Memorial Details

Photo: Lonely Tower


Cross South Africa 1899-1902 Roadside





Map ref

NZ 319812

Original Location

At the junction of Bridge Street and Freehold Street.

Present Location

Moved to its present location in Ridley Park in autumn 1950.

Which war

South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled Tuesday July 22nd 1903 by Lord Ridley

Memorial Description

Cross of Celtic type with rectangular tapering column 11 feet high on a base 42 inches square and standing on three graduated platforms. The front of the cross is carved with an abstract Celtic design. Lettering is incised in sans serif capitals.

Materials used



In Memoriam / Men of this District / who fell in the Boer War / 1899-1902
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori



£138.17s exclusive of palisading.

How money was raised

Public subscription

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Morrison and McLean of Gateshead.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Jack Tait; Tony Harding; P. Thirkell; Lonely Tower; old postcards: Tony Harding; George Nairn

Shields Daily News reports discussion regarding which form the memorial should take, be it a cross, a drinking fountain, clock tower or stained glass window.

Shields Gazette 13/05/1903 carries final proposal for the inscription.

Newcastle Central Library Photograph c1910.

Northern Press supplement "All our Yesteryears” 28/09/2006 carries photo of unveiling.

Source of quotation:
“Dulce et decorum est . . .” Horace, Odes Book 3, No.2, 1.13

Research acknowledgements

The late Jack Tait, Blyth Local History Society; the late R.W. Gould; John S. Perry; P. Thirkell; Tony Harding; George Nairn

Research In Progress

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Cross South Africa 1899-1902 Roadside (B42.22)

Blyth, Ridley Park.  
   In Memoriam

   Men of this District
   who fell in the Boer War

   Pte. E. Neilson, 2nd N.F.
   Stormberg 10th Decr. 1899

   Pte. J. Brownrigg, 5th I.Y.
   Bloemfontein 1st July 1900

   Corpl. J.W. Tinning, 5th I.Y.
   Oliphants Nek 21st July 1900

   Pte. J. Stafford, 3rd R.P.R.
   Johannesburg 4th April 1901

   Pte. F. Osborne, 2nd N.F.
   Kleinfontein 24th Octr. 1901

   Pte. J.E. Donkin, 5th I.Y.
   Krugersdorp 15th Feby. 1902

   Dulce et decorum est
   pro patria mori

   This monument was
   erected by
   public subscription

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