Memorial Details

Photo: Lonely Tower


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 The Heugh





Map ref

NU 126417

Original Location

On The Heugh, next to the coastguard station.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 4th June 1922 by Major Morley Crossman, D.S.O..

Memorial Description

Cross, tall, tapering and plain, in 13th Century style with chamfered corners on two-stepped plinth. Total height 17 feet, 13 inches wide at base, with bases widening to 55 inches at bottom. The names from 1914-18 are recorded on the east face, and those from 1939-45 on the west. Lettering is incised in sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used

Pink ashlar


a. To the glory of God / and in grateful memory of / our glorious dead / 1914-1918

b. To the glory of God / and in grateful memory of / our glorious dead / 1939-1945


Present condition


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Ownership and maintenance

Ownership uncertain; no maintenance.


1. This is the same as the memorial at Hartburn. These two are the only memorials known to have been designed by Sir Edward Lutyens in the county.

2. The cross was snapped in half by hurricane force winds in the winter of 1983-84 (Sunday Sun 26/08/1984)

3. The cross was upgraded to Grade II* in Heritage England Listing in 2015.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; Brian Wilson; Lonely Tower; old postcards: Tony Harding; John S. Perry

Alnwick & County Gazette 10/06/1922 reports unveiling

Sunday Sun 26/08/1984 reports cross being snapped in half.

Lutyens and the Great War Tim Skelton and Gerald Gliddon, 2008, Frances Lincoln Ltd., ISBN 978 0 7112 2878 8, pages 83, 155, 169

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; Berwick upon Tweed Town Council; G. Bell (N. Sunderland & Seahouses LHS); P. Thirkell; Northumberland County Council; Tony Harding; John S. Perry; Brian Wilson

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 The Heugh (H65.01)

HOLY ISLAND, Beside Coastguard Station.


On east face

   To the glory of God
   and in grateful memory of
   our glorious dead
   1914 - 1918

   W.R. Morley Crossman       Lieut.  K.R.R.
   George D. Cromarty         Pte.    N.F.
   James B. Patterson         Pte.    D.L.I.
   William Wilson             Pte.    R.D.F.
   Joseph Tough               Driver  R.G.A.
   Adam Shell                 R.N.R.T.A.B.
   James Markwell             R.N.R.T.A.B.
   Thomas Markwell            R.N.R.T.A.B.
On west face

   To the glory of God
   and in grateful memory of
   our glorious dead
   1939 - 1945

   Adam Shell Henderson       R.N.R.T.A.B.
   Thomas Walker              Stoker   R.N.
   George Cromarty Douglas,   Sgt.      R.A.

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