Sunday, April 24, 2016

Personal memories of H.M.S. Fidelity

1. SS ‘Le Rhin’ / HMS Fidelity (D57)
[She was sunk at the end of December 1942]
Photograph courtesy of:
Imperial War Museum, © IWM (ADNO 5229)
2. Gibraltar from the Bay of Gibraltar
In June 1940 SS ‘Le Rhin’ sailed into Gibraltar:
A new chapter in the story of ‘Le Rhin’ / Fidelity
Photograph taken by the writer of this article
3. (Left): Commander Claude Péri (“Jack Langlais”)
[Self-appointed commander of H.M.S. Fidelity]
(Right): SS ‘Le Rhin’ (French merchant vessel)
[In 1940 she became H.M.S. Fidelity]
[Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium]
4. Telling their personal memories of Fidelity
(Clockwise, from top left):
Commander Peter Painter, D.S.C., R.N.
Lt.-Cmndr. “Pat O’Leary” (Albert Guérisse)
Jean ‘Pipitte’ Peters (alias “Johnny O’Neill”)
Jack de Brabant
[Commander Painter was the naval attaché at Barry]
[The others were Belgians who served on Fidelity]
Courtesy of Dr. Patrick Guérisse, Belgium
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A new village memorial for the World Wars

1. Sandwith and Rottington War Memorial
[Two small villages in West Cumbria]
A modern memorial remembering the World Wars
2. A list of remembrance for the World Wars
[Villagers of Sandwith and Rottington, West Cumbria]
 
3. Poppy wreath tribute left by the villagers
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The War Memorials of Drigg, Cumbria

1. St Peter’s Church, Drigg, Cumbria
2. Drigg’s War Memorials inside St Peter’s Church:
(Left): WW1 memorial
(Right): WW2 memorial
3. Headstone of Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E.
(He is not listed on the War Memorial)
Drigg (St Peter) Churchyard, Cumbria.
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Dance in the old fashioned way"

1. Traditional style Ballroom dancing:
(Left): Victor Silvester and Peggy Spencer.

[This is the hold for most ballroom dances]
(Right): Walter Laird and Andé Lyons.
[This is the hold for dancing the tango]
2. The Cumbrian town of Egremont: 
The Market Hall is behind the Town Hall
['Old fashioned' dancing was revived here in WW2]
3. Two Victorian dance music sheets (waltzes):  
"Ethel Waltz" (left) 

"Omelia Waltz" (right)
[Composer: J.B. Senior, the 'Cumbrian Waltz King']
4. Two Victorian traditional dance music sheets:
"Alberto Polka" (left)

"Triffitt Barn or Skirt Dance" (right)
[Composer: J.B. Senior, the 'Cumbrian Waltz King']
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Newton Arlosh: “Through the Narrow Gate”

1. The Joiners Arms Country Inn
The N.W. Cumbrian village of Newton Arlosh
[One hub of traditional village life in this area]
2. Newton Arlosh Parish Church and churchyard
Fortified church dedicated to St John the Evangelist
[The second hub of traditional village life]
3. “Through the narrow gate”
The narrow door is a feature of the fortified church
[It has a width of 31 inches / 79 centimetres]
4. The Newton Arlosh War Memorial 
[It remembers the 'Fallen' of both WW1 and WW2]
[Located in the S.W. corner of the churchyard
5. WW1 commemoration on the war memorial
[Listing nine casualties of the 1914 – 1918 war]
6. WW2 commemoration on the war memorial
[Listing two casualties of the 1939 – 1945 war]
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The War Memorials of Borrowdale, Cumbria

 1. Borrowdale, Castle Crag and the WW1 tablet
(Left): Borrowdale & Castle Crag from the lake
(Right): Castle Crag WW1 memorial tablet 
2. The WW1 and WW2 War Memorial, 
Holy Trinity churchyard, Grange-in-Borrowdale
3. St Andrew’s Church and Churchyard, 
Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria
The Celtic Cross WW1 Memorial is on the left

4. (Left): The Borrowdale WW1 ‘Roll of Honour’
(Right): Detail of the churchyard WW1memorial
5. The war memorials inside St Andrew’s Church
(Top): WW1 Borrowdale Church Memorial
(Bottom): WW2 Borrowdale Church Memorial
6. Headstone of WW2 casualty Ted Dover 
Borrowdale (St Andrew’s Churchyard)
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Upon this Rock": Buttermere in WW2

1. Buttermere and St James' Parish Church
The church is built high on a rocky promontory
2. The wrought iron shepherd's gate of Buttermere church
Originally dedicated to former clergy of the parish

