Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Monument Burma 1941-43 St.Thomas' Churchyard





Map ref

NZ 249649

Original Location

St. Thomas the Martyr Churchyard. Barras Bridge, St. Mary’s Place (facing St.Mary’s Place)

Which war

Burma Campaign, 1941-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled Sunday, August 18th 1991

Memorial Description

Memorial comprised of a pedestal 180cm high x 66 cm wide x 44 cm deep on which is the inscription in Roman letters. Above this is a bronze head and shoulders 66cm high x 45 cm wide in half relief of a man wearing the Burma soldier's slouch hat. The Star of Burma appears in the top left hand corner. To the right of the head is the Kohima poem.

Materials used

Stone pedestal, bronze sculpture.


When you go home
tell them of us and say
for your tomorrow
we gave our today
In honoured memoryof all those
from the North East
who gave their lives
In the Burma Campaigns
1941 1945
This memorial was erected by the Tyneside and
District Branch of the Burma Star Association
and unveiled on Sunday 18 August 1991



Who commissioned

Burma Star Association, Tyneside and District Branch


£5,000 (Newcastle City Council Survey says £2,500 inc. erection)

How money was raised

Public subscription

Present condition


Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Nick Whitmore, foundry manager of Newcastle Polytechnic Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts.

Ownership and maintenance

Newcastle City Council


1. This was raised in the North East for the benefit of relatives who find it difficult to get to the Far East memorials.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown

Journal August 1991 reports unveiling.

Catalogue of Sculpture and Public memorials in Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Council Sept. 1992

Evening Chronicle 30/10/1995 reports a call for an oak tree to be planted for victims of war in the Far East.

Source of quotation:
“When you go home, tell them . . .” : On the war memorial at Kohima, Burma.

Research acknowledgements

P. Thirkell; J. Brown; David Heslop (Tyne-Wear County Archaeologist); Tony Harding

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