Sunday, October 04, 2015

The War Memorials of Alston, Cumbria

1. The Market Cross and town centre of Alston, Cumbria
The spire is part of St Augustine’s Parish Church 
2. The WW1 memorials inside St Augustine’s Church
The two WW1 memorials found inside the church are:
(a) The chancel screen (on the left);
(b) The WW1 parish war memorial (on the right). 
3. Alston’s civic war memorial located on the edge of town
This memorial remembers those lost in both World Wars
4. The names listed on Alston’s civil war memorial
It commemorates the ‘Fallen’ of both World Wars
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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Garrigill remembers those who went to war

1. Garrigill, Cumbria (previously Cumberland)
It is on the western edge of the North Pennines
The village is centred round a village green  
2. St John’s Church, Garrigill (Church of England)
The WW1 and WW2 ‘Roll of Honour’ is found here
There are also memorials for those killed in the wars 
3. Garrgill’s ‘Roll of Honour’ inside the church
It covers both World Wars: 
Listing parishioners who served King and Country

4. The Altar Reredos of Garrigill church
It remembers those who died in WW1 
5. The WW2 Memorial plaque for Garrigill
It is found on an inside wall of the church
Listing the names of four casualties of WW2
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The 'Peace Memorials' of Tavistock Square

1. The 'Hiroshima Tree' and memorial plaque. 
Planted by the Mayor of Camden on 6th August 1967 
2. The 'International Peace Tree' and memorial plaque.
Planted by the League of Jewish Women on 2nd July 1986
3. "Gandhi's Beech Tree" and memorial plaque.
This tree was planted in 1997, replacing  one planted in 1953
The original tree was presented by Indian P.M. Pandit Nerhu
4. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial 
Unveiled by British P.M. Harold Wilson on 17th May 1968
5. The International Conscientious Objectors memorial stone
Dedicated on 15th May 1994
(International Conscientious Objectors Day)
All the memorials seen in these photographs are found in Tavistock Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, London. The photographs were taken in September 2015.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

S.O.E. agent Noor Inayat Khan (1914 – 1944)

1. Noorinissa Inayat Khan (1914 – 1944)
[British Royal Mail special stamp (March 2014)]
2. Part of S.O.E. display, I.W.M., London
[Photograph and WW2 letter of Noor Inayat Khan]
Her S.O.E. code name was 'Madeleine'  
3. Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Paris Trocadero
'Madeleine' was sent to Paris by the S.O.E. in 1943
where she was a key wireless operator.  
4. Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London
[Noor Inayat Khan lived near here for a time]
5. Bust of Noor Inayat Khan, Gordon Square
Unveiled by H.R.H. the Princess Royal (Princess Anne)
on Thursday 8 November 2012.
6. Close-up of Noor Inayat Khan Memorial
[Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The War Memorials of Grasmere, Cumbria

1. Grasmere in English Lakeland, Cumbria:
“The fairest place on Earth” (Wm. Wordsworth)
It has a number of war memorials (WW1 and WW2)
[Collingwood's WW1 memorial is seen on the right]
2. St Oswald’s Parish Church, Grasmere:
Where William Wordsworth and his family attended
(Inside are WW1 and WW2 memorials)
3. The Baptistery of St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere
Grasmere’s ‘Book of Remembrance’ is found here
There is also an original WW1 battlefield cross:
Pte. William W. Peascod, 8th Bn. The Border Regt.
4. The Grasmere Church Organ and memorial plaque
The organ was donated in memory of a WW1 casualty:
Driver Nellie Taylor, 10th Motor Ambulance, V.A.D. 
5. Grasmere Church War Memorial (WW1 and WW2)
Found inside St Oswald’s Parish Church, Grasmere.
“Their name liveth for evermore”  
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Parish War Memorials of Askham, Cumbria

