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Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph & War Memorial - names and information about those commemorated on the cenotaph

Houghton-le-Spring's War Memorial in 1925

REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

On November 7th 1925 a new cenotaph was unveiled in the southwest corner of St Michael’s Churchyard. Made of Portland stone at a cost of £7000, the memorial was erected in memory of those who died during the Great War of 1914 – 1919. Funds were raised by public subscription – even the Scouts lent a hand in fundraising at a carnival on Houghton Racecourse in 1924.

The cenotaph, which stands at 18 ½ feet, was unveiled by the Earl of Durham and was dedicated by the then Rector, Rev Ralph Watson. It was designed by Francis Doyle Jones, who is known for his sculptures of St Patrick in Downpatrick and the bust of TM Kettle in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. The memorial features a carved soldier and sailor and features the words:

Our Glorious Dead
1914 – 1919
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The names of the 236 individuals killed in action are featured on the memorial in alphabetical order of surname, though the name of HENDERSON G. must have been a late addition as he is listed at the end. Copyright © Books of the North 2003 - 2012.

One name proved to be a controversial addition, or rather omission. Allessandro Riani’s name was initially not to be included as he was not English – he and his brother Columbo Riani were proprietors of the Gaiety Temperance Bar on Newbottle Street having come to Houghton-le-Spring from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, in the Lucca province of Tuscany, Italy – and yet Allessandro had fought for England during the Great War and paid with his life. The people of Houghton were outraged that his name was not to be included and many refused to attend any unveiling until his name was rightly added on.

Flowers stacked high in front of Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph

The war memorial now appears to have been stained from the large sycamore trees growing nearby and many of the inscribed names on the top half of the rear side are fading away. In early 2012 a small sample of names was re-carved (PRICE J., PURVIS J., PURVIS, R. and QUINN A.) on a cleaned corner and made an impressive contrast to the other panels. Copyright © Books of the North 2003 - 2012.

Names on Houghton-le-Spring's Cenotaph & War Memorial - names and information about those commemorated on the cenotaph

MATERIAL: Portland stone

INSCRIPTION: Our Glorious Dead 1914 - 1919

DATE TRANSCRIBED: Summer 2003

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | XYZ

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ADAMSON D.F.

(Francis Douglas Adamson, son of Houghton's Rector, Rev Cuthbert Adamson - find out more about him HERE)

ADDISON W.
AHEARNE P.
ALLAN R.
ANDERSON R.
APPLEBY N.
AUNGLES W.
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Houghton Cenotaph
Remembrance Sunday 2007

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Bs [TOP]


BAINBRIDGE J.
BAINBRIDGE T.S.
BALMER P.
BARKESS RALPH.
BARKESS ROBERT.
BARKESS T.
BARRASS M.
BASSETT W.
BATY B.C.
BELL G.W.
BELL J.F.
BENSON G.
BESTFORD T.
BOLTON T.W.
BROOME T.
BROWN D.W.
BROWN J.
BROWN J.H.

(John Hunter Brown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA - find out more about him HERE)

BROWN T.
BROWN T.
BROWN W.
BUCKLEY G.
BURN T.
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CALVERT T. J.
CARR G.
CARR JAMES
CARR JOHN
CHARLTON E.G.
CLARK A.
CLARK R.
CLARK W.
CLARK W.
CLAY J.G.
COCKBURN G.
COLTMAN J.
COUGHLIN M.
COULSON C.
COULSON C.
COULSON J.
CRAKE W.
CROSTHWAITE H.
CUMMINGS J.
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Ds [TOP]


DAWSON A.
DAWSON A.
DIXON B.
DIXON G.
DIXON J.
DIXON T.
DIXON T.
DOWIE S.
DRESSER E.
DUFFY J.
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Houghton Cenotaph / War Memorial in 1932
A bus dropping off passengers in front of Houghton Cenotaph

Es [TOP]


EDE F.C.
EDMENSON T.
ELLIOTT J.
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Fs [TOP]


