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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Wear Valley
Town
Willington
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Allison & Son of Bishop Auckland (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 8 Nov 1924
    Attended by: Earl of Durham, Lord Lieutenant of Durham
  • Dedicated
    Date: 8 Nov 1924
    Attended by: Rev. J. Duncan, O.B.E., Rector of Willington
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
10418
Current location

Entrance to Willington Park
south side of A590
Willington
Wear Valley
Durham
DL15 0PA
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 19464 35370
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Creetown Granite Cross of St.Cuthbert style on tall tapering column, total height 22 feet. Large rectangular base with two steps, 6 feet x 6 feet 8 inches. The dedication is on the front face. The names from Willington for both wars are on the right and back faces, those for Oakenshaw and Page Bank are on the left face. The lettering is raised and blackened, using Roman capitals for the dedication and sans serif capitals for the names.
Inscription
To the glory of God / and in sacred memory of the gallant men / of / Willington, Oakenshaw and Page Bank / who sacrificed their lives in the Great War / 1914-1918/[names] And the World War 1939-1945/[names]/“They died that we might live”
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adamson, As
Adamson, Cr
Adamson, M
Adamson, Tw
Alder, Ea
Alderson, Ha
Allan, G
Allan, J
Arkley, Jh
Armstrong, Wg
See details for all 217 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 151
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 151
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Home Village, surname, initials of surnames
    Order of information: home village THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: home village, surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: home town THEN surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Creetown
Listing information
  • Willington, Oakenshaw, and Page Bank War Memorial Cross
  • 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
Costs

Comments: RBL “Mile of pennies” scheme raised £25.10s

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
WEAR VALLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL
Reference
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=9182
  • Auckland and County Chronicle 30/10/1919 reports poor attendance at a meeting; 11/1/1923 reports fund raising; 13/11/1924 reports unveiling; 12/2/1925 reports successful fund raising with very little left outstanding
  • Sunderland Echo 10/11/1924 p.5 reports unveiling
  • Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 4/10/1924 reports proposed unveiling; 15/11/1924 reports unveiling.
  • Northern Echo 13/11/1922 reports erection of temporary wooden cross in Note 4 above; 8/4/1924 reports that the tender of Messrs. Wm. Allison and Sons, sculptors, has been accepted; 10/11/1924 p.5. reports unveiling.
  • Durham Chronicle 15/11/1924 reports unveiling of 1914-18 memorial; 19/8/1949 reports unveiling of 1939-45 memorial.
  • Illustrated Chronicle 10/11/1924 reports unveiling with photos
  • Durham County Advertiser 4/11/1924
  • "Willington in old Picture Postcards"; Olive Linge. Dewey classification 942.864. ISBN 902886083 5/CIP carries a picture of the unveiling and a reference to Sgt Thomas Venn 6DLI, who was killed in action.

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