Saturday, August 16, 2014

'The Fallen' of Seascale, Cumbria

St Cuthbert's Parish Church and war memorial, Seascale

Commemorating 'The Fallen' of Seascale, Cumbria

A sandstone cross in the churchyard of St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Seascale commemorates the servicemen who lost their lives during the First World War and can be seen in the photograph above. Inside the church there are additional war memorials for the 'Fallen' connected to Seascale.

The first memorial inside the church is a tablet listing the names of 'Old Boys' of Seascale 'Prep' (Preparatory) School who died in WW1. The second memorial inside the church is a tablet listing the names of those who died in although the actual WW2 memorial is the altar rail.

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

Additional information

The coastal village of Seascale, Cumbria (previously Cumberland) borders the Irish Sea and is located approximately mid-way between the towns of Whitehaven and Millom. It is believed there has been continual settlement at this location from at least medieval times and the name Seascale comes from Norse settlers.

Seascale Parish Church (Church of England), where the village's war memorials can be found, is mainly of late Victorian origin (1880s). There is also a Methodist church and a Roman Catholic church in the village.

During the Second World War two Royal Ordnance Factories (R.O.F.) were developed in the area - one at Sellafield a short distance to the north of Seascale and one at Drigg a short distance to the south. In the immediate post-war years the Sellafield site was developed as a nuclear reactor and processing site (Windscale and Calder Hall) while the Drigg site was developed as a nuclear waste repository. Also in the post-war era Seascale village developed as one of the main dormitory communities for the influx of workers at the nuclear power plant and repository.
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Saturday, 16 August, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Second World War Casualties

The WW2 tablet inside the church commemorating those who died in the Second World War reads as follows:

"The Altar Rail stands as a memorial to those who gave their lives in the war of 1939 - 1945

G.M. Burnett, Lieut., Royal Artlliery
.N.D. Don, Lieut., Royal Armoured Corps
S.T. McCoull, Private, Gloucestershire Regiment
J.E.W. Rance, M.C., Major, Royal Warwickshire Regt.
J.G. Roper, Captain, Royal Navy"
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These are the C.W.G.C citations for Seascale's WW2 casualties:

(i) Lieutenant George Michael Burnett

Name: BURNETT, GEORGE MICHAEL
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 134505
Date of Death: 28/04/1943
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 74 Medium Regt.
Grave Reference: IV. K. 15.
Cemetery: MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia

Additional Information:
Son of Frank Ridley Burnett and Constance Elizabeth Burnett;
Husband of Joan Hilda Burnett, of Pennington, Lancashire.
B.A. (Oxon.).
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(ii) Lieutenant Andrew Nicol Durran Don

Name; DON, ANDREW NICOL DURRAN
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 219950
Date of Death: 13/10/1943
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
40th (7th Bn The Kings Regt [Liverpool])
Grave Reference: 3. D. 3.
Cemetery: SUEZ WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt

Additional Information:
Son of the Revd. Andrew Chalmers Don, and Charlotte Hamilton Don, of Warkworth, Northumberland;
Husband of Mary Kathleen Don.
M.A.(Oxon.).
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(iii)Private Stanley Thompson McCoull

Name: McCOULL, STANLEY THOMPSON
Rank: Private
Service No: 5252891
Date of Death: 09/07/1945
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment
Grave Reference: IV. K. 1.
Cemetery: NAPLES WAR CEMETERY, Italy

Additional Information:
Son of Stanley and Florence McCoull, of Seascale, Cumberland.
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(iv) Major James Edward Weeks Rance, M.C.

Name: RANCE, JAMES EDWARD WEEKS
Rank: Major
Service No: 15472
Date of Death: Between 27/05/1940 and 29/05/1940
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Awards: M. C.
Grave Reference: Row B. Grave 21.
Cemetery: WORMHOUDT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

Additional Information:
Son of Maj. George Rance, The Royal Warwickshire Regt., and Elizabeth Frances Weeks Rance, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire;
Husband of Nora Elizabeth Rance, of Leamington Spa.
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(v) Captain James Gregson Roper, O.B.E.

Name: ROPER, JAMES GREGSON
Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 19/07/1945
Age: 44
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Lothian
Awards: O. B. E.
Grave Reference: 2Z. B. 7.
Cemetery: SYDNEY WAR CEMETERY, Australia

Additional Information:
Son of John Gregson Roper and Marion Roper;
Husband of Margaret Roper, of Southsea, Hampshire, England.
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Saturday, 16 August, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

First World War Casualties

(a) The Sandstone Cross

Permission for the erection of Seascale's WW1 War Memorial in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Parish Church was granted on 14 September 1920. It takes the form of a large stone cross and is made of red sandstone. It was dedicated on Sunday 22 May 1921, listing the names of 11 villagers. Below is a transcription of the commemoration:

"In Grateful Remembance of the sons of SEASCALE who died for their country in the Great War 1914 - 1918

W.H. Anderson
J. Boon
F.C. Bosward
A.C. Close
G.C. Jeffery
W. Little
M.H. Mossop
T. Newby
J. Parker
W. Sharpe
A.S. Wilson

Their Name Liveth for Evermore".
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(b) Seascale 'Prep' School Tablet

The tablet remembering the 'Old Boys' of Seascale 'Prep' School was dedicated in June 1922. Below is a transcription of this memorial:

"SEASCALE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

In Proud and Loving Memory of Old Boys
Who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918

J. Auld
M. Campbell
R. Morrison
A. de Tessier
L. Bowman
N. Clark
J. Price
K. Thyne
L. Butler
G. Daggett
A. Richardson
S. Wallace
G. Butler
C. Dowding
W. Roper
C. Watson
R. Calrow
E. Hudson
A. Jaques
H. Saportas
J. Wheatley

CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE"
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(c) 'Additional' Seascale WW1 Casualties

For some reason there are a number of other WW1 casualties with connections to Seascale who are not listed on one of the aforementiond memorials. These include the following people:

(i) Gunner Herbert William Bewley

Name: BEWLEY, HERBERT WILLIAM
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 70209
Date of Death: 23/06/1918
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Grave Reference: Plot CE/6. Row J. Grave 67.
Cemetery: JUBBULPORE CANTONMENT CEMETERY, India

Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and J. A. Bewley, of 2, The Villas, Seascale, Cumbria.
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(ii) Lance Corporal Postlethwaite Bibby

Name: BIBBY, POSTLETHWAITE
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: S/8333
Date of Death: 21/03/1916
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders, 8th Bn.
Grave Reference: V. B. 74.
Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, France

Additional Information:
Son of William Bibby, of Mursdale House, Seascale, Cumberland;
Husband of Annie I. Bibby, of 1 Gore's Buildings, Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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(iii) Private Arthur Gibson

Name: GIBSON, ARTHUR
Rank: Private
Service No: 3328
Date of Death: 05/07/1916
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. G. 1.
Cemetery: RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Belgium

Additional Information:
Son of Mrs. Frances Mary Gibson, of 1, The Crescent, Seascale, Cumberland.
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Dedication

This article is dedicated to the people of Seascale who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
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Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier

"To save your world you asked this man to die;
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?"
W.H. Auden
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