Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Parish War Memorial of Dean, Cumbria

1. Dean Parish Church (St Oswald's), Cumbria
3. The Parish War Memorial, Dean, Cumbria
3. The names of the 'Fallen' on the war memorial
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Dean Parish War Memorial, Cumbria

Dean is a West Cumbrian civil and ecclesiastical parish (Church of England) situated near the town of Cockermouth. The inter-war population (according to the 1931 census) was a little over 500 while the modern-day population is approximately double that figure.

The parish church [seen in Photograph No. 1] is dedicated to St Oswald. Parts of the church building dates from the 12th Century with subsequent extensions over the following centuries. According to the parish history the church was extensively renovated between over six years in the 20th Century, between 1967 and 1973.

The parish war memorial cross is situated in the churchyard of St Oswald's [Photograph No. 2] and is found near the lych gate. A faculty for the memorial was granted in 1920 and it was unveiled the following year. Originally, a plinth at the base of the memorial listed had the names of ten parishioners who died in the 1914 - 1918 war engraved on it.

Following the Second World War the name of the single parishioner who died in the 1939 - 1945 war was added to the memorial. Some of the names of those who died in the First World War are becoming difficult to read but the name of the Second World War casualty is still easy to read. Photograph No. 3 shows the list of names on Dean Parish War Memorial.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Memorial inscription

This is what is engraved on Dean Parish War Memorial [Photograph No. 3]:

"In Thankful Remembrance
Of the men of Dean Parish
Who gave their lives
For the cause of Right and Honour
In the Great War
1914 - 1918

John W. Cuthbertson
Robert Coad
Herbert W. Green
Henry Harrington
George Johnston
John R. Jones
Richard Mirehouse
Stanley Tweddle
Joseph Tyson
John S. Williamson

And in the Second Great War
John T. Stephenson
1939 - 1945

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for John T. Stephenson:

Rank: Private
Service No: 6024894
Date of Death: 06/04/1943
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment, 1/4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XI. B. 17.
Cemetery: SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia

Additional Information:
Son of Joseph and Sarah Isabell Stephenson, of Branthwaite, Workington, Cumberland.


This article is dedicated to the 'Fallen' of Dean parish who gave their lives in the World Wars:

β€˜β€˜In remembrance of the parishioners of Dean who made the supreme sacrifice in the World Wars of 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945’’.

May they Rest in Peace.

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