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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Easington
Town
Seaham
County
Durham
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Ainsley & Collins of West Hartlepool (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: Jul 1923
    Attended by: Marquis of Londonderry
  • Rededicated
    Date: 12 Dec 1948
    Attended by: Rev. O. Hogg, vicar of New Seaham
  • Unveiled
    Date: 12 Dec 1948
    Attended by: County Councillor W.P. Smith, Chairman of the Memorial Committee
  • Dedicated
    Date: Jul 1923
    Attended by: Rev. S. Kearney, vicar of New Seaham
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
52171
Current location

south of the bowling green
New Seaham Welfare Park
Park View
off the B1285
Seaham
Easington
Durham
SR7 0HR
England

OS Grid Ref: NZ 40846 49908
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Monument 30 feet (9.14m) high surmounted by winged figure of Liberty, 8 feet 6 inches (2.59m) high, bearing a torch aloft. A pillar up each side carries at top a figure of a soldier of the Durham Light Infantry and a sailor from the Royal Navy, both slightly larger than life size. Below the winged figure and between the two figures is a plaque of polished granite bearing the dedication. Beneath this, the badge of the R.A.F. is carved in half relief. Below this, there is another plaque on which the names for 1914-18 are carried in three columns. The quotation is in the stone below this. At the sides are two small free standing pillars. The names for 1939-45 are in a single column on the front face of both of these. Lettering is lead sans serif capitals throughout. The whole was set inside a low kerb with metal posts bearing a chain, but this has gone. The main memorial and figures are of Woodkirk brown hard York stone, and the names panels are of polished Creetown granite
Inscription
FRONT FACE: THIS MEMORIAL/ WAS ERECTED BY THE/ WORKMEN AND FRIENDS/ OF NEW SEAHAM/ IN SACRED REMEMBRANCE/ OF THEIR COMRADES/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (NAMES)/Greater love hath no man than this, / that a man lay down his life for his friends PILLARS: 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, J
Aitchison, J
Alderson, E
Allen, C
Anderson, J
Anderson, J W
Anderson, R
Arthur, N
Atkinson, G
Atkinson, H
See details for all 232 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 187
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 187
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 45
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 45
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Creetown
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height C 20FT
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL IN NEW SEAHAM WELFARE PARK
  • 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
1. The name of Pvt. James Ogden, missing from the list of names from 1914-18, was added in November 2002 2. Between 2000 and 2015, the metal posts bearing chains have gone. 3. Structural problems are being looked at in 2008. In 2012 there is some damage to the head of the sailor and there are some letters missing from the names panel - both ‘Vickers’ and ‘Waites’ have no initial letters.
Costs

Comments: WW1 cost1914-18: £1300; WW2 cost. 1939-45: £300.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=8564
  • Durham Chronicle and Seaham Weekly News 17/12/1948 reports unveiling of 1939-45 extension
  • Northern Echo 30/6/1923 reports description and proposed unveiling; 2/7/1923 reports unveiling

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