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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Durham
Town
Durham
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 December 1920
    Attended by: Chief Constable W. G. Morant performed the unveiling
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
41878
Current location

As it is not in a public part of the building
an appointment is needed to view it.
Durham Constabulary HQ
Woodward Way
Aykley Heads
Durham
Durham
Durham
DH1 5TT
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 26987 43760
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • In the reception area
    former Durham Constabulary HQ
    Aykley Heads
    Durham
    Durham
    Durham
    England

    OS Grid Ref: NZ 270 420
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Durham Constabulary HQ
    Aycliffe
    near Newton Aycliffe
    Durham
    Durham
    DL5
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • In the vestibule
    Durham Constabulary HQ
    Old Elvet
    Durham
    Durham
    Durham
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
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Description
Large nowy-headed brass plaque, which has a single-line border, the Durham County Constabulary crest at top-centre, and the incised inscription beneath. The two columns of names are divided by an incised single line. (Those named on this plaque are also commemorated on a plaque within the Memorial Garden at HQ - see our reference 91503).
Inscription
DURHAM COUNTY CONSTABULARY/ (NAMES)/ THE DURHAM COUNTY CONSTABULARY PROUDLY/ INSCRIBE ABOVE THE NAMES OF THOSE OF THEIR/ COMRADES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR ALL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ W.G. MORANT, O.B.E., D.L.,/ CHIEF CONSTABLE
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Ashburn, W
Ball, B J J
Bell, J
Bream, C
Brock, A H
Brown, G
Brunskill, T
Carroll, R
Clarke, S C
Clarke, W
See details for all 52 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 52
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 52
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname, military unit
    Order of information: Grouped by military unit in which they died.
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height c1500mm, width c900mm
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
History
When originally erected in December 1920, the brass plaque was reported as being encased within an oak frame. On an unknown date since, the wooden frame has been removed.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Durham Constabulary
Reference
  • Northern Echo 16/12/1920: reported that the memorial ("in the form of a mural plate encased in an oak frame") had been unveiled by Chief Constable W. G. Morant at the Constabulary's HQ the previous day. During the ceremony, the Chief Constable was quoted as having stated that: "no fewer than 421 members of the Constabulary had joined the Forces, and 52 were either killed in action or died of wounds; 88 were wounded; five were taken prisoners, and 12 gained commissions. All the others attained non-commissioned rank. In addition 40 gained decorations for meritorious conduct. Mr Morant congratulated the Constabulary on such a brilliant war record, and extended sympathy to the relatives of the fallen".
  • Details of the memorial are recorded on the North East War Memorials Project: www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=6287
  • Biographical details of the Constabulary's casualties (including two who were omitted from the memorial, Matthew Middleton and Thomas Euen Nesham) are recorded in the book entitled "Blue Line to Trench Line", by John Grainger.

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