Thursday, December 05, 2013

Bewcastle Parish War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Bewcastle Parish Church, War Memorial and cross
2. Bewcastle War Memorial and poppy wreath tribute
3. WW2 names on Bewcastle War Memorial

For additional information click on 'Comments' below.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Bewcastle Parish and the War Memorial

Bewcastle is an ecclesiastical and civil parish in northern Cumbria (previously Cumberland). Bewcastle Parish Church is dedicated to St Cuthbert and is in the Brampton Deanery of the Diocese of Carlisle (Church of England). Records indicate there has been a church on this site since at least 1277, although it is believed there was a church on the site some centuries beforehand.

Bewcastle is close to Cumbria's border with Northumberland and Scotland. Throughout recorded history these borders have been hotly disputed by some and ignored by others. It is close to the former 'Debatable Lands' disputed by Scots, English and Cumbrians alike until the unification of the kingdoms under James VI of Scotland and I of England. Many of the families of Bewcastle are descended from the infamous clans who made up the infamous 'Border Reivers'. This is reflected by the surnames of some of those who are listed on Bewcastle's War Memorial - Armstrong and Beaty for example.

Some of the stone used to build the church was taken directly from the earlier Roman fort on this site. Within the church grounds is the Bewcastle Cross, a 7th Century Anglo-Saxon structure (c. 675 A.D.) and the Parish War Memorial. These can be seen in Photograph No. 1 (above). Visitors come from all over the world to see Bewcastle Cross and adjacent to the churchyard is a small but informative exhibition centre.

The War Memorial was first dedicated following the First World War. Originally, the memorial listed the names of 19 parishioners who lost their lives in the 1914 - 1918. Some of these can be seen in Photograph No. 2. Following the Second World War the wording on the memorial was altered and the names of 3 parishioners who died in the 1939 - 1945 were also added to the plinth. These names can be seen in Photograph No. 3 (above).
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The War Memorial inscription

Below is a transcription of the wording on Bewcastle Parish War Memorial:

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"In honour and in memory of SOLDIERS from this parish who died for their country in
THE GREAT WARS
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945"
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Below this are the details of Bewcastle's WW2 casualties:

Trooper John Costigan, 1st R.T.R.

Pte. John G. Forrester, Black Watch

Sergt. Frederick K.M. Waugh, R.A.
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On the other three faces of the plinth are the details of 19 parishioners who died in the 1914 - 1918 war:

L.-Cpl. Christopher Armstrong, Grenadier Guards

Pte. John Forrester, London Scottish

Pte. Richard Armstrong, Australian Force

Pte. George Armstrong, Australian Force

Pte. William Little, New Zealand Force

Pte. Adam Waugh, Canadian Force
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Border Regiment:

Cpl. Thomas Beaty

Pte. William Beaty

Pte. John James Armstrong

Pte. Hugh Armstrong

Pte. John Gass

Pte. William Moscrop

Pte. William Murray
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Sergt. Septimus Waugh, Yorkshire Regiment

Pte. Robert Waugh, West Kent Yeomanry

Pte. David Jackson, Northumberland Fusiliers

Pte. Alfred Varley, Durham Light Infantry

Sapper Robert Easton, Royal Engineers

Sapper James Routledge, Royal Engineers
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