Memorial Details

Photo: Robert Preston


Lychgate 1914-18 1939-45 Cemetery





Map ref

NY 834829

Original Location

Entrance to Cemetery next to
the Show ground beside B6320.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled September 1921.

Memorial Description

Lychgate. Estimated overall height 15-16 feet. Overall width, 19 feet 2 inches including a 1 foot buttress at each side of inner wall; arch is 8 feet 9 inches high x 7 feet 10 inches wide. Wooden gates are each 4 feet 7 inches high and 3 feet 8 inches wide on their hinges.
Over the arch, a stone sword overlaid with a wreath have been carved and fixed to the wall, with the sword blade overlying the words "In Memoriam" carved in relief on a stone plaque. There are also small recesses lower down on the front on either side of the gates which bear the dates "1914-1918" and "1939-1945" on the panel at their back.
The names of those who served and those who died in 1914-18 are incised in three columns on the north wall inside the gate, and carried over to the south wall.
The names for 1939-45 are listed in a single column in a north recess on the right hand wall.

All lettering is in Roman capitals.

Materials used

Built of stone with roof hung with stone slabs.


a. Over entrance:
"In Memoriam 1914-18"
On north wall inside:
"To the glory of God and in proud / memory of the men from / this countryside who fell in / the cause of right and freedom / (names) / "also in gratitude for services / rendered in the same cause by those / named below and on the opposite wall".

b. On stone inside lychgate :
To Those / who died in / the World War / 1939-1945


How money was raised

Public subscription.

Present condition

Some of the letters are barely readable, and in some cases only the vestiges of letters remain.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed by Robert Mauchlan.


1. Pevsner describes the lychgate as being in the Arts and Crafts style.

2. Work started in April 2018 to restore the 72 names which were fading away on to new plaques, thanks to a donation of ten thousand pounds from the Northumberland Freemasons.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Bellingham & N. Tyne Local History Society; J. Brown; Robert Preston; old postcards: Tony Harding; C.N. Dallison

Hexham Courant 1919 passim reports fund raising; 27/09/1996 reports unveiling in item "75 years ago".

Newcastle Daily Journal 14/01/1920 reports that the response to fund raising is good.

In Silent Fortitude: In Memory of the Men of the North Tyne Valley who Fell in the Great War; Alan Isaac Grint; 2011; Ergo Press; ISBN 9780955751097

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Bellingham & N. Tyne Local History Society; P. Thirkell; J. Brown; Michael Newrick; C.N. Dallison; Mr. & Mrs. S. Spencer

Research In Progress

Alan Grint researched the names on this memorial in his book In Silent Fortitude: In Memory of the Men of the North Tyne Valley who Fell in the Great War; 2011; Ergo Press; ISBN 9780955751097:-Cogito books 01434 602555

Lychgate 1914-18 1939-45 Cemetery (B18.01)

