Sunday, October 28, 2007

A 'Roll of Honour' for Cleator Moor, Cumbria

The Cleator / Trumpet Terrace war memorial, Cumbria.
It includes names of casualties from WW1 and WW2.
(Just one of several war memorials in the Cleator Moor Town Council area)
[Photograph by J. Ritson]
In November 2005 Cleator Moor Town Council, Cumbria dedicated a War Memorial in the town centre, commemorating those who had lost their lives in the service of their country over the years. Although the dedication coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War the memorial is not just for the fallen of the area during the World Wars but over all the for all those from the area who have lost their lives at other times as well. A new 'Roll of Honour' recording the names and details of those who have lost their lives is the next stage to remember The Fallen. The provisional list of names is to be on view at the Remembrance Sunday service in the town on 11 November 2007. An article about the project was in the local newspaper, 'The Whitehaven News', on Thursday 25 October 2007.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

For a number of years, the townsfolk of Cleator and Cleator Moor have suggested that there should be a 'Roll of Honour' recording those with links to the area. In fact there were a number of war memorials that had been erected in the Town Council area, belonging to a particular church or part of the Town Council area. Unfortunately, those townsfolk who perhaps belonged to a faith other than one of the major Christian denominations, or belonged to no religious faith at all, did not seem to be commemorated on any memorial in the area.

As some people reading this article may remember, with the help of the Town Council and using a information from a wide variety of sources, I have been attempting to compile a single 'Roll of Honour' for the War Dead of the Cleator Moor area. Inevitably, the vast majority of those included in the 'Roll of Honour' are from the First World War or the Second World War.

The Town Council area has a population of about 9,500 people, and includes some adjacent small villages or hamlets. There are 'about' 252 casualties listed from the First World War, 'about' 95 from the Second World War and 'about' 6 or 7 others / additional names.

For most of the Second World War casualties the correct casualty can be identified, and in some instances I have been able to get additional details. Casualties from the First World War have proved more difficult to research. Up to now it has not proved possible to identify the correct details with a name on one of the church memorials. Mainly I think this is because of three reasons:

1. There were many WW1 casualties who had the same or similar name and there are insufficient biographical details on the CWGC records.
2. Many family names were often spelt more than one way (including my maternal Grandfather's name who was from Cleator Moor)
3. Many servicemen served under a totally different surname for a large number of reasons.

Hopefully, relatives of some of those mentioned in the 'Roll of Honour' can supply missing details or correct any errors / omissions in the list.

Sunday, 28 October, 2007  

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