Tyne and Wear HER(11259): Gateshead, Saltwell Park, war memorial Primosole Footbridge - Details
Gateshead, Saltwell Park, war memorial Primosole Footbridge
Wooden footbridge 12 feet wide and 22 feet long with a dedication carved into the parapet and the name "PRIMOSOLE BRIDGE" on the coping on a low stone wall alongside. "DEDICATED TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE 2ND BATTALION DLI BURMA APRIL 1944 KOHIMA EPITAPH WHEN YOU GO HOME TELL THEM OF US AND SAY YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY 6TH, 8TH AND 9TH BATTALIONS DLI PRIMOSOLE BRIDGE SICILY JULY 1943 THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM". This is a copy of an Edwardian bridge which once crossed the ha-ha. It was erected as part of the Lottery-funded Millennium restoration.
North East War Memorials Project (www.newmp.org.uk) G39.63