War Memorial

“In memory of those heroes who fell in the Great War”

Inscription from Brandon Village War Memorial

The memorial was designed by Charles Walker and built by J Walker of Alum Waters.   It was unveiled on 20th July 1921 by Lt Col J A Ritson of Durham Light Infantry and dedicated by the Rev Moulsdale, principal of St.Chad’s College, Durham University.  It originally stood in the cemetery.

The names I have researched either appear on the war memorial in Brandon Village or are listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as being buried in Brandon Cemetery.

I have researched them to the best of my ability using readily available public sources. If anyone reading knows of these men and would like to add more information or photographs I will be delighted to make changes, likewise I am more than happy to make corrections where I have gone astray.


This is just a start.  With your help I would like to add the stories of what happened to the families left behind and the men who returned from war.

Judith Vincent


I acknowledge the help of Ancestry.co.uk, Wikipedia, Beamish Museum archive, BBC online, North East War Memorial Project, St.Patrick’s Parish 1876-1911 – A Brief History, www.1914-1918.net, Durham Mining Museum and “The History of Brandon Colliery 1856-1960” by Laurie Moran (1988 ISBN 0 9517288 1 4) whose pre-internet, in depth research is fascinating.

Thomas Chilton             Samuel Culley MM               Frankland Smith

Robert Warkman     Arthur Guyll     Horace Schofield     John Thomas Smith    Raymond Scott

John Sherrington   Edward Kelly   Albert Rodgers   William Robson   Henry Robson   George Brown

Brandon Cemetery

Leonard Doughty Brown   John Bailey   W Moore   G E Ovington
T Ramsay   William Roberts   William Temperley