Haverton Hill and Port Clarence War Memorial c1920s

The Haverton Hill and Port Clarence War Memorial was unveiled in October 1922 by Sir Hugh Bell and his wife Lady Bell. Could this photograph have been taken during the same period, the clothing is certainly from that era…

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

8 thoughts on “Haverton Hill and Port Clarence War Memorial c1920s

  1. In the churchyard of St John the Evangelist at Haverton Hill there are five military headstones of servicemen from the First World War. Only one of these, Patrick Hanna, is commemorated on the Haverton Hill & Port Clarence War memorial. Many men died after the end of the war in 1918 from wounds and illness which were a result of the war. Why the remaining four are not included on the memorial is a mystery. The five men are.

    Clerk 3rd Class. W Fox. Royal Air Force. Died 27 September 1918. Age 27.

    Gunner. E Pemberton. Royal Field Artillery (12th Brigade Ammunition Column). Died 9 August 1919. Age 44. Son of Joseph & Elizabeth Pemberton of 50 Elm Street, Haverton Hill.

    Private. John Robert Bromley. Royal Army service Corps. Died 26 November 1919. Age 27. Husband of Amy Bromley of 18 Saltholme Terrace. Port Clarence.

    Gunner. J G Griffin.Royal Field Artillery (No.2 Reserve Brigade). Died 26 December 1919.

    Sergeant. Patrick Hanna. Yorkshire Regiment ( 3rd Battalion). Died 25 March 1920. Age 28. Son of James & Alice Hanna of Port Clarence.


  2. There is a connection between Port Clarence and a First World War recipient of the Victoria Cross.
    Corporal (8191). William Anderson was born at Dallas. Moray, Scotland. Prior to the war he had served with the Yorkshire Regiment in India, Egypt & South Africa. In 1912 he was discharged to the reserve. When war broke out in 1914 he was recalled to the regiment and sent to Middlesbrough to help with recruitment. Whilst here he met Lucy Dudley who lived at Clarence House, Port Clarence. At the time she was a Nurse with the British Red Cross Society. The couple became engaged to be married. Unfortunately in November 1914 William as part of the Yorkshire Regiment (2nd battalion) was sent to France. They would never meet again.
    On 12 March 1915 the regiment were in fighting at Neuve-Chapelle. Anderson would be nominated for the Victoria Cross for his part in a bombing raid against the Germans. Sadly he was killed on 13 March 1915. His body was never recovered. His brother, Alexander would be presented with William Anderson`s VC in 1920. Anderson is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
    On 13 March 1916 the North Eastern Daily Gazette carried a In Memorian notice to the Dear memory of Corporal W Anderson (Jock) VC. (8191), 2nd Yorkshire Regt. Ever remembered by his loving friends at Port Clarence.


    • Lance Corporal Richard Dudley is commemorated on this memorial. He was the brother of Lucy Dudley.
      Richard died on 22 December 1916 at Mailly Maillet, France. He served with the Royal Engineers (95th Field Company) and was killed by shellfire whilst clearing trenches. He is buried at Mailly Wood Cemetery. Richard & Lucy were two of eight children born to George & Annie Dudley. George & Annie were originally from Davenham in Cheshire. They came to Port Clarence prior to 1883 to work in the local saltworks.


  3. I would imagine these are the mothers, wives, daughters and perhaps fathers of men named on this memorial.
    18 wives of those named were left widowed. Between them they had over 30 children who would be left without a father. As recompense the Minister of Pensions would award the widows a pension. This went by soldiers rank. In 1917 the pension awarded to the widow of a Private was 13 shillings 9 pence per week. Added to this was a weekly payment per child.
    5 s 0 d for a first child
    4 s 2d for a second child
    3 s 4 d for a third child
    2 s 6d for each child after the third.
    These awards were calculated to be the equivalant of two thirds of the income of a labourer (because there was no longer a head of the household his percentage was deducted). The pension could be withdrawn if the women was considered by the authorities to be an unfit mother. The level of payments usually meant the mother had to try and find some type of employment to subsidise the pension. This led to children having to take care of younger siblings. some women would be forced to give up their children.
    It is estimated that the Great war created 192,000 widows and that nearly 360,000 children lost their fathers. Added to this a further half a million children who lost one or more siblings.
    Shocking as these statistics are few of us today can come close to understanding the grief & hardship this conflict caused. Sadly it was not the war to end all wars.


  4. In 1914, when the Great War started, the population of Haverton Hill & Port Clarence was 4,243. 600 of these would go on to serve in the war. When the war memorial was unveiled in 1922 it contained the names of 88 men of the district who had died during the war. A shield with the names of six more men was set into the base of the memorial at a later date.
    This is the first time I have seen this photo. Could you possibly tell me where it came from Bruce?


    • Hello Martin, sorry for the delay, I am just back from a holiday.

      This photo was sent to me in a bundle of about twenty photos by a cousin, I am putting together a family photo album and I have been sent many photos by my large family of brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins.

      My grandfather was a great collector of coins, stamps, cigarette cards, beer mats, postcards and photographs, I think this photo is very likely from his collection.

      He lived in Port Clarence from around 1924 to about 1932 before moving to Billingham.

      My great grandparents moved from Kent to Port Clarence in 1914, it is possible that they may have owned the photo before my grandfather as he only moved north in the early 1920s.

      I am sorry I can’t be more definite about its source but I receive many photos from many people, I have over 3000 of my own negatives in colour and black and white from the early 1960s to the late 1990s, as well as over 600 colour slides from the same period, I also have close to 4000 photos of most towns and villages in the north eastern area from Newcastle to Scarborough and many hundreds of family photos, I am only interested in the images and dates and don’t bother to log who sends them to me.

      If you want a copy I can be contacted at billinghamlad@gmail.com or if to don’t want to email me then contact me through this site and I will upload the photo into Dropbox and you can get it from there.


      • Thank you for kindly sending me a copy of this photo Bruce. I have been researching into the names from the Great War on the memorial for a number of years. I have uncovered the identities of the majority men but have been unable to make much progress on five of those named. These are-
        E Andrews
        J Hillyard
        G Micklin
        A Waller
        G Whitlow
        Are there any ancestors still out there who may be able to enlighten me?


        • I believe A Waller is Private. 76586. Alfred James Waller. Manchester Regiment (12th battalion). He died 20 October 1918 in France. He is listed in the Weekly Casualty Lists (17 December 1918) as being from Haverton Hill. Before the war he lived with his parents and siblings at Saltholme, near Cowpen Bewley.


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