Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall

Memorial

Cross 1914-18 Roadside

Reference

S5.01

Place

SCREMERSTON

Map ref

NU 006491

Original Location

Roadside, a few yards along the road south of St. Peter's Parish Church.

Which war

1914-18

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 8th May 1920 by Lord Joicey.

Memorial Description

Cross of Runic type, approx. 15 feet high in total. The tapering shaft of the cross is about 10 feet high, the main pedestal about 4 feet high and resting on a platform about one foot high. The letters are lead affixed to the monument, and painted black. All letters are elongated capitals, with the exception of the words "To the Revered memory of" which are ornate. The names appear in a single column on the shaft of the cross, and the dedication is placed on the front face of the pedestal.

The whole monument is set in a concreted area, backed by a low fence, and a narrow flower bed. In front are wrought iron gates painted black, which bear the words "British" and "Legion" and the dates 1914 and 1945 as part of the design.

Materials used

Aberdeen granite

Inscription

To / the Revered Memory / of / the men of Scremerston / who fell in the Great War / 1914-1918. / A last tribute of pride and sorrow. /
"They died as men were called upon to die / Fighting for God and Right and Liberty / and such a death is immortality."

Names

Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee

How money was raised

Public subscription; land donated by Lords of Admiralty

Ownership and maintenance

Ownership is uncertain, maintenance is by local residents.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; P. Thirkell; T. Harding; Dorothy Hall

Alnwick & County Gazette 15/5/1920 reports unveiling.

Illustrated Chronicle 10th May 1920 reports opening with photos.

Martin’s Newspaper 15/5/1920 reports unveiling.

Berwick Journal 10/4/1919 reports proposals; 7/8/1919 reports fund raising so far for runic cross design; 18/09/1919 reports progress; 29/4/1920 reports proposed unveiling on May 8th; 13/5/1920 reports unveiling;

Source of quotation
“They died as men were called upon to die . . .” Variation of "They died the noblest death a man may die /fighting for God and Right and Liberty / and such a death is Immortality. From the poem “To You Who Have Lost” by John Oxenham.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; Berwick upon Tweed Town Council.; Phil Thirkell; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall; Colin Wakeling

Research In Progress

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Cross 1914-18 Roadside (S5.01)

 
SCREMERSTON, By roadside.
  
On shaft:

    
     Capt. H.C. Carr, R.N.
     Sec. Lieut. D.A. Smith, D.L.I.
     Corpl. R. Darling, N.F.
     L/Corpl. T. Davidson, L.F.
     Pte. J. Bradley, N.F.
     Pte. J. Brison, N.F.
     Pte. J. Innes, N.F.
     Pte. A. Makins, G.G.
     Pte. R. Mitchell, N.F.
     Pte. T.L. Robson, N.F.
     Pte. J.V. Ross, E.Y.
     Pte. J. Scott, N.F.
     Pte. G. Skelly, A.S.C.
     Pte. G. Smallman. R.H.
  
On pedestal below:

    
     To
     The Revered Memory
     of
     the men of Scremerston
     who fell in the Great War
     1914-1918
     A last tribute of pride and sorrow
 
     "They died as men were called upon to die
     Fighting for God and Right and Liberty
     And such a death is immortality."
NamesS5.01

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