Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: John Rutherford

Memorial

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside

Reference

E18.01

Place

EGLINGHAM

Map ref

NU 108194

Original Location

In grounds of village hall.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled Easter Sunday 27th March 1921 by Mrs. Sutton-Jones of Roseden Hall.

Memorial Description

Cross of Celtic design “resembling the Saxon cross on Iona” about 11 feet 6 inches (3.5 m) high on two graduated bases, which in turn stand on two steps. Base is 147cm x 122cm. The pedestal and the top step bear the inscription in sans serif capitals. The monument stands in a semi-circular enclosure backed by a privet hedge and fronted by a low iron railing.
“The cross, 1.98m (6 feet 6 inches) high, springs from a die, two feet in height, set upon two finely finished blocks of stone” (Illustrated Chronicle)

Materials used

"Hewn out of the Liver Rock in the depths of the Old Denwick Quarry" (i.e. freestone)

Inscription

To the glory of God / in honour of the men / of this parish who fought, / and in ever / grateful remembrance / of those who fell / in the Great War / 1914-1918.
See ye to it that these shall not have died in vain.

Names

Cost

a. £85/5/6d including masonry and wrought iron railing £43/12/1d; yew hedge and sundries £11/16/1d.

How money was raised

a. Land for memorial was given to the village for a peppercorn rent by Sir Thomas Milvain.

Present condition

Good

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

John E. Watson. Designer - Messrs. Thomas Watson of Alnwick

Notes

1. Mrs. Sutton-Jones, who unveiled the memorial, had lost her only son in the war, and his name is on the memorial.

2. In 1921 Messrs. H. Brown and T. Burn agreed to undertake future upkeep, and Mr. Stanley Taylor offered to attend to flowers and immediate surroundings.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; P. Thirkell; Tony Harding

Alnwick & County Gazette 12/3/1921 carries a letter explaining various difficulties over finding a site, and the design and erection; 19/3/1921 reports proposed unveiling on Easter Sunday; 26/3/1921 carries description; 2/4/1921 reports unveiling; 3/12/1921 reports that the memorial is still not paid for, and that £90+ (£1.908.00) had been raised at a Free Gift Sale; 16/9/1922 reports finances and proposals for upkeep (NRO).

Illustrated Chronicle 22/3/1921 reports proposed unveiling next Sunday.

Northern Echo 28/3/1921 carries brief report of unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 26/3/1921 reports proposed unveiling; 2/4/1921 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation:
“See ye to it . . .” Quoted from certificate sent to the families of the fallen under the cypher of King George V

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

John Rutherford, Aln & Breamish Local History Society; J. Brown; P.Thirkell; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

The names on this memorial are being researched by Janet Rice who can be contacted on jandg.whince@talk21.com

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (E18.01)

 
EGLINGHAM, Cross in village.

    

    
   To the glory of God
   in honour of the men
   of this parish who fought,
   and in ever
   grateful remembrance
   of those who fell
   in the Great War
   1914-1918

    
   Thomas Atkinson     Richard Matthew Hall
   James Atkinson      Frederick Jerram
   Andrew Blyth        William Henry Moore
   Bertram R. Barron   Thomas Pybus
   John Brown          George J. Redpath
   Robert Brewis       Richard Ridding
   Peter Cairns        Cecil Gwyn Sutton-Jones
   Thomas Dunn         James Stawart
   Norman Davison      William Straughan
   Horace Hall         George Thompson
   Thomas Hall         William Thompson
   Arthur Titheridge

    
   See ye to it that these shall not have died in vain
---------------------------------------------------
On side

    
   1939-1945

    
   Sarah Elizabeth Dixon  Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.
   Peter Richard Hall    R.A.O.C.
   George William Oliver  R.N.F.
NameE18.01

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