Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Wansbeck
Town
West Bedlington
County
Northumberland
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 January 1923
    Attended by: Major W. W. Burdon of Hartford House
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 November 1947
    Attended by: General Sir E Riddle, Vice President of the British Legion
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
33767

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Current location

Memorial faces the A193 Main Street accessed via Windsor Gardens turning
Front Street West
West Bedlington
Wansbeck
Northumberland
NE22 5TT
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 25878 81911
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rectangular enclosure with low kerb surround with eight wide steps leading to a square platform. On the platform are five shallow rectangualr steps forming the base of the plinth, on top of which is a deeper plinth bearing the dedication. Topping this is a large rectangular stone bearing the names. Superimposed on this is a Celtic cross, with a stone wreath resting at its foot. The whole is 15 feet high. The words "For Home and Duty" are carved at the base of the shaft. The main plinth has two set-back panels on either side of the face, each bearing a column of names, whilst the centre part bears three columns, so that five columns face the front. At either side, the names are lilsted in single columns. The back is blank. The names from 1939-1945 are on the lower plinth, on all three sides but not the back, in five columns on the front and two columns on each side. All the lettering is raised lead, painted black in plain capitals.
Inscription
SIDE ONE: ON THE BASE OF THE SHAFT: FOR/ HOME/ AND/ DUTY/ (NAMES)/ THESE FELL IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ REMEMBERED BY DEEDS NOBLY DONE/ HEROES EVERYONE/ THESE FELL 1939 - 1945 IN WORLD WAR II./ (NAMES) OTHER SIDES: (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Armstrong, J T
Arries, J M
Atchison, T T
Ayre, G F
Barnes, J
Barnett, W
Batchelor, W F
Bell, J A
Beverley, G
Bradford, J J
See details for all 226 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 180
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 180
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 43
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 43
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames,
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: height 4500mm
    Materials: Undefined
  • Lettering
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • Bedlington 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
From the 1991 survey: A few letters are missing on some names.
Costs

Comments: Bedlington Soldier's and Sailor's Fund raised £120. Public subscription. The site was given by Bedlingtonshire UDC plus £100. The enclosure was laid with fine turf from the riverside at Stakeford, by consent of the owners of the West Sleekburn Estate.
Memorial: Free

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Wansbeck District Council, successors to Bedlington UDC
Reference
  • North East War Memorials Project- www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=6450 (has much more about the history of the various proposed schemes) Reference 33767
  • Blyth News 16 September 1921- notice of proposed unveiling on 8 November 1921
  • MORPETH HERALD 31 January, 7 February and 6 June 1919, 16 April 1920, 4 August 1922, 26 January, 2 February, 4 May & 5 September 1923, 14 November 1947
  • Alnwick & County Gazette 17 April 1920 reports on the unpopularity of the public baths proposal; also that Captain Gordon had given the site for the memorial
  • Morpeth County Library Frith collection of photographs; Postcard collection

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