1. Askham (St Peter’s) Parish Church, Westmorland
(Askham in now in eastern Cumbria)
“… the prettiest village in Westmorland” (Wainwright) 
2. The WW1 and WW2 War Memorials of Askham
(Located inside Askham Parish Church
3. The WW2 “Thanksgiving Memorial” tablet
(Behind the choir stalls inside the parish church)
4. Askham (St Peter’s) Parish Church:
The altar, choir stalls, organ and the memorial lights
(The church lighting is the thanksgiving memorial)
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Corporal Frank Mallinson, D.L.I. (1904 - 1945)

1. Arthuret Parish Church (St Michael and All Angels)
[Corporal Frank Mallinson is buried in the churchyard]
2. CWGC headstone of Cpl. Frank Mallinson (left)
[The headstone on the right is that of his widow, Edie]
Arthuret (St Michael) Churchyard, Longtown, Cumberland
3. CWGC headstone of Corporal Frank Mallinson
The following epitaph is written on the headstone:
"Sacred to the memory of Frank
The dear husband of Edie
And father of Joe and Tom"
4. Glenridding House on the shore of Ullswater
[Where Frank Mallinson worked as a waiter in the 1930s]
5. Patterdale and Glenridding War Memorial
[Located only a short distance from the Ullswater shore]
(Frank Mallinson is commemorated on this memorial)
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kirkbride War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Kirkbride village information board
[Outlining its history, flora, fauna and leisure walks]
2. Kirkbride Parish Church (St Bridget’s)
[The war memorial is on the right behind the gate]
3. Kirkbride Parish War Memorial
[Commemorating the war dead of WW1 and WW2
4. The inscriptions on the war memorial
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

A 21st Century Remembrance for Wigton, Cumbria

1. High Street, Wigton, Cumberland (now Cumbria)
Part of a town centre area with few green spaces
(The Methodist Church is on the left hand side)
2. Wigton Memorial Playing Fields and Memorial Cairn
(Purchased in 1920 and re-dedicated in 1993)
Remembering the townsfolk hose who served in WW1
3. Wigton Memorial Garden at the corner of High Street
A 21st Century Remembrance wall for the town
(The project was developed between 2006 and 2014)
4. Remembrance panels on the wall of the Memorial Garden
(Remembering Wigton's war dead of the two World Wars)
5. Panel telling the story of Wigton's losses during WW1
(There is no equivalent panel for WW2)
6. Wigton's 'Roll of Honour' of the two World Wars
(It lists the names of townsfolk who died in WW1 and WW2)
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Captain Douglas F. Ridley, M.C. (1893 – 1940)

1. Martindale and Ullswater in the English Lake District
[Birthplace of Douglas Farish Ridley, M.C. (1893-1940)]
(Located in the former West Riding of Westmorland)
2. Wigton Memorial Garden, Cumberland (now Cumbria)
Douglas Ridley was a boarder at the town's Nelson School
(Although Captain Ridley is not listed on this memorial)
3. Border Regiment badge (left) and a Miltary Cross (right)
 Douglas Ridley served in the Border Regiment (1914 - 1920)
He was awarded the Military Cross in January 1917
4. Captain Douglas Farish. Ridley, M.C., M.A. (1893 - 1940)
(Courtesy of Mrs Jane Penman, his Great Niece)
Captain Douglas Farish Ridley, M.C., M.A. (1893 – 1940): 
On Friday 4 October 1940, Captain Douglas F. Ridley, M.C., M.A., a member of the 6th Essex Battalion of the Home Guard, was accidentally knocked down by a bus while on duty. Two days later, he died in the local hospital where he had been taken.

Later in the week Captain Ridley, who was born at Martindale close to the shore of Ullswater, the second largest lake in English Lakeland, was laid to rest in the local churchyard at Martindale. This is his story.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Replicating Q's secret WW2 pencil

1. The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick (foreground)
[Behind is the wartime pencil factory building]
2. Telling the story of "Q" (Charles Fraser Smith)
[Display in the pencil museum's gift shop]
3. A replica of Q's WW2 secret 'map and compass' pencil
[A special edition for the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day]
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