel on one side
To the Glory of God / and in grateful memory / of men from this parish / who gave their lives for / their Country in the / Great War 1914-1919 / this lych gate is dedicated.
On centre panel on other side
They whom this lych gate commemorates / were numbered among those who at / the call of King and Country left all / that was dear to them, endured hardness, / faced danger and finally passed out / of the sight of men by the path of duty / and self sacrifice by giving up / their own lives that others might / live in freedom. Let those who come after / see to it that their names / be not forgotten.
On a beam:
Roll / of / Honour.
1939-1945

Names

How money was raised

Public subscription

Present condition

Restored 2006

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed by J. Landell Nicholson of Newcastle on Tyne and Allendale.
Masons: J. & W. Newman, Allendale; Oak: Parsons & Ridley; Carving: R. Percy Appleby, Newcastle on Tyne; Lettering: C. Nicholson, Newcastle

Notes

1. It was suggested, as a war memorial, that the Savings Bank premises be purchased as a public amenity, but allowing the Bank to continue to operate.

2. Returning servicemen were presented with gold watches and chains.

3 . From the area, 132 men joined and over 100 returned.

4. The gates were removed because of vandalism. A new set was provided, but these were also vandalised and have been removed.

5. The seats have also been removed, since they provided vandals with a roofed venue in which to congregate, with the result that the name panels have also been attacked.

6. Of those named, the following references are on an Honours Board:
J. Routledge was awarded the Military Medal in 1916;
Albert Henderson was awarded the Croix de Guerre in 1917.

7. In 2006 War Memorials Trust made a grant of £2,900 towards the restoration of the lychgate.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: P. Thirkell; Tony Harding

Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs; Postcard collection shows the site before the lychgate was erected and after.

Hexham Courant 29/11/1919 and 04/12/1920 records proposals to buy Savings Bank; 02/01/1920 reports gifts of gold watches; 21/08/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Journal 11/08/1920 reports proposed unveiling on Saturday; 16/08/1920 reports unveiling;

Illustrated Chronicle 16/08/1920 reports unveiling with photos.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 21/08/1920 reports unveiling.

Hexham Weekly News 20/08/1920 reports unveiling.

War Memorials Trust Bulletin Autumn 2006 No. 31 reports the donation of a grant.

The Journal 11/12/2006 carries an article about research on some of the names on the memorial.

Source of quotation
“They whom this lychgate commemorates were numbered . . .” Adapted from a Certificate sent to all bereaved families under the George V cipher and coat of arms.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Handcock, Allendale Local History Society; J. Brown; Michael Newrick; David Oats, Allenheads; P. Thirkell; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

See link above

Lychgate 1914-18 1939-45 St. Cuthbert (A6.02)

 
ALLENDALE, St. Cuthbert's Church.   Lych gate.
   
First side
   To the Glory of God           
   and in grateful memory        
   of men from this parish       
   who gave their lives for      
   their country                 
   in the Great War 1914-1919    
   This lych gate is dedicated   
  
   James Norman Allison          Archie Hetherington
   Ernest Brown                  Richard Horncastle
   Robert William Elliott        Henry Jackson
   Septimus Fairlamb             George H. Johnson
   Edward Forrest                Thomas Appleby Lee
   Alfred W. Gillender           George R. Maughan
   Frederick T. Glendinning      Thomas Maughan
   William G. Glenwright         Norman Parker
   William Graham                Sidney Robinson
   Albert Henderson              Robert William Shield
   James S. Henderson            Harold Whitfield
   
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Second side
     
   1939-1945             They whom this lychgate commemorates     
   War                   were numbered among those who at
                         the call of king and country left all
   John R. Blair         that was dear to them, endured hardness
   Charles E. Foster     faced danger and finally passed out
                         of the sight of men by the path of
                         duty and self-sacrifice by giving up
                         their own lives that other men might
                         live in freedom.  Let those who come 
                         after see to it that their names
                         be not forgotten.
NamesA6.02

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Parish Notes

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