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100 years since the start of the Great War will be remembered from August 4th this year 2014. Coxhoe History Group appeal for your help in collecting memories from the era in order to remember those from our village who served and to explore the effect it had on our village. Can you help with photos, letters or memorabilia? If so please use the "Contact us" facility on our "About Us" page if you are able to offer help.

Coxhoe In The Wars

During World War 1 Great Britain and the Empire mobilised 8.9 million men in the struggle against Germany and their invasion of France, Belgium and eastern Europe. Of those who took the Kings shilling and enlisted for the duration of the war, 908,000 were killed, 2 million were wounded and 191,000 were either taken prisoner or classed as missing.

Coxhoe men, along with every other community in the country did not shirk their sense of duty when it came to stepping forward to fight injustice and aid those less able. At the end of the war, Coxhoe like every other community in the nation paid the ultimate sacrifice. Mothers lost sons, sisters lost brothers, wives lost husbands and children lost fathers. Families were deprived of loved ones and the community lost a generation.

In keeping with every other community nationwide those who lost their lives in the Great War are remembered on the thousands of memorials, rolls of honour, plaques and many other symbols and artefacts that seek to honour those who died.

We could never begin to tell the stories of everyone who served and survived the horrors of war nor could we even scratch the surface of those who died, but we can through the memorials of the village and the resources available today paint a picture of some of the brave men of this village and surrounding district.


Coxhoe War Memorials

Coxhoe and District War Memorial



Coxhoe War Memorial

Perhaps the most familiar of all the village war memorials is the one that is most visible. Situated in the centre of the village, in front of the village hall, the memorial is inscribed with the names of 97 men who served and died in the Great War of 1914 -1918 and 28 names of the men who served and died during World War 2, from 1939 -1945.  Erected in 1922 at a cost of £125 the memorial was unveiled by 19/833 Sergeant William Wilson DCM & Bar who served with the 19th (Service) Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry during World War 1 having distinguished himself on 2 occasions through his bravery and devotion to duty. Of the 25,000 soldiers awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during World War 1, only 490 soldiers received the double award, Sergeant Wilson amongst them. Sergeant Wilson DCM and Bar was a native of Coxhoe.

William Wilson

19/833 Sergeant William Wilson, DCM & Bar. Durham Light Infantry

Made from granite the memorial shield is set in a wall of coarse stone which measures almost 7 feet in height and just over 5 feet wide. Originally set within the wall of the Village Hall, the memorial was later moved to its current location within the small memorial park.

It is worthy of note that the villages of Cornforth, Kelloe, Tursdale and Bowburn also list names of men who appear on the Coxhoe and District War Memorial.

St Marys Church

St Marys Church War Memorial



The War memorial within St Marys Church is situated beneath the west window and lists 86 men who died during World War 1. Made of brass and mounted on an oak board the memorial was dedicated in 1920 by Bishop Moule, Bishop of Durham. Officers and Non commissioned officers are at the top of the board with private soldiers beneath.
The altar window inside St Mary’s depicts the ultimate sacrifice with a  soldier at the feet of Christ on the cross. The other windows depict the Crosses of St George and St Cuthbert. The window was paid for through public subscription and dedicated by Bishop Moule in 1920 at the time of the decication of the War Memorial.

St Marys Altar Window

The Altar Window

St Marys Have Completed Many Acts Of Rememberance

Other acts of remembrance within St Mary’s Church include:-

A Prie Dieu, or prayer desk which is usually used for private prayer is dedicated to the memory of Private 6727 William Ogle Reed of 5th Seaforth Highlanders. William Ogle Reed who resided in Blackgate, Coxhoe was killed in action on 13 November 1916, during the final days of the Battle of The Somme and is interred in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet , France.

Follow this link to find details of Private Reed.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=111680


William McIlwain resided in Co-operative Terrace Coxhoe and was employed as a Blacksmith. At the outbreak of WW1 he enlisted and joined the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards and embarked for France on the 16th March 1915. William was killed in action on the 4th of June 1915 and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in northern France. St Marys Church holds a ewer (jug) in remembrance of William Mcilwain.

Follow this link to find details of Private McIlwain.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=853702


A vase in the church serves as a reminder to the most senior serviceman to die during the conflict. Lieutenant William James Ramsay of the Royal Flying Corps, resided in West Hetton Lodge, Coxhoe. Lt WJ Ramsay was killed in a crash on 27 March 1918. He was in RE8 B5114 of 52 Sqn when it got into a side slip after take off and crashed in flames. He was the observer and the pilot was 2 Lt RD Turnell, who was also killed. They were heading out on a bombing operation, in all likelihood on the Somme bridges, as the unit had been doing this and contact work in the days preceding. The unit had moved four times in the previous week and crews that day were taking off from yet another new airfield, at Abbeville, in circumstances of the direst emergency.

 Lt Ramsay lies at rest in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France

Follow this link to find details of Lieutenant Ramsay.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=205091

William David Carr of Cornforth Lane was the second son of William Carr a local butcher. He joined the 13th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and died in September 1918 during the last weeks of the war as the Allied Forces pushed the German Army back towards the River Rhine. William Carr is remembered in St Marys Church with a wardens staff mounted with the Cross of St Cuthbert.

