Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: James Pasby


Roll of Honour 1914-18 Washington Colliery





Map ref

NZ 303574

Original Location

After 1931 Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute, Spout Lane, Washington. (Demolished) 2015.NZ308573

Present Location

F Pit Museum, Albany Way, Washington. NE37

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 26/03/1921 by J. Olds, Treasurer of the Lodge, assisted by Rev. A. Begg Vicar of Usworth. Rededicated and unveiled 14/04/2015, in its new location.

Memorial Description

Roll of Honour. Elaborate carved oak-framed memorial 10 feet 9 inches (3.27m) high x 6 feet 3 inches (1.90m) wide with pediment and classical side-pillars on a granite base. At centre top is a cartouche containing the words “For King and Country”. The words “Roll of Honour” are set on a scroll, divided by a DMA monogram, for “Durham Miners Association”.
The centre panel is of granite with gold lettering. The names are listed in three columns, the lettering handwritten in gilt using sans serif capitals. The dedication is in a mixture of Gothic and Roman capitals. The words “For Freedom’s cause” are carved into a stone lintel at the bottom using sans serif capitals which have been gilded.

Materials used

Oak and granite


For King and Country. /Roll of Honour. / Dedicated to the memory / of those Washington Colliery Workmen / who made the supreme sacrifice. /1914. The Great War. 1919. /Washington Miners Lodge War Fund. /
For Freedom’s Cause.


Who commissioned

Durham Miners Association.



How money was raised

Usworth Colliery D. M. A.

Present condition

Excellent, Damage has been repaired.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Made by the C.W.S. at Pelaw.

Ownership and maintenance

Washington Miners Lodge War Fund now Sunderland Council.


1. The Hall became a nightclub for a while.

2. The Northern Echo and Sunderland Echo reports says the name of the Treasurer who did the unveiling was ‘Olders’.

3. One report states that this was to commemorate the men from “F” Pit Lodge.

4. The Miners Hall has been redeveloped, as it was no longer in use. NEWMP was contacted asking about the location of the Memorial and agreement about the ownership.

5. Usworth Colliery was owned:

1845 - G. Elliott

1840s - J. Johansson & Sir George Elliott

1850s - George Elliott & Johasshon

1882 - John Bowes & Partners Ltd.

1900s - Johnasson, Gordon & Co. Ltd.

1910s - Leverson's Wallsend Collieries Ltd.

1940s - Washington Coal Co. Ltd.

1947 - National Coal Board (N.C.B.)

6. The Memorial has now been re-located in the 'F' Pit Museum in Washington. This will be open for 20 days a year for public viewing. (See below)

7. The Memorial was in safe keeping by Sunderland Borough Council for a few years, as the original building it was housed in, was threatened by vandals and arson attacks.

8. There was a carpet fund inaugurated to finance the Memorial, the ladies of the fund had organised this fund.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Simon Raine; James Pasby

Sunderland Echo 28/3/1921 reports unveiling. (Available on The British Newspaper Archive)

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 2/4/1921 p.10 reports unveiling.

Northern Echo 28/3/1921 reports unveiling.

Sunderland Echo 14/04/2015 reports unveiling and re-dedication.

Source of quotation
"For Freedom’s Cause." Not ascertained

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Additional Notes

Opening times for the Washington F Pit, contact Sunderland Museum on 0191 561 2323 or email or

Research acknowledgements

The late Bill Craddock; Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; James Pasby; Dorothy Hall; Cllr J. Kelly

Research In Progress

Wessington U3A War Memorials Group (in Washington) has fairly extensive details of the WW1 men on Usworth, Washington Village and Harraton memorials. There are files of their information in libraries at Shiney Row, Washington, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead, Birtley, Durham Record Office and Tyne Wear Archives Blandford Street Newcastle. There are also files of information about life and events in Harraton Parish during WW1 in the same places

DVDs can be watched through youtube

Washington men in the Great War – Wad thou gan?

Washington Men at The Somme

From Washington to Wipers and Warlencourt

The Wear at War

Washington in the Great War – Whisht Lads, a book by Peter Welsh £3 (from the author) published by Pen & Sword 2014 ISBN 978 1 78346 385 6


Roll of Honour 1914-18 Washington Colliery (W96.05)

WASHINGTON Miner's Hall Pub, Spout Lane.
     For King and Country
     Roll of Honour.
     Dedicated to the memory
     of those Washington Colliery Workmen
     who made the supreme sacrifice.
     Joseph Affleck      Joseph Haydock      Benjamin Miller
     John Askew          Thomas Hall         Patrick Murphy
     John Allsopp        William Hedley      John McGivern
     Joseph Ball         Samuel Holbrook     Edward McDermott
     Charles Ball        George Huddart      Thomas Penaluna
     Chas.W. Baister     Mathew Harding      John R. Pittilla
     Stephen Besford     James Hepplewhite   Alfred J. Robson
     Alfred Braban       Arthur J. Hornsby   Ralph Saint
     Walter Brown        Ralph J. Hopson     John Storey
     John Chaters        Robert N. Jobson    Ernest Seed
     Thomas Cowel        John Johnston       Henry Simpson
     Alfred Dodds        William Knox        Joseph Spence
     Valentine Dixon     Austin King         Jonas Stead
     Peter Dunn          William Lambton     J.W.B. Stokoe
     Frank Embleton      Michael Lloyd       Jas.W.R. Stephenson
     Turner Ellison      John Lennox         Edward Thompson
     Isaac Ellwood       George Lowrie       Robert Thompson
     John Ellison        William Marley      Robert Taylor
     Joseph Forster      William J. Marley   Benjamin White
     William Graham      William Mason       Thomas Wiseman
     Edward Hall         Robert Mason        John A. Young
                         Frederick Morgan
     1914  The Great War.  1919
     Washington Miners Lodge War Fund
     For Freedom’s Cause

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