Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The War Memorials of Drigg, Cumbria

1. St Peter’s Church, Drigg, Cumbria
2. Drigg’s War Memorials inside St Peter’s Church:
(Left): WW1 memorial
(Right): WW2 memorial
3. Headstone of Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E.
(He is not listed on the War Memorial)
Drigg (St Peter) Churchyard, Cumbria.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information
The parish of Drigg, Cumberland

Drigg is a village, civil and ecclesiastical parish in South West Cumbria (previously Cumberland). It has a current population of about 550 while based on census returns, was 579 (1891).

A short distance to the south is the Eskmeals Gun Range which has been in use for more than a century. In 1940, a Royal Ordnance Factory was opened at Drigg for the manufacture of TNT. The Drigg site later became a low level waste repository for the nearby Sellafield Nuclear plant.

Drigg’s Parish Church is dedicated to St Peter [Photograph No. 1]. Located inside the church are the parish was memorials [Photograph No. 2]. The WW2 memorial only includes those who died between 1939 – 1945. Thus, Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E., who died in 1947 and is buried in the churchyard at Drigg, is not listed on this memorial. However, he is commemorated by the CWGC and has an official CWGC headstone [Photograph No. 3].
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Tuesday, 22 March, 2016  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Drigg’s WW1 War Memorial

Drigg’s WW1 War Memorial can be seen on the left of photograph No. 2, which reads as follows:
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1914-1918
To the Glory of God
And in Grateful Memory of the
Men of this parish who laid down
Their lives in the
GREAT WAR
For the honour of King & Country
And in the cause of
Justice, Liberty and Righteousness.
…………
Pte. Roger Postlethwaite
South Wales Bord.

Pte. Reginald T. Braithwaite
Royal Defence Corps

Pte. Robert Croall
King’s Own Scots Bord.

Pte. John E.P. Coward
Border Regiment

Cpl. John