Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: John Dixon

Memorial

Trees 1939-45 Grammar School

Reference

W128.09

Place

WOLSINGHAM

Map ref

NZ 071 376

Original Location

Wolsingham Grammar School, along northern edge of playing field.

Present Location

The school is now a Community College.

Which war

1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Dedicated by the Bishop of Durham on November 11th 1998; rededicated 11th November 2009

Memorial Description

Oak trees. A row of 40 saplings, one for each of the former pupils killed. In front of each is a plaque approx. 3 inches high x 5 inches wide on a stake. Lettering is in Roman upper case for the name and lower case for the rest.

Materials used

Bronze coloured plaque.

Inscription

(Name) / Killed in action / W.W.2

Names

Who commissioned

School

How money was raised

Staff and pupils.

Present condition

See notes below

Ownership and maintenance

Wolsingham Community College/Durham County Education Committee.

Notes

1. The saplings were grown from acorns taken from the 1914-18 oaks by young science students.

2. Several of the saplings appear to have died, and in one case Allanson - the plaque is placed in front of an empty space, while there is a sapling with no plaque to the left. The names have been counted and match the total on the 1939-1945 Memorial in the School Hall reference number W128.03.

3. An individual brass plaque was fixed to the fence beside the sapling when planted.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: John and Mavis Dixon

The Response The occasional magazine of the Northumberland and Durham Branch of the Western Front Association No.7 (new series) bears an article telling the story.

Northern Echo 12/11/2009 reports rededication.

A History of Wolsingham Grammar School, 1997, Anita Atkinson carries brief report.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

The late Jim Winter, John and Mavis Dixon; Alan Vickers; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale

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. www.weardalemuseum.org.uk Opening Hours 2pm - 5pm, Easter and Bank Holidays, May, June, July, Sept, and October (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). Every afternoon in August. Contact ken.heatherington@btinternet.com

Trees 1939-45 Grammar School (W128.09)

 
WOLSINGHAM   Wolsingham School

    

    

   KENNETH ALLANSON    GEORGE GRAHAM       JOHN PROUD
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   CHARLES E. BELL     JOHN HEATHERINGTON  JOHN W. ROBINSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   GEORGE B. BROWN     ALEX HESLOP         ARNOLD ROBSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   JOHN BRYDON         JOHN HEWITSON       A.R. RUSSELL ROBSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action 
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   LESLIE BURRUP       FRANK HODGSON       JOHN M. STAMPER
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   JOHN CRAIG          MAURICE HULL        NORMAN STEVENS
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------
   
   JOHN T. M. CROWE    GEORGE JAY          MAURICE STOBART
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   FREDERICK DAVIDSON  SAMUEL KERR         JOHN G. TALLENTIRE
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   ERIC DAWES          CHARLES M. KNAGGS   FRED WAIDSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   LAURENCE DEWHURST   ALAN H. LISTER      DOUGLAS H.WALL
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   JOHN DICKINSON      ALAN MITCHELL       COLIN WATSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   DAVID FISH          JOHN C. MOORE       WILLIAM WATSON
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
   RONALD GILL         FRANCIS V. MOSES    ROBERT M. WHEATLEY
   Killed in action    Killed in action    Killed in action
   W.W.2               W.W.2               W.W.2
-------------------------------------------------------------------

    
                                           CLARENCE WHITFIELD.
                                           Killed in action
                                           W.W.2
NamesW128.09

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