Chester-le-Street New Civic Memorial

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Wall
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Northern Ireland
  • Post-1945 War or Conflict
About the memorial: Red granite wall with metal plaques. At centre top is a Spitfire in Silhouette. At each end is a soldier also in silhouette, shown resting on reversed rifle. The front wall has 3 plaques- the centre one being wider. The two outer panels have a quarter circle removed to allow for a small montage. The names are listed in five columns on the main panel and two columns on each of the two side panels. An additional plaque has been added to the reverse for extra names in the future. In 2016 one additional name for each of WW1 and WW2, also one 1974 and one 1984 casualty were added. Effectively this is the replacement for WMO/284218 and 284219- the original Civic Memorial. It was funded by a combination of public subscriptions and councillors' neighbourhood budgets, and commissioned by the Chester-le-Street and District War Memorial Group. On completion it was handed over to the County Council. The total cost was £65,000. Some of the names are unique to this memorial which, it is hoped, is the definitive record. Unfortunately the WW1 name of B Kitchen is incorrect- it should have been Benjamin Hitchen. (this is not a criticism, these things just happen)
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Lest we Forget/This memorial is erected in grateful remembrance/of those from Chester-le-Street District/who made the supreme sacrifice/[404 names in total]

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