Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown

Memorial

Statue 1914-18 1939-45 Korea Roadside

Reference

C92.01

Place

CHOPWELL

Map ref

NZ 120585

Original Location

By side of road

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45
c. Korea

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled June 16th 1923 by Sir Thomas Oliver, dedicated by Rev. Angus McDonald, vicar of Chopwell.

Memorial Description

Statue of helmeted infantryman resting on a reversed rifle, standing on a square pedestal on a three-stepped base, in a paved area with gardens nearby. The dedication for 1914-18 is carried on the front of the pedestal with the quotation below. The names are listed in two columns on the two sides and back. The names from 1939-45 are on a sloping stone fixed to the top step. All lettering is in sans serif capitals.

Materials used

Aberdeen granite

Inscription

a. Pro Patria / In memory of / the men of / Chopwell / who laid down / their lives / for / Liberty, Honour / and / Justice / and / in defence of / King and Country / in / The Great War / also in grateful recognition / of all who served /
We are the dead / if ye break faith with us / we shall not sleep.
b. 1939-1945 / in memory of the people of Chopwell / who died in the Second World War.
c. Korean War 1950-1953

Names

Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee

Cost

c. £1,000

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

A. and F. Manuelle, 4-6 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2.

Ownership and maintenance

Deeds of the site were handed over to Blaydon Urban District Council at the unveiling ceremony.

Notes

1. A crowd of some 7,000 attended the unveiling in 1920.

2. From a population of less than 8,000, 1100 men served, 205 died in 1914-18

3. Sir Thomas Oliver was given a granite paper weight as a memento of the occasion.

4. From the list of names on the programme:
Hetherington R.J. reads Hetherington R.H. on memorial;
Posket reads Poskett on memorial.

5. Keith Callendar writes:
The name T.G. Houghton appears to be incorrect. It should be J.J. Houghton. John James Houghton was killed whilst serving with the D.L.I. at the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval. His name appears correctly on the Roll of Honour in St. John’s Church, Chopwell (C92.02)

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; Nan Smith, Simon Raine; C. Sanders; Steve Lamb; old postcards: George Nairn

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 15/05/1920; 23/06/1923

Shields Daily News 21/06/1923

Illustrated Chronicle 15/06/1923 reports unveiling next Saturday; 18/06/1923 reports unveiling with photos.

Consett Guardian 22/06/1923 reports unveiling.

Stanley News and Consett Chronicle 21/06/1923 reports unveiling.

Northern Echo 15/06/1923 reports proposed unveiling tomorrow.

Blaydon Courier 23/06/1923 reports unveiling.

Coal, Community and Conflict: A History of Chopwell K. Hordon, 1995.

Source of quotation
“We are the dead; if ye break faith . . .” In Flanders Fields John McRae

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

Mrs. N. Smith (Ryton); C. Sanders; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; George Nairn; Dorothy Hall; Keith Callendar; Steve Lamb; Mike Butynski

Research In Progress

The names on Chopwell Memorial (C92.01) have been researched by Steve Davidson Contact: sommecat@yahoo.co.uk

Statue 1914-18 1939-45 Korea Roadside (C92.01)

 
CHOPWELL, By roadside.
          
On front                                         

    
   Pro Patria                                       
   
   In memory of                                     
   the men of                                       
   Chopwell                                         
   who laid down                                    
   their lives                                      
   for                                              
   Liberty, Honour                                  
   and                                              
   Justice                                          
   and                                              
   in defence of                                    
   King and Country                                 
   in                                               
   The Great War                                    
   also in grateful recognition                     
   of all who served  
   1914      1918                              
   --------------
   We are the dead                                  
   if ye break faith with us                        
   we shall not sleep.                              
   --------------
   1939-1945                                        
   in memory of the people of Chopwell              
   who died in the Second World War.                
------------------------------------------       
On right side

