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War Graves, Wolsingham, Weardale, County Durham

Wolsingham is a small town in Weardale, County Durham.

The local building material looks to have been a lovely stone, similar to Cotsworld stone but a bit darker.

These terraced houses were quite olde-worlde

Old Building, Wolsingham

St Mary’s and St Stephen’s church stood back up a side street off the road through the town:-

A Church in Wolsingham

St Mary's and St Stephen's Church, Wolsingham

There were two war graves in the churchyard.

Leading aircraftman F Langdale, Royal Canadian Air Force, 27/4/1943, aged 24:-

War Grave, Wolsingham, Weardale, County Durham

Private J H Jackson, Royal Army Medical Corps, 13/9/1920, aged 43:-

Wolsingham War Grave

War Memorial, Lanchester, County Durham

Lanchester is a small village in County Durham. We visited there because it features in a Book of British Villages which we have.

Its War Memorial is in the form of a wall on the village green:-

War Memorial, Lanchester, County Durham

Closer view:-

Lanchester War Memorial

There was a Great War 100th anniversary vintage memorial bench nearby:-

War Memorial Bench, Lanchester

War Memorial, Stanley, County Durham

Stanley is a town in County Durham.

I took a wrong turning there and ended up going down a street called Shield Row where I spotted this memorial in front of Shield Row Community House.

Given the uniforms the figures bear (Great War infantry and Royal Flying Corps) and its fresh look this would seem to be a Great War 100th anniversary construction.

A War Memorial in Stanley, County Durham.

Chester-le-Street War Memorial

Curiously this War Memorial was only dedicated in 2015. It certainly has the look of one only recently constructed. It is situated in the town’s Market Place set off from it by replica artillery shells. Information about the town’s original War memorial is on this webpage.

This side has representations of a World War 2 soldier and sailor plus two Royal Navy ships and a Spitfire.

War Memorial, Chester-le-Street

Closer view:-

Names and Dedication, Chester-le-Street War Memorial

Names and dedication:-

Names, Chester-le-Street War Memorial

The reverse view is emblazoned with a Lancaster bomber and poppies replacing the Spitfire:-

Chester-le-Street War Memorial Reverse 1

Detail. One Great War name, one World War 2 name, 2 post 1945 names:-

Detail. War Memorial, Chester-le-Street,

War Graves, Cramlington, Northumberland

The headstone containing the names of (some of) my ancestors was in the graveyard of Church of St Nicholas.

St Nicholas Church, Cramlington, Northumberland

St Nicholas Church, Cramlington, Northumberland

While wandering the graveyard I found two Commonwealth War Graves, both from the Great War:-

Private J Shield, Northumberland Fusiliers, 10/11/1918:-

War Grave, Cramlington, Northumberland

Serjeant J W Brabban, Royal Field Artillery, 27/11/1918, aged 21:-

War Grave in Cramlington, Northumberland

Cramlington Heritage

In the old village square in Cramlington, Northumberland, is an information board.

Information Board, Cramlington, Northumberland

One of the items on it commemorates the men from mining communities who joined up and went off to fight. 170 Cramlington men did not came back. Victory arches were erected as, of course was the permanent War Memorial:-

Cramlington War Memorial Information Board

Another panel on the board remembers a Zeppelin attack on the village:-

Information Board, Information Board, Zeppelin Attack on Cramlington, Norhumberland

Cramlington War Memorial

Cramlington‘s War Memorial is a figure of Saint George atop an obelisk surmounting a hexagonal base.

Cramlington War Memorial

The dedication runs round the top of the hexagonal section and reads, “Their names live together in honour and glory.”

War Memorial, Cramlington, Part Dedication

Part Dedication, Cramlington War Memorial

Cramlington War Memorial Part Dedication

Figure of Saint George:-

Figyure, Cramlington War Memorial

There are two memorial benches. The first is dedicated to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. The Poachers.

Cramlington, Northumberland, War Memorial Bench

The second is the usual kind of Great War 100th anniversary bench:-

War Memorial Bench, Cramlington, Northumberland

War Grave at St Andrews Cathedral

By the side of St Andrews Cathedral in St Andrews There is a cemetery. In March this year I noticed a Commonwealth War Graves here sign so popped in for a look

There was one war grave, of Great War Private S Findlay, Labour Corps, 9/8/1917, aged 36.

War Grave, St Andrews Cathedral

War Memorials, Bergen

Memorial to the Battle of Bergen Harbour, 1/8/1665. (aka Battle of VĂ¥gen. The battle was one of those which should not have taken place but did. The local commander did not know that the English fleet had permission from the king (of Denmark-Norway) to capture Dutch ships sheltering in the harbour so opened fire from Bergenhus Fortress – the only time the fortress ever took part in a battle.

Battle of Bergen Harbour Memorial, Bergen

Memorial to Norwegian sailors of the Great War. Erected by their friends and admirers in Great Britain and dedicated to “that great company of true norsemen who though at peace with all men dared to defy the horrors and perils of war and in a rightful service endured fearlessly to the end”:-

Memorial to Norwegian Sailors of the Great War, Bergen

Memorial in Bergen to Skansens Bataljon Buekorps/Bow Corps. Falt I Krigen 1940-1945. Falt I Krigen means “fell in war.”

Memorial To Skansens Batalion, Bergen

Perth Academy’s Old Building and War Commemorations

We were in Perth at the end of last year and for the first time took a stroll beside the North Inch on the Rose Terrace side.

There we discovered Perth Academy’s Old Building, a fine imposing edifice, used as the school from 1807 to 1932:-

Old  Perth Academy Building

Attached to its wall is this plaque dedicated to those former pupils who fought and died in the Great War:-

Perth Academy WW 1 Memorial

On the wall of a building in High Street is this plaque, presented to the people of Perth by the 1st Polish Army Corps in appreciation of the friendship extended to them in the city and county during World War 2:-

Polish Memorial, High Street, Perth

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