Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Tony Harding


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside





Map ref

NZ 058615

Original Location

Main Road. At side of A695, by Broomley Schools.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled February 12th 1921 by Viscountess Allendale.
b. Unveiled November 1946

Memorial Description

Cross and garden.
The cross of wheel type decorated with sword in half relief stands on a rough stone pedestal, which rests on two stone steps, total height 3m, and base 205 cm x 175 cm.
At the base of the shaft is a bronze plaque bearing the names from 1939-45.
The names from 1914-18 are on the front face of the main pedestal, listed in two columns divided by a vertical line.
On the riser of the step below is a plaque bearing the words “Our Glorious Dead” in Roman capitals. The names are in raised sans serif capitals.

Materials used

Cornish granite with bronze plaques.


Our Glorious Dead.



£1,020 received and £500 more needed for both cross and nurses' home (See S56.06)

How money was raised

Public subscription. Site given by Lord Allendale.


1. After the Great War, teak seats were set up round the village bearing brass plaques saying “Welcome Home”. (These seats were possibly made from timbers of H.M.S. Britannia, broken up by Hughes Bolckhow at Blyth, and made into various memorials and other furniture).

2. The largest plaque on the cross - the one for 1914-18 - was stolen in March 2008. It has been replaced.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Phil Thirkell; Paul Graham; photo taken in November 2004: Stocksfield Parish Council

Hexham Courant 13/03/1920 lists names for public approval.

Newcastle Daily Journal 13/03/1920 reports cross is nearing completion; 07/11/1921 reports fund raising event.

Illustrated Chronicle 14/02/1921 reports unveiling.

Northern Echo 14/02/1921 reports unveiling

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 19/02/1921 reports unveiling.

Haltwhistle Echo 18/02/1921 reports unveiling of cross

Hexham Courant 23/02/1996 feature 75 years ago mentions the unveiling of the war memorial; 15/11/1996 feature 75 years ago reports unveiling; 22/11/1996 feature 50 years ago reports unveiling of WWII plaque.

The Journal 26/10/1998 tells story of Joseph Bright in Note 2 above; 11/03/2008 reports theft of plaque;19/03/2008 reports promise of help towards a replacement.

A Pleasant retreat Bywell, Stocksfield and District Millennium 2000 Robert Browell and Dennis Harding. ISBN 0952588897 inc. biographical details of some of the names.

Micelee: the tale of a Northumbrian village Ivan Seymour; Pentland Press, 2000 reports the setting up of seats notes above.

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Paul Graham (Prudhoe Local History Society); P. Thirkell; J. Brown; Michael Newrick; C.N. Dallison; Broomley and Stocksfield Parish Council; Tony Harding; Margaret Williams, Parish Clerk; Dorothy Hall

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Roadside (S56.03)

STOCKSFIELD, Cross in Memorial Garden.
On front of pedestal
   Norman Armitage Arkle       John Laurence Pumphrey
   Robert Armstrong            John Joseph Reed
   Sidney Bewick               Charles Richardson
   David Bibby                 Thomas Ridley
   Herbert Nicholas Davidson   Joseph Henry Robson
   John Dolan                  Robert Wm. Robson
   John Fairess                Benjamin Slack
   Sidney Gibson               Frederick Smith
   John William Greener        John Gordon Steel
   Frederick Harvey            Robert Kingsley Steel
   John William Hornsby        Thomas Edward Stobart
   Colin Smith Kynock          William Batey Tiffin
   Grace Kynock                William Stobart Todd
   Joseph Bell Milburn         Charles Noel Turner
   John Moore                  John English Urwin
   William Todd Moore          William Veitch
   John Nevin                  John Walker
   Basil Rice Nicholl          James Wright
   John Nixon                  George Alfred E. Wright
   John Thomas Pattison        Gerrard Elliot Little
On front of base
   1914  OUR GLORIOUS DEAD  1918
On shaft of cross:
   Joseph A. Bright
   Sheila D.M. Brown
   Clifford Bell
   Frank H. Cusworth
   George W.M. Duncan
   Thomas B. Darney
   John H. Guy
   Reginald Hodgson
   John S. Rippon
   Thomas Stephenson
   Kenneth W. Walker

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Parish Notes

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