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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Easington
Town
Murton
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21 Jan 1922
    Attended by: County Councillor William Rees
  • Rededicated
    Date: 6 Jul 1947
    Attended by: Revd Geoff
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 Jul 1947
    Attended by: Rt.Hon. Emmanuel Shinwell, M.P., Minister of Fuel and Power
  • Dedicated
    Date: 21 Jan 1922
    Attended by: Canon C.W. Anson-Firth, Vicar of Murton
  • Show More (3)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
19002
Current location

Village Green
Church Lane/Gregson Terrace
Murton
Easington
Durham
SR7 9QJ
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 38804 47084
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Aberdeen Granite Cenotaph, total height 3.65m (12 feet), on two steps, bronze sword in front, and swags near the top. Above the swags are shields bearing the St. George’s cross raised in half relief. The lettering is raised proud using leaded sans serif capitals throughout. The whole stands in a patio area surrounded by dwarf pillars and chains
Inscription
Front Face: TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF/ MURTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ WHILST SERVING THEIR COUNTRY/ 1914-1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ ERECTED BY THE WORKMEN AND OFFICIALS/ OF MURTON COLLIERY/ ALSO/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF/ MURTON AND DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945 Other Faces: (Names)/ 1939 - 1945/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
no
Names on memorial
Alstone, Eleanor
Anderson, Thomas
Anderson, William
Anderson, William C
Arkley, Edward
Arthur, Fred
Arthur, Joseph
Atkinson, George
Ayre, James
Baines, Peter
See details for all 292 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 217
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 217
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 75
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 75
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL, VILLAGE GREEN
  • 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
2004: The memorial has been vandalised and is in need of cleaning. Some if the inscription is hard to read with some of the letters are missing. Parts of the granite have chipped off and some repairs have been done in the past to fill the resulting gaps. The Parish Council have applied for funding to clean the memorial and repair the lettering. his area was upgraded in 2007. The low wall to the front of the two memorials was removed to allow a clear view from the road and thereby reduce misuse of the area. Functional paving was replaced with high quality materials more sympathetic to the memorials. 2006: Listed Grade 11
Costs

Memorial: £1,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: “The memorial was erected by the officials and workmen of South Hetton Colliery”
Responsibility
Parish Council
Reference
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=8028
  • Pit Boy: Memories of a life in Murton during the 1930s and 1940s; P.J. McPartland; The People’s History; 2005; ISBN 1 902537 90 9
  • Murton Parish Council Newsletter Issue 10 Winter 2007/8 reports the refurbishment of the memorial
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin No.26 Summer 2005 records refurbishment
  • Banner Parade W.A. Moyes 1973 (Frank Graham, Newcastle) ISBN 902833 18 9 carries a picture from the John Gorman Collection. This shows the memorial on the Murton Lodge the banner of the Durham Miners’ Association
  • Beamish Museum -Durham Advertiser Series Photo of Unveiling in 1947
  • Durham Chronicle 27/1/1922 reports unveiling
  • Illustrated Chronicle 23/1/1922 reports unveiling with photos
  • Auckland and County Chronicle 26/1/1922 reports unveiling
  • Newcastle Weekly Chronicle28/1/1922 p10

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