    
   Allen, R.              Caygill, J.W.
   Allison, T.            Chaplin, F.
   Angus, J.T.            Charlton, M.R.M.
   Appleton, F.R.         Clark, J.J.
   Armoury, C.F.          Clark, R.
   Armoury, J.H.          Clemitson, N.L.
   Armstrong, J.J.        Clifford, J.
   Armstrong, J.T.        Clipperton, W.C.
   Armstrong, R.          Coates, R.
   Armstrong, T.W.        Coates, W.H.
   Armstrong, W.          Cobain, H.
   Armstrong, W.A.        Collingwood, J.W.
   Atkinson, F.           Collins, J.
   Bailey, J.             Collins, T.
   Barker, J.             Cook, R.
   Barnes, J.W.           Conghlan, R.
   Barron, J.W.           Conlan J.
   Bell, H.J.             Coulthard, J.W.
   Betton, L.             Coulthard, R.
   Bevil, T.              Coulthard, W.
   Birbeck, W.A.          Cowen, R.W.
   Black J.               Cruddas, A.
   Bolam, G.              Curl, S.C.
   Braddick, N.W.         Curry, W.
   Broad, J.              Davis, G.
   Brown, J.              Davison, W.
   Brown, J.H.            Dawson, W.
   Brown, J.R.            Dixon, F.
   Brown, W.W.            Dixon, N.M.
   Brumwell, T.           Dobson, R.
   Burton, I.             Dodds, J.S.
   Cairns, T.W.           Dodds, W.
   Carr, W.A.             Driver, R.
   Carroll, J.W.          Dunn, C.
   Cawthorne, S.          Edwards, E.
   --------------
   Korean War 1950-1953
   In Memory of
   Mathew Killeen R.N.F. who died 28th April 1952
------------------------------------------  
Back                                             

    
   Farrar, J.             Hughes, T.H.           
   Faulder, T.            Hume, A.               
   Fletcher, A.           Hutchinson, J.H.       
   Forster, F.            Ibbotson, M.           
   Foster, J.T.           Jennings, W.           
   Foster, W., N.F.       Johnson, F.            
   Foster, W., R.A.M.C.   Johnson, W.            
   Frame, B.              Kelly, T.              
   Gardner, J.            Kennyford, J.W         
   Gibson, J.W.           Kidd, G.               
   Gibson, T.             Kilpatrick, H.J.       
   Gill, D.               Laws, E.               
   Goodwin, C.            Lockey, W.             
   Goodwin, J.W.          Longstaff, E.          
   Graham, J.             Longstaff, G.          
   Graham, R.             Low, J.                
   Gray, G.E.             Lynn, O.S.             
   Greener, G.            Macfarlane, J.J.       
   Greener, J.            McKeown, G.            
   Grierson, J.           McLean, J.             
   Grigg, M.              McNeill, J.            
   Hall, J.G.             McQueen A.             
   Hannah, H.             Maddison, R.           
   Hardwick, C.T.         Marsh, W.              
   Harrison, H.           Martin, J.             
   Hawley, W.             Martin, W.             
   Heslop, F.             Merritt, J.            
   Heslop, J.E.           Milburn, H.            
   Hetherington, J.H.     Miller, S.             
   Hetherington, W.       Minto, G.W.            
   Hinde, W.              Mitten, H.C.           
   Hood, A.               Moralee, T.            
   Hood, W.               Morley, T.             
   Hooks, J.S.            Murphy, J.             
   Houghton, J.G.         Myers, A.              
------------------------------------------  
Left side

    
   Neilson, N.C.          Smith, D.
   Newman, J.             Smith, J.
   Nevins, S.             Smith, W.
   Nixon, J.R.            Stephenson, G.
   Noon, T.               Stephenson, J.
   Oswald, F.             Stephenson, R.
   Parkin, W.H.           Tarn, J.
   Pearson, J.N.          Temple, E.
   Pearson, J.W.          Thompson, G.
   Pearson, W.R.          Thompson, J.
   Peart, W.              Tiplady, T.
   Poskett, R.V.          Towler, G.
   Raine, F.              Towler, R.
   Raine, J.              Towler, W.
   Raine, Jno.            Turnbull, G.
   Raper, E.              Waistell, T.
   Readman, J.            Wallace, I.
   Richardson, J.         Walters, F.
   Richardson, J.C.       Wardilow, J.
   Roberts, J.            Ware, J.W.
   Robinson, A.           Waters, J.
   Robinson, J.           Watson, J.
   Robinson, W.           Waugh, J.
   Robson, G.             Waugh, T.
   Robson, J.             Welsh, T.J.
   Robson, L.             Wiles, A.
   Robson, T.C.           Wilkinson, E.
   Routledge, J.T.        Williams, E.
   Roxby, W.              Winter, T.
   Scott, W.              Woof, F.
   Sharp, G.E.            Wright, J.
   Shaw, J.               Wright, J.R.
   Simpson, J.J.
   Slee, R.
   Slowther, T.G.
NamesC92.01

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