BELLINGHAM, Lych gate.
Left side :
   To the glory of God and in proud
   memory of the men from
   the countryside who fell in 
   the cause of right and freedom.
   J. Stanley Allen   W. Foreman       A. Rutherford
   G. Armstrong       W. Fox           W. Ninian Robson
   W. Armstrong       R. Glendinning   T. Storey
   E. Armstrong       Jas. Grieve      R. Storey
   A. Bowes           R. Hedley        J.G. Southern
   And. Cowan         E. Johnson       Thos. Spencer
   J.R. Clapperton    T. Lauderdale    Joseph Turnbull
   Jas. Daley         M. Martinson     John P. Waugh
   Paxton Dodd        D. McKie         T. Wright   
   Jas. Brown         Thos. Robson     Basil White   
   J. Fletcher        John Rae.        J.H. Temple
   Also in gratitude for services
   rendered in the same cause by those
   named below and on the opposite wall.
   J.B. Aggas         Robt. Brown      G. Dagg, Senr.
   Robt. Allen        Robt. Burn       G.E. Dagg, Jnr.
   John R. Anderson   R.E. Charlton    E. Daley
   J. Armstrong       W.H. Charlton    Philip Dalby
   J.R. Armstrong     L.E.O. Charlton  Alex. Davidson
   Robt. Armstrong    F.H. Charlton    Jas. Davidson
   W. Armstrong       W.P. Collier     Ewan Davidson
   Jas. Andison       G.T. Colling     John Dodd
   G. Armstrong       J.R. Colling     T. Drummond
   H. Armstrong       And. Collings    B. Dixon
   G. Bell            Joseph Coulson   E.C. Dixon
   J.W. Bell          Robt. Cowan      W. Elliott
   Robt. Bell         -----------      -----------
On opposite wall:
   T. Forster         D.M.Muncaster    G. Stewart
   Adam Fox           J. Murray        R.W. Stewart
   James Fox          J.S. Milligan    R.M. Snaith
   G. Forster         Alex McDonald    Edw. Teasdale
   Robt. Forster      Robt. Nichol     W.S. Telfer
   P. Graham          Robson Nichol    A. Telford
   T.H. Glass         W. Nixon         John Telford
   Chas. Gash         H. Newcombe      Albert Thompson
   John Hall          T.S. Pearson     P.J. Thompson
   Mat. Hall          Robt. D.Potts    W. Thompson
   J. Hindmarch       W. Potts         Hugh Thompson
   R.W. Huntington    Robt. Procter    J. Thompson
   Gabriel Hedley     A. Rae           Jo. Thompson
   I. Hutton          Peter Rae        W. Thompson
   Jas. Jameson       P.J. Redpath     Henry Thompson
   Hugh Johnson       J.W. Richardson  Jas. Turnbull
   J.H. Johnson       W. Richardson    J.J. Turnbull
   T.B. Johnston      Robt. Riddle     W. Turnbull
   Stanley Johnstone  L. Riddle        Jas. Ullathorne
   T. Johnson         G. Robson        Thos. Weightman
   W. Laurence        J. Robson  Jun.  J.E. Walsh
   Adam Little        T. Robson        Michael Wear
   Jas. Little        A.R. Robson      Jack Wear
   Thos. Scott Little John Scott       R. Whittaker   
   Stewart Little     Alex Seaton      J. Wilson
   Alex Lunn          J.W. Short       -. Wilson
   John E. Lunn       E. Sidebottom    George Wilson
   Jas. Mather        W. Sinclair      J. Thur
   M. Maughan         T. Shaw          -  Young
   J. Maughan         K. Sisterson     
