Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd has created a new memorial to mark the sacrifice a group of its workers made during the Second World War.
Twelve Cleveland Bridge workers, who were members of the Army, Air Force and Navy, lost their lives during the 1939-45 conflict and their names are displayed on the new memorial.
The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, at a ceremony held at Cleveland Bridge’s premises in Darlington.
The event was also attended by a group of retired former Cleveland Bridge employees, the leader of Darlington Council, Cllr Bill Dixon, and the council’s Chief Executive, Ada Burns.
The unveiling was marked by a reading by Reverend David Railton, the vicar of All Saints’ & Salutation Church in Blackwell, Darlington, who also led guests in a minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives during the Second World War and other conflicts involving British forces.
The plaque will take its place alongside Cleveland Bridge’s existing memorial, which remembers the company’s workers who fought and died in the Great War, 1914-18.
Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “It is really important to never forget those who fought for their country and this memorial will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifice our workers made during the Second World War. We are very grateful to the Lord-Lieutenant and the other dignitaries that were able to join us to mark the unveiling of the memorial alongside some of our longest-serving and now-retired employees.”
Mrs Sue Snowdon, said: “I was honoured to be asked to unveil this new memorial at Cleveland Bridge. The county and its people played a significant role in the war effort and having memorials like this give future generations the opportunity to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.”
Cllr Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Council, said: “Cleveland Bridge is part of the fabric of Darlington and its workers, throughout the generations, have always been at the core of our community. Myself and Ada were proud to represent the Council at this ceremony and help remember the company’s employees who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War.”
The former Cleveland Bridge workers who lost their lives in the Second World War are:
K Moore – RAF – Killed in action 13/2/42
F Pilditch – Army – Killed 23/3/45
H Ainsley – Army – Killed in action 5/2/44
E Cox – Army – Killed in action 19/8/44
J Godfrey – Royal Navy – Drowned – 18/12/40
F Hall – Army – Died of wounds - 6/6/43
D Hickman – Army – Missing presumed killed – 29/5/44
T Jackson – Royal Navy – Killed – 13/9/43
W Sage – Army – killed – 10/5/43
H Skilbeck – Army – Killed – 29/7/43
K Taylor – Army – Killed in action – 1944
P Dixon – RAF – killed in action