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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
North Tyneside
Town
Wallsend
County
Tyne And Wear
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 September 1920
    Attended by: The Duke of Northumberland (Lord Lieutenant of the County) performed the unveiling
  • Dedicated
    Date: 13 September 1920
    Attended by: The Bishop of Newcastle performed the dedication
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
34165
Current location

Northumbria Police Headquarters
Middle Engine Lane
Wallsend
North Tyneside
Tyne And Wear
NE28 9NT
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 31955 68579
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Northumbria Police Headquarters
    Ponteland
    Castle Morpeth
    Northumberland
    NE20 0BL
    England

    OS Grid Ref: NZ 15667 74008
    Denomination: Undefined
  • In a recess at the entrance
    Kylins
    Northumberland County Constabulary Headquarters
    Morpeth
    Castle Morpeth
    Northumberland
    NE61
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
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Description
Wall-mounted bronze plaque, with single line border and incised black lettering. Beneath the name of the Constabulary is the Northumberland County crest, followed by the inscription and the names of the Fallen, which included one officer who died on Police duty. (Those commemorated on this plaque who died in military service were also commemorated on the Constabulary's WW1 Roll of Honour, see our reference 93256).
Inscription
NORTHUMBERLAND CONSTABULARY/ IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING/ COMRADES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-18/KILLED IN ACTION/ (6 names)/ DIED OF WOUNDS/ (1 name)/ DIED ON SERVICE (2 names)/ KILLED IN AIR RAID/ (1 name)/ STEADFAST IN LIFE, VALIANT IN DEATH
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cowe, Henry
Law, William
Maclennan, David B
Mcdougall, Robert
Shotton, John
Strother, John
Taylor, John
Telford, Robert
Wooley, Robert
Yorke, Edward B R
See details for all 10 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 9
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 9
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Manner of death, surname, forenames, rank, military unit
    Order of information: Grouped by manner of death , then alphabetically by surname
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Manner of death, surname, forename, Police rank
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height 750mm, width 375mm
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
In 1969 Northumberland County Constabulary merged with Newcastle upon Tyne Police and the County Borough of Tynemouth Police to become Northumberland Constabulary. In 1974 it was renamed Northumbria Police. Having originally been erected in the County Constabulary's HQ at Morpeth in 1920, the memorial was later moved to the succeeding Force HQ buildings.
Costs

Comments: "Erected by members of the Constabulary without outside assistance"

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Northumbria Police
Reference
  • Morpeth Herald: on 5/12/1919 (page 5) reported the plan to erect a memorial at the County Police Headquarters in Morpeth; on 17/9/1920 (page 7) printed a lengthy report of the unveiling of the memorial.
  • On 18/8/2019 the Ross-shire Journal reported that Avoch native David Bain MacLeman had been added to the Scottish National War Memorial, having previously been overlooked. The report mentioned that his surname had been listed as "MacLennan" in Army records and on the First World War memorial of Northumberland Constabulary, (for which he had worked from March to August 1914). N.B. Whilst his birth cert listed his surname as "McLeman", his mother's maiden name was McLennan; his marriage to Elizabeth Sim Millar in 1914 was registered as MacLennan; he served in the Constabulary as MacLennan, as which he was commemorated on both this plaque and on the constabulary's Roll of Honour.
  • Details of the death of PC Robert Telford on Police duty, and the memorial stone placed on his grave by his Constabulary colleagues, can be found at www.newmp.org.uk/article.php?categoryid=99&articleid=1541&displayorder=17
  • On 1/10/2018 the Morpeth Herald reported that the former HQ building at Ponteland had been sold, having been superceded by the HQ at Wallsend in 2016, and no longer required.
  • www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/271432/
  • The North East War Memorials Project website ( www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=9425 )
  • Newcastle Daily Chronicle 14/9/1920 (page 5) reported the unveiling

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