   Robt. Milburn      G.G. Smith       
   G.T. Milburn       J.D. Scott                
   Jas. Mole          J.T. Southern            
   C. Morrison Bell.  R. Stephenson 
On left hand side :
   To those
   who died in
   the World War
   Batey, N.T.
   Bower, W.
   Chilman, A.T.
   Jameson, J.A.
   Mason, J.C.
   Newton, E.J.
   Waitt, S.T.
   Warwick, F.R.
The following was transcribed by Tony Harding from 
North Tyne Magazine, Vol. XXVIII, no.304, August 1918, pp.1,3.
   Roll of Honour
   The following is a list of our men who have 
   given their lives for us and our country.
   Corpl. W.A. Johnson, N.F. (Regulars)
   Pte. W. Fox, N.F.
   Pte. R.J. Clapperton, N.F.
   Pte. A. Bouas, N.F.
   Lance-Corpl. E. Armstrong, N.F.
   Lance-Corpl. M. Martinson, N.F.
   Pte. A. Rutherford, N.F.
   Pte. R.B. Glendinning, N.F. 
   Pte. D. Mackie, N.F.
   Pte. J.G. Brown, N.F.
   Pte. Paxton Dodd, N.F.
   Lieut. W.J. Robson.
   Pte. W. Armstrong.
   Pte. T. Lauderdale, N.F.
   Pte. W.J. Foreman, N.F.
   Pte. P.J. Waugh, N.F.
   Lieut. J.H. Temple, K.R.R.
   Sergt. A. Cowan, E.Yorks.
   Major J.S. Allen, M.C., N.F.
   Requiescant in Pace
   The following have shown exceptional
   courage and have won military distinctions:-
   Cadet W.H. Thompson, D.C.M., and M.M., N.F.
   Major G.S. Allen, M.C., N.F.
   Lieut. T. Pearson, M.C., R.F.C.
   Lieut. T. Robson, M.C., Yeomanry..
   Pte. R. Brown, M.M., N.F. 
   Gnr. A. Benson, M.M., M.G.C.
   Gnr. J. Mather, M.M., R.F.A.
   The following are prisoners of war in
   Pte. J.W. Bell, Royal Warwicks.
   Pte. J.C. Hall.
   Capt. R. Allen, N.F.
   Pte. A. Lunn, N.F.
   Gnr. A. Benson, M.M., M.G.C.
   Pte. T. Wright, N.F.
   Pte. J.G. Southern.
   Pte. G.T. Colling.
   Pte. N.W. Robson.
   The following are serving or have served:-
   Lance-Corpl. J.R. Armstrong, N.F.
   Pte. R. Armstrong, N.F.
   Pte. W. Armstrong, N.F.
   Pte. H. Armstrong, N.F.
   Pte. J. Armstrong, N.F.
   Pte. G. Armstrong, N.F.
   Dodd Armstrong, A.B., R.N.
   Tpr. J.R. Anderson, Yeomanry                                                       
   Pte. J. Brown
   Tpr. R.J. Bell, Yeomanry
   Pte. G. Bell, R.W. Surreys
   Smith R.J. Burn, R.F.A.
   Capt. W.H. Charlton *
   Sergt. R.E. Charlton, N.F.
   Pte. A. Collins, N.F.
   Pte. R. Charlton
   Pte. R. Cowan, N.F.
   Tpr. R.E. Cowan, Yeomanry
   Lance-Corpl. J.R. Colling
   Pte. M. Collier, R.F.C.
   G. Cranston, A.B., R.N.
   Major, E. Dixon, N.F.
   Capt. E.C. Dixon, N.F.
   Sergt. E. Davidson, N.F.
   Pte. R. Davidson
   Pte. J. Davidson, N.F.
   Pte. T. Davidson, N.F.
   Pte. J. Dodd
   Pioneer G. Dagg, R.E.
   Driver P.A. Davidson, A.S.C.
   Sapper E. Daley, R.E.
   Sergt. P. Daley, N.F.
   Sergt. J. Daley, Can.E.F.
   Pte. I. Drummond
   Pte. T. Elliott, N.F.
   Sapper W. Elliott, R.E.
   Pte. R. Forster, N.F.
   Pte. T. Ferguson, N.F.
   Pte. G. Fell
   Sergt. G. Forster, N.F.
   Pte. C. Gash, N.F.
   Sergt. R. Graham, N.F.
   Lance-Corpl. M. Hall, N.F.
   Driver A. Hall, R.F.A.
   Tpr. H. Hall, Yeomanry
   Pte. T. Hedley, N.F.
   Pte. R. Hedley
   Tpr. H. Herdman, Yeomanry
   Pte. J. Hindmarch, Can.E.F.
