Friday, July 15, 2011

St Begh's,Whitehaven WW2 War Memorial



WW2 memorial at St Begh's Church, Whitehaven
(Photograph: J. Ritson)


The WW2 memorial outside St Begh's R.C. Church, Whitehaven, Cumbria commemorates 42 parishioners who made the ultimate sacrifice during WW2.

For additional information click on 'Comments' below

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

The St Begh's WW2 memorial reads as follows:

Remember in your prayers these Catholics of Whitehaven who lost their lives in the Second World War.
1939 - 1945
Pray that their sacrifice was not in vain.
'Requiescant in Pace' (Rest in peace)

The 42 parishioners (40 men and 2 women) whose names are listed on the memorial are as follows:

1. Edward ANDERSON
2. Albert BARRON
3. Joseph Dennison BARRON
4. William John BOWMAN
5. Robert CASSON
6. Joseph CASSON
7. Harold COOK
8. James DORAN
9. Francis William DUMMIGAN
10. James Alexander DURKIN
11. Ella Esterina ELDON
12. John FITZSIMONS
13. Michael Gerard GIBBONS
14. Peter Raymond HILL
15. Clifford HOLDEN
16. Patrick JOHNSON
17. Ralph LAVERY
18. Thomas LAVERY
19. John LEECH
20. Albert LOWE
21. Andrew MACKIN
22. John Edward MACKIN
23. Isabell MASON
24. Arthur MOORE
25. James McCOURT
26. Hugh McCORMICK
27. Alexander James McGARRY
28. Patrick Joseph McGUINNESS
29. Edward McGLENNON
30. James McGLENNON
31. Gerald McHARG
32. Patrick McLAUGHLIN
33. Joseph McQUILLIAM
34. John Henry NICHOLSON
35. Martin QUIN
36. Thomas QUINN
37. James SMALLWOOD
38. William TELFORD
39. John James TODHUNTER
40. Thomas Burns TYSON
41. Walter WALKER
42. Charles YOUNG
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional notes:

Researching relatives who died in WW1

On Thursday 28 July 2011 'The Whitehaven News' had an article about researching family members who died in WW1.

This article referred to a researcher compiling a 'Roll of Honour' for the Cleator and Cleator Moor area. It also includes a photograph and the list of names commemorated on the WW1 War Memorial for St Begh's Parish, Whitehaven.

Click on the following link to read this article and see a photograph of the St Begh's WW1 war memorial:
Resarching WW1 ancestors (Whitehaven News)
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

CWGC citations

Below are the Commonwealth War Graves citations for the casualties listed on the St Begh's WW2 war memorial:

1. Edward ANDERSON

Name: ANDERSON, EDWARD
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: D/SSX 15000
Date of Death: 17/01/1942
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Matabele
Panel Reference: Panel 64, Column 1.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of Edward and Hannah Anderson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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2. Albert BARRON

Name: BARRON, ALBERT
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 5674069
Date of Death: 15/05/1942
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry,
attd. 7th Bn. Gold Coast Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
Grave Reference: Plot 1. Row F. Grave 9.
Cemetery: CHRISTIANSBORG WAR CEMETERY (Ghana)

Additional Information:
Son of William D. Barron and Sarah Jane Barron, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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3. Joseph Dennison BARRON

Name: BARRON, JOSEPH DENNISON
Rank: Corporal
Service No: 3854166
Date of Death: 07/12/1943
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C., 1st Regt.
Grave Reference: R.C. Sec. Grave 1067.
Cemetery: MINEHEAD CEMETERY, Somerset (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of William Dennison Barron and Sarah Jane Barron;
Husband of Anne Barron, of Withiel Florey.
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4. William John BOWMAN

Name: BOWMAN, WILLIAM JOHN
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: D/JX 204317
Date of Death: 09/11/1942
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Palomares
Panel Reference: Panel 64, Column 2.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of William and Agnes Bowman, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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5. Robert CASSON
Name: CASSON, ROBERT
Rank: Marine
Service No: EX/3236
Date of Death: 06/06/1944
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Royal Marines, No. 45 Commando.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 2.
Cemetery: RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados (France)

Additional Information:
Son of David and Mary Ellen Casson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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6. Joseph CASSON

