Location of Wooler War Memorial
Address: Tower Hill, Wooler, Northumberland, England
GPS: 55°32’48” N 2°0’46” W
The Wooler War Memorial sits at the top of Tower Hill (where Wooler’s original 12th Century castle is thought to have been situated). It has a wheel-head cross of Celtic design atop a large stone plinth. The structure is surrounded by wrought iron railings.
Wooler War Memorial (looking East)
Unveiled on 17 April 1921, the memorial commemorates both WWI and WWII service personnel. The WWI names are listed on all four sides of the plinth with WWII names beneath. It was restored in 2001.
Wooler War Memorial (looking South-East)
On the North-East facing upright of the cross:
/To/ the Memory of/ those from the/ Wooler District/ who fell in the/ Great War/ 1914 – 1919/ Their name / liveth /for evermore/
On the South-West facing upright of the cross:
/No/ hate was theirs/ no thirst for fame/ When forth to Death/ by honour sent./ Life beckoned sweet/ the Great Call came/ They knew their duty/ and they went./
There are 76 service personnel listed as having fallen in WWI. Of these, six now appear on the Breamish Valley War Memorial, Powburn, Northumberland UK:
- James ATKINSON
- James William ATKINSON (listed as ‘AITCHISON J.’ See Note 1)
- Thomas DUNN
- James FAIRBAIRN
- Edward NAYLEN
- David TAYLOR
Wooler War Memorial front pedestal
Wooler War Memorial side 2 pedestal
There are 28 service personnel listed as having fallen in WWII: none of whom are listed on the Breamish Valley War Memorial, Powburn, Northumberland UK.
Coldstream & District Local History Society: www.coldstreamhistorysociety.co.uk/index.php/war-memorials/memorial/C265 Accessed 07 Oct 2018.
Historic England: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1153910 Accessed 07 Oct 2018.
North-East War Memorials Project: www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=9303 Accessed 07 Oct 2018.
War Memorials Register: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33541 Accessed 07 Oct 2018.
- James is believed to be commemorated on the Wooler War Memorial (See The Coldstream & District Local History Society: Wooler War Memorial). However, the listing on the memorial reads as ‘AITCHISON J. (N. F.)’ [The ‘N. F.’ presumably referring to his regiment, the Northumberland Fusiliers]. Research by Judy Beaumont of Billingham, Tees Valley, points to the plausibility that ‘AITCHISON J.’ is the same individual as ‘James William Atkinson’. She notes that there was a family name change from ‘Atchison’ to ‘Atkinson’. The name change appears to have occurred between the birth of James’ daughter (Margaret ATCHISON) in Quarter 3 of 1909 and the birth of his son (George Taylor ATKINSON) in Quarter 2 of 1911.
- The information board at the foot of Tower Hill states that, “The War memorial was erected in 1920 to commemorate the 60 men who died in the 1914 to 1918 War.” However, each of the four pedestal faces lists 19 WWI names, giving a total of 78 (see the pedestal images above and North-East War Memorials Project for a full list).
Tower Hill (Wooler) information board
[Published: 08 October 2018]