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]
 For additional information click on 'Comments' below. 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

“Rest now for we have remembered”

1. Memorial tablet, Normandy Veterans Association
(West Cumbria Branch No. 51)
[St Nicholas’ Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
2. Poppy wreath with a personal dedication
[St Nicholas’ Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
3. Floral tribute in memory of all Normandy Veterans
“In Loving Memory”
4. N.V.A. Memorial (West Cumbria Branch No. 51)
[St Nicholas’ Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
[Dedicated 6 June 2000 and restored November 2015]
(The photographs seen above were taken on 6 June 2015). 
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Eamont Bridge and Barton War Memorials

1. Eamont Bridge War Memorial, Cumbria
(Located close to "King Arthur's Round Table")
[This is a memorial for the Boer War and WW2
2. Parish Church of St. Michael, Barton, Cumbria
(An historic church dating back to the 12th Century)
3. The lych gate of St. Michael's Parish Church, Barton.
(Unveiled in 1924 to remember the locals who died in WW1)
[There is another WW1 memorial inside the church]
4. Headstone of Flight Sergeant J.E. Williams, R.A.F.
(Died 13 July 1942)
[Buried in the churchyard of St Michael's, Barton]
 For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Memories of a WW2 evacuee

1. "A suitcase of history"
(A WW2 evacuee's suitcase used to help teach children)
2. Contents of a WW2 evacuee's suitcase
(This one is for a young boy)
3. A WW2 evacuee's birthday card from "Auntie"
4. A familiar friend from home: a dog-eared soft toy 
To mark the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day Cumbria County Libraries service held a 'Social at the Library' event at Kells Branch Library on Thursday 7 May 2015. Among the "hands on" items on display were genuine items of a WW2 evacuee's suitcase and contents (seen above).

This was a young boy's suitcase so included a school cap, photographs and a few toys. Obviously, a young girl evacuated would have different items, such as dolls.

(Thanks to Cumbria Libraries Service for allowing the items to be photographed).

Thursday, May 07, 2015

70th Anniversary of V.E. Day

The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London
(A central focus for the V.E. Day commemorations)
Friday 8 May 2015 is the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day ("Victory in Europe Day"). The anniversary was marked in Britain by 3 days of commemorations. The central focus of the weekend is a service of remembrance at The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London (seen above). This includes a two-minute silence at 3.00 p.m. The victory in Europe was at the cost of many lives. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kirkby Stephen War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria:
a traditional market town in a pastoral setting.
2. "Frank's Bridge", Kirkby Stephen: a local beauty spot
3. Kirkby Stephen War Memorial
Located in the town's Market Square:
it lists the names of those killed in both World Wars
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

English Lakeland and a hymn of two Kingdoms

1. Ullswater and the Lakeland fells, Cumbria
(A view from the road near Gowbarrow Park)
2. The War Memorial in the form of a Celtic cross
(All Saints' Churchyard, Watermillock, Cumbria)

[Commemorating the war dead of the two World Wars]
3. The WW1 memorial inside Watermillock Church
4. Memorials to brothers Gerald and Cecil Spring Rice
(Inside Watermillock Parish Church, Cumbria)

Gerald Spring Rice served in the Lonsdale Battalion (WW1)

Cecil Spring Rice was Ambassador to Washington (WW1)
He also also wrote the words of this hymn:
"I vow to Thee My Country"
 For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Lake District community Remembrance Project

1. Patterdale and Glenridding War Memorial 
(It commemorates the 'Fallen' of two World Wars)
[Located near the lake shore of Ullswater, Cumbria
2. St Patrick's Bay boat landing at Ullswater
(Close to where the war memorial and a holy well is located)
[St Patrick landed and preached near this spot
3. The snow-clad Helvellyn 'massif' from Patterdale village
[The summit, at 950 m / 3,120 ft, is Lakeland's third highest]
4. Glenridding Beck at Rattlebeck Bridge, Glenridding
(Looking towards Sheffield Pike)
[Greenside Road to the lead mine is in the middle distance
 For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An inspiration to his platoon: Stephen Scott, M.M.