Name: CASSON, JOSEPH
Rank: Private
Service No: 14674155
Date of Death: 27/06/1944
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry, 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 1.
Cemetery: RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados (France)

Additional Information:
Son of David and Mary Ellen Casson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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7. Harold COOK

Name: COOK, HAROLD
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1738514
Date of Death: 30/11/1941
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 281 Bty., 88 H.A.A. Regt.
Grave Reference: 8. C. 2.
Cemetery: HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY (Egypt)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by the CWGC).
Husband of Mrs Bridget Cook (nee Gilmore) of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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8. James DORAN

Name: DORAN, JAMES
Rank: Corporal
Service No: 535553
Date of Death: 14/04/1940
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 50 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 21.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of William and Mary Doran, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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9. Francis William DUMMIGAN

Name: DUMMIGAN, FRANCIS WILLIAM
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service No: 1501094
Date of Death: 07/04/1943
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: Ward 6. Sec. L. Grave 202.
Cemetery: WHITEHAVEN CEMETERY, Cumberland (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of Francis and Isabelle Dummigan, of Woodhouse, Whitehaven.
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10. James Alexander DURKIN

Name: DURKIN, JAMES ALEXANDER
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Air Gnr.
Service No: 2209756
Date of Death: 25/04/1944
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 619 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave 7. J. 12-15.
Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bavaria (Germany)

Additional Information:
Son of John and Jessie Durkin, of Kells, Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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11. Ella Esterina ELDON

Name: ELDON, ELLA ESTERINA
Rank: Aircraftwoman 1st Class
Service No: 2112312
Date of Death: 11/04/1944
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Grave Reference: Ward 6. Sec. L. Grave 687.
Cemetery: WHITEHAVEN CEMETERY, Cumberland (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Daughter of Giovanni and Sarah Elizabeth Rossi, of Whitehaven.
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12. John FITZSIMONS

Name: FITZSIMONS, JOHN
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 3598158
Date of Death: 25/05/1942
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 5 Bty., 4 H.A.A. Regt.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave E. 23.
Cemetery: PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY (Malta)

Additional Information:
Son of William and Catherine Fitzsimons, of Bransty, Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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13. Michael Gerard GIBBONS

Name: GIBBONS, MICHAEL GERRARD
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 1500187
Date of Death: 26/02/1943
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 102 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave 4. C. 2-20.
Cemetery: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY (Germany)

Additional Information:
Son of John Gibbons, and of Edith Gibbons, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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14. Peter Raymond HILL

Name: HILL, PETER RAYMOND
Rank: Signalman
Service No: 2329693
Date of Death: 29/08/1943
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Corps of Signals
attd. 3rd Indian Div. Sigs. Indian Signal Corps
Grave Reference: B4. H. 3.
Cemetery: THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma)

Additional Information:
Son of Tom Brown Hill and Sarah Hill, of Hensingham, Cumberland.
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15. Clifford HOLDEN

Name: HOLDEN, CLIFFORD
Rank: Private
Service No: 3448611
Date of Death: 19/03/1944
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: 6. E. 15.
Cemetery: IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY (India)

Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Holden;
Husband of Christina M. Holden, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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16. Patrick JOHNSON

Name: JOHNSON, PATRICK
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1709718
Date of Death: 11/02/1944
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 5 Searchlight Regt.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave 26. D. 9 to 26. E. 20.
Cemetery: KRANJI WAR CEMETERY (Singapore)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by CWGC)
Husband of Sarah Johnson (nee Stephens), of 42 Devon Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, Cumberland
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17. Ralph LAVERY

Aircraftman Ralph Lavery, Royal Air Force (1908 - 1939), is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision, although he lost his life in 1939. This is because he died before 3 September 1939, the date that Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Aircraftman First Class Ralph Lavery, RAF (Service No 522745) was lost at sea with his crewmates on 24 January 1939. At the time he serving with No 10 (Bomber) Squadron based at RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire. His details are summarised below in the same format as used by the CWGC.

