Memorial Details

Photo: James Pasby


Obelisk 1914-18 1939-45 High Street





Original Location

East side of High Street close to the junction with Bridge Street

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 11th November 1924 by Capt. R.A. Howe of Willington; dedicated by Rev. R.S. ?Spencer, vicar of Howden.

Memorial Description

Obelisk on square base and two shallow steps, the lowest one measuring 3 feet 2 inches x 2 feet 11 inches. Total height is 13 feet 3 inches. Three sides are plain. It is surrounded by five short stone columns joined by iron bars. The front of the obelisk is carved with sword, a rifle and a wreath in half relief.
The names from 1914-18 are carried in two columns on the front face of the pedestal, carrying onto the rise of the top step. The names from 1939-45 are listed in three columns on the risers of both top and bottom steps. The lettering is in sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used

Granite on freestone base.


a. Lest we forget. /
To the honour and in sacred / memory of the brave men from / Howden-le-Wear and District / who fell in the Great War / 1914-1918
b. (On top step). 1939-1945


Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee: Chairman Mr. M. Palmer



Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Mr. J.G. Brown of Wolsingham

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: C. Sanders; James Pasby; old postcards: T. Hutchinson; George Nairn; John Grainger

Auckland and County Chronicle 13/11/1924 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation
“Lest We Forget” Recessional Rudyard Kipling.

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Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; Tom Hutchinson; George Nairn; Tony Young

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Obelisk 1914-18 1939-45 High Street (H139.01)

   Lest we forget
   To the honour and in sacred 
   memory of the brave men from 
   Howden-le-Wear and District 
   who fell in the Great War 
   Bell J. Pte. N.F.         Hook J. Pte. D.L.I.
   Bennington D. Pte. W.R.   Kavanagh J. Stk. R.N.
   Browell E. Pte. E.Y.      Nutley J. Pte. N.F.
   Clark G. Sap. R.F.        Parkin G. Bomb. R.G.A.
   Clark R.T. Pte. E.Y.      Reid F. Pte. D.L.I. 
   Coates J. Pte. E.Y.       Robinson T. Pte. R.N.L 
   Cooke P. Pte. D.L.I.      Sell G. Pte. D.L.I. 
   Eccles T. Pte. D.L.I.     Slee J.H. Cpl. Y.R.
   Etherington D. Trp. Hus.  Trimble H. Pte. D.L.I. 
   Evans T. Sgt. N.F.        Walker F. Pte. D.L.I.
   Foster J.G. Pte. N.F.     Wearmouth G. Pte. D.L.I. 
   Gibson A. Pte. D.L.I.     Whitton W. Pte. D.L.I.
   Hardy S. Pte. N.F.        Willson W. Pte. N.F.
   Hindmoor C. Pte. D.L.I.   Williams E. Pte. K.R.R.
   Moses J. Pte. E.Y.        Wood A. Pte. S.R
On top step
   Brett G. Spr. R.E.         Horn T. Pte. N.F
   Fawell H.I. Pte. D.L.I.
   1939 - 1945
   Cousin H.        Walton E.        Dennis J.M. 
On lower step:
   Parnell H.       Raine A.         Robson A. 
   Wood J.          Walton J.T.      Smith T.D.
                    Moore J.W.B.

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