Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: J. Brown


Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Holy Trinity Churchyard





Map ref

NY 779569

Original Location

Holy Trinity Church, corner of graveyard, fronting the road

Which war

a. 1914-1918
b. 1939-1945

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

a. Unveiled December 1920 by Lt. Gen. Sir Percy Wilkinson.

Memorial Description

Cross of Saxon type 10 feet high on stepped base 210cm x 210cm, surrounded by a fence, with access by gate. The cross stands on a small pedestal. Beneath this, the main pedestal has its corners chamfered, giving an irregular octagonal shape, which is echoed by the two steps and base on which the whole stands. The dedication is on the front of the upper pedestal, the names for 1914-19 are in a single column on the front and two sides of the main pedestal, all lettering incised in sans serif capitals.
Around the top step, using all faces of the octagonal shape, is the thanksgiving for safe return from 1939-1945.

Materials used



a. In memory of those / from this parish / who gave their / lives in the Great / War 1914-1919. /
b. Giving thanks / to / Almighty God / for the / safe return / of those / from this parish who / served / in the war 1939-1945.


How money was raised

Public subscription

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

Mr. H.B. Hicks, architect, of Newcastle.


1. Newcastle Daily Journal 07/07/1920 reports "Comrades of the Whitfield and West Allen Post attended a parade service at Whitfield Church . . . a wreath was also placed on a tablet bearing the names of the men killed in action . . There is no plaque in the Church.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: J. Brown; P. Thirkell; old postcard: Tony Harding

Illustrated Chronicle 30/11/1920 reports unveiling.

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle 04/12/1920 reports unveiling.

Hexham Weekly News 03/12/1920 reports unveiling.

In Silent Fortitude: In Memory of the Men of the North Tyne Valley who Fell in the Great War; Alan Isaac Grint; 2011; Ergo Press; ISBN 9780955751097

External web link

Links to Source Material :

Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hancock, Allendale Local History Society; P. Thirkell; George and Janet Brown; Michael Newrick; Tony Harding; Dorothy Hall

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Cross 1914-18 1939-45 Holy Trinity Churchyard (W43.01)

WHITFIELD, Holy Trinity Churchyard.
   In memory of those                  
   from this parish                    
   who gave their                      
   lives in the Great                  
   War 1914-1919 
   Northd. Fusiliers          D.L.I.                  Loyal North Lancs.
   Corpl. R. Armstrong        Capt. M.H. Bettison.    Pte. R. Lee
   L.Corpl. T. Armstrong      R.F.A.                  West. & Cumb. Yeo.
   L.Corpl. C. Gibson         2nd Lieut. J. Archbold  Tpr. J.S. Jackson
   Pte. A. Clarricoats        M.G.C.                  West Yorks
   Pte. G. Mole               Cpl. T.J. Baxter        Rfn. E. Forrest
   Pte. J.H. Whitfield
On base

   Giving thanks       /to    /Almighty God          /for the/safe return of those
   from this parish who/served/their king and Country/in the /war 1939-1945
The Hexham Weekly News gives varying details on some of the names:

   Lieut. Mark Bettison
   Lieut. John Archbold
   Lance Cpl. T. Baxter
   Private Edward Forrest
   Pte. H. Whitfield
   Pte. R. Lee
   Private T. Carricoats
   Private George Mole
   Private T. Armstrong
   Private R. Armstrong
   Pte. T. Jackson
   Private Charles Gibson
Names W43.01

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