Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Calvary 1914-18 St. Oswald's Churchyard





Map ref

NZ 276419

Original Location

St. Oswald’s Churchyard, Church Street. At north end near the main gate.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 19th March 1921 by Mrs. Roberts of Hollingside House, dedicated by Bishop of Durham, H.H. Henson.

Memorial Description

Calvary on tall octagonal slender column, total height 20 feet, on a pedestal. There is a platform of three steps, the lowest one being 9 feet 10 inches square and 10 inches high.
On three faces of the pedestal are two plaques, a smaller one above centrally placed above the lower one. The upper one bears the names in a single column, the lower one is divided into two panels each with the name in a single column.
Another 6 inches high x 1 foot wide bears the dedication.
Lettering is in raised sans serif capitals.

Materials used

Stone with bronze plaques


INRI / To the glory of God / and in honour of / all the parishioners who served / and in grateful remembrance / of those who gave their lives / for the cause of righteousness / and peace in the Great War / 1914-1918.




How money was raised

Fund raising events, public subscription.

Present condition

The bronze plaques were stolen in early October 2009. They have been replaced.


1. The proposed design was reported in 1919 as a being a “15th century cross, with the figure of Our Lord upon it. At the base in slate panels are to be inserted the names of all from the parish who have fallen in the Great War”.

2. Mrs. Roberts, who unveiled the memorial, lost two sons, Gerard Chipchase Roberts and Frederick John Robert, during the Great War. See D47.075

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; C. Sanders; old photo: George Nairn

Durham County Advertiser 18/3/1921 reports proposed unveiling; 25/3/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 26/3/1921 p.10

Durham Chronicle 14/11/1919 reports a sale of work in the Church Institute which raised £230.

Diocese of Durham Faculty 1001, issued 19/3/1921

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; John and Mavis Dixon; Dorothy Hall; George Nairn; Robert Elliott; Tony Harding

Research In Progress

If you are researching this memorial please contact

Calvary 1914-18 St. Oswald's Churchyard (D47.050)

DURHAM   St. Oswald’s Churchyard, at north end near the main gate.
   To the glory of God 
   and in honour of 
   all the parishioners who served 
   and in grateful remembrance 
   of those who gave their lives 
   for the cause of righteousness 
   and peace in the Great War 
   1914-1918.  R.I.P.
First plaque

   Bensley Stephen N.
   Coyne Robert Ernest 
   Hayes Edward    
   Kerwin Andrew
   Kerwin John
   Apperley Newton Wynne      Dawson Ed. Wm. Stewart 
   Berry  Cyril               Fox Jas. Henry
   Baker Thomas               Fenwick George
   Baker Arthur               Fenwick Arthur  
   Burton Ernest              Fenwick Walter
   Barker Bertie              Fisher William
   Bulmer John                Forrest Wilson
   Banks George Wilfred       Fox Jas. Henry
   Cosgrove Albert            Ebdy Fredrick
   Carter Edward              Gleason George
   Craggs William             Hazlegreaves William
   Cheshire Walter            Hopper Thomas
   Casey Owen                 Hawkins John    
   Dixon Sidney             
Second plaque

   Harris George William      Le Count Lionel
   Hopper Ralf                Marshall William  
   Holland Edward Miller      Morant William Myles
   Holland William Burrell    Moug Sylvester
   Hardy Sidney               Morris Charles     
   Jarvis Thos. William       Mason Joseph
   Johnson Joseph             Proctor John
   Johnson Joseph John        Proctor Elias 
   Jarvis Willie              Oliver John
   Kendrick Joseph            Roberts Frederick John
   Lambert Fred               Roberts Gerard Chipchase
   Lumsden Frederick          Richardson Albert
   Le Count George Arthur     Rolling John
Third plaque

   Laing John A. 
   McCarr George Thomas
   Newton William
   Speight William Edward
   Thew Thomas
   Welsh Arthur Edwin
   Russell John William       Thompson Wilfred   
   Redshaw Thomas George      Vest Charles
   Stuart Kenneth Bruce       Vasey Thomas Henry
   Stephenson Robert Senr     Vasey Robert   
   Stephenson Chas. William   Vasey Charles
   Stephenson Robert Junr     Vasey John  
   Smurthwaite Joseph Gerard  Walburn John Henry.
   Smith James                Wills Fred Elliott
   Sutton Fred                Wills Henry Harold 
   Sewell James               Watson William Adamson   
   Saxby Charles              Walton Arthur
   Smith John Henry           Walton Thomas 
   Trivett Samuel             Walton Fred
Two of the names have been changed:
   Hopper Ralph instead of Hopper, Ralf
   Trivet, Samuel instead of Trivett, Samuel.	 

You are looking at all the information and the best images we have so far on this memorial. If you can supply more information or better images please get in touch by sending an email to

Parish Notes

Every Name A Story