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The Cenotaph

Middlesbrough War Memorial near Albert Park

  • Near Albert Park Linthorpe Road TS1 3LB


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The Middlesbrough War Memorial is located just off Linthorpe Road by the West Entrance to Middlesbrough's Albert Park, and is just beside the Dorman Museum. The Memorial is in the form of a Cenotaph, and is dedicated to those who lost their lives in both World Wars as well as conflicts such as the Korean War and Northern Ireland. 

The cenotaph was built on land given by Sir Arthur Dorman who favoured a replica of The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The cenotaph was designed by Brierley and Rutherford of York based on the Whitehall cenotaph, and built in 1922 by masons Messrs Coxhead of Middlesbrough at a cost of over £17,000.

It was unveiled on 11 November that year by the deputy mayor of Middlesbrough J.G. Pallister in memory of over 3,000 local men from the Yorkshire Regiment and others who lost their lives in the First World War. The cenotaph was constructed using polished grey Aberdeen granite ashlar and stands over 10m high.

After the Second World War the cenotaph was rededicated to those who died in that conflict and other wars. The north and south faces of the monument are inscribed with the epitaph "THE GLORIOUS DEAD 1914-1919, 1939-1945".

The Cenotaph and surrounds were restored and improved in 2008 at a cost of £275,000. Work included cleaning and pointing, pedestrianisation of the surrounding area, and improved lighting.

On either side of the entrance to Albert Park are two walls, which include 24 bronze panels with the names of Middlesbrough First World War dead on them.

There are 3137 names on the 24 panels of the Middlesbrough War Memorial, including at least 2 women. Of the 3137 name son the Memorial, 1107 are for men of the Yorkshire Regiment (either those who joined the regiment and subsequently transferred, or who served continuously in the regiment).

A memorial to Stanley Hollis VC, was dedicated nearby on November 26, 2015.