Memorial Details

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Photo: C.N. Dallison

Memorial

ROH 1914-18 Hospital

Reference

H51.26

Place

HEXHAM

Map ref

NY 936638

Original Location

War Memorial Hospital, Eastgate (demolished). In the War Memorial Room, which was on the right of the main entrance to the hospital.

Present Location

The hospital was closed in April 1995. The boards were sent to Hexham General Hospital for temporary storage. They were re-erected in the new hospital, which opened in July 2003, and can be seen on the wall of the passage leading to the chapel.

Which war

1914-19

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Opened Thursday, 29th September, 1921 by Prince Henry, later Duke of Gloucester, ("his first official ceremony") and dedicated by the Rector, the Rev. J.V.C. Farquhar, B.A.

Memorial Description

Roll of Honour, set into a purpose-built stone surround. Board is 290cm high x 120cm wide. At the top is an integral carved laurel wreath, above which the words "Roll of Honour" are written in an arch in black lettering with red shadowing. On either side of the wreath are the dates "1914" and "1918" each in a scroll. Names are listed in three columns, using black Roman capitals with red initials. At the bottom is another scroll bearing the words "Is it nothing to all ye who pass by" .
The board is set into a panel, flanked on either side by narrow panels bearing the names of those who subscribed to the hospital. Over all is a lintel, set into the plaster wall, which bears the dedication, incised in the plaster and painted gold. On either side of the board is a narrower board which gives names by year. These are said to be the names of either the Chairmen of the Hospital Committee or the main donors of funds to the hospital. The inscriptions are all in upper case lettering, with red initials.

Materials used

Wood

Inscription

On lintel:
And love lives on, and hath a power to bless / when they who loved are hidden in the grave.
On Memorial Board:
Roll of Honour / 1914 / 1918
Is it nothing to all ye who pass by

Names

Who commissioned

Hexham War Memorial Committee

Cost

£14/13/9d for memorial boards was paid to the firm of J.A. Hedley.

How money was raised

Public subscription

Present condition

Good

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

J.A. & T. Hedley, Joiners, Cabinet Makers, St.Mary’s Chare, Hexham.

Notes

1. This memorial is identical in style to that for the 1939-45 war which hangs on the adjacent right-hand wall. Facing the board is a glass case holding the Standard of the British Legion, which was superseded when the Legion became the Royal British Legion in 1971.

2. There was great debate over the location of the scrolls after the closure of the hospital in 1995. The suggestion that they be placed in the cemetery chapel of rest was branded as "appalling". It was finally agreed that place of honour be found for them in the new hospital building.

3. Although a new hospital was to be built, great debate went on regarding the old building. It was given to the town as a War Memorial Hospital, and there are those who felt that it should be returned to the town.

4. Arthur Gardner, who led the campaign to have the memorial rolls moved to somewhere suitable, died on the eve of the decision to put them in storage and to rehouse them them in the new hospital when built. In June 1995 a street in France was named “Rue Captain Arthur Gardner” in his honour.

5. The Account from J.A. & T. Hedley reads
“1921. The Hospital.
Aug22. To making the Memorial board &c. £7/10/0;
To 40 sq.ft. x ¾ oak @ 2/6 = £5/00/0;
To 20ft x 5 x 7/8 P. 5/-. 25 ft x 1½” mould 6/3 = 11/ 3d;
Sept. 5 To getting out oak for carving 18” x 14½ x 1½ = 6s
Sept.26 To fitting up do. 24/6 = £1.6.6
Pd Oct 28/21 £14.13 9d.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C.N. Dallison

Supplement to the Hexham Courant, Saturday, 01/10/1921.

The Journal 10/01/1995 reports debate on new place for memorials; 11/01/1995 reports no room in the Abbey for them, and the monastic workshop was also considered; 13/01/1995 reports death of campaigner on eve of meeting to discuss future location; 27/06/1995 reports naming of street in France in honour of Arthur Gardner

Day Book, page 325, J.A. & T. Hedley, Joiners, Cabinet Makers, St.Mary’s Chare, Hexham.

Sources of quotations
“And love lives on . . .” Elegy on the death of Dr. Channing James Russell Lowell
“Is it nothing to you . . . Lamentations 1 v 12

Research acknowledgements

C.N. Dallison

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

ROH 1914-18 Hospital (H51.26)

 
HEXHAM, War Memorial Hospital.
  
A N D   L O V E  L I V E S  O N,  A N D  H A T H  A  P O W E R  T O  B L E S S
W H E N  T H E Y  W H O  L O V E D  A R E  H I D D E N  I N  T H E  G R A V E.
  
