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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
York
Town
York
County
North Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR EDWIN LUTYENS
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 1984
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
  • Dedicated
    Date: 14 June 1924
    Attended by: Archbishop of York
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 June 1924
    Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL PLUMER
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
30905
Current location

Station Rd
York
York
North Yorkshire
England

OS Grid Ref: SE 59817 51776
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
TAPERED OBELISK IN THE CENTRE OF A WALL FLANKED BY TWO BUTTRESSES, EACH SURMOUNTED BY AN URN. STONE OF REMEMBRANCE IN FRONT ON EIGHT STEPPED BASE. DEDICATION PLAQUE FIXED TO THE REAR
Inscription
RIGHT BUTTRESS: IN ABIDING REMEMBRANCE OF THE 2236 MEN OF THE/ NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR, THE/ COMPANY PLACES THIS MONUMENT LEFT BUTTRESS: THE NAMES OF THE/ FALLEN IN THE WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ AND 1939 - 1945/ ARE RECORDED IN/ A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE/ ENSHRINED IN/ THE ENTRANCE HALL/ OF THE MAIN OFFICES PLAQUE: THIS MEMORIAL WAS DESIGNED IN 1921 BY THE RENOWNED/ ENGLISH ARCHITECT SIR EDWIN LUTYENS AND BUILT IN 1924, IT/ COMMEMORATES 2236 EMPLOYEES ON THE NORTH EASTERN/ RAILWAY WHO WERE KILLED IN THE 1914/ 1918 WAR. THE ADDITIONAL MEMORIAL WHICH COMMEMORATES THE 51/ FALLEN IN THE 1939 - 1945 WAS WAS UNVEILED IN 1984/ FOLLOWING AN APPEAL LAUNCHED ON THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY/ OF THE ORIGINAL UNVEILING/ THE NAME OF ALL THE FALLEN ARE RECORDED IN A BOOK OF/ REMEMBRANCE WHICH CAN BE INSPECTED DURING NORMAL/ HOURS AT THE MAIN RAILWAY HEADQUARTERS/ ADJACENT TO THIS MEMORIAL
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2236
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2236
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 551
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 551
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 30FT
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY 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
Listed Grade II*.Restored in June 1999 . Names could not be recut, but were inscribed in a Book of Remembrance. Dec. 1984 and Nov.-Dec. 2008 concern was expressed about the state of the names.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 29 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK
  • Lutyens and the Great War by Tim Skelton & Gerald Gliddon 59-61, 62, 96,154, 157, 178 Published:Francis Lincoln Ltd 2008, Nov London
  • The Times 16 June 1924 p.9 col. b.
  • Rail Nos 605, 608
  • The Railway Magazine v.55 pp.98-100 (1924);Dec. 1984 p.504
  • Railwaymen of Cumbria Remembered: A Roll of Honour in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the service of their Country during the Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Robinson pp.30-31 Published:Cumbrian Railways Association 2008 Details of 18 Cumbrian railwaymen employed by the Company
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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