FALLON T.
FENTON T.
FENTON T.
FISH W.
FORTH J.
FORSTER J.
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Gs [TOP]


GALLAGHER J.
GILL R.
GREATHEAD J.H.
GREAVES F.
GREY R.
GRICE W.
GUY G.
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Hs [TOP]


HAMILTON J.
HAMILTON W.
HANSON J.W.
HARLAND J.
HARTILL W.
HAYES G.
HEASLIP M.
HEDLEY J.
HENDERSON G.? [added on after surnames starting with W]
HENDERSON J.W
HENDERSON R.
HEPPLEWHITE W.
HILL N.
HIND T.A.
HINTON J.
HINTON J.W.
HOARE R.
HOGARTH R.
HOPE W.
HORN R.
HOWE R.
HOWE R.G.
HULTON W.
HUNTER W.H.
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Js [TOP]


JAMES R.E.
JAMES T.
JOHNSTON A.

(Private Andrew Johnston, Warwickshire Regiment, 9th Battalion - find out more about him HERE)

JOHNSTON W.H.
JORDISON T.
JOYCE W.
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Flowers stacked high in front of Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph
Flowers stacked high in front of Houghton Cenotaph

Ks [TOP]


KEEGAN P.
KELLS F.
KELLS T.
KELLS W.
KENNEDY R.
KENNEDY W.
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Ls [TOP]


LAING C.
LANGLEY W.A.
LARMER J.
LAWSON C.
LEE F.G.
LEECH J.R.
LIDFORD R.W.
LONGSTAFF R.
LUKE J.W.
LUMLEY J.
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Ms [TOP]


MACKAY W.
MADDISON A.
MARKHAM A.
MARTIN J.
MASTERS C.R.
MCDERMOTT M.
MCDERMOTT P.
MCGOVERN J.
MCINTYRE J.
MCTEAR T.W.
MESSENGER W
MORGAN C.W..
MORLEY A.S.

(Arthur Selwyn Morley was killed at the Battle of the Somme - find out more about him HERE)

MORRIS W.
MOSS W.
MOYLE C.W.
MULHOLLAND JAS.
MULHOLLAND JOHN
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Ns [TOP]


NAISBETT J.
NAISBETT J.S.
NEWALL J.F.
NICHOLSON J.F.
NICHOLSON T.
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Os [TOP]


ORD F.
ORME J.W.
OXENHAM W.
OXLEY W.
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Ps [TOP]


PALMER J.
PARK A.B.
PATTRICK F.
PEEBLES J.
PEEL C.
PENDERCAST W.
PLACE E.
PLACE F.H.

(Frederick Henry Place of 5 Henry Street, Houghton - find out more about him HERE)

PLACE G.
PLACE J.
(James Place of 77 Sunderland Street, Houghton - find out more about him HERE)

PLACE T.
PREST J.
(Pte 54488 John Prest 1st/5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment - find out more about him HERE)

PREST R.
(Brother of the above John, 54486 Richard Prest 1st/5th Bn West Yorks. Reg. - find out more about him HERE)

PRICE J.
PURVIS J.
PURVIS R.
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Qs [TOP]

QUINN A.
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Rs [TOP]


RAMSHAW J.R.
REDDEL W.
RIANI A.

(Allessandro Riani, co-founder of Riani’s ice cream parlour - find out more about him HERE)

RICHARDSON A.E.
(Arthur Ernest Richardson of 98 Sunderland Street, Houghton - find out more about him HERE)

RICHARDSON W.
RIDDLE E.W.
RIDDLE H.C.
RIGBY, RILEY T.
RITSON M.
ROBINSON J.C.
ROBINSON L.
ROBINSON L.
ROBSON J.W.
ROBSON L.
(Luke Robson, late manager of Dubmire Social Club - find out more about him HERE)

ROBSON R.
ROMPEN O.
RUNDLE E.S.
RUTHERFORD T.
RUTTER T.H.
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Ss [TOP]


