Thursday, April 26, 2007

Making the war effort work.

Last night looking through the local paper I saw another old working acquaintance had gone to the Boiler Makers heaven under the rule of Vulcan.Working in the flame noise and dust of a boiler shop I suppose we are more adapted to the other place than sitting on marble thrones playing harps.
We met as we started work in 1944-5 with the war still going on but knowing we were on the way to victory.Thinking of Jimmy last night it brought back some memories of those times and even to me they are beyond belief. The conditions we worked in would be considered satanic mills now, the health and safety officers would have a field day.For a couple of my memories see comments below.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Grenadier Guardsman Brian Joseph Scott (1926 – 2007): a tribute

(A WW2 photograph of Greandier Guardsman Brian J. Scott)

Guardsman Brian J. Scott who took part in the Normandy Landings in June 1944 passed away just before Easter 2007. He was proud to have been a Guardsman, and indeed remained a Guardsman ever after. Brian was also a proud member of the Normandy Veterans Association and played a full part in Association’s activities.
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Remembering those who gave their lives

The War Memorial at St John's Church, Crossfield Road, Cleator Moor, Cumbria
This war memorial in St John's churchyard remembers the Anglicans of Cleator Moor who lost their lives in the World Wars. Although there are several church memorials in the town until 2007 there has been no combined 'Roll of Honour' for Cleator and Cleator Moor for those of any faith or none. One of the stories I posted to the BBC "People’s War" website in 2005 was about  new War Memorial for the West Cumbrian town of Cleator Moor that was unveiled for the first time on Remembrance Sunday 2005 to commemorate those from the town who had lost their lives in the service of their country.

Although I am not from Cleator Moor I live nearby. My mother and maternal grandfather were actually born in a house across the road from the St John's Church war memorial shown in the photograph. Following on from the memorial statue for Cleator Moor dedicated in November 2005 I volunteered to try and put together a single ‘Roll of Honour’ for the Town Council. Hopefully it will remember ‘The Fallen’ of Cleator and Cleator Moor in their own community for many years to come.

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