ROLL OF HONOUR
1914                      1918
  
E.R.A. A.R.B. Pearson       R.N.        Pte.  J. Dodd          4th N.F.   Pte.    C.W. Potts        22nd.N.F.
"      B.T. Baty            R.N.R.      "     W. Dodd          "          "       W. Allan          25th.N.F.
A.B.   L. Charlton          R.N.        "     M.F. Donnelly    "          Serg.   F. Forster        27th.N.F.
"      E.N. Dodds           "           "     W. Donnelly      "          Lc.Cpl. N.C. Barnfather   R.F.
"      W. MacLachlan        "           "     J. Evans         "          Pte.    J. Kirkland       "
"      J. Robson            "           "     E.A. Fletcher    "          "       A.J. Pattinson    "
"      P. Robson            "           "     A. Forster       "          "       S. Plant          "
"      J.E. Thompson        "           "     J. Fox           "          "       P. Woolaston      Kings
"      W. Wilkinson         "           "     H. Gibbin        "          Lt.     G.S. Long         Suffolks
"      W. Wilson            "           "     J. Grierson      "          Pte.    C. Conkleton      W. Yorks.
A.P.   W. Wilson            Mariner     "     H. Griffin       "          "       J. Dunwoodie      " 
Fl.L.  T.A. Urwin           R.A.F.      "     J. Heenan        "          Lc.Cpl. A.L. Lowes        "
Pte.   J.T. Hogg            "           "     W. Henderson     "          Pte.    C. Smith          "
Sgt.   W.R. Thew            N.H.        "     R.G. Henderson   "          "       R.W. Smith        "
Tpr.   J.G. Dodds           "           "     T.C. Hill        "          "       G. Smith          E. Yorks.
"      W. Metcalf           "           "     W. Hogg          "          "       M. Thompson       " 
Cap.   S. Atkinson          R.F.A.      "     R. Hudson        "          "       N. Wilkinson      "
"      F.A. Richardson      "           "     T. Lancaster     "          "       H. Brown          L.F.
Lt.    J.T. Strang          "           "     R. Lendren       "          "       T. Craig          Cheshire
Dr.    J.M. Spedding        "           "     W.C. Love        "          Capt.   C.F.H. Charlton   S.W.B.
"      T.W. Smith           "           "     T.T. Mc.Adam     "          Lt.     J.T. Redpath      K.O.S.B.
Gnr.   J.E. Charlton        R.G.A.      "     N. Mitchison     "          Pte.    M. Irwin          R. Ins. F.
"      R.D. Telfer          "           "     R. Moulding      "          Serg.   A. Addison        W. Riding.
Dr.    J.R. Dodd            "           "     C. Moss          "          Capt.   R. Head           Border R.
Cpl.   H.K. Lockhart        R.E.        "     J.E. Newton      "          "       B.C. Harrison     "
Sap.   E. Baty              "           "     R. Newton        "          Pte.    H. Abbott         "
"      J.E. Bruntlett       "           "     A. Noble         "          "       N. Mitchinson     R.H. 
"      J.W. Dodds           "           "     J. Oliver        "          Lc.Cpl. A. Atkinson       S.Foresters.
"      T.W. Edwards         "           "     R.D. Oliver      "          "       P. McMahon        K.O.Y.L.I.
"      R. Elliott           "           "     G. Pearson       "          Pte.    R.M. Conkleton    "
Pte.   J.A. Ferrol          C.Gds.      "     J. Pencott       "          "       J.R. Robson       "
Capt.  J.H. Cuthbert D.S.O. "           "     T. Potts         "          "       J. Watson         " 
Pte.   V. Bathgate          R. Scots    "     I. Reay          "          Lt.     E. Sparke         Mdlx.
"      A. Patterson         R.M.L.I.    "     M. Reed          "          Cpl.    P.S. Milburn      K.R.R.
"      W. Oswald            E.Kents     "     E. Riley         "          Pte.    J.W. Banks        "
"      G.S. Robinson        "           "     F. Riley         "          "       J.W. Archer       L.R.
"      H.H. Browne          1st.N.F.    "     J. Riley         "          "       J. Boswell        N. Staffs
"      J.E. Robson          "           "     J. Robson        "          Capt.   R. Atkinson       D.L.I.
Lt.Col.B.D. Gibson D.S.O.   4th.N.F.    "     J. Robson        "          "       W.G. Charlton     "
Capt.  L.D. Plummer         "           "     J. Robson        "          "       H.J. Spencer      "
"      J.W. Robinson        "           "     J.B. Robson      "          "       J.H. Iveson       "
"      H.H. Bell            "           "     T.W. Robson      "          Lt.     F.T. Iveson       "
Lt.    J.M. Emmerson        "           "     J. Rowell        "                  D. Little         "
"      F.P. Lees            "           "     D. Salkeld       "          C.S.M.  T. Chrisp M.M.    "
"      H.A. Long            "           "     W. Scott         "          Pte.    J. Bell           "
"      R.L. Tully           "           "     J. Smith         "          "       W.H. Brown        "
"      G.F. Walton          "           "     P. Smith         "          "       P. Dodd           "
R.S.M. G.D. Fewster         "           "     W.H. Smith       "          "       W. Hill           "
R.Q.M.S. A.G. Richardson    "           "     W. Summers       "          "       C. Irwin          "
C.S.M. W.A. Charlton        "           "     J. Stewart       "          "       T.H. Marsh        "
"      A. Hallbrooke        "           "     D. Sword         "          "       S.B.M. Morris     "
Serg.  W. Alder             "           "     J. Thompson      "          Serg.   H. Mains           G.H.
"      R. Brooks            "           "     J.W. Thompson    "          Cpl.    E. Baty            "
"      F. Harvey            "           "     W. Watt          "          Lc.Cpl. J. Halliday        "
"      F. Nevison           "           "     C. Watson        "          Pte.    C. Smith           "
"      V. Scott             "           "     R.M. Welch       "          "       J.R. Wallace       "
Cpl.   F. Abbott M.M.       "           "     I.H. Whittaker   "          Capt.   B. Allgood         R.I.R.
Lc.Cpl.R. Henderson         "           "     R. Wilson        "          Cpl.    G.E. Pattinson     M.G.C.
"      J. Kelly             "           "     F. Young         "          Pte.    J.W. Oxley         R.A.S.C.
"      W.E. Woodman         "           Dr.   T. Cathrae       "          "       F. Hall            "
"      R. Young             "           "     W. Pearson       "          "       J. Young           "
Pte.   T. Abbott            "           "     J.S. Snowball    "          "       C.J.D. Waddilove   R.A.M.C.
"      E. Armstrong         "           Lt.   J. McIntosh      "          "       C.E. Mason         A.&.S.H.
"      J.J. Baty            "           Pte.  S.R. Hutton      "          "       W. Oliver          "
"      J. Baty              "           "     W. Kirsopp       8th.N.F.   Serg.   T. Burn            Canadians
"      J. Bell              "           "     T. Pigg          "          Pte.    J. Bell            "
"      W. Bell              "           Lt.   C.F. Savage      10th.N.F.  "       H.W.P. Dent        "
"      E. Blackburn         "           Cpl.  F. Robson        "          "       E. Walton          "
"      R. Blackburn         "           Lc.Cpl.T.W. Burn       "          Tpr.    B. Alexander       Aust.E.F.
"      G.W. Bowstead        "           Pte.  W. Lynch         16th.N.F.  Pte.    J.W. Robinson      "
"      W.I. Cooper          "           Serg. G.E. Snowball    19th.N.F.  "       W. Turnbull        "
"      W. Coulson           "           "     J. Nevison       20th.N.F.  "       E. Wallace         "
"      J. Cunningham        "           Pte.  F. Newman        "          "       W.C. Brown         D.L.I.
"      G. Dodd              "           "     T. Pencott       22nd.N.F.  Cpl.    W. Jefferson       Canadians
"      G. Mole              "           Lt.   J.W. Gilhespy    C.H.       Pte.    H.N. Fogg          G.G.
"      J. Wilkinson         "           Spr.  B. Porteous      R.E.               C. Guthrie         Y.M.C.A.
"      I. Wright            "
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Names on side panels, either Chairmen of main donors to the Hospital fund.
Left hand panel                                        Right hand panel
  
