Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: R. Craig


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Village green





Map ref

NY 917691

Original Location

On green in centre of village

Which war

a. 1914-1918
b. 1939-1945

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled 18th October 1919 by Lt. Col. Riddell, D.S.O.; Dedicated Rev. W.W. London, Vicar of Wall, assisted by Mr. Hodgson (Wesleyan Superintendent Minister).

Memorial Description

Cross of Celtic type, 17 feet 9 inches high, smoothly carved, on a rough pedestal 6 feet 6 inches x 5 feet at base. At the foot of the shaft, a crown and other insignia are carved in half relief. Granite plaques bearing the dedication and the names of those who died in 1914-18 are on the four faces of the pedestal. The names are of lead in sans serif capitals, apart from the quotation, which is in italic capitals. The dates and names of those who died in 1939-45 are incised directly into the stone below the plaque on the front face, using sans serif capitals. The names of those who served are listed in single columns on two sides and back. The monument is inside a cast iron fence.

Materials used

Robin Hood stone with grey granite panels. The railings rest on stone brought locally from Black Pasture Quarry.


a. Erected / by public subscription in / honour of the men of Wall / and District who served in / the Great War 1914-1919 / of whom the following nine / gave their lives.
"They jeoparded their lives / unto the death"
b. 1939-1945


Who commissioned

War Memorial Committee, formed at a Public Meeting in January 1919, in conjunction with the Parish Council.


a. Monument £237; iron railings £60; lead letters 10/- per dozen, total cost £322.

How money was raised

Public subscription

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Mr. R.B. Aves of Hexham

Ownership and maintenance

Parish Council accepted responsibility at the unveiling ceremony in 1919


1. Originally the inscription was to read "Greater love hath no man than this" but this was amended to the one used.

2. There was one proposal for a hall and another for a monument. The monument won by 24 votes against 13 in favour of the hall.

3. From the Parish, 51 men joined, and 9 died.

4. Men who received honours were
Pte. R. Robson, M.M. with bar;
Pte. Wm. Smith, M.M.;
Corpl. E. Smith, gold medal for services in Salonika. given by Serbian Government.

5. The project was deferred for a while because of an outbreak of influenza. Was this the flu epidemic which killed more people in 1919 than were killed in the whole of the Great War?

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: R. Craig; P. Thirkell; T. Harding; old postcard: Tony Harding

Northumberland Record Office Parish Council Minutes Ref PC14/2, 6

Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs.

Hexham Courant 26/10/1919 reports unveiling.

Illustrated Chronicle 21/10/1910 has photo with brief report.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 25/10/1919 reports unveiling.

Hexham Weekly News 24/10/1919 reports unveiling.

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

Source of quotation
“They jeoparded their lives unto death” Judges 5 v 18

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

R. Craig, Wall Local History Society; Janet Brown; P. Thirkell; 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 (W4.01)

WALL, Village Green.
Front:                        Side 1: 

   by public subscription in       Pte.   J.C.A. Colebank, O. & B.   
   honour of the men of Wall       Col.   N.S. Telford,L.N.L.         
   and District who served in      Pte.   J. Hetherington, Y.L.I.    
   the Great War 1914-1919                R. Gray, K.O.Y.L.I.        
   of whom the following nine             J. Maddison, Middx.R.      
   gave their lives.                      R. Scott, K.R.R.           
                                          W. Mason, D.L.I.           
   Lieut. W. Lee, R.A.F                   T. Ripley,  "              
   Pte.   G. Gray, R.F.A.                 S. Ridley,  "              
          W.C. Robson, G.G.               T. Mitchell, M.G.C.        
   L/Cpl. J.T. Bell, N.F.          Cpl.   E.J. Smith, A.S.C.         
   Pte.   R. Maddison.             Pte.   W. Bell,      "            
          W.S. Hepburn, Y.L.I.            W. Graham,    "            
          R. Curry, D.L.I.                J. Heppell, A.O.C.         
          A. Walton.
          W. Baird, G.H.
   "They jeoparded their lives 
    unto the death" 
On lower front:
   Sub. Lieut. C.E. Watson, R.N.
   Captain     W.A. Wood, M.C., R.A.
Side 2:                         Back:

   Sgt.   M.D. Robson, N.F.        E.R.A. M. Purvis, R.N.
          J.W. Walton,   "         P.O.   J.F. Rowell, R.N.V.R.
   Cpl.   G. Graham,     "         Cpl.   W. Proudlock, R.A.F.
          T. Heppell,    "         I.A.C. E.N. Laing,   "
          T.J. Scott     "         Pte.   J. Herdman,     "
          W. Smith, M.M. "                J.W. Foster, N.H.I.Y.
   Pte.   M. Bestford,   "                J.J. Davidson, R.G.A.
          G. Robson,     "                R. Walton, H.A.C.
          W. Ripley,     "                A.T. Dodd,  R.E.
          J.R. Wardle,   "                J. Littlefair "
          R. Robson M.M. with bar.        E. Robson     "
          A. Smith, W.Y.                  J. Wray,      "
          H. Smith, D. of W. Sgt.         R. Bestford, N.F.
          J. Little, S.S.                 J. Henderson,  " 
The Hexham Weekly News has a variation on one name:

   Pte. A. Maddison, F.F.  

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