SCARTH J.M.
SCARTH W.
SCOTT J.
SEDGEWICK T.A.
SHAW E.R.
SHEARER B.
SHEARER G.
SHEARER R.
SHEPHERD A.
SHERRIFF F.W.
SHERRIFF G.
SILL A.
SMITH A.
SMITH D

(Daniel Smith of Penshaw - find out more about him HERE)

SMITH E.
SMITH J.B.
(shared memorial with W.T Smith at Durham Road Cemetery - find out more about him HERE)

SMITH J.R.
SMITH R.
SMITH R.W.
SMITH W.T.
(shared memorial with J.B Smith at Durham Road Cemetery - find out more about him HERE)

STOKOE P.
STOTHARD A
SUMMERBELL T.
SUNLEY J.E.
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Ts [TOP]


TARBETT J.R.
TAYLOR W.
TENNET G.
THOMPSON J.C.
THUBURN H.
THUBURN J.
THUBURN R.
TREVETT F.
TURNBULL JAMES
TURNBULL JOSEPH
TURNER F.
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Vs [TOP]


VEITCH R.
VERITY J.
VICKERS J.W.
VICKERS T.
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Ws [TOP]


WALKER J.S.
WALLER S.
WARDLE N.
WATSON R.
WHEATLEY J.
WHITE J.E.D.
WICK R.W.
WILLIAMS N.
WILSON E.W.
WILSON G.
WILSON G.J.
WILSON R.
WILSON W.

 

Further information about individuals mentioned on Houghton-le-Spring's Cenotaph & War Memorial - names and information about those commemorated on the cenotaph

The following information contains expanded details about names found on Houghton-le-Spring’s Cenotaph, as found in the south-west corner of St Michael & All Angels’ churchyard.

 

:: Lieutenant Francis Douglas ADAMSON, was the son of Houghton's Rector, Rev Cuthbert Edward Adamson. He was killed in France on November 16th 1915, aged 24 years. On the first anniversary of his death, a marble tablet was unveiled by the Bishop of Durham on the north wall inside St Michael's Church.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Church Plaque]; [Guards Cemetery, Cuinchy, France];

 

:: Private/Lance Corporal John Hunter BROWN, of 49 Back, Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring, died of wounds in Flanders, France, on November 13th 1915 at the age of 32 years. John Hunter Brown was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA, and served with the Highland Light Infantry, 11th Battalion. He left behind a wife, Sarah Ann Brown, at their home in Fencehouses. He is commemorated at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. One of John Hunter Brown's three medals appeared for sale on eBay in September 2010 for £28.07 (shown below).
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery];

One of John Hunter Brown's medals

 

:: Private Andrew JOHNSTON, was a Private with the Warwickshire Regiment 9th Battalion. In 1901, he lived at 10 D'Arcy Street, Houghton-le-Spring, with his parents William and Barbara Johnston, plus siblings William and John. Andrew died in Mesopotamia on the 29th June 1917 and was buried at Kirkee Cemetery, near Bombay (Mumbai), India.
This individual is currently being researched by one of his descendants, Ana Fox.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India];

 

:: Second Lieutenant Arthur Selwyn MORLEY, was missing presumed killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, on Saturday September 16th 1916, aged 26 years. Arthur, a former pupil of the Royal Kepier Grammar School, was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Crawley Ridge Trench on June 27th 1916 for his participation in a wire cutting operation under heavy gun fire and for taking command of a company on July 1st during an attack on Grid Trench, near Guedencourt. The London Gazette of August 25th 1916 reported as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He took command of his company when the senior officers became casualties, led several attacks on an enemy position, and behaved with great coolness and courage till the battalion was relieved." Arthur’s medals are housed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum.
This individual is currently being researched by one of his descendants, Dr Jack Morley.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Thiepval Memorial, France];

 

