Memorial Details

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Photo: Eddie Castling

Memorial

Cross South Africa 1899-1902 Cathedral grounds

Reference

D47.001

Place

DURHAM

Map ref

NZ 273420

Original Location

Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, Palace Green. Outside north door, to the right. DH1 3EH.

Which war

South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 22nd December 1905 by the Earl of Durham, Lord Lieutenant of the County.

Memorial Description

Cross of Anglian type 27 feet high on a pedestal 3 feet 8½ inches high x 6 feet square weighing 12 tons. The cross is elaborately carved with pictures of trees, vines, fruit, leaves, birds and animals. The dedication is on the top pedestal below the D.L.I. badge raised in half relief inside a sunken circle. Lettering is in sans serif capitals.

Materials used

Stone

Inscription

To the memory of / the Officers, / N.C.O.’s and Men / of / the Durham Light Infantry / who were killed in action / or died of wounds or disease / in the / South African Campaign / 1899-1902
“Faithful unto death”
Erected 1905

Names

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

G.W. Milburn, York, erected by George Graydon or Gradon and Sons of Durham. Designer -Charles Clement Hodges, Hexham

Notes

1. There was a proposal to place the cross on Palace Green itself.

2. “The design is similar to the great Anglian crosses at Bewcastle, Ruthwell and Hexham, which were executed 670 and 740”.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Eddy Castling; C. Sanders; Dorothy Hall; Old postcards: George Nairn; John Grainger

Durham County Advertiser 22/12/1905 reports unveiling.

Durham Cathedral and the County Regiment leaflet

Durham County Council ref 505/4/8/337

4th Royal Warwickshire Regiment For remembrance and in honour of those who lost their lives in the South African War 1899-1902. James Gildea, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1911.

Memory Lane – Durham City ; Michael F. Richardson, ISBN 1 85893 193 1 carries early photos, inc. laying up of colours.

Durham – the Photographic Collection Michael F. Richardson, ISBN 0 75093282 carries photo of the laying up of the colours of 1st, 2nd and 3rd DLI on 24/10/1912

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the North East of England; Barrie and Wendy Armstrong; 2013; Oblong; 9 780957 599215.

Source of quotation:
“Faithful unto death” Revelation 2 v 10

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Durham County Council; Eddy Castling; C. Sanders; John & Mavis Dixon;

Research In Progress

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Cross South Africa 1899-1902 Cathedral grounds (D47.001)

 

    
On shaft  
   To the memory of
   the Officers
   N.C.O.’s and Men
   of
   The Durham Light Infantry
   who were killed in action
   or died of wounds or disease
   in the
   South African Campaign
   1899-1902.
    “Faithful unto death”.
   Erected 1905
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On front of pedestal

    
   The Durham Light Infantry
   1st Battalion
   Major T.R. Johnson Smyth  Private W. Armour   Private H. Gettle     Private R. Rigg
   Lieut. Adj. E.B. Thresher “    “  J. Arkless  “    “  A. Gilbey     “    “  W. Rose
   Lieut. C. Duncombe-Shafto “    “  W. Ashmore  “    “  D. Graham     “    “  I. Rowing
   “    “   R.R. Lambton     “    “  W. Bassett  “    “  H. Hick       “    “  R. Rowntree
   “    “   R.E. Rasbotham   “    “  W. Beadnell “    “  W. Horsman    “    “  W. Rousham
   Sergt.   J. Haigh         “    “  W. Blair    “    “  W. Howard     “    “  A. Royal
   “    “   W. Hardwick      “    “  W. Budd     “    “  J. Hudson     “    “  E. Ryan
   “    “   W. Kirkwood      “    “  W. Burnell  “    “  E. Hutchinson “    “  J. Ryan
   “    “   W. Sykes         “    “  F. Collins  “    “  W. Ingrey     “    “  J. Sellars
   “    “   R. Turner        “    “  W. Collins  “    “  T. Jackson    “    “  W. Sherman
   Corpl.   J. Melia         “    “  J. Cox      “    “  A. Johnson    “    “  G. Styles
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On lower step

