Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Crossroads





Map ref

NT 864375

Original Location

On corner where three roads meet at East Learmouth.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 19th September 1920 by Earl Grey.

Memorial Description

Cross of Latin style, slightly tapered, approx. 13 feet high, with a bronze wreath at the crosspiece. The shaft stands on a sloping pedestal about 1 foot high, which rests on a large base approx. 3 feet 6 inches wide at the top and 4 feet wide at the bottom. This rests on two red stone steps, approx. 6 inches deep and 6 feet wide, and 9 inches deep and 8 feet wide. The whole is raised up on a triangular base, with 6 granite steps leading up to it, and a retaining wall. All lettering is incised in sans serif capitals throughout. The dedication is on the front face, the names from 1914-18 are on the right and left faces of the pedestal. The names from 1939-1945 are on the right hand face of the sloping stone below the shaft of the cross.

Materials used

Rough unpolished grey granite on red stone.


a. Carham Parish / in memory of those / who fell / in the Great War / 1914-18
"Let it be told at Sparta that we remain at our posts"
b. 1939-1945


How money was raised

Public subscription. Site donated.

Present condition


Ownership and maintenance

Carham Parish Council.


1. Earl Grey "considered the plain form (of the monument) denoted the Border character"

2. In 2016 a wreath was laid on behalf of Ada M Scott.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown, P. Thirkell; old postcard: Tony Harding

Alnwick & County Gazette 02/10/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Daily News 27/08/1920 reports erection of the memorial; 20/09/1920 reports unveiling.

Source of quotation:
“Let it be told at Sparta . . .” Simonides' (556-468 B.C.) quotation attributed to him in Herodotus' Histories Book VII Ch.228 is actually “Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by, That here, obedient to their laws we lie”.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Janet Brown; Berwick upon Tweed Town Council; P. Thirkell; Michael Newrick; English Heritage

Research In Progress

Coldstream and District Local History Society are researching the names on this memorial. Contact:

Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Crossroads (C8.02)

CARHAM, East Learmouth crossroads.
Front face of plinth        
   Carham Parish           
   In memory of those   
   who fell                
   in the Great War    
Left hand face                        

   William Piercy Black, K.O.Y.L.I.      
   John Hardie, Northd. Fusiliers        
   Andrew Hutchinson, K.O.S.B.           
   Thomas Hutchinson, R.E.               
   Peter Veitch Johnson, East Yorks.     
   Alexander Middlemiss, Northd. Fus.    
   William James Morton, West Yorks.     
   William Ewart Nelson, M.G. Corps      
   Gilbert John Piercy, K.O.S.B.
Right hand face

   James Porteous, Northd. Fusiliers
   Wm. Drysdale Pringle, N.F.
   Adam Scott, Field Coy., R.E.
   Samuel Stonehouse, Northants. Reg.
   George Turnbull, Roy. Scots Fus.
   Jas. George Tweedie. Northd. Fusiliers
   Jas. Lillie Voy, K.O.Y.L.I.
   James Winter, Northd. Fusiliers.
On riser of top front platform 
   Let it be told at Sparta that we remain at our posts
On sloping shoulder below cross
   Robert Renton, S.H.
   John Younger, A. & S.H.

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