Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown

Memorial

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside

Reference

N12.04

Place

NEWBROUGH

Map ref

NY 872679

Original Location

In village, Stanegate, next to the Town Hall.

Present Location

In same location, but see Note 4 below.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 30th January 1920 by Major General Sir Percy S. Wilkinson, K.C.M.G., C.B.
b. Unveiled 16th November 1952.

Memorial Description

Cross of Celtic type 12 feet high on stepped base 154 cm square. Affixed to the front of the main pedestal is a tapering bronze plaque 90.5 cm x 60.5 cm with decorative arched pattern at top, inside which are the dates "1914" and "1918", below which is the information. Each name is in its own cartouche, the lettering and cartouche in raised Roman capitals.
A second bronze plaque 6 inches high x 36 inches wide on the front of the upper step carries the information from 1939-1945, with the names raised in half relief in Roman capitals, and the dates carried on a central panel. On each plaque the names are carried in two columns. The cross is set into a narrow brick built enclosure.

Materials used

Aberdeen granite cross on Prudham freestone base. Bronze plaques.

Inscription

a. 1914- 1918 / The / Great War / In sacred memory / of / (names) /
R.I.P.
b. 1939 / 1945

Names

Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee, Chairman Mr. W. Watson.

Cost

a. Public subscription. Site donated by Benson family.
b. 192.00 for bronze plaque.

How money was raised

a. Public subscription
b. Public subscription, by house-to-house collection and donations.

Present condition

Good

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

a. Beattie of Carlisle
b. Designed by Mr. Willy, Architect (who charged no fee); built by Mr. T. Charlton of Newbrough.

Ownership and maintenance

The memorial was handed to the Parish Council at the unveiling in 1920.

Notes

1. The name of a man who died before the 1939-45 war started was deemed not to be suitable for inclusion.

2. From Newbrough and Warden, in 1914-19, 201 men joined, and 30 died.

3 . In 1952 the Royal British Legion were to be asked to keep the memorial tidy, costs being borne by the Newbrough and Warden Parish Councils.

4. In 1950 it was agreed that the memorial be brought forward to be in line with the Town Hall, that it be enclosed in a small bay, and a stone wall fence be erected in front of it. Local stone would be provided free by Mr. W.A. Benson.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; P. Thirkell; Old postcards: Tony Harding

Northumberland Record Office Parish Council Minutes Ref. PC.13.

Hexham Courant 7/2/1920 reports on the unveiling and lists the fallen.

Imperial War Museum modern photographs in Mr. Saggers' Collection (photocopy of one on file)

Morpeth County Library Postcard collection shows memorial set back in its grounds on former site.

Newcastle Daily Journal 27/1/1920 reports proposed unveiling;

Illustrated Chronicle 2/02/1920 pp.6,7

Newcastle Daily Courant: 3/02/1920 p.2 reports unveiling with names; p.7 has photo.

North Mail 2/2/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 7/2/1920 reports unveiling.

Hexham Weekly News 6/2/1920 reports unveiling.

Journal 13/04/2016 reports the Heritage England Listing;

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 2/2/1920 reports unveiling.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; Colin N. Dallison; P. Thirkell; Michael Newrick; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (N12.04)

 
On front of pedestal:

    
   1914- 1918 
   The 
   Great War 
   In sacred memory 
   of 
   Sergt. M.H. Lowes N.F.           Pte. F. Hodgson,  N.F.
   "    R.W. Nattrass D.L.I.        "   J.J. McCready, "
   "    J.E. Smith,    N.F.         "   T. Wilson,     "
   L/Sergt. N. Charlton "           "   W. Charlton, K.O.Y.L.I.
   Corpl. W.T. Butland, R.E.        "   F. Johnson,    "
   "    J. Hardy  T.S.S.            "   A. Cawkwell, M.G.C., M.M.
   L/Corpl. N. Davidson N.F.        "   N.W. Nicholson "
   "      T. Sowerby   "            "   G. Elliott Northants.
   Troopr. J. Cleminson N.H.I.Y.    "   N.G. Glendinning A.S.C.
   Cadet H.B. Hetherington R.E.     "   W.E. Hoggard Gren. Guards
   Pte. A. Charlton   N.F.          "   G. Spraggon    "
   "    M. Coulson    "             "   J.W. Mews T.S.S.
   "    J.W. Cowan    "             "   T.R. Peart R. Warwicks
   "    T. Harrison   "             "   R. Smith D.L.I.
   "    W. Heslop     "             "   F. Thorburn  W. Riding
           
   R.I.P. 
------------------------------------------------------------------
On lower pedestal
                               
   1939  1945
   Pte. Arthur Bell, Green Howards         Sergt. Dennis Scott, R.E.M.E.
   Sergt. Air Gunner John L. Bird, R.A.F.  L/Cpl. William J. Sowerby, 1st East Lancs.
   Wireless Operator John H. Dixon, R.A.F. Flying Officer Fredk. J. Stuart C.G.M. R.A.F.
   Sergt. Maurice Hetherington, R.N.F.     Pte. Douglas F. Thorburn, Green Howards
   Cpl. T. Edward Scott, Royal Marines.    Pte. Dennis H. Wilson, Border Regt.
NamesN12.04

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Parish Notes

Every Name A Story