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Commonwealth War Graves, Hebburn Cemetery (ii)

P Moran, Air Mechanic First Class, Royal Navy, HMS Heron, 18/4/1943, aged 29:-
asecond World War Grave, Hebburn

Corporal J McDonnack, RAF, Auxiliary Air Force, 1/5/1941:-
Hebburn, Second World War Grave

Gunner A Keegan, Royal Artillery, 11/12/1939, aged 30:-
Second World War Grave, Hebburn

Private J Lydon, Durham Light Infantry, 2/12/1915:-
Hebburn, Great War Grave

Private T McKeown, Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/11/1918, aged 34:-
Hebburn, Great War Grave

Sergeant J G Forrest, Flight Engineer, RAF, 14/1/1945, aged 19:-
Hebburn Second World War Grave

Bruno Joseph Turcotte, Petty Officer Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Provider, 16/6/1964, aged 36:-
War Grave, Hebburn

Commonwealth War Graves, Hebburn Cemetery (i)

As I mentioned before Hebburn Cemetery contains 41 War Graves, from both World Wars.

Sapper T C Brown, Royal Engineers, 7/4/1916:-

Great War Grave, Hebburn

Serjeant W W Norrie, Corps of Military Police, 27/2/1945, aged 42:-
Second World War Grave, Hebburn

Lance Corporal W G Nicholson, Royal Engineers, 4/3/1941, aged 30:-
Hebburn, War Grave

Private J Adair, Durham Light Infantry, 29/9/1942, aged 32:-
Hebburn, Second World War Grave

Able Seaman A Cottrell, Royal Navy, HMS “President III”, 14/5/1942:-
Hebburn, Second World War Grave

Private O Ward, The Border Rgiment, 2/12/1940, aged 25:-
Seecond World War Grave, Hebbrun

J Wilson, Stoker, Petty Officer, Royal Navy, HMS Zephyr, 31/12/1944, aged 27:-
Hebburn, Second World War Grave

A War Memorial, Hebburn Cemetery

Hebburn, in Tyne and Wear, is a kind of ancestral home for me. My maternal grandmother was brought up there before her parents moved to Glasgow where she met my grandfather.

It’s a fairly typical north of England post-industrial town. I didn’t spot any Art Deco there, though.

We did pass a cemetery with the Commonwealth War Graves sign. This was Hebburn Cemetery. At the centre of the cemetery is a chapel in front of which lies a war memorial:-

Cemetery Chapel and a War Memorial, Hebburn Cemetery

The war memorial is a Cross of Sacrifice on an octagonal plinth. Inscribed round the base of the upper plinth, “Their name liveth for evermore.”

A War Memorial, Hebburn

To the left of the memorial as you approach it up the drive is a sculpture named “Poppies in steel,” with a sign saying, “You have done your duty, to honour you is ours” – Friends of Hebburn Cemetery, September 2019.

Poppies in Steel War Memorial, Hebburn Cemetery

A war memorial bench is nearby:-

War Memorial Bench, Hebburn Cemetery

I gather Hebburn’s main War Memorial is elsewhere. Looking at the aerial view in the link I see it’s actually close to the cemetery. Maybe next time we’re down there.

St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth

Our friend, who grew up in Roker, (yes where the famous stadium was situated) took us to local landmark St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, one of the oldest in England, which is associated with the Venerable Bede of whom I read once that he astonished his contemporaries by being able to read without sounding out the words. (Or was that St Augustine?)

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

West Door (now not used):-

West Door, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Side view. The stone courses on the ground mark out the original extent of the church buildings:-

Monkwearmouth St Peter's Church

Model of St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship:-

Model of St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship

Ceiling above chancel:-

Ceiling, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Stained glass window, and altar:-

Stained Glass Window, Altar, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Roll of Honour:-

Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Effigy of Baron William, builder of nearby Hylton Castle. The Hyltons were one of the Great Families of the Parish as in the notice:-

Hilton Effigy, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

The Hilton effigy information:-

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth Effigy Plaque

Memorials in Sunderland City Library and Art Centre

In Sunderland City Library and Art Centre were two war memorial items.

