Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Irthington War Memorial, Cumbria

1. St Kentigern's Parish Church and war memorial, Cumbria. 
2. Irthington War Memorial, St Kentigern's churchyard
3. Dedication and list of WW1 names on the war memorial
4. Dedication and WW2 names on the war memorial
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information
Irthington Parish and War Memorial

Irthington is a civil and ecclesiastical parish in North Cumbria (previously Cumberland) located between Brampton and the 'Border City' of Carlisle. The WW2 airfield of RAF Crosby-on-Eden (later Carlisle Airport) is a short distance from Irthington.

Brampton Parish Church (Church of England) is dedicated to St Kentigern (also known as St Mungo), The parish war memorial, commemorating the 'Fallen' of both World Wars, is situated in a corner of the churchyard [Photograph No. 1].

The war memorial was first dedicated in 1922 and listed the names of the "Irthington 9": the nine men of the community who lost their lives in the 1914 - 1918 war [Photograph Nos. 2 and 3]. After WW2, two additional names were added to the memorial [Photograph No. 4]. There are two airmen buried in St Kentigern's churchyard although only of them is listed on the war memorial.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Dedication and remembrance

On the front of the memorial is the original dedication and list of those from Irthington who died in the 1914 - 1918 war [Photograph No. 3]:

"John Blaylock
Richard Davidson
John Herbert
William D. Herbert
James Hetherington
John G. Irving
Robert H. Law
Joseph B. Megahy
Thomas Moscrop

+ In Grateful Memory of the men from this parish who died for their country in the Great War, this cross was erected by the parishioners."

On the right-hand side of the base of the memorial is the WW2 dedication [Photograph No. 4]. It reads as follows:

"Also in memory of those from this parish who died during the 1939 - 1945 war

George Hodgson
Rufus Thompson."

As referred to above, there is an additional WW2 casualty buried in the churchyard but not listed on the war memorial:

Basil Willoughby Vickers.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

WW2 CWGC citations

As explained above, there are 11 people commemorated on Irthington War Memorial: 9 from the 1914 - 1918 war and 2 from the 1939 - 1945 war. These are the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citations for the two Second World War casualties listed on the war memorial plus a third casualty interred in the churchyard:

1. George Barrow Hodgson

Rank: Aircraftman, 2nd Class
Service No: 981920
Date of Death: 10/05/1940
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: 7 yards south of 1914-18 memorial.
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas Andrew and Isabel Hodgson, of Carlisle.

2. Rufus Thompson

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: T/114428
Date of Death: 25/04/1942
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps
Grave Reference: Ward 11. Sec. P. Grave 30.
Additional Information:
(None listed)

3. Basil Willoughby Vickers

Rank: Flying Officer
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 42282
Date of Death: 12/04/1941
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Grave Reference: East end of churchyard.
Additional Information:
Son of Herbert Willoughby Vickers and Mabel Davenport Vickers.

(The birth of Pilot Officer Basil Willoughby Vickers was registered in the Barnet Registration district (near London) in the March quarter of 1921).

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014  

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