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Memorial details

Memorial type
Avenue / Tree or grove
Wear Valley
First World War (1914-1918)
  • Rededicated
    Date: 11 Nov 1998
    Attended by: Bishop of Durham
  • Rededicated
    Date: 11 Nov 2009
    Attended by: Undefined
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Current location

In the playing field
Wolsingham Community School-formerly the Grammar School
Wear Valley
DL13 3DP

OS Grid Ref: NZ 07097 37548
Denomination: Undefined

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Oak trees. 18 mature oak trees, one for each of the former pupils killed. In the south-east corner of the field there is a plaque bearing the dedication, on which the border and lettering are raised to stand proud using sans serif capitals throughout. Each tree had an individual brass plaque fixed to the fence beside the sapling when planted. They now have a small modern plaque of bronze plastic material, carrying the details.
The Memorial Oaks/These trees were planted/in memory of Old Boys/who fell in the Great War/“Non timidi pro patria mori” [Names]
Inscription legible?
Names on memorial
Carr, Jack
Crowe, Joseph
Drummond, Harry
Fairless, Edward
Hook, John
Hopper, James
Horn, John
Langstaff, Harry
Lazey, Noble
Maddison, Thompson
See details for all 18 names
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 18
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 18
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, manner of death, age, year of death
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Tree
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
  • The Response The occasional magazine of the Northumberland and Durham Branch of the Western Front Association No.7 (new series) bears photos and an article telling the story.
  • Darlington & Stockton Times 27/12/1919 reports school reunion
  • Northern Echo 12/11/2009 reports rededication
  • History of Wolsingham Grammar School, 1997, Anita Atkinson tells about the memorial oak trees on pp.28-30 and on pp.31-37 gives brief biographies of the students who died

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