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War Memorial Cross, St. Edmund's Churchyard, Sedgefield (Sedgefield)

Grade II listed building, protected by law.

Sandstone cross on tall tapering shaft resting on three wide steps. The whole is set within a fenced area of the churchyard by the Lychgate, partly recessed into the rear wall. Square-plan pedestal on double-chamferered stepped base supporting a shallow octagonal section with brattished top, corner broaches and a raised, central shield bearing the arms of the bishopric of Durham. Tapering, octagonal shaft above has similar brattished cap and is surmounted by the shaped cross. Front plaque is sunken into the pedestal with the names of victims of the First World War and WW2 along with a dedication to men of Sedgefield, Bradbury and Mordon. Smaller rear plaque (facing church) inscribed: Pass not this stone in sorrow / but in pride / and may you live as nobly / as they died. Lord grant them eternal life. Unveiled 1921

To the right of the memorial is another plaque attached to the wall that is dedicated to the crew of a Lancaster Bomber from 419 Moose Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, who lost their lives in a fire during a training flight in 1944. The crew are buried in Harrogate. Unveiled 1994 (1-3)

Reference number:D34722
Historical period: Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1121484

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Sedgefield

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