Thursday, October 01, 2015

Garrigill remembers those who went to war

1. Garrigill, Cumbria (previously Cumberland)
It is on the western edge of the North Pennines
The village is centred round a village green  
2. St John’s Church, Garrigill (Church of England)
The WW1 and WW2 ‘Roll of Honour’ is found here
There are also memorials for those killed in the wars 
3. Garrgill’s ‘Roll of Honour’ inside the church
It covers both World Wars: 
Listing parishioners who served King and Country

4. The Altar Reredos of Garrigill church
It remembers those who died in WW1 
5. The WW2 Memorial plaque for Garrigill
It is found on an inside wall of the church
Listing the names of four casualties of WW2
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information
Garrigill in the North Pennines

The village of Garrigill in eastern Cumbria (previously Cumberland) is close to the northern Pennines where most of the houses, the village shop and public house are centred round a traditional village green [Photograph No. 1]. In former times this was a lead mining area and had a population of more than 1,000. Since the cessation of lead mining the population has declined to about 200 with agriculture and tourism being the main employment sectors.
A comprehensive history of the church and parish up to the beginning of the 20th Century was written by a former Anglican Vicar who served the Garrigill community for some years (“Capella de Gerardegile: or The Story of a Cumberland Chapelry”). First published in 1908, the author was the Reverend Caesar Caine, a Mancunian by birth, who dedicates the book to his mother who was born in Whitehaven, Cumberland and consequently “… a true daughter of ‘Canny Cummerlan’ ”.

As well as a being a clergyman, Caesar Caine was a respected scholar, author of several books and academic papers and would also serve as a Chaplain to the Forces during the First World War (1917 – 1919). However, as Reverend Caine was no longer a resident of Garrigill during WW1 he is not listed on the ‘Roll of Honour’ for those who served.

The long distance hiking route and the C2C cycle route both pass through the village which brings a large number of tourists, especially between April and October. The village church, dedicated to St. John, was originally a chapel of ease and was first recorded in 1215 [Photograph No.2].

In the 21st Century this church forms part of a larger parish of Alston Moor. Unlike most Anglican parishes in the modern county of Cumbria which are in the Diocese of Carlisle, Alston Moor and Garrigill are in the Diocese of Newcastle. Until 1845 the district was in the Diocese of Durham.

Thursday, 01 October, 2015  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The Garrigill ‘Roll of Honour’

Inside St John’s Church at Garrigill there is a framed ‘Roll of Honour’ covering both WW1 and WW2 [Photograph No. 3]. This lists the names of all those who served ‘King and Country’ and not just those who lost their lives because of the war.

The scroll on the left-hand side is that for the First World War while the one for the Second World War is on the right-hand side. In the middle is the figure of St George, Patron Saint of England, carrying the English flag of St. George. Underneath is a panel bearing the following sentiment:
“I have fought the good fight,
I have kept the faith”.
The WW1 scroll to the left of the figure of St. George reads as follows:
“Roll of Honour
For King and Country
St John’s Church, Garrigill
European War, 1914 – 1918