    
   “    “   S. Nicholson     “    “  J. Cresswell “   “  C. Johnstone  “    “  A. Tennett
   Lance-Corpl. R. Andrew    “    “  T. Critchley “   “  S. Lascelles  “    “  W. Turner   
   “    “   H. Hamblin       “    “  T. Davis     “   “  J. Logan      “    “  H. Vernon
   “    “   W. Ismay         “    “  G. Davis     “   “  D. Maher      “    “  H. Wass
   “    “   E. Morgan        “    “  J. Dixon     “   “  G. Manser     “    “  H. Walker
   “    “   M. Naitby        “    “  J. Elliot    “   “  T. Marley     “    “  G. White
   “    “   G. Weston        “    “  J. Fawcett   “   “  T. McEwan     “    “  J. Whitehead
   “    “   H. Wilson        “    “  H. Fletcher  “   “  H. McDermott  “    “  G. Wilson
   Bugler   K. Cumming       “    “  W. Forfit    “   “  J. Parker     “    “  J. Witts
   “    “   R. Iles          “    “  S. Frost     “   “  W. Pell       “    “  W. Woods
   “    “   W. Lamb          “    “  J. Gascoigne “   “  G. Plotnicki  “    “  E. Yoxall   
                             “    “  H. Shearman
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First side of pedestal
  
   The Durham Light Infantry
   2nd Battalion               3rd Battalion                                4th Battalion
   Lieut.   A.S. Way           Colonel R.B. Wilson      Private T. Byrnes   Corpl.   C. Woodock
   Corpl.   C. Meadon          Lieut.  F.H.A. Sowerby   “    “  G. Dalkin
   Lance Corpl. F.W. Clements  2nd Lieut. J.C. Williams “    “  J.W. Dent   Private T. Bradley
   “    “   W.G. Pickett                                “    “  J. Forrest  “    “  G. Connor
                               Sergt.  A.A. Gunton      “    “  J. Goodwin  “    “  J. Connor
   Private  C.E. Cartwright    “    “  J. Graham        “    “  P. Handley  “    “  W. Doyle
   “    “   J. Coan            “    “  J. Slater        “    “  E. Holmes   “    “  F. Duffy
   “    “   T. Coyle           “    “  W. Watson        “    “  O. Laffey   “    “  J. Finneran
   “    “   J. Durkin                                   “    “  H. Lain     “    “  E. Harwood
   “    “   S. Holt            Lance Corpl. J. Marrion  “    “  D. Marshall “    “  J. Kell
   “    “   J. Lorrison        “    “  H Reynolds.      “    “  C. McGlone  “    “  W. Mason
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Lower stone

    
   “    “   R. Watson                                   “    “  W. McHugh   “    “  J. Laughlin
   “    “   G.H. Woolan                                 “    “  G. Morris   “    “  J. Monaghan
                                                        “    “  A. Nobes    “    “  C. Quinn
                                                        “    “  P. Scullion
                                                        “    “  J. Stanton
                                                        “    “  W. Taylor
                                                        “    “  C. Thompson
                                                        “    “  J. Wall
                                                        “    “  W. Wright
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Second side of pedestal   

    
   The Durham Light Infantry
   Volunteer Battalions
  
   1st    V.B.   D.L.I.   Private   S. Morris
   2nd    “      “        “     “   J. Armstrong
   “      “      “        “     “   N.M. Bishop
   “      “      “        “     “   W.A. Eyles
   3rd    “      “        Bugler    A. Orr
   4th    “      “        Corp.     T. Unsworth
   “      “      “        Private   I. Eland
   5th    “      “        “     “   E. Dixon
   “      “      “        “     “   S. Jones
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   Newspaper reports have the following variations on the names:

    
   M. Naithby instead of Naitby
   O. Weston instead of G. Weston
   R. Cumming instead of K. Cumming
   W. Beadwell instead of Beadnell.
   W. Torpit instead of Forfit.
   A. Gilley instead of A. Gilbey
   G. Johnstone instead of C. Johnstone
   J. Rowing instead of I. Rowing.
   W. Shearman instead of W. Sherman
   W.C. Pickett instead of W.G. Pickett
   C.H. Woolan instead of G.H. Woolan.
   G. Graham instead of J. Graham
   E. McClone instead of C. McGlone
   C. Morris instead of G. Morris
   T. Duffy instead of F. Duffy
   J. Eland instead of I. Eland

    
   F. Wills is not on the war memorial.

    
   H. Shearman is on the memorial, not in the newspaper.
NamesD47.001                                    

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