"The Good Shepherd guides his flock"
3. The nave of St James' Church, Buttermere.
The WW2 memorial can be seen on the left hand side wall
4. Buttermere's War Memorials found inside the church
(Left): The Buttermere WW1 'Roll of Honour'
(Right): The WW2 memorial for Alan Edmond Catherall
5. Buttermere village and valley looking south-west
Sourmilk Gill is the stream seen flowing down the fellside
The cloud covers the summits of Red Pike and High Stile 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

International Holocaust Memorial Day

1. Holocaust Memorial Day Booklet 
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]
2. Elie Wiesel, K.B.E., Nobel Peace prize winner
A Romanian born survivor of the Nazi Holocaust
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]
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Saturday, January 09, 2016

The War Memorials of Armathwaite, Cumbria

1. Entrance to Armathwaite Parish churchyard, Cumbria
Beside the village hall which was erected in 1854
[The church is dedicated to Christ and Our Lady]
2. British Legion standard mounted inside the church
3. Stained glass window honouring a local WW1 casualty
[Second Lieutenant Charles Rushton Turner, R.F.A.]  
4. Framed WW2 'Roll of Honour' for Armathwaite parish
[Wall mounted inside Christ and Our Lady Parish Church]
5. The framed WW2 'Roll of Honour' of Armathwaite.
[Commemorating four locals who died during WW2]
6. Headstone of Corporal T.F. Gasgarth, R.A.F.V.R.
[Armathwaite Churchyard, Cumbria]
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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Covent Garden Christmas

* Season’s Greetings 2015 *

[Photographs taken in December 2015]
1. Christmas tree outside St Paul’s Church,
Covent Garden, London
2. Covent Garden ‘Apple Market’ barrows
(At the entrance to the former indoor fruit market)
3. The Covent Garden indoor ‘Apple Market’
(Seasonally decorated by large artificial mistletoe)
Formerly London’s fruit and vegetable market
Traders now sell antiques, collectables, art works, etc
4. Reindeer street decoration
(The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is in the background)
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During WW2, London’s main fruit and vegetable market remained at Covent Garden as it had done since 1670. In 1973 the fruit and vegetable market moved to New Covent Garden at Nine Elms, S.W. London about 3 miles (c. 5 kilometres) from its original site.

Between 1973 and 1980 the original Covent Garden was redeveloped as a popular shopping, tourist, theatrical and entertainment district, as seen in the photographs above. Christmastime at Covent Garden in 2015 was rather different to Christmastime during the Second World War, especially that of December 1940 when London was being bombed on most nights. 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

French Resistance Exhibition in Cumbria

1. The British and French flags hang side-by-side
Honouring a WW2 agent, Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville
(A member of the ‘PAT’ escape and evasion network)
[Cumbria Archives, Whitehaven (Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016)
2. Information board summarising the exhibition:
“A most remarkable woman”
(Mlle. Maud Olga Andrée Baudot de Rouville)
[The exhibition is based on her personal collection 
3. Mr and Mrs Tim Heslop at the exhibition opening
With a Red Cross uniform of Olga Baudot de Rouville.
Tim Heslop’s father was Dr John Heslop. M.C.   
[Dr Heslop worked with Olga in the P.O.W. hospital at Lille]
4. French Christmas card sent to Olga (21 December 1945)
[It was sent by her friend Paula from Mouvaux, Nord
5. A personal business card and a 1946 New Year Card
[Part of the personal collection of Olga Baudot de Rouville]
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Captain Michael V.P. Fleming (1913 – 1940)

1. WW1 memorial, Palace of Westminster, London
Inside Westminster Hall [Photo taken with permission]
Remembering M.P.s Lords and officers killed in WW1
Major Valentine Fleming. M.P. (1882 – 1917) is listed
2. Captain Michael Fleming (1st left) & other officers
4th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks. L.I.  
Taken at Attiches, France (March 1940)
Courtesy of Cumbria County Archives / Fleming family.
3. The Catholic University (‘Catho’), Lille
Staff and student accommodation building 
(This is across the road from the chapel)
Where wounded B.E.F. officers were cared for (1940)
4. Captain Michael Valentine Paul Fleming's headstone
Lille Southern Cemetery, France (Grave 5/B/29)
Photograph taken with permission 
5. Addresses in a post-war diary and address book
It belonged to Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville
(A Red Cross nurse in the P.O.W. hospital at Lille)
Bottom left is the name & address of Mrs Letitia Fleming
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