Friday, March 28, 2014

Waverton and Dundraw War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Christ Church, Waverton, Cumbria
[The main war memorial is in the church grounds]
2. Waverton & Dundraw War memorial (church grounds)
3. Waverton and Dundraw War Memorial (front)
4. Waverton and Dundraw War Memorial (sides of plinth)
For additional information click on 'Comments' below. 


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Introduction: Waverton & Dundraw

Waverton and Dundraw are former townships of the parish of Wigton in N.W. Cumbria (previously Cumberland). Waverton became a separate civil parish in the mid-1860s and in 1901 a new distinct ecclesiastical parish was proposed for Waverton and Dundraw within the Church of England. It became known as Waverton-cum-Dundraw. The new parish came into existence the following year (1902).

Largely a rural parish of a mere several hundred souls, the Parish Church of Waverton and Dundraw is Christ Church at Waverton [Photograph No. 1]. The main parish war memorial is in the form of an obelisk made of granite and since 1920 has been located in a corner of the church grounds [Photograph No. 2]. Originally the memorial remembered 11 parishioners who lost their lives in the 1914 - 1918 war. Following the Second World War the names of an additional 4 parishioners who lost their lives in that war were added.

The commemorative wording of the memorial is on the front plinth of the memorial [Photograph No. 3]. The names of the parishioners who died in the World Wars are listed on each side of the plinth [Photograph No. 4].

Inside Christ Church are also two war memorials that were formerly located inside a mission church at Dundraw: one for the 1914 - 1918 war and one for the 1939 - 1945 war. This mission church opened in 1901 and closed for worship in 1965. It was then used as a village hall until the 1990s when it fell vacant. When the former mission church was being redeveloped in 2007 the memorials were saved from the scrapyard and placed inside Waverton's Christ Church. The re-dedication service for the re-siting of memorials took place on Armistice Day, 11 November 2007.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Remembering the Fallen of Waverton & Dundraw

Below is the inscription written on the front plinth of the main Waverton & Dundraw War Memorial [Photograph No. 3]:

"Erected in Loving and Grateful Memory of
The Men from the Parish
Of Waverton & Dundraw
Who died in the Great War
1914 - 1918"

"See ye to it, that these shall not have died in vain".
In Most Grateful Memory
Of those who died for us in the
World War 1939 - 1945

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Those who are commemorated

Below are the names of those commemorated on the Waverton & Dundraw War Memorial [Photograph No. 4]:

(a) 1914 - 1918 War

David Telford
Thomas W. Hetherington
William Armstrong
Arthur Hall
Ernest Norman
Thomas Brough
Joseph Studholme
Joseph Kirkup
John Steele
Harold M. Fenwick
John McCall

(b) 1939 - 1945 War

Ian Muirhead
Ernest Graham
Robert William Pattinson
Mary Joyce Littleton

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission citations (WW2)

Below are the CWGC citations of the four parishioners who lost their lives during the Second World War (three men and one woman):

(a) Flight Lieutenanat Ian Muirhead, D.F.C., R.A.F.

Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 43362
Date of Death: 15/10/1940
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 605 Sqdn.
Awards: D.F.C.
Grave Reference: Near main entrance S.W. of church.
Cemetery: HOLME CULTRAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Abbeytown (Cumbria)

Additional Information:
Son of John Stewart Muirhead and Clara Muirhead, of Abbey Town.

(b) Gunner Ernest Graham, R.A.

Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1767495
Date of Death: 22/03/1942
Age: 35
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
516 Bty., 71 Searchlight Regt.
Grave Reference: Sec. P.1. Ward 1. Grave 9A.
Cemetery: WIGTON CEMETERY, Wigton (Cumberland)

Additional Information:
Son of George and Martha Graham;
Husband of Edith Mary Walker Graham, of Waverbridge.

(c) Lance Bombardier Robert William Pattinson, R.A.

Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 1439049
Date of Death: 15/11/1942
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
2 Bty., 1 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Grave Reference: 3. C. 4.

Additional Information:
Son of Thomas William and Grace Pattinson, of Waverton, Cumberland.

(d) Sister Mary Joyce Littleton, Q.A.I.N.S.

Rank: Sister
Service No: 236448
Date of Death: 12/02/1944
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Panel Reference: Panel 22. Column 2.

Additional Information:
Daughter of John and Louietta Mary Littleton, of Wheyrigg, Cumberland.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...


This article is dedicated to the parishioners of Waverton and Dundraw, Cumberland who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
[President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 - 1963]

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