Morpeth Cenotaph was officially unveiled on 1st October 1922 by Lord Joicey and was designed by C. Franklin Murphy, Architect, father of Sapper G. Franklin Murphy, one of the fallen. His architect’s offices are now occupied by Lloyds Bank on Newgate Street.
The cenotaph commemorates 232 war dead from WWI and 77 from WWII. The WWII plaques were unveiled 11th April 1948 by Col. Nicholas I. Wright and dedicated by Canon Fred Baker.
The memorial is said to have been sited at the last location in Morpeth to have been seen by soldiers embarking by train. It was Graded II listed in 2003.
There is another war memorial in Morpeth in King Edward VI (KEVI) High School, commemorating the students and teachers of the school who fell in the Great War.
There is a very good website called NE War Memorials Project (the brain child of Janet Brown of Morpeth Antiquarian Society) that documents all the war memorials in the NE. They can be found in very surprising places!
(Original text and images by Christopher Teasdale)