Memorial Details

Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Village





Map ref

NY 938428

Original Location

Centre of the village, on a roadside site.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled December 1921 by Col. Gray of Stanhope, dedicated by Rev. H.G. Shaddick

Memorial Description

Cross of wheeled type 7 feet high on three square stone bases, bottom one 6 feet x 5 feet, standing on a raised area with garden enclosed by railings with a gate. Total height approx. 14 feet. The cross has a sword superimposed in half relief. The dedication is in a panel at the base of the shaft.
The names of those who fell in both wars are on the front of the monument, in an irregular shaped panel smoothed out of the rough stone. The names of those who returned from 1914-18 are on the three remaining sides.
The details of the erection of the memorial are contained in another panel at the base of the memorial. Lettering is incised and leaded using sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used



a. For Home and Country. / Erected to the memory of the / men from this parish who / served in the Great War / 1914-18. / Those who fell (Names)
b. In memory of the men who / served in the World War 1939-1945 / Killed in action.


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Made by Aves of Hexham


1. One of the initial proposals for the memorial was a village hall costing £2,000, but was rejected as being too expensive.
A newspaper carried a letter which reads: “What has become of the proposed war memorial for Rookhope soldiers? Some time ago a public meeting was called, but very few people took the trouble to attend. The Committee then reported that the cost of the proposed Village Hall would be about £2,000. Seeing that it would be next to impossible to raise such a sum in the village, would it not be wise to drop such a big scheme and go in for the erection of a substantial memorial stone or cross, on which could be recorded the names of our gallant Rookhope men?”

2. In the summer of 1914 a small band of young men volunteered for service with the local Territorial Company. When war broke out this group formed part of the 100 from Weardale who signed on.

3. Mr. Willis, managing director of the Weardale Lead Company, was unable to be present at the unveiling ceremony because of a severe head cold. He had been largely instrumental in securing the gift of the site for the memorial.

3. William Dent Oliver was a teacher at Windyhaugh, near Alnwick. W103

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; C. Sanders; Dorothy Hall

Auckland and County Chronicle 18/12/1921; 21/10/1921 carries the letter in Note 1 above; 8/12/291 reports unveiling.

Darlington and Stockton Times 10/12/1921 reports unveiling.

Weardale Museum Folder containing information on local war memorials.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; C. Sanders; John and Mavis Dixon; Ken Heatherington; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

Ken Heatherington has researched the names on the local memorials. His research is available at Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, Ireshopeburn Co Durham DL13 1HD. Opening Hours 2pm - 5pm, Easter and Bank Holidays, May, June, July, Sept, and October (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). Every afternoon in August. Contact

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Village (R51.01)

   For Home and Country
   Erected to the memory of the
   men from this parish who
   served in the Great War
   Those who fell 
   Richard Bell Adamson
   Robert Hodgson Adamson
   John Christopher Baty
   John Edward Forster
   Fred Kirton      Herbert Lowery
   Walter Dent Oliver
   Robert William Patterson
   John Edward Potts      
   Robert William Robinson
   Thomas Sparke    William Swinhoe
Right side                 Rear
   Those who returned         Those who returned               
   J.E. Adamson               M. Coates        I. Hogarth      
   J.G. Adamson               E.J. Dixon       W. Hogarth       
   T.C. Adamson               J.E. Forster     M.W. Kennedy    
   J.J. Adamson               G.H. Forster     C. Lowery       
   G.V. Baty     G.W. Baty    C.F. Gardiner    G. Lowe         
   J.W.  Bowman               W.J. Gardiner    H. Myers        
   S. Brown                   R.E. Heward      J.W. Murray     
   J.D. Brown    J.W. Brown   T.E. Heward      J.P. Maddison   
   E. Coulthard               R.J. Hogarth     J.E. Maddison   
Left Side              
   Those who returned   
   A. Oliver   
   H.V. Philipson
   T.B. Patterson   
   A.H. Patterson
   J.R. Patterson
   R.B. Reed      W. Reed
   R.W. Reed
   T.H. Robinson
   F. Stokoe      J. Wall
   J.N. Ward
   W. Westgarth
Front Lower Plinth
   In memory of the men who 
   served in the World War 1939-1945 
   Killed in action.
   George Walton (Airborne)
   Isaac Hogarth
   John J. Dawson
Names R51.01   

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