1. Road sign entering Distington village from the south
[Distington is the home village of Stephen Scott M.M.]
2. Headstone of Guardsman Stephen Scott M.M.
Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy (Grave Ref. I.B.27)
[Photograph courtesy of Damien Wright]
3. Distington village and parish war memorial, Cumbria
Stephen Scott M.M. is listed on this on this memorial
[The flowers at the front take the form '1914 -1918'
4. The M.M. citation for Guardsman Stephen Scott
[From the National Archives file WO 373 / 4]
5. Stephen Scott's photograph in 'The Whitehaven News'
[Thursday 2 March 1944 (Cumbria Archives Office)]
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Two D-Day veterans return to Normandy

1. Two D-Day Veterans at Sword Beach (7 June 2004)
George Dooley (left) and Jim Tweedie (right)
They served with 2nd Bn. East Yorks. Regt. during WW2
[George and Jim landed at Sword Beach on 6 June 1944]
2. George Dooley (2nd left) and soldiers in  WW2 uniforms
60th anniversary exhibition of the Normandy Landings

[E. Leclerc supermarket, Bayeux (4 June 2004)
3. Headstone of Pte. Peter Scholes, East Yorks. Regt.
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
[Peter Scholes was killed on D-Day, 6 June 1944]
4. Jim Tweedie at the grave of his pal, Pete Scholes
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (7 June 2004)

[A final visit to the grave of a good pal of the war years]
 For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The defences around Rosia Bay, Gibraltar

1. Nelson's Anchorage, Rosia Road, Gibraltar
[Inaugurated above Rosia Bay, 21 October 1994]
2. Parson's Lodge Battery on the headland above the bay
[Defending Rosia Bay, the nearby beach and the Rock]
3. A WW2 Anti-Aircraft gun, Napier of Magdala Battery
[Seen behind is the 100-Ton "Rock Buster" Super Gun]
4. A 1942 Mk 1 m Bren Gun and ammunition case
(Restored by Cpl. Bellfield, REME and Cpl. Heard, R.G)
[Part of the 100-Ton Super Gun Museum display, Gibraltar]
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

'Monty' in Paris, May 1945

1. 'Monty' is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
Charles de Gaulle makes the award to the Field Marshal
'Monty' was the familiar name of Field Marshal Montgomery
[Les Invalides, Paris, Saturday 26 May 1945]
2. A wider view of the ceremony at Les Invalides, Paris
[Saturday 26 May 1945
3. The Republican Guard  fanfare during the ceremony
[Saturday 26 May 1945]
From the 1945 supplement of:       
"L'Armée Française au Combat"
For additional information click on 'Comments' below. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Poupette's collection of French Regional costumes

1. Front cover of a WW2 French children's game:
"Poupette" ("Dolly") presents her new collection

[French regional costumes
2. Examples of Poupette's French Regional costumes
[Images used to demonstrate some regional costumes]
3. Poupette in a regional costume from Alsace
4. Poupette in a regional costume from Nice
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

War Graves at Whicham Churchyard, Cumbria

1. Whicham (St Mary) Parish Church, Cumbria
In the churchyard there are eight C.W.G.C. burials:
Two from the 1914 - 1918 war (both identified)
Six from the 1939 - 1945 war (three identified)
2. Headstone of WW1 casualty Pte. H.W. Jackson
[Pte. H.W. Jackson, Scots Guards died 17 January 1918
3. Headstones of Sgt. T. Huddleston and Pte. T. Caddy
Sgt. Tom Huddleston (left) died on 2 October 1944
Pte. Tom Caddy (right) died on 11 March 1920
[Sgt. Tom Huddleston was the nephew of Pte. Tom Caddy]
4. Headstones of two Australian airmen (died 29 April 1941)
L.A.C. J.C. Francis (left) and Cpl. C.O.W. Amos (right)
(Their bodies were washed ashore on a beach nearby)
[The headstone behind is for 2 unidentified M.N. seamen]  
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.