Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Village Green





Map ref

NY 860772

Original Location

On village green, Main Street

Which war

a. 1914-1918
b. 1939-1945

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 26th March 1921 by Lieut.Col. T.G. Taylor, D.S.O., Gordon Highlanders; dedicated by Rev. E.C. Bredin, Rector of Wark.

Memorial Description

Cross “of chaste design” 4m high on square pedestal standing on three octagonal steps 250cm x 250cm within low fenced area. The names from the 1914-18 war are inscribed on the sides, while those from 1939-45 are on the back, all lettering incised using sans serif capitals throughout.
There are stone troughs at the outer extremities of three lowest steps.

Materials used



a. In memory / of the men of this Parish / who fell / in the Great War / 1914-18
b. 1939-1945


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Designed by Messrs. Hicks and Charlwood, Newcastle; built by Mr. R.B. Aves, Hexham.

Ownership and maintenance

Handed over to the Parish Council at the unveiling ceremony.


1. “The green is common land. Mrs. Taylor of Chipchase, in an attempt for tidiness, levelled the green and enclosed it with large square stone with chains. The chains had to be removed. Some stones were left but others were used to make the wall round the war memorial.” (Source unknown).

2. Lieut. Col. G.T. Taylor was the son of Mr. Thomas Taylor of Chipchase Castle.

3. 100 men volunteered from the parish, of whom twelve were killed.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Janet Brown; old postcards:Tony Harding; John S. Perry

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 02/04/1921 reports unveiling.

Haltwhistle Echo 01/04/1921 reports unveiling.

Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs, one of which shows the monument backed by a low stone wall rather than the fence which is there now.

Hexham Courant 14/03/1996 feature 75 years ago mentions the unveiling of the war memorial.

In Silent Fortitude: In Memory of the Men of the North Tyne Valley who Fell in the Great War; Alan Isaac Grint; 2011; Ergo Press; ISBN 9780955751097

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; P. Thirkell; John S. Perry; C.N. Dallison; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

Alan Grint has researched the names on this memorial in his book In Silent Fortitude, 2011 Ergo Press ISBN 9780955751098 :-Cogito books 01434 602555

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Village Green (W15.01)

WARK (ON TYNE), Village green.

   In memory
   of the men of this parish
   who fell
   in the Great War
On left hand side :         On right hand side :

   2nd Lt. R.F. Bolton, N.F.   Pte. J.H. Milburn, N.F.
   2nd Lt. N.E. Charlton, N.F. CMS D.S. Robson, D.L.I.
   Pte. Walton Bell, N.F.      Pte. W.R. Rutherford, N.F.
   Spr. J.T. Harding, R.E.     Pte. L. Shortridge, D.L.I.
   Gun. J. Hunter, R.G.A.      Pte. R. Smith, N.F.
   Pte. F. Hunter, N.F.        Corp. J.R. Weir, N.F.
On back :

   P.O. J.A. Hope, R.N.
   Fus. J. Hutton, R.N.F.
   Pte. J.T. Dodd
   Pte. W. Scott
   Maj. T.I. Taylor  
The Haltwhistle Echo gives some variations on the 1914-18 names:

   Frederick Bolton
   Norman Charlton
   Walton Bell
   Thomas Harding
   John Hunter
   Frank Hunter
   John Milburn
   Sinclair Robson
   Walter Rutherford
   Lawrence Shortridge
   Robert Smith
   John Weir.

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