Boldon Colliery-Workmen's Memorial (LOST)


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Reference WMO/283236

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Boldon Colliery

England

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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • 13th Century Wars
About the memorial: Metal (possibly Iron) plaque with shallow pointed pediment and moulded edge. The dedication is in a shield shape at the top, with a figure of a soldier facing centre to the left and a female figure bearing a wreath on the right, also facing to the centre. The names are in 3 columns below with 2 names added between the shield and the raised pattern outlining the lists attached to the outside of a building- although the memorial has been gone so long that it is not known which building. Wooden boards were presented to the families of those who fell [not memorials in their own right] being a reproduction of the 'dedication shield' part of this plaque, at least two are known to survive (to John Peacock and Matthew Cleghorn. They had lettering in relief and read 'Durham Miners/Association/Boldon Lodge/[name]/FOR HIS COUNTRY/IN THE GREAT WAR/1914 1919. From Boldon Colliery 989 men responded to the call, of whom 304 were from the Colliery itself. Of those 304, 130 men fell, a terrible fatality rate in accordance with being a Pals Battalion. At least 5% of those who served were gassed or wounded.
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Boldon Colliery/Workmen/War Memorial/ erected by the Workmen/of Boldon Colliery/in honour of the memory/of those who/made the Supreme Sacrifice/in the Great War 1914-1919/[187 names]/Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

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