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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Easington
Town
Shotton Colliery
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966)
Maker
Messrs. Jenkins and Sons, Torquay. (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 3 Sep 1921
    Attended by: Lt.Col. J.M. Longden, D.L.I. of Castle Eden
  • Rededicated
    Date: 25 Feb 2007
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Rededicated
    Date: Nov 1947
    Attended by: Rev. G. Beckwith, Vicar
  • Unveiled
    Date: Nov 1947
    Attended by: The new 1914-18 plaques were unveiled by Mr. J. Bolton; those for 1939-45 were unveiled by Cllr. J. Atkinson, Chairman, Shotton Parish Council.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 3 Sep 1921
    Attended by: Rev. W.V.E. Parsons.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
10283
Current location

Station Road at the corner of Front Street
Shotton Colliery
Easington
Durham
DH6 2LT
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 39499 41098
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Soldier statue on 6 foot high pedestal, resting on four steps, total height 15 feet. The soldier is standing resting on his rifle, and wears the badge of the Durham Light Infantry. The inscriptions are carried on two bronze plates fixed to the front and side of the pedestal. Each has a narrow raised edge. Names are listed in two columns on each. Lettering is in raised Roman capitals throughout. The whole is set within a rectangular garden with wrought iron fence on a dwarf stone wall and gates. The garden is paved and planted with trees and rose bushes. At the back of the site is an open-fronted shelter with seats. Another plaque has been erected to mark the rededication in 2007 and also contains a Roll of Honour bearing one name from Borneo, 1966. The lettering has been incised into the plain slab, using Roman capitals, lower case and italics.
Inscription
FRONT FACE: ERECTED 1920/ BY THE PARISHIONERS AND/ FEDERATED WORKMEN OF/ SHOTTON COLLIERY/ TO THE MEMORY OF THE 152 MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ ALSO/ TO THE MEMORY OF THE 38 PERSONS/ WHO WERE KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION/ IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR/ 1939 - 1945/ "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS." IN RECOGNITION FO TEH MEMORIAL IMPROVEMENTS / AND THE OFFICIAL REDEDICATION AND UNVEILING OF / THE ROLL OF HONOUR FOR SHOTTON WAR MEMORIAL / 25TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 2007. THE STONES ARE IN OWS, IN LAND THEY WERE GIVEN, / ALL HAD LAIN AS ONE, FOR 60 YEARS OR MORE. / BLOOD AND TEARS HAVE GROWN THE LANDS UNTIL ONLY MEMORIES REMAIN. / THEIR DEEDS ARE READ AS HERO'S. / ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN THEN GIVE NOW OUR LIVES A PURPOSE. / WE REMEMBER. / ALL MUST NOT GORGET, THE TOTAL SACRIFICE THEY GAVE FOR US. / SO IN OUR RETURN WE MUST PLAY OUR PART / ALWAYS REMEMBER, OUR LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS. / UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. ROLL OF HONOUR- / (Name) BORNEO 1966 Other Faces: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alcock, Gh
Appleby, R
Atkinson, G
Atkinson, P
Baker, Cs
Barrass, A
Barrass, E
Beardmore, N
Beck, Jg
Bellairs, H
See details for all 191 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 152
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 152
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 38
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 38
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank
    Order of information: surname
  • Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, firstname, surname, unit, location, year
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
Restored 2007
Costs

Comments: Levy on workmen of Shotton Colliery. Site purchased by Parish Council. Garden laid out by Horden Collieries Ltd.
Memorial: £670

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Reference
  • Northern Echo30/8/1921 reports proposed unveiling; 30/12/2006 reports unsuccessful campaign by Thomas Griffiths brothers to have his body brought home, and their efforts to have his name added to the war memorial; 26/02/07 reports rededication with photos of the event and of Pte. Thomas Griffiths;
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=8608
  • Durham Chronicle 14/11/1947 reports unveiling

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