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East Ord War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.7556 / 55°45'20"N

Longitude: -2.0336 / 2°2'1"W

OS Eastings: 397986

OS Northings: 651359

OS Grid: NT979513

Mapcode National: GBR G17W.JM

Mapcode Global: WH9YJ.QLSK

Plus Code: 9C7VQX48+6G

Entry Name: East Ord War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 May 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1435374

Location: Ord, Northumberland, TD15

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Ord

Built-Up Area: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Tweedmouth St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.


East Ord War Memorial stands on the village green. It comprises a small Latin cross raised on a tall, rough-hewn, cross shaft. That stands on a pedestal of rough stone blocks, square on plan. The pedestal is mounted on a broad, tapering plinth, also square on plan. The plinth stands on a three-stepped base. The memorial stands in a square enclosure marked by a low stone kerb with nine pyramidal rough-hewn stone pillars carrying a metal rail.

The principal dedicatory inscription is recorded on a white marble plaque on the front face of the pedestal, reading IN REVERED MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF ORD PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (3 NAMES)/ “WE FEEBLY STRUGGLE/ THEY IN GLORY SHINE”. Above the plaque, cut into the stonework of the pedestal, is the admonition LEST WE FORGET. The Second World War white marble plaque is fixed to the front face of the plinth. This reads 1939 – 1945/ (8 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 9 February 2017.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was raised at East Ord as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives.

The memorial was in place by November 1922, commemorating three local servicemen who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War, the details of eight men who fell in that conflict were added. The marble plaque carrying the Second World War details had become damaged, and was replaced in 2000 with assistance from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

East Ord War Memorial, which stands on the village green, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a tall and imposing memorial cross.

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