Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Column 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside





Map ref

NZ 161637

Original Location

Stargate Lane

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled February 14th 1920 by Col. F.R. Simpson of Bywell

Memorial Description

Column of polished granite surmounted by a draped urn. The dedication for 1914-18 and names are inscribed on the front. The names from 1939-45 are on the reverse. Lettering is in Roman capitals throughout with the quotation in italics.

The memorial stands in a securely enclosed small garden with a small path, flower bed and lawn. An iron gate gives access from Stargate Lane.

Materials used

Pedestal of Aberdeen granite from Rubislaw Quarry resting on Spanish freestone base.


a. Erected by the / Stargate Welcome Home Association / to the memory of the following men / whose names are recorded below who died for / their Country and sealed their love / by death in the Great War / Aug.1914 - Nov. 1918
May their reward be as great as their sacrifice.
b. 1939-1945


Who commissioned

Welcome Home Association

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed and made by Mr. W. Donaldson of Newcastle.


1. A frame of photographs of this memorial was in the back of St. Hilda’s Church at Hedgefield, which closed in 2005

2. Col. F.R. Simpson formerly commanded the 9th Durham Light Infantry.

3. Attached to the pedestal is a small plaque which reads:

Tyne Gardens Residents Association

In commemoration 50th Anniversary

V.E. Day 1995

And V.J. Day Aug.14th 1994.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; Dorothy Hall; Old photos: Nan Smith; Pam Hogg

Newcastle Daily Journal 16/02/1920 reports unveiling.

Illustrated Chronicle 29/01/1920 reports proposed unveiling; 16/02/1920 reports unveiling

Newcastle Daily Chronicle16/02/1920 page 3 reports unveiling

Northern Echo 16/02/1920 reports unveiling.

North Mail 16/02/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 21/02/1920 reports unveiling.

Blaydon Courier 24/01/1920 reports proposed unveiling; 21/02/1920 reports unveiling.

A History of Blaydon District by J. Maughan, quotes extracts from serialised articles in the Blaydon Courier c1955-56 and available as a collection of newspaper cuttings in Newcastle Central Library.

Source of quotation
“May their reward be as great . . .” Not ascertained.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Nan Smith; Geoffrey Nicholson; George & Janet Brown; P.Thirkell; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall; Pam Hogg

Research In Progress

The names on Stargate Memorial (S110.01) have been researched by Steve Davidson Contact:

Column 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (S110.01)

STARGATE, Stargate Lane, Gateshead.
   Erected by the 
   Stargate Welcome Home Association 
   to the memory of the following heroes
   whose names are recorded below who served 
   their Country and sealed their love by 
   death in the Great War
   Aug. 1914 – Nov. 1918
   Robert Charlton        John Holliday
   John G. Mitchell       George Fairbridge
   Jesse Grundy           George W. Heads
   William Arscott        Edward Watson
   John W. Brannen        Thomas S. Carnaffan
                  John Dobby
  May their reward be as great as their sacrifice
On reverse:
   Aidan Aiston           George Harrison
   Charles Beaumont       Joseph Kelly
   Norman Brown           William Liddle
   Norman Cairns          William Marrs
   John Cowings           William Parker
   Peter Dixon            Thomas G. Purvis
   John T. Dixon          William A. Purvis
   Robert Faulder         Alex. B. Reed
   John Forster           Robert W. Rochester
   James E. Hardy         Charles V. Spencer
   Ernest Harrison        Joseph Watson 

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