Follow this link to find details of Private Carr.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=286677

Coxhoe Primary School

Coxhoe Primary School Memorial


Cornforth Lane School (now Coxhoe Primary School) opened it’s doors to pupils in May 1909 only 5 years before the start of the Great War. Accepting pupils from neighbouring villages as well as Coxhoe, by the end of the war a number of former pupils had fallen.

The plaque was paid for by private subscription from former pupils and staff the school and is made of brass and Oak. The names of 22 former pupils are inscribed on the plaque.

Coxhoe School

Cornforth Lane School 1909

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Name

Unit

Date Died

Home Address

Ainsley. Thomas

3 East Yorkshire

4.5.1915

Long Row, Coxhoe

Ayton. William H.

22 Durham Light Inf.

27.5.1918

Coronation Terrace, Coxhoe

Bartlett. Charles

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

25.5.1915

Long Row, Coxhoe

Barker. Robert.H

2 Durham Light Inf.

21.9.1914

Front Street, Coxhoe

Bell. George H.

22 Durham Light Inf.

27.5.1918

West Terrace, Coxhoe

Bell. W

Details unknown

 

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Bell. William H.

3 Worcestershire Regt.

25.9.1918

Church Street, Coxhoe

Bowes. Ralph

1/3 Dur. Fort Coy. R.E

14.7.1916

10,Blackgate, Coxhoe

Brandon. Thomas

22 Durham Light Inf.

4.3.1917

Coronation Terrace, Coxhoe

Brown. Norman

1/5 Durham Light Inf

7.9.1916

Tursdale House, Coxhoe

Burke. John

1/5 Durham Light Inf

21.4.1917

Front Street, Coxhoe

Burnell. James

8 N/land Fus.

15.9.1915

Front Street, Coxhoe

Carr. Anthony

13 Durham Light Inf.

4.8.1916

Long Row, Coxhoe

Carr. William

13 Gloucestershire Reg

27.9.1918

 

Chisholm. Thomas P

7 N/land Fus.

25.10.1917

Dundee House, Cornforth Lane.

Cranson. James

8 Yorkshire Regt.

3.10.1916

 

Crookes. Jos. Ed.

6 East Kent Reg.

27.8.1918

Front Street, Coxhoe

Crosby. Thomas

15 Durham Light Inf.

17.7.1916

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Davies. Horace

8 N/land Fus.

19.8.1915

Bowburn Cottage, Coxhoe

Duignan. Philip

24 N/land Fus. T.Irish

1.7.1916

Born Coxhoe Pottery

Dobinson. Robert H

9 Yorkshire Regt.

14.8.1917

Long Row, Coxhoe

Earls. John J

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

24.5.1915

Copes Buildings, Coxhoe

Earls. William

4 Yorkshire Regt.

24.5.1915

Copes Buildings, Coxhoe

Edmonson. John R.

1 N/land Fus.

23.10.1918

Foundry Row, Coxhoe

Fenton. Thomas

2 K.O.S.B.

13.10.1914

Church Street, Coxhoe

Ferguson. Thomas

3/5 Lancashire Fus.

9.10.1917

Co-operative Terr. Coxhoe

Forster. John G

5 Yorkshire Regiment

28.9.1916

Front Row, Coxhoe

Garnett. Wilfred J

8 East Yorkshire Reg.

14.7.1916

Front Street, Coxhoe

Glendinning. William

22 Durham Light Inf.

4.3.1917

Co-operative Terr. Coxhoe

Gower. William

Royal Navy

31.5.1916

Basic House, Coxhoe

Graham. Thomas

2 South Staffs Regt.

28.9.1918

Front Street, Coxhoe

Grint. Fred

22 Durham Light Inf.

26.3.1918

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Grint. Robert

15 Durham Light Inf.

23.10.1918

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Hall. Thomas G

8 Durham Light Inf

26.8.1918

Clarence Villa, Coxhoe

Hallimand. John T

1/5 Durham Light Inf

24.5.1915

Back Dale St. W. Cornforth

Hargreaves. Thomas W

25 N/land Fus. T. Irish

1.7.1916

Front Street, Coxhoe

Harker. F E

Details Unkown

 

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Heron. John H

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

15.2.1916

 

Hedley. Thomas

10 Yorkshire regt.

12.7.1916

Gladstone Terr. Coxhoe

Hillarby. Alfred

11 Royal Fusiliers

30.8.1918

Basic Cottages, Coxhoe

Hobson. Robert W

18 K.R.R. Corps

28.3.1918

Vicarage Terr. Coxhoe

Hodgson. George J.

