Killed in Action – World War I

There are two memorials, with names, to men from Bowburn who lost their lives in World War I. One is in Bowburn Community Centre (formerly Bowburn Miners’ Welfare & Social Hall, aka the ’Tute – the Institute). That Centre was built in 1961, when the memorial was transferred from its original location, the Miners’ Welfare & Institute that had been built, on the other side of Durham Road, in 1921.

The other memorial is in Christ the King Church and has three lists of names, in memory of men from Bowburn, Cassop and Quarrington [Hill] – all in the same ecclesiastical parish. It was originally erected in St. Paul’s Church, at Quarrington Hill, which was the Parish Church from when it was first consecrated, in 1868, till it closed in 1991. It then moved to the St. Paul’s Worship Centre, also in Quarrington Hill; then to Quarrington Hill Community Centre, and finally to Christ the King Church, Bowburn. This memorial has three lists of names.

This page lists the names on these two memorials.

For detailed information about each of the men, see Local men who died in WWI

The following men are remembered on the 1921 memorial at Bowburn Community Centre.

  • Thomas Allison

  • James Barker

  • Robert Bell

  • Harold Blackburn

  • Richard Blenkinsop

  • William Blenkinsop

  • Thomas Brunskill

  • Christopher Walker Carling

  • John Gilligan

  • John Thomas Griffiths

  • William Hall

  • William John Harrington

  • John Joseph Johnson

  • David Kellie

  • George Herbert Latue

  • Robert Lawson

  • James Lindsay

  • Michael Joseph Lowery

  • James McKeown

  • Thomas Mitchell

  • Henry Moore

  • Robert Morland

  • Joseph S. Morley

  • Thomas Euen Nesham

  • Andrew Pearson

  • John George Purvis

  • Thomas Ramshaw

  • Ernest Robinson

  • Albert John Scott

  • Jesse Smith

  • William Snook

  • Joseph Pyke Wake

  • Christopher Waugh

  • John Welsh

  • James William Wood

An additional plaque was erected at the Community Centre in memory of four men who, it was felt deserved commemoration in Bowburn but did not appear on either of the existing memorials, nor of any in nearby settlements. These were:

  • Horace Davies

  • William Foster

  • Joseph John Laidler

  • Walter Salisbury

The following men are remembered on the memorial at Christ the King Church:


  • T. Allison

  • W. Baker

  • R. Bell

  • H. Blackburn

  • R. Blenkinsopp

  • W. Blenkinsopp

  • T. Brunskill

  • C. Carling

  • E. Cooper

  • J. Glazier

  • J. Gillighan

  • J. T. Griffiths

  • J. Hall

  • W. Hall

  • W. J. Harrington

  • J. Hunter

  • R. Lawson

  • J. Lindsay

  • R. W. Lindsay

  • M. Lowery

  • J. McKeown

  • T. Mitchell

  • H. Moore

  • J. Morley

  • R. Moreland

  • A. Pearson

  • W. Ramsay

  • T. Ramshaw

  • T. H. Pragnell

  • J. G. Purvis

  • A. Scott

  • J. Smith

  • W. Snooks

  • J. P. Wake

  • C. Waugh


  • R. Bestford

  • R. Carter

  • H. Chipchase

  • W. Galloway

  • J. Gray

  • S. Jones

  • W. Lawson

  • D. Mackey

  • F. Newby

  • R. W. Raine

  • J. C. Taylor

  • W. H. L. Taylor

  • R. W. Todd

  • R. Walton

  • G. Wilson

  • W. Wilson


  • R. Applegarth

  • J. Bestford

  • R. Dobinson

  • J. Eslick

  • T. Graham

  • J. F. Hodgson

  • F. Hurton

  • J. Hutchinson

  • R. W. Jones

  • L. Kell

  • P. Kitchingman

  • G. Lamb

  • M. Lawson

  • R. Lloyd

  • T. Mangle

  • T. H. Moyle

  • A. Perryman

  • T. Price

  • H. Race

  • R. Seaton

  • J. Smith

  • W. Taylor

  • J. Tunstall

  • W. Walker

  • E. B. Williams

  • J. W. Wood

  • J. Wynwood

The first detailed information about the above men was made available thanks to the pioneering research of John Davison. His book, “Durham Men in the Great War”, published in 2000, is mainly about men from Bowburn who died in WWI. It was published by the History of Education Project, School of Education, Durham.

Since then, research has been done by Bowburn Local History Society, made possible by more recent internet resources, and benefitting especially from the publication of the 1911 Census. A summary of this can be found in the subpage, “Local men who died in WWI”, using the link at the bottom of this page.

For information covering a much wider area, see the North East War Memorials Project’s excellent website: