Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kirkby Stephen War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria:
a traditional market town in a pastoral setting.
2. "Frank's Bridge", Kirkby Stephen: a local beauty spot
3. Kirkby Stephen War Memorial
Located in the town's Market Square:
it lists the names of those killed in both World Wars
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

English Lakeland and a hymn of two Kingdoms

1. Ullswater and the Lakeland fells, Cumbria
A view from the road near Gowbarrow Park

[Just above a footpath leading to Aira Force waterfall]
2. The War Memorial in the form of a Celtic cross
(All Saints' Churchyard, Watermillock, Cumbria)

[Commemorating the war dead of the two World Wars]
3. The WW1 memorial inside Watermillock Church
4. Memorials to brothers Gerald and Cecil Spring Rice
(Inside Watermillock Parish Church, Cumbria)

Gerald Spring Rice was in the Lonsdale Battalion (WW1)

Cecil Spring Rice was Ambassador to Washington (WW1)
He also wrote the words of this hymn:
"I vow to Thee My Country"
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Lake District community Remembrance Project

1. Patterdale and Glenridding War Memorial 
(It commemorates the 'Fallen' of two World Wars)
[Located near the lake shore of Ullswater, Cumbria
2. St Patrick's Bay boat landing at Ullswater
(Close to where the war memorial and a holy well is located)
[St Patrick landed and preached near this spot
3. The snow-clad Helvellyn 'massif' from Patterdale village
[The summit, at 950 m / 3,120 ft, is Lakeland's third highest]
4. Glenridding Beck at Rattlebeck Bridge, Glenridding
(Looking towards Sheffield Pike)
[Greenside Road to the lead mine is in the middle distance
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

An inspiration to his platoon: Stephen Scott, M.M.

1. Road sign entering Distington village from the south
[Distington is the home village of Stephen Scott M.M.]
2. Headstone of Guardsman Stephen Scott M.M.
Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy (Grave Ref. I.B.27)
[Photograph courtesy of Damien Wright]
3. Distington village and parish war memorial, Cumbria
Stephen Scott M.M. is listed on this on this memorial
[The flowers at the front take the form '1914 -1918'
4. The M.M. citation for Guardsman Stephen Scott
[From the National Archives file WO 373 / 4]
5. Stephen Scott's photograph in 'The Whitehaven News'
[Thursday 2 March 1944 (Cumbria Archives Office)]
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Monday, April 06, 2015

Two D-Day veterans return to Normandy

1. Two D-Day Veterans at Sword Beach (7 June 2004)
George Dooley (left) and Jim Tweedie (right)
They served with 2nd Bn. East Yorks. Regt. during WW2
[George and Jim landed at Sword Beach on 6 June 1944]
2. George Dooley (2nd left) and soldiers in  WW2 uniforms
60th anniversary exhibition of the Normandy Landings

[E. Leclerc supermarket, Bayeux (4 June 2004)
3. Headstone of Pte. Peter Scholes, East Yorks. Regt.
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
[Peter Scholes was killed on D-Day, 6 June 1944]
4. Jim Tweedie at the grave of his pal, Pete Scholes
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (7 June 2004)

[A final visit to the grave of a good pal of the war years]
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