Memorial Details

Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 St. Ebba's Churchyard





Map ref

NZ 103554

Original Location

St. Ebba’s Churchyard, Shaw Lane

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled Wednesday 18th January 1922 by Mr. Francis Priestman, J.P.; dedicated by Rev. T.G. Gibson, rector, in the absence of the Bishop of Durham.
b. Dedicated Remembrance Sunday 1996

Memorial Description

Cross of St. Cuthbert’s type on short shaft resting on a tapering pedestal on a step. The cross has a raised boss and decoration on the arms.
On the front, at the top of the shaft, St. George is depicted in slaying the dragon inside a laurel wreath carved in half relief, with the dedication incised below. The names are incised in a single column on the pedestal. Lettering throughout is in sans serif capitals.
Half way down the rear of the shaft is a coat of arms raised in half relief, with the words “Lest We Forget” incised into the pedestal.

Materials used



a. 1914-1918 / To the / Glory of God / and to the / honoured memory / of the following / who gave their lives / for God / Home and Country.
“Great love / hath no man / than this”.
Lower stone “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God”.
Rear: Lest We Forget
1921 John George Gibson
Rector from 1895


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designer - Rector, Rev. J. George Gibson; made by Mr. H.S. Turner of Gateshead.


1. The day of the unveiling in 1922 there was snowstorm resulting in only a small attendance, and also prevented the Bishop of Durham from attending.

2. The following poem by E. Armstrong of Medomsley was printed in a newspaper report:
Here noble sons of Derwent braes
Those noble men of birth:
Though now perchance their bodies lie
In far-off foreign earth.
So let this new erected stone
On which our eyes may gaze
Read there the names who did atone
For us in wartime days”.

3. The coat of arms is, apparently, that of the rector who designed the memorial.

4. The vicar in 1996, Rev. Allison Harrison, was instrumental in having the names from 1939-45 added to the memorial.

5. Ellen Ross, older sister of Sydney Ross, attended the dedication of the 1939-45 names. She herself died in December that same year.

6. Visit July 2019 the cross has been renovated and the area grassed.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; Ron Carson, Errol Broomfield; Dorothy Hall

Order of Service

Illustrated Chronicle 19/01/1922 reports unveiling with photos.

Consett Guardian 27/01/1922 reports unveiling with photos.

Consett and Stanley Chronicle 27/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 21/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Blaydon Courier 28/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 19/01/1922 reports unveiling.

Diocese of Durham Faculty Books DDR/EJ/FAC/3/8123 has photograph. Faculty number 8123, issued 06/06/1996, allowed the addition of 1939-45 names to be engraved on the right hand side of the base using matching lettering.

Sources of quotations:
“Greater love hath no man . . .”: St.John 15 v 13;
“Souls of righteous . . .” Apocrypha Wisdom of Solomon 3 v 1;
“Lest we forget” : "Recessional", Rudyard Kipling

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; Ron Carson, Errol Broomfield, John and Mavis Dixon; Rev. Allison Harrison; Dorothy Hall; Alex Askew; Eric Heatherington

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 St. Ebba's Churchyard (E58.01)

EBCHESTER St. Ebba’s Churchyard
On shaft of cross
     To the
     Glory of God
     and to the
     honoured memory
     of the following
     who gave their lives
     for God
     Home and Country.
     “Great love
     hath no man
     than this”.
Front pedestal
     Thomas Armstrong
     John Edward Bewick
     Harold Fenwick
     William Ernest Fenwick
     Anthony Hood
     William Hood
     Eddie Keenleyside
     Alexander Loughran
     Sydney Weston
Lower pedestal:
     “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God”.
Right side
     Thomas Henry Raine
     Sydney Ross
     James Stratton Wardle
     Lest We Forget
                                  John George Gibson
     1921                         Rector from 1895
The Order of Service for the Unveiling of the War Memorial
on January 18th 1922 includes a Roll of Honour of those 
who had served 1914-1918.
   Allan, John                    Lowrie, Edward
   Atkinson, Thomas               Ludbrook, Charles A.
   Ballan, John                   Maddison, Thomas W.
   Ballan, Leonard                Milburn, Harry
   Bell, Thomas                   Murray, William
   Brown, William                 Musgrove, William
   Black, John                    Parker, Percival
   Brough, Joseph C.              Parker, Stanley
   Campbell, Richard              Parker, Sidney
   Charlton, William E.           Peck, John T.
   Charlton, Albert               Richardson, John B.
   Charlton, Albert P.            Robson, t.
   Chaytor, Robert C.             Robinson, Ernest W.
   Collingwood, Harry             Robinson, Alfred G.
   Curry, William                 Russell, Robert
   Dagg, John                     Rudd, Benjamin
   Elsom, Joseph                  Simpson, William T.
   Elliott, Albert S.             Simpson, Henderson
   Fenwick, Samuel A.             Smith, William E.
   Gibson, J. Alex                Thompson, George
   Gibson, J. George              Thompson, Timothy
   Gee, Walter                    Ward, Percival T.
   Gee, William                   Wardle, Robert
   Hayes, Henry                   Westgarth, Silas
   Henderson, Herbert             Weston, William
   Hastie, Fred                   White, John
   Hastie, David                  Wilkinson, George W.
   Hind, Fred G.                  Willey, Fred
   Holden, George                 Wray, Robert
   Johnson, Frank                 Yeates, William
   Little, E.R.

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