:: Gunner Frederick Henry PLACE, of 5 Henry Street, Houghton-le-Spring, died on February 4th 1919, aged 28 years. Fred was a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was buried at Houghton Hillside Cemetery, however his memorial was erected at Durham Road Cemetery.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [CWGC headstone, Durham Rd Cemetery];

 

:: Private James PLACE, of 77 Sunderland Street, died on October 12th 1916, aged 19 years. James was a member of the 6th Battalion in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He was wounded in France and died at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and was buried at Houghton Hillside Cemetery five days later.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [CWGC headstone, Durham Rd Cemetery];

 

:: Private John PREST, of 72 Sunderland Street, died on April 25th 1918, aged 28 years. John was a Private in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), 1st/5th Battalion. John left behind a wife, Janet Prest, and his parents William and Elizabeth Prest, of Sunderland Street, Houghton. His brother, Richard, is also commemorated on Houghton’s cenotaph.
This individual is currently being researched by David Sloan.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium];

 

:: Richard PREST, of 72 Sunderland Street, brother of the above John Prest, died on Saturday October 6th 1917, aged 19 years. He was in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers regiment.
This individual is currently being researched by David Sloan.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium];

 

:: Alessandro RIANI came to Houghton from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in the Lucca province of Tuscany, Italy, in the early 1900s, with his cousin Columbo. They established the well-known Riani’s ice cream shop on Sunderland Street and later Newbottle Street. The cousin’s partnership ended when Alessandro was killed in action on August 29th 1917. His name is included upon Houghton Cenotaph and is also recorded (as Alexandro Riani) on an archived paper list of the congregation of St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church who lost their lives during the 1914 – 1918 War. Alessandro had three children with his wife, Gertrude: daughters Roma (1912) and Nita (1915), followed by a son, also Alessandro, who was born on December 21st 1916.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph];

 

:: Private Arthur Ernest RICHARDSON, of 98 Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-Spring, died on March 5th 1919, aged 24 years, and was stationed with the 3rd Battalion of Durham Light Infantry. He was buried at Houghton Hillside Cemetery.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [CWGC headstone, Durham Rd Cemetery];

 

:: Guardsman Luke ROBSON. Luke Robson and his wife, Sarah Robson (nee Fenton) were managers of the Dubmire Social Club from 1918 to c1922. Luke died at the Pensions War Hospital on March 21st 1921, from injuries he had received.
This individual is currently being researched by his granddaughter, Maureen Brown.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Family headstone, Durham Rd Cemetery];

 

:: Corporal Daniel SMITH of the Royal Garrison Artillery was killed on October 15th 1917 aged 33 years. He left behind a wife, Catherine Smith of 2 Front Street, Old Penshaw.
This individual is currently being researched by Margaret & Peter Austin.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [Roll of Honour tablet]; [Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium];

 

:: Lance Corporal W. T. SMITH and Private J. T. SMITH, two brothers, are commemorated on Houghton’s cenotaph and on a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone in Durham Road Cemetery. W.T. Smith was killed on November 12th 1918 aged 32 years, and J.B. Smith was killed on March 5th 1921 aged 21 years. Both were the sons of George and Annie Smith of 63 Outram Street, Houghton-le-Spring.
Commemorated on: [
Houghton-le-Spring Cenotaph]; [CWGC headstone, Durham Rd Cemetery];

 

 

Article and research by Paul Lanagan, local historian

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Paul Lanagan wishes to place on record his thanks to the following:

:: Thanks go to David Symons, Val Sargeson and Liz Catherwood of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Dr Jack Morley; Durham Light Infantry Museum; Jean White of Fencehouses; David Sloan; and Ana Fox in Spain.
:: Mary G Randles for modern day photo.
:: Heather J Williams for the unveiling photo.
:: Jan Hanson for confirming the inclusion of her relative, Allessandro Riani, on the Cenotaph.
:: Mrs Roma Brook Stephenson for information on Allessandro Riani.
:: Other photographs from Paul Lanagan's collection.

 

 

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