Name: LAVERY, RALPH
Rank: Aircraftman First Class
Service No: 522745
Age: 30
Regiment / Service: Royal Air Force, No 10 (Bomber) Squadron
Grave Reference: None
Cemetery: None (Lost at sea)

Additional information:
Husband of Leonora (Lena) Lavery (nee Ferryman), of Whitehaven, Cumberland
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18. Thomas LAVERY

Name: LAVERY, THOMAS (TOMMY)
Rank: Private
Service No: 3716654
Date of Death: 14/09/1944
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: 2. D. 21.
Cemetery: IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India

Additional Information:
Son of John and Alice Lavery of Whitehaven, Cumberland;
husband of Hilda Lavery, of Morecambe, Lancashire.
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19. John LEECH

Name: LEECH, JOHN
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Service No: 1671149
Date of Death: 07/11/1944
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, B.S.R.U.
Panel Reference: Panel 243.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of Alexander Leech, and of Bridget Leech, of Saltaire, Yorkshire.
(Originally from Whitehaven, Cumberland).
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20. Albert LOWE

Name: LOWE, ALBERT
Rank: Private
Service No: 3600358
Date of Death: 01/06/1940
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: Row B. Grave 9.
Cemetery: WARHEM COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord (France)

Additional Information:
Son of Samuel and Mary Lowe, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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21. Andrew MACKIN

Name: MACKIN, ANDREW
Rank: Private
Service No: 4748413
Date of Death: 03/07/1944
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment, The Hallamshire Bn.
Grave Reference: VIII. B. 13.
Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados (France)

Additional Information:
Son of John and Sarah Jane Mackin, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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22. John Edward MACKIN

Name: MACKIN, JOHN EDWARD
Rank: Private
Service No: 981617
Date of Death: 27/03/1945
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Bn.
Grave Reference: 56. D. 5.
Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY (Germany)

Additional Information:
Son of John and Sarah Jane Mackin, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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23. Isabell MASON (William MASON)

The name on the memorial should really be that of Private William Mason. Isabell Mason was William Mason's widow. Private William Mason, 4th Battalion The Border Regiment was killed in action in the Middle East on 30 November 1941.

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for Private William Mason:

Name: MASON, WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Service No: 3596362
Date of Death: 05/12/1941
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: 3. D. 6.
Cemetery: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY (Libya)

Additional Information:
Son of Edward and Elizebeth Mason;
Husband of Isabella Mason, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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24. Arthur MOORE

Name: MOORE, ARTHUR
Rank: Private
Service No: 6104094
Date of Death: 02/01/1944
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 2/7th Bn.
Grave Reference: VI, A, 6.
Cemetery: CASERTA WAR CEMETERY (Italy)

Additional Information:
Son of James and Eliza Moore of 96 George Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland;
Husband of Evelyn Moore, of Kilburn, Middlesex.
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25. James McCOURT

Name: McCOURT, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 13073550
Date of Death: 17/07/1944
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: Pioneer Corps, 231 Coy.
Grave Reference: XI. J. 10.
Cemetery: TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, Calvados (France)

Additional Information:
Son of Matthew and Sarah McCourt, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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26. Hugh McCORMICK

Name: McCORMICK, HUGH
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Service No: 795944
Date of Death: 10/04/1941
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery,
51 (The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Field Regt.
Grave Reference: 3. E. 5.
Cemetery: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY (Libya)

Additional Information:
Husband of Annie McCormick, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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27. Alexander James McGARRY

Name: McGARRY, ALEXANDER JAMES
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 2991674
Date of Death: 08/03/1943
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 1st Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. D. 12.
Cemetery: SFAX WAR CEMETERY (Tunisia)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by the CWGC)
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28. Patrick Joseph McGUINNESS

Name: McGUINNESS, PATRICK
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 3593603
Date of Death: 17/07/1944
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps, 7th Queen's Own Hussars
Grave Reference: IV. H. 19.
Cemetery: ANCONA WAR CEMETERY (Italy)

Additional Information:
Son of John Henry and Catherine McGuinness, of Whitehaven, Cumberland;
Husband of Hilda McGuinness, of Whitehaven.
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29. Edward McGLENNON

Name: McGLENNON, EDWARD
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 3598366
Date of Death: 14/01/1942
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 3/2 Maritime Regt.
Panel Reference: Panel 72, Column 2.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire (U.K.)