1923 Walter J. Benson / Newbrough Hall                 1938 William Pattinson / Idlewilde
1924 Robert Coulson / Walwick Grange                   1940 John W. Smith / St. Wilfrid’s Road
1925 Elizabeth Wanless / Humshaugh                     1941 Clarence D. Smith / Loughbrow
1927 Isabella Taylor / Millfield Terrace, / Hexham     Miss Mary Shanks / Styford
James T. Robb / Hexham                                 William Fairless, Spittal Shield
1928 William Robson / Slaley                           Miss Maria Ann Ord / Ingoe, Matfen
Margaret Benson / Causey Nook, / Hexham                Mrs. Mary Simmonds / Humshaugh
Mary Emily Guthrie / Leazes Crescent, / Hexham         Miss Emily B. Murray / St. Wilfrid’s Road.
Annie Guthrie / Leazes Crescent, / Hexham              1942 Miss Marianne Straker / The Priory
William Irving Armstrong / South Park, / Hexham        James Short / Elvaston Road
1929 Robert Phipps / Hencotes, / Hexham                1943 Mrs. Herdman / Elvaston Road
James E.C. Strang / Oakwood, / Hexham                  1944 William McCartney / Ireland
1930 Elizabeth Ward / Eastgate, / Hexham               Henry Awburn / Elvaston Road
1931 Mary Margaret Bell / Haining Croft / Hexham       James Storey / Park Avenue
1932 Elizabeth Storey / Barrasford Green               1945 H.S.P. Maitland / Brokenheugh
John Storey / Barrasford Green                         Robert Scott / Alnwick
Eleanor Muschamp / Burswell Cot.                       Miss Mary Rowell Bell / New Rift
1933 Helen R. Bickers Stephenson / Westburn            1946 Dowager Lady Allendale / Bywell Hall
1934 Elizabeth Jane & / Annie Mary Pruddah / Hencotes  Ernest Mole / Carrshield
Leonard J. Pointing / Allendale House                  Mrs. Alice Mary Spence / Elvaston Lodge
1936 James J. Kirsopp / The Spital                     Francis Thompson / Haydon Bridge
Mary Maitland / Brokenheugh                            1947 Miss Alice Mary Walker / Orchard House
1937 John S. Roddam / Allendale
Benjamin Dodd / Quatre Bras Villa
1938 James Henry Stephens (Trust)
M.E. Wren / Sister 1922 - 1938)
  
Names H51.26

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