Memorial Details

Photo: Lonely Tower


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Korea 1952 Green





Map ref

NU 057017

Original Location

High Street, on green at division of feeder road and main road in the town centre.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45
c. Korea, 1952

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Drinking fountain unveiled Sunday, 23rd January 1921 by Lord Armstrong.

Memorial Description

Cross and fountain. Column 2m square surmounted by a stumpy cross, total height approx. 7m, standing in a small enclosure with white painted iron fence and grass. The cross has a bronze sword affixed to the front.
The names for 1914-18 are listed in two columns on the front, those for 1939-45 in two columns on the back with the name from the Korean war at the bottom of this list.
Binyon's verse is on the third side. The fourth side is blank. In each case the lettering is incised and painted black, using sans serif capitals throughout. The dates themselves are on the lower faces.
At the base of the front and back are drinking troughs, now filled with flowers.

Materials used

Local stone from Denwick quarry.


a. To the memory of / those of this Parish who gave / their lives for their country.
b. To the memory of / those of this Parish who gave / their lives for their country.
c. None.
"They shall grow not old as we that / are left grow old / Age shall not weary them nor the years / condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the / morning / We will remember them."


Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee.



How money was raised

Public subscription

Present condition

Restored 2007. Rededicated 30th September 2007

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed by Reavell and Tebbs, Alnwick. Made by Muckle and Sons, Builders.

Ownership and maintenance

Rothbury Parish Council


1. The memorial was to have been unveiled by Maj. Gen. Sir Percival Wilkinson, C.B., K.C.M.G., who commanded the Division at the Front to which Rothbury men were attached. However, his car had broken down, and Lord Armstrong officiated in his place.

2. War Memorial Committee secretary was John Brown, a draper and outfitter in Rothbury.

3. First meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall to discuss proposals. Suggestions made were a stained glass window, nursing fund, public baths, or drinking fountain.

4. Alnwick Gazette Almanack 1916 carries photo of members of the Rothbury Branch of the Red Cross Society, also portrait of John Littlefair, killed in action.

5. The bronze sword on the top was designed and made by HH Martin and Co. of Cheltenham. The cost was £8 8s, this cost being borne by Lord Armstrong, Dr. Hedley, James Clark and John Brown.

6. The memorial was spotlit in 1974.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Janet Brown; P. Thirkell; Tony Harding; Lonely Tower; old postcards: Tony Harding

Morpeth Herald 21/03/1919 reports suggestions and appointment of Steering Committee; 25/04/1919 reports more discussion; 06/06/1919 reports ballot in favour of drinking fountain; 27/06/1919 reports election of Committee; 28/01/1921 reports the unveiling ceremony.

Alnwick & County Gazette 28/08/1920 reports progress; 29/01/1921 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily Journal 05/08/1920 reports War Memorial Committee Meeting to decide a site for the fountain, and agreed to ask the managers of Thomlinson's School to allow a German gun to the fixed in the schoolyard; 24/08/1920 reports proposals for war memorial.

Illustrated Chronicle 24/01/1921 reports the unveiling to have been on 22nd January.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 29/01/1921 reports unveiling.

Northumberland Record Office Parish Council correspondence re War Memorial (Ref. PC71/17 1956 and 1973); War Memorial Committee Minute Book.

Northumberland Gazette 23/02/2006 reports EH Listing; 13/09/2007 reports proposed rededication after restoration.

Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs; Postcard collection

Source of quotation:
“They shall grow not old . . .” For the Fallen Lawrence Binyon.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

The late Bob Robson, Rothbury and Coquetdale Local History Society; Janet Brown; P. Thirkell; Imperial War Museum; Michael Newrick; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

Duncan Glen is researching the names on this memorial and would like to hear from any one who has memorabilia, stories or photographs. Contact

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Korea 1952 Green (R24.01)

ROTHBURY, Main Street.
   To the memory of                                            
   those of this Parish who gave                          
   their lives for their Country                               
   William J. Atkinson     Henry Mason                 
   Reginald G. Avery       John Mason                  
   Jacob C. Bell           James Milburn               
   Norman E. Charlton      Thomas Murray             
   Thomas Cowans           James McTear                
   William Dawson          William Nichol              
   John Dawson             William Potts               
   Thomas Davison          James R. Richardson      
   Samuel T. Donkin        William Richardson       
   Joshua Graham           James S. Richardson      
   Thomas Gregory          William R. Ridley           
   Robert Gutherson        Robert W. Renton            
   Ephraim Hall            Charles Robson              
   Robert Hounam           Robert Rogerson             
   James F. Hood           Joseph Scott                
   Robert R. Kidd          George Trotter              
   Henry T. Kidd           Thomas M. Trotter         
   John Littlefair         William Turnbull            
   John R. Mavin           John T. Wintrip             
   Douglas B. Weatherburn
   William Pringle         Charles Pearson
   European War                                       
On side
   "They shall grow not old as we that
   are left grow old
   Age shall not weary them nor the years
   At the going down of the sun and in the
   We will remember them."
On rear
   To the memory of
   those of this Parish who gave
   their lives for their Country.
   Reginald S. Aitchison   Frederick H. Nixon
   Lancelot Brewis         James Ormston
   John Chaplin            John Read
   Ralph W. Crawford       James Reed
   William Davidson        Percy A. Reed
   George Davison          Charles P. Robson
   Ernest B.L. Hart        William J.R. Soulsby
   George Helm             John Stewart
   Robert Laidler          George A.N. Thompson
   David Little            Robert F. Thompson
   Jonathan Mackay         John T. Walker
   Charles Milburn         William L. Walker
   Alexander C. Munro      William H. Young
   Edward Fenwicke-Clennell, Harbottle.
   Geo. Anthony Foreman, Alwinton
   John Graham, Biddlestone Edge
   James L. Scott, Netherton
   James H. Storey, Harbottle
   John K. Thompson, Korean War 1952
   World War

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