Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Memorial in its original location: J. Brown


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside





Map ref

NT 929498

Original Location

On main street, in front of the Presbyterian Church (Now United Reformed Church)

Present Location

Moved a few feet along the road in 2004

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 19th September 1920 by Field Marshall Viscount Allenby. Dedicated by Rev. W.W. Charlton (Horncliffe Presbyterian Church) with Canon Robertson (Norham Parish) also officiating.

Memorial Description

Cross of Latin type, 7 feet high, standing on a pedestal 2 feet 6 inches high, 2 feet wide at the bottom tapering to 18 inches wide at the top. This in turn stands on two wider pedestals, the top edges of which have been curved. The dedication is on the shaft of the cross, the names on the top plinth, quotations on the third plinth and the names from 1939-1945 on the bottom plinth.
It should be noted that the names of both 1914-18 and 1939-45 are on a stainless steel plate attached to the plinth. It looks as though the original inscription was either damaged or incorrect, and a new plate made and fastened over the old one, which explains why the name from 1939-45 appear twice.
The inscriptions in the stonework are all incised and painted black in Roman capitals. On the steel plate, the names are engraved in upper and lower case in sans serif letters and painted black.

Materials used

Red Doddington sandstone, with stainless steel plate.


a. In / proud and / loving / memory of / the men of / Horncliffe / and district / who gave / their lives / in the / Great War / 1914-18
Greater love / hath no man than this, / that a man lay down his / life for his friends.
b. 1939-1945


How money was raised

Public contributions, including children, Garden Fete (Horncliffe House) and Sale

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

J. & J. Young, Norham.
G. Purves of Horncliffe laid concrete base.


1. Field Marshall Allenby was brother to Capt. Allenby, R.N. of Loanend, Berwick, and was in the district for a short holiday.

2. For the unveiling, 50 Territorials provided the Guard of Honour and were transported to Horncliffe on wagons loaned by the local breweries.

3. In 2003 the church was sold and the new owners wanted the memorial moved a few feet along the road. The Parish Council assumed responsibility for it.

4. By the time the memorial was moved, the lettering had weathered. The memorial was turned through 180 degrees and a new plate was attached to the rear which now faced the road. In 2016 the weathered lettering was restored and the memorial turned so that the original front was now at the front again. The plate is now at the rear. The top portion of the cross was replaced. The memorial was restored in May 2016 and rededicated in November 2016, with a small plaque on the rear telling the details:

"This memorial was renovated

by / Berwick upon Tweed Preservation Trust / in / May 2016 / using funds generously donated / by / the Grinham Family."

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: J. Brown; photo of cross in new location: C. Dean

Alnwick & County Gazette 25/09/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Journal 20/09/1920 reports unveiling.

Illustrated Chronicle 31/08/1920 reports proposed unveiling “next month”.

Northern Echo 20/09/1920 reports unveiling.

Berwick Journal 23/09/1920 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation:
“Greater love hath no man than this . . .” St. John’s Gospel 15 v 13

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; M. Newrick; Christopher Dean; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall; Colin Wakeling; George Miller

Research In Progress

Coldstream and District Local History Society are researching the names on this memorial. Contact:

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (H69.01)

HORNCLIFFE In village.
On shaft of cross:

   proud and
   memory of
   the men of
   and District
   who gave
   their lives
   in the
   Great War
On stainless steel plate:

   Pte.   James Cosser         10th C.N.S.
          Alexr. S. Coull      16th R.S.
          George W. Davey      N.F.
   Gr.    Alexr. Dixon         R.G.A.
   Pte.   James Dunbar         L.S.
          Ralph Hills          A. & S.H.
          John W. Johnston     N.T.
          Robert S. Johnston   N.T.
   Cpl.   George Purves        V. & L.
          Wm. Purvis M.M.& Bar M.G.C.
   Sgt.   John Strother        N.F.
   L.Cpl. Thomas Strother      N.F.
   Pte.   William Strother     S.H.
          John Tinlin M.M.     K.O.S.B.
          Robert Turner        N.F.
          John Weatherston     R.T.
   Flt. Sgt. David T. Davidson R.A.F.
In middle:

   "Greater love
   hath no man than this
   that a man lay down his
   life for his friends".
At bottom:

   Flt. Sgt. David T. Davidson  R.A.F.

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