Memorial details

Memorial type
Wear Valley
approx 800 yards west of Cowshill
Second World War (1939-1945), First World War (1914-1918)
  • Unveiled
    Date: June 1922
    Attended by: Col. Leather, 20th D.L.I.
  • Dedicated
    Date: June 1922
    Attended by: Rev. J. Harrison, vicar of Heathery Cleugh
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Not lost
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Current location

junction of the B6295 and A689
approx 800 yards west of Cowshill
Wear Valley
DL13 1AD

OS Grid Ref: NY 85273 40866
Denomination: Undefined

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Cross of Ionic type of rough hewn stone in semi-circular roadside site enclosed by a stone wall in which the front side is open. The shaft and cross are elaborately patterned with a Celtic-style decoration carved to stand proud. The words “Lest We Forget” are raised in carving on the shaft between the dates above and below. The dedication is borne on the front of the pedestal, the lettering incised. To the left of the inscription is a carved sword and wreath in half relief. At the front of the base is the dedication for 1939-45.
On the shaft-1914 / Lest / we / forget / 1918. On the pedestal-In honour / of the men / of this parish / who fell in / the Great War/[names] On the base-1939-1945/[names]
Inscription legible?
Names on memorial
Batey, Joseph Allan
Bell, Vickers
Bell, William Edward
Carr, John
Conacher, Peter
Johnson, Lawrence Hewitson
Milburn, Albert
Milburn, Philip
Peart, John Morley
Peart, John Robert
See details for all 10 names
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 7
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 7
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Cowshill 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

Site: NIL
Comments: Site given by J.J. Peart of Bents House
Memorial: £170

Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
  • Ken Heatherington has researched the names on the local memorials. His research is available at Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, Ireshopeburn Co Durham DL13 1HD. Opening Hours 2pm - 5pm, Easter and Bank Holidays, May, June, July, Sept, and October (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive). Every afternoon in August
  • A Hundred Years on : 1909-2009 Celebrating the Centenary of Cowshill and Lanehead Village Hall,Ian Reedman; Published by Cowshill and Lanehead Village Hall; £9.99; ISBN 9 780956 421005 gives details of village life and the lives of the men named on the memorial
  • Auckland and County Chronicle 1/6/1922 reports unveiling
  • Durham County Advertiser 20/11/1919

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