Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Remembering the Memorials

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Remembering the Memorials

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Byline: Tony Henderson

SEVEN war memorials in the North East have been listed as part of a project by Historic England to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The list features structures in Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham which are to be given the status.

An Historic England spokesman said: "Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about.

"One hundred years on, it is time to come together again to ensure our memorials are in good condition and properly recognised by listing, where appropriate."

The seven memorials have each been listed "as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events" on their local community.

Culture secretary John Whittingdale, who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations, said: "Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War.

"It is important that their sacrifice is not forgotten and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then. Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance."

The listings in Northumberland are: Haltwhistle Memorial Cross It was placed in front of the original 1922 Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital.

The cross was unveiled on November 13, 1926 by Brigadier General EPS Riddell and dedicated by the vicar, Rev Canon EB Hicks It was designed by the architectural firm of Messrs Hicks & Charlwood of Newcastle, with carvings by Robert Beall, architectural and monumental sculptor of Newcastle.

The old Memorial Hospital was demolished in 2010 and a new building was erected on the same site, opening in 2014.

Both faces of the cross bear interlace carvings representing eternity. At the bottom are two leverets representing Belgium. Swooping down are two birds of prey, representing Germany and Austria.

Two rats represent the horrors of war. Squirrels with oak leaves and acorns represent the British Empire.

Two owls represent the wisdom of God, and the whole is surmounted by the Dove of Peace.

The memorial lists 205 names of the fallen from both world wars from Haltwhistle, Greenhead and Bardon Mill.

Newbrough War Memorial It takes the form of an Aberdeen granite Celtic cross on local Prudham freestone base, with copper and bronze plaques, and stands on the north side of Stanegate.

The memorial was raised by public subscription on a site was donated by the Benson family, and was unveiled by Lt Gen Sir Percy Wilkinson on January 30, 1920.

It was originally set to the rear of large enclosure fronted by a low stone wall with ornate railings and a central gated entrance. …

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