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Local History

Murton (County Durham)

The village green south of Gregson Terrace contains Murton War Memorial - a large cenotaph erected in 1922 (in appalling weather) in remembrance of those of the district who served and fell in the First World War. After 1945 additional dedications were added to the memorial in memory of WW2. Within the same paved area of the village green is another memorial dedicated to one man in particular, William McNally of the Yorkshire Regiment The Green Howards. A plaque attached to a wall commemorates McNally, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for courage and unselfish devotion in the Great War, bringing honour and glory to the village and regiment. The paved area around the wall and cenotaph were refurbished in 2007/08 with the addition of memorial flower beds and benches.

Other World War memorials can be found in various locations around the village including the Victoria Working Men's Club, Holy Trinity parish church and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. A war memorial plaque was once attached to the exterior of the RC church underneath a large crucifix, but the original church was demolished and replaced by a more modern building creating the need for a relocation of the memorial. The plaque can now be found on the front face of a sarcophagus-style monument in the churchyard.

Reference number:D44408
Event(s):The identification of Historic Landscapes in Durham Project; Chris Blandford Associates

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