Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: C.N. Dallison


Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 Post Office





Map ref

NY 935639

Original Location

Post Office, Battle Hill.

Present Location

Sorting Office on Bridge End Industrial Estate. See Note 1 below.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 21st May 1922 by Mr. E.B. Smith, former postmaster at Hexham; dedicated by Rev. J.V.C. Farquhar, Rector of Hexham.

Memorial Description

Plaque, 68cm high x 61cm wide and with dome at centre top. The words "Hexham Post Office" are in an arc to fit inside the dome, in plain capitals and crossed flags, one of which is the Union flag. There is a border patterned with Tudor roses and leaves, with a boss in a square in each corner. The names are listed in two columns. The lettering is in black Roman capitals.

Materials used



a. In honoured memory of those / connected with this Postal District / who made the Supreme Sacrifice / in the Great War, 1914-1919,
b. and the World War, 1939-1945.


How money was raised

Staff at Head post office and sub post offices.

Present condition


English Heritage Listing

In Grade II Listed Building

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Edward H. Thew, Newcastle upon Tyne.


1. This was originally in the Post Office in Market Street opposite St. Wilfrid’s Gateway (now Hadrian House). It was moved to the Post Office on Battle Hill when it was opened in 1963. When this closed in 1995 and removed to Robbs store in Priestpopple the memorial was removed to the Post Office public enquiry counter to the rear of the earlier public counter. When the Post Office Sorting Office in the Battle Hill building was closed in November 1999 and moved to Bridge End Industrial Estate, the memorial was moved to the public enquiry counter there.

2. From the Hexham & District Post office 54 men volunteered, of whom one third were killed.

3. The original plaque for 1914-18 was of brass on oak.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C.N. Dallison

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 27/05/1922 reports unveiling.

Hexham Weekly News 26/05/1922 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 22/05/1922 reports unveiling.

Hexham Courant 16/05/1997 feature “75 years ago” reports unveiling.

Research acknowledgements

C.N. Dallison; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

Alan Grint has researched the names on the Hexham memorials in his book The Faith and Fire Within, 2006, Ergo Press ISBN 0955275814 Contact:-Cogito books 01434 602555

Plaque 1914-18 1939-45 Post Office (H51.19)

HEXHAM, Post office.

   Hexham Post Office

   In honoured memory of those
   connected with this Postal District
   who made the Supreme Sacrifice
   in the Great War, 1914-1919,
   and the World War, 1939-1945
   A. Aitchison, 4th N.F.        J. Liddell, Durham L.I.
   J.W. Archer, P.O. Rifles      R.R.Y. McIntyre, 4th N.F.
   T. Armstrong, 4th N.F.        E. Pigg, Northd. Hussars.
   W. Armstrong, Grenr. Guards.  J. Robson, 4th N.F.
   J. Bell, 4th N.F.             R.W. Smith, 4th N.F.
   H.H. Brown, 4th N.F.          C. Smith, West Yorks.
   P. Dodd, Durham L.I.          T. Walton, Border Regt.
   E. Forrest, West Yorks.       W. Wilkinson, Royal Navy.
   T. H. Henderson, S. Lancs.    G.W. Williamson, 4th N.F.
   F.D.M. Smith, R.A.F.          G.R. Graham, R.A.
   J.W. Davey, Cheshire Regt.

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