Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wetheral Parish War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Wetheral Parish Church, Cumbria.
2. The lych gate of Wetheral Parish Church
3. Interior of Wetheral Church lych gate
4.Poppy wreaths and a cross to remember 'The Fallen'.
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Wetheral Parish and the war memorial

Wetheral parish is in northern Cumbria and a rural deanery of Carlisle bordering the river Eden. Prior to the 1974 local re-organisation of local government in England and Wales Wetheral was in the county of Cumberland.

Wetheral Parish Church (Church of England) is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and St Constantine [Photograph No. 1]. The parish war memorial is the lychgate gives entrance to the church grounds [Photograph No. 2]. It was originally dedicated on 10 July 1921 following the First World War and was built according to a design by Mr J.H. Martindale.

On the front of the gate is the following inscription:

"To the Glorious Memory of those from this parish, who in the Great War, in defence of God, King and Country, pass through the grave and gate of death, this gate is erected.
1914 - 1918."

The names of the 14 parishioners who died in the 1914 - 1918 war are listed on wooden panels inside the lychgate. The intention was that this would be a lasting and fitting memorial for all who passed through these gates.

Following the Second World War, the dates 1939 -1945 was added to the gate. Two wooden panels listing the names of another 14 parishioners who had lost their lives in the Second World War were added to the interior of the lych gate.

In 2009 the War Memorials Trust gave a grant towards the conservation and repair of the lychgate, including some of the sandstone wall and the eaves of wooden oak. Additionally, a new wooden panel was added to the memorial to remember the life of former parishioner Corporal Sarah Bryant (née Feely) who lost her life while on active service with the Army in Afghanistan in 2008. Poignantly, Sarah Feely and Carl Bryant had married at Wetheral Parish Church in 2005. Inside the church there is also a Book of Remembrance.

At Remembrance time each November parishioners and well-wishers place poppy wreaths and crosses inside the lychgate which remain there throughout the year [Photograph No. 3]. In particular, there is a poppy wreath from the parish for 'The Fallen' of each World War and a poppy cross for Corporal Bryant who died in Afghanistan [Photograph No. 4].
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Saturday, 07 December, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Wetherall's WW1 'Roll of Honour'

Below are the details of the parishioners of Wetherall from the WW1 'Roll of Honour'. They are listed on two distinct panels inside the lych gate.

Details:

L/Cpl. John Leonard Caton,
Border Regt.,
6 September 1915,
France.

C.S.M. Thomas Wood,
Border Regt.,
4 September 1916,
France.

Pte. Stanley Steel,
Royal Fusiliers,
14 October 1916,
France.

Pte. Thomas Bell,
West. & Cumb. Yeomanry,
26 April 1917,
France.

2nd Lt. Percy Langhorn Thompson,
D.L.I.,
12 June 1917,
Belgium.

Rfm. Arthur Hill,
King's (Liverpool Regiment),
31 July 1917,
France.

Pte. Gilbert Steel Clarke,
West. & Cumb. Yeomanry,
28 October 1917,
Belgium.

Pte. J.W. Bedwell Slater,
West Yorks. Regt.,

Pte. Robert Watson,
E. Yorks. Regt.,
27 May 1918,
France.

Pte. Thomas Taylor, M.M.,
Notts. & Derby Regt.,
8 October 1918,
France.

Sppr. George Bowman,
Royal Engineers,
18 October 1918,
Salonica.

Pte. William Geo. Barnfather,
Border Regt.,
4 November 1918,
France.

Pte. James Park,
R.G.A.,
12 November 1918,
France.

Stf. Nurse Margaret E. Duckers,
Q.A.I.M.N.S.,
16 May 1918,
Salonica.
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Saturday, 07 December, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Wetherall's WW2 'Roll of Honour'

Below are the details of the parishioners of Wetherall from the WW2 'Roll of Honour'. These are listed on two wooden panels inside the lych gate.

Details:

Lt. J.D. J. Mein-Austin,
3rd Carbiniers,
13 October 1944,
Burma.

Sgt. Robert W.B. Brown,
R.A.F.,
6 April 1942,
Belgium.

Dvr. Joseph J. Dickson,
R.A.S.C.,
14 May 1945,
England.

Pte. Arthur Dixon,
London Scottish,
19 November 1943,
Italy.

Lt. William A. Goddard,
Border Regt.,
16 October 1944,
Italy.

Cpl. James H. Johnson,
R.A.F.,
20 August 1942,
England.

P/O Harvey S. Little,
R.A.F.,
31 May 1942,
England.

Stkr. 1st Class Reginald Lomas,
R.N.,
25 February 1941,
North Sea.

Pte. Leonard Lomas,
Loyal Regt. (North Lancs.),
16 February 1944,
Italy.

Major Arthur P.T. Mason,
R.A.,
28 November 1945,
England.

Flt./Sgt. Thomas Roper,
R.A.F.,
1 April 1942,
Belgium.

Gnr. John Walton,
R.A.,
5 May 1944,
Burma.

Flt./Sgt. Norman Warwick,
R.A.F.,
11 September 1944,
Germany.

Tpr. Wallace Dodd,
4th Royal Tank Regt.,
20 June 1942,
Egypt.
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Saturday, 07 December, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Wetherall's Post-war 'Roll of Honour'

As referred to earlier, the details of Wetheral's one post-war casualty is also listed on a separate wooden panel inside the lych gate:

Cpl. Sarah E. Bryant (née Feely),
B.A.L.C.,
1 June 2008,
Afghanistan.
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Dedication

Dedicated to 'The Fallen' of Wetheral parish:

"O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved."

From: "O Valiant Hearts"
Lyrics by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright
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