The names of men who have served His Majesty’s Forces
Armstrong, George Ernest, Border Regiment
Bewley, Arthur, AV Corps
Bewley William, Tyneside Scottish
Branwell, Joseph, RFA
Bell, Bertie, RFA
Bell, Martin, Border Regiment
Bell, Fred, RGA
Bell, William
Cousin, Fred, AS Corps
Cousin, Joseph, L. Corps
Currah, Thomas William, Royal Marines
Currah, Robert Walton, RGA
Cowen, John, Northumberland Fusiliers
Henderson, Thomas, E Lancashire Regt
Herdman, John, Yorks Regiment
Herdman, Francis Louis, MG Corps
Herdman, Robert Walter, Border Regiment
Jackson, Hugh William, - , DIED OF WOUNDS
Kearton, Vipond, Border Regiment
Jardine, John, H.L. Infantry
Leatherby, John, RGA
Millican, Frank Norman, Lancashire, KILLED IN ACTION
Millican, Hugh Jackson, Border Regiment
Millican, Frederick, AS Corps
Nixon, J.R., Border Regiment
Parmley, Amos Richardson, R. Engineers
Parmley, John, Border Regiment
Plank, George, Northumberland Fusiliers
Richardson, Harold, M.G. Corps
Richardson, Isaac, Border Regiment
Shield, John Joseph, Border Regiment
Shield, Walton, Border Regiment, KILLED IN ACTION
Storey, Joseph John, Border Regiment
Smith, Robert, RAMC
Swindle, Isaac, Royal Air Force
Robson, John, Border Regiment, KILLED IN ACTION
Robson, Richard, Border Regiment
Robson, Robert, Border Regiment
Renwick, William, Manchester Regt.
Varty, John, RAMC
Varty, Walton, RGA
Watson, Cyril Lancaster, -
Wattson, Samuel, RGA
Wymes, Ernest, Border Regiment
Walter, Philip, R. Engineers
Young, Walter, Durham Light Infantry”

Thursday, 01 October, 2015  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The WW2 scroll to the right of the figure of St. George reads as follows:
“Roll of Honour
St John’s Church, Garrigill
World War 1939 – 1945
For King and Country.

The names of those who served with His Majesty’s Forces
Armstrong, Florence, ATS
Armstrong, I, R.S.C.
Bell, A., R.S.C.
Bell, G., R.S.C.
Bell, W., R.A.M.C.
Bramwell, W., Pioneer Corps
Currah, G., R.A.F., KILLED
Currah, J., R.A.F.
Grant, A., R.E.M.E.
Grant, C., Pioneer Corps
Grant, J., R.A.S.C.
Herdman, M. R.A.O.C., KILLED
Hetherington, J.J., R.A.
Kirsopp, W., R.A.S.C.
Metcalf, J., R.A.F.
Philpson, W., R.A.S.C.
Pickering, J., R.A.F.
Renwick, J.C., E.R.
Renwick, K.R.H., R.A.M.C.
Renwick, I., R.N.
Richardson, L., K.O.Y.LI.
Ridley, R., R.A., KILLED
Robson, H., R.E.
Robson, R., R.E., KILLED
Rowe, D., E.A.A.
Rowe, Kathleen, A.T.S.
Shield, T.A., B.R.
Teasdale, J.G., R.N.A.S.
Vipond, A., R.A.F.

Thursday, 01 October, 2015  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Garrigill remembers the ‘Fallen’

(a) WW1 memorial

The altar reredos of Garrigill church, that is to say the ornate wooden panelling behind the church altar, is the memorial for locals who died during the 1914 – 1918 war [Photograph No. 4]. Although the adjacent WW1 ‘Roll of Honour’ mentions four local casualties this memorial has a list of eight names.

It reads as follows:

“Fight the Good Fight
To the Glory of God and in Honoured Memory of the men of Garrigill who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914 – 1918.

+ + +
Thomas Henderson
Hugh William Jackson
Frank Norman Millican
John Robson
Walton Shield
Harry James Vipond
John Elliott Vipond
Ernest Wymes
+ + +

Faithful unto Death

(b) WW2 memorial

Garrigill’s WW2 memorial can be found on the wall of the church nave [Photograph No. 5]. It takes the form of a wooden plaque listing the names of four parishioners who gave their lives in the Second World War.

It reads as follows:

“In Honoured Memory of
Those of Garrigill
Who made the Supreme Sacrifice
In the Second World War
1939 – 1945.
+ + +
George Currah, R.A.F.
Maurice Herdman, R.A.O.C.
Robert Ridley, R.A.
Robert Robson, R.E.
+ + +

Thursday, 01 October, 2015  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...


This article is dedicated to the people of Garrigill and district who served King and Country during the World Wars, and especially those who made the Supreme Sacrifice:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness … ”
[2 Timothy, 4: 7 – 8]

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