Hamsterley Colliery War Memorial, County Durham. Newly listed at Grade II. Image courtest of North-East War Memorials Project
This simple wheel-head cross in this pit village is a particular memorial to Major Arthur Toward Watson, to whom there is a dedication at the base. He was a member of the family that owned and ran Hamsterley Colliery. 58 names of other local colliery men who died in the First World War are also recorded.
Part of the memorial’s inscription reads: ‘…THE WORKMEN OF THIS VILLAGE WISH TO PLACE ON RECORD THEIR SORROW AT THE LOSS OF THEIR FRIENDS AND EMPLOYER WHOSE MEMORY THEY WILL HOLD IN AFFECTION FOR ALL TIME…’