Additional Information:
Son of Edward and Ruth McGlennon, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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30. James McGLENNON

Name: McGLENNON, JAMES
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 912217
Date of Death: 12/09/1944
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 88 Field Regt.
Panel Reference: Column 24.
Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL (Singapore)

Additional Information:
Son of Edward and Ruth McGlennon of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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31. Gerlad McHARG

Name: McHARG, GERALD
Rank: Private
Service No: 14366835
Date of Death: 17/08/1944
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 7th Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. A. 11.
Cemetery: BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados (France)

Additional Information:
Son of Patrick and Catherine McHarg;
Husband of Mary Jane McHarg, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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32. Patrick McLAUGHLIN

Name: McLAUGHLIN, PATRICK
Rank: Lieutenant
Trade: Quartermaster
Service No: 128629
Date of Death: 09/04/1943
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment
attd. 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment
Grave Reference: 4. H. 5.
Cemetery: MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY (Tunisia)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by CWGC)
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33. Joseph McQUILLIAM

Name: McQUILLIAM, JOSEPH
Rank: Rifleman
Service No: 1510760
Date of Death: 17/11/1944
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Royal Ulster Rifles, 1st Bn. The London Irish Rifles
Grave Reference:III, D, 18.
Cemetery: FORLI WAR CEMETERY (Italy)

Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and Juliann McQuilliam, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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34. John Henry NICHOLSON

Name: NICHOLSON, JOHN HENRY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 3595237
Date of Death: 01/06/1940
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: Row A. Grave 23.
Cemetery: WARHEM COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord (France)

Additional Information:
Son of James Benn Nicholson and Elizabeth Nicholson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland;
Husband of Sarah Ann Nicholson, of Whitehaven.
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35. Martin QUIN

Name: QUIN, MARTIN
Rank: Trooper
Service No: 3599456
Date of Death: Between 25/04/1943 and 26/04/1943
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps, 9th Queen's Royal Lancers
Grave Reference: VI. F. 3.
Cemetery: MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY (Tunisia)

Additional Information:
(The CWGC does not list the NOK and spells the surname 'Quinn')
Son of Mr & Mrs Martin Quin, of Greenbank, Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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36. Thomas QUINN

Name: QUINN, THOMAS
Rank: Private
Service No: 5126811
Date of Death: 04/06/1945
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: 1. G. 8.
Cemetery: RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by the CWGC)
Son of Alexander Quinn and Mary Elizabeth Quinn (nee Pyle) of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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37. James SMALLWOOD

Name: SMALLWOOD, JAMES
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 2194345
Date of Death: 01/11/1944
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 26 Assault Sqn.
Grave Reference: Plot 9. Row 6. Grave 18.
Cemetery: OOSTENDE NEW COMMUNAL CEMETERY (Belgium)

Additional Information:
Son of John and Hannah Smallwood, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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38. William TELFORD

Name: TELFORD, WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Service No: 14212332
Date of Death: 22/09/1944
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers, 7th (Airborne) Bn.
Grave Reference: 20.C. 12.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY (Netherlands)

Additional Information:
Son of Margaret Telford, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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39. John James TODHUNTER

Name: TODHUNTER, JOHN JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 3595216
Date of Death: 27/05/1940
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), 6th Bn.
Grave Reference: Plot 10. Row B. Grave 48.
Cemetery: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais (France)

Additional Information:
Son of William and Mary Ellen Todhunter, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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40. Thomas Burns TYSON

Name: TYSON, THOMAS BURNS
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 1512779
Date of Death: 23/06/1942
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 2 Bty., 1 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Panel Reference: Column 33.
Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL (Egypt)

Additional Information:
Son of George William and L. Maud Tyson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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41. Walter WALKER

Name: WALKER, WALTER
Rank: Private
Service No: 3602009
Date of Death: 01/11/1944
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: VII. F. 7.
Cemetery: MIERLO WAR CEMETERY (Netherlands)

Additional Information:
Son of Edward and Margaret Walker, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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42. Charles YOUNG

Name: YOUNG, CHARLES
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 887649
Date of Death: 28/04/1943
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
51 (The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Field Regt.
Grave Reference: 1. F. 5.
Cemetery: RANCHI WAR CEMETERY, India

Additional Information:
Son of William and Mary Young, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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Names missing from the memorial

Unfortunately the names of a number of casualties from both World Wars linked to the Catholic parish of St Begh's, Whitehaven have not been included on the relevant memorials. Nevertheless, their sacrifice is still remembered in the prayers of the parishioners at Remembrance time.
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