“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.
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.