Memorial Details

Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Churchyard





Map ref

NZ 262314

Original Location

Church of St. John the Evangelist. In churchyard.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 23rd July 1921 by Sir Timothy Eden, Bart., of Windlestone Hall; dedicated by Rev. J. Duncan.

Memorial Description

Cross on tall tapered column on large pedestal on three steps. Set in a gravel bed with stone kerb and half surrounded by low railings. The dedication is carried on the front face of the main pedestal, alllettering carved and inserted with lead, using sans serif capitals throughout. The names are listed in two columns for 1914-18 on one side face, and in one column on another face for 1939-45.

Materials used



a. To the glory of God / and / in undying memory of / the men / of Merrington / who gave their lives / for their country / in the Great War / 1914 - 1918
b. and the world war / 1939-1945.Their name liveth for evermore.
On side:
Requiescant in pace./ "They died that we might live"


How money was raised

Public subscription

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; John and Mavis Dixon; Dorothy Hall; old postcard: George Nairn

Northern Echo 25/07/1921 brief report of unveiling.

Durham County Advertiser 22/07/1921 briefly reports unveiling.

Auckland and County Chronicle 28/07/1921.

Sources of quotations:
“Their name liveth for evermore” : Apocrypha Ecclesiasticus 44;
“Requiescant in pace” (‘May they rest in peace’) : Latin Mass for the Dead;
“They died that we might live” : Hail! and Farewell! John Oxenham

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; John & Mavis Dixon; George Nairn; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

Jim and John Grainger are creating an archive of information about each person named on the local War Memorials and would like to hear from anyone with stories, photographs or memorabilia. Contact:-

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Churchyard (K26.01)

Front face of plinth
   To the glory of God
   in undying memory of
   the men
   of Merrington
   who gave their lives
   for their country
   in the Great War
   1914 - 1918
   and the World War
On lower plinth
   "Their name liveth for evermore."
Right face
   Armstrong J.       Lowery J. 
   Cant T.            Manners W.
   Eden J.            Maughan P.
   Eden W.N.          Moyle T. 
   Farrow T.          Oyston T. 
   Garrett J.         Richardson J. 
   Graham R.          Roberts E.
   Hill W.            Robinson J.
   Hutchinson J.      Scurr S.
   Hunter W.          Shaw G.
   Johnson J.         Summerson J.
   Johnson R.         Tunstall J.
   Kell H.            Walker W.
   Lowery C.          Wills H.
On lower plinth
   Requiescant in pace.
Left face
   Birlison G.
   Dunn G.
   Heathcote E.
   Henry R.W.
   Mensforth M.
   Raine G.
   Taylor G.R.T.
On lower plinth
   “They died that we might live.”

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Parish Notes

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