125th Tank Regiment Roll of Honour:-

125th Tank Regiment Roll of Honour

A Great War memorial bowl inscribed for Private G W Micklin, Durham Light Infantry, missing 26/9/1915, and, “He answered his duty,” with some Sunderland lustre ware behind:-

War Memorial Bowl in City Library and Art Centre, Sunderland

Veteran’s Walk, Mowbray Park, Sunderland

Just behind the Memorial Wall in Sunderland’s Mowbray Park lies a Veterans’ Walk.

Veteran's Walk, Mowbray Park, Sunderland

Part of Veteran's Walk, Mowbray Park, Sunderland

Veteran’s Walk Plaque:-

Veteran's Walk Plaque, Mowbray Park, SunderlandSunderland

Veteran’s Walk information notice:-

Veteran's Path/Walk, Mowbray Park, Sunderland

An additional curiosity in the park is this statue of a walrus beside the pond:-

Walrus Statue, Mowbray Park, Sunderland

Sunderland Memorial Wall

Between Sunderland War Memorial and Mowbray Park a memorial wall has been erected to commemorate those who have served in conflicts since the Second World War and to honour Sunderland’s post-World War 2 fallen.

The first section commemorates non-combat deaths in war:-

War Memorial Wall, Sunderland

The rest of the wall is a sobering reminder of the many conflicts in which British soldiers have lost their lives since 1945.

Palestine and India:-

Palestine and India Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Malaya and the Cold War:-

Malaya and Cold War Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Korea and the Canal Zone:-

Korea and Canal Zone Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Kenya and Cyprus:-

Kenya and Cyprus Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Aden, Radfan and Suez:-

Aden, Radfan and Suez Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Borneo, Northern Ireland and Oman Dhofar:-

Bornoe, Northern Ireland, Oman Dhofar Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Falkland Islands and Gulf War:-

Falkland Islands, Gulf War, Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone:-

Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Afghanistan and Iraq, plus Ode of Remembrance:-

Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial Wall, Sunderland

Sunderland War Memorial

Sunderland’s War Memorial lies just off the road which runs past Mowbray Park. It’s a granite column topped by a bronze figure of Victory. The dedication is, “”A tribute to our glorious dead.”

Sunderland War Memorial

Its west aspect bears the Great War dedication, 1914-1918:-

Sunderland War Memorial, 1914-1918 Dedication

From north:-

War Memorial, Sunderland, From North

From east. Second World War dedication, 1939-1945:-

Second World War Dedication, War Memorial, Sunderland

In the Park, near to the Memorial is a Memorial bench:-

War Memorial Bench, Sunderland

Fullwell War Memorial

Our friend in the North(east) – well it’s actually well south of Son of the Rock Acres – lives just north of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in a village called Whitburn whose War Memorial I featured here. That itself is just north of Fulwell, which I gather is part of Sunderland and where his friend (who now lives in Markinch and through whom we got to know him) used to live.

Since she is well aware of my interest in War Memorials she made a point of taking us to see the one in Fullwell. She remembered it as being upright but it is now set on the ground inside a stone enclosure in a small park area. It bears only Great War names.

Fullwell War Memorial Enclosure

Plaque with dedication, “To perpetuate the memory of the men of Fullwell who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918.”:-

Fullwell War Memorial

Bishop Auckland War Memorial, Auckland Tower, Mining Art Gallery

Bishop Auckland‘s War Memorial lies in Market Place, a very short walk from Auckland Castle. It is inscribed, “1914 – 1919. To the men of Bishop Auckland who fought and fell in the Great War their fellow citizens have erected this memorial,” with below, “1939 – 1945. In memory of those who in a later generation made the same sacrifice as those to whom this memorial was erected.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from west (Auckland Tower – part of the Auckland Project – behind. Unfortunately it was too windy that day for us to be allowed access to all of the Tower but it is possible when conditions are calmer.) This side of the Memorial is inscribed, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends,” with the additional dedication below, “1950 – 1953. In memory of those who gave their lives in the Korean War.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial From West

From North. The inscriptions read, “God made trial of them and found them worthy of himself,” and, “2001 – 2004. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from North

War Memorial from east. Inscribed, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,” with, below, “1982. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Falklands conflict.” The entrance to Bishop Auckland’s magnificent Mining Art Gallery – also part of the Auckland Project – can be seen to the right here:-

War Memorial, Bishop Auckland, from East

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