16 Durham Light Inf.

10.5.1917

Church Street, Coxhoe

Hopper. James

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

8.4.1919

Victoria Terrace. Coxhoe

Hunter. Henry

22 Durham Light Inf.

16.6.1916

Heugh Hall

Hutchinson. John

14 Durham Light Inf.

19.12.1915

Stable Row, Cassop

Iseton. Albert E

22 Durham Light Inf.

27.5.1918

Blackgate, Coxhoe

Jamieson. Alexander

1 Cameron Highlanders

22.7.1916

Blackgate, Coxhoe

Jenkin. John

13 Liverpool Regiment

16.5.1917

Born Coxhoe Bridge

Johnson. Allan

13 Durham Light Inf.

19.9.1916

Prospect House, Coxhoe

Johnson. Joseph E

2 Royal Fusiliers

3.7.1916

Coke Oven, Coxhoe

Keith. George      MM

Royal Field Artillery

13.9.1917

Church Street, Coxhoe

Kirton. George

1/5 K.O.R Lancasters

26.9.1917

Joint Stock Cottages, Coxhoe

Kitchingman. Parker

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

9.11.1915

Joint Stock Cottages, Coxhoe

Langhorn. Sidney

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

7.8.1916

 

Layton. John R

2 Machine Gun Corps

31.10.1918

 

Lenney. Thomas M

2 Durham Light Inf.

21.3.1918

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Liddle. John

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

24.5.1915

Prospect Place, Coxhoe

Lindsay. Robert W.

1 Loyal Nth. Lancs

26.9.1916

Wylam Terrace, Coxhoe

McCallum. Alexander

2 Border Reg.

22.2 1916

Cow Close, Coxhoe

McIlwain. William

1 Grenadier Guards

4.6.1915

Coxhoe

McPherson. George

15 Durham Light Inf.

16.9.1916

Coxhoe

Moyle. Thomas H

14 Durham Light Inf.

12.10.1916

Coxhoe

Murray. Thomas

11Durham Light Inf

10.11.1915

West Cornforth

Neasham. James

88 Training Reserve

19.2.1917

Thrislington Hall Farm.

Newby. Frank

2 Durham Light Inf

26.6.1916

Cassop Colliery

Ogden. Thomas

6 Yorkshire Reg.

15.9.1916

 

Ord. John Intin

447 Coy R.E.

27.5.1918

Blackgate, Coxhoe

Parkin. Aaron

13 Gloucestershire Reg

30.6.1916

Longstaffs Buildings, Coxhoe

Payton. Patrick

24 N/land Fus. T. Irish

1.7.1916

 

Peart. Joseph V   MM

1/3 Durham Light Inf.

10.4.1918

Gladstone Terrace, Coxhoe

Phillips. Charles

29 Machine Gun Corps

2.5.1918

 

Ramsay. William J

52 Sqd R.F.C

27.3.1918

West Hetton Lodge, Coxhoe

Redden. John

6m K.O.Y.L.I.

16.9.1916

Long Row, Coxhoe

Reed. William

5 Seaforth Highlanders

13.11.1916

Blackgate, Coxhoe

Robinson. George

1 West Yorkshire Reg.

16.7.1918

Cow Close, Coxhoe

Rowcroft. William

8 East Yorkshire Reg

26.9.1915

Co-operative Terrace, Coxhoe

Roxby. Thomas H

6 Wiltshire Reg.

3.11.1918

Front Street, Coxhoe

Salisbury. Walter

5/6 Royal Scots

26.8.1917

Oddfellows Arms, Coxhoe

Scott. John A

17 N/land Fusiliers

2.11.1917

Pond Street, Shincliffe

Seaton. Robert

Royal Garrison Artillery

23.12.1916

Quarrington Hill

Seeber. Martin J

22 Durham Light Inf.

27.10.1916

West Parade, Coxhoe

Singleton. Edward

10 Durham Light Inf

31.7.1915

Co-operative Terrace, Coxhoe

Stephenson. Fred

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

29.9.1915

Durham Road, Bowburn

Thompson. Thomas

6th Yorkshire Reg.

27.9.1916

Long Row, Coxhoe

Thubron. Robert

8 East Yorkshire Reg

13.11.1916

Oxclose, Coxhoe

Turner. Arthur

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

5.11.1915

Coxhoe

Turnbull. Charles T

Machine Gun Corps

21.8.1918

East House Farm, Coxhoe

Walker. William

20 K.R.R.Corps

14.7.1916

Reading Room St. Q.Hill

Watson. Thomas

1/5 Durham Light Inf.

25.4.1915

East Hetton Colliery,Kelloe

West. Anthony

1/9 Durham Light Inf.

1.10.1918

St Helens, Kelloe

White. Charles G

Royal Field Artillery

3.6.1918

Coxhoe

Wilby. John B

11 Royal Fusiliers

21.9.1918

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Wilby. William

14 Durham Light Inf

27.9.1914

Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe

Williams. Edward B B

1/8 Durham Light Inf

1.10.1918

Grange Iron Works, Belmont

Winwood. Joseph

Royal Field Artillery

23.9.1918

Heugh Hall Row, Old Quarrington

Woodward. Frederick

20 Durham Light Inf.

16.9.1916

Coxhoe Square

Young. James      MM

8 East Yorkshire Reg

14.7.1916

Gladstone Terrace, Coxhoe



All hyperlinks will take you to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Web pages and the details of each soldier.

All hyperlinks have been corroborated against Soldiers Died in the Great War to verify the correct soldier.

William Wilson Citation

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