   Pte. J. Hutton, E. Lancs.
   Gunner J. Jameson, R.G.A.
   Pte. H. Johnson, N.F.
   Pte. J.W. Johnson, R. Berks.
   Pte. J.H. Johnson, N.F.
   Pte. S. Johnson, R.F.C.
   Pte. W. Lawrence, N.F.
   Pte. M. Lamb
   Pte. A. Little, M.G.C.
   Pte. T. Little, N.F.
   Pte. T.S. Little, N.F.
   Pte. J. Little, A.B., R.N.
   Pte. J. Lunn, N.F.
   Capt. Sir C. Morrison-Bell.
   Pte. J. Maughan, Coldstream Guards.
   Pte. M. Maughan, N.F.
   Sergt. R. Milburn, N.F.
   Pte. G.T. Milburn
   Pte. J. Milligan
   Pte. J. Mole, N.F.
   Driver J. Murry, R.G.A.
   Pte. H. Newcombe, Durham Bantams
   Qtr-Master R. Nichol, R.F.C.
   Pte. Robson Nichol
   Pte. W. Nixon, Royal Scots
   Sergt. A.E. Proctor, N.F.
   Corpl. T. Robson, N.F.
   Lance-Corpl. W. Potts, Yeomanry
   Lieut. J. Robson, L. Lovat Scouts.
   Lieut. G. Robson.
   Lieut. T. Robson.
   Sapper T. Robson, R.E.
   Pte. G. Robson.
   Corpl. A.R. Robson, N.F.
   Pte. W. Richardson, N.F.
   Pte. M. Richardson, N.F.
   Corpl. W.B. Richardson, R.G.A.
   Pte. L. Riddle
   Pte. P. Rae, Black Watch
   J. Rae, A.B., R.N.
   Surgeon A. Rae, R.N.
   Driver P.J. Ridpath, A.S.C.
   R.E. Riddle, A.B., R.N.
   Driver E.J. Rough
   Gnr. J. Rough, R.G.A.
   Pte. J. Scott, N.F.
   Piper A. Scott
   Pte. W.J. Scott, N.F.
   Pte. A.N. Seaton, N.F.
   Pte. T. Snaith, N.F.
   Pte. T.A. Shaw, N.F.
   E. Sidebottom, R.N.A.S.
   Gunner G. Smith, R.G.A.
   Pte. M.K. Sisterson, N.F.
   Pte. R. Stephenson, N.F.
   Corpl. W. Sinclair, N.F.
   Pte. J.T. Southern
   Pte. J. Stewart
   Pte. J.W. Storey
   Driver R. Storey, A.S.C.
   Pte. J.E. Swan, Can.E.F.
   Pte. S. Swan, Can.E.F.
   Pte. E.R. Teasdale, N.F.
   Pte. A. Telford, K.O.S.B.
   Pte. J.G. Telford
   Sig. H.H. Telfer, R.F.A.
   Pte. J.S. Telfer, N.F.
   Pte. W.B. Thompson, N.F.
   Pte. J.R. Thompson, N.F.
   Pte. T.H. Thompson, N.F.
   Pte. A.L. Thompson, A.S.C.
   Pte. R.J. Thompson, N.F.
   Dvr. H. Thompson, A.S.C.
   R.S.M. J.J. Turnbull, N.F.
   Sergt. W. Turnbull, N.F.
   Pte. Jos. Turnbull, N.F.
   Pte. J. Turnbull, N.F.
   Pte. R. Turnbull, K.O.S.B.
   Pte. W. Turnbull.
   Lance-Corpl. W. Waitt, N.F.
   Sergt. J. Walsh, N.F.
   Sapper J. Waugh, R.E.
   Pte. J. Wear, N.F.
   Pte. P.J. Waugh, N.F.
   Pte. R. Whittaker, N.F.
   Pte. T. Whittaker, N.F.
   Gunner Weightman, Tanks
   Pte. J. Wilson, N.F.
   Lieut. J. Ullathorne
   Pte. P. Young, N.F.
The following was transcribed by Tony Harding from 
North Tyne Magazine, Vol.XXVIII, no.304, August 1918, p.5.
      Ladies Work. – The following are serving or have served as Nurses:-
   Miss M. Roe  Q.A.I.M.N.S.
   Miss K. Bell
   Miss E. Robson
   Miss M. Milburn – whilst nursing in France was laid up 
         with a severe and critical attack of influenza.
   Miss J. Armstrong
   Miss L. Smith
   Miss J. Potts
   Miss C. Hall
   Miss N. Mather
      As W.A.A.C.:-
   Miss E. Davidson-Potts
   Miss A. Foreman
   Miss V. Foreman
   Miss L. Telford
   Miss K. Daley
   Miss J. Elliot
      As W.L.C.:-
   Miss M. Blackburn
   Miss L.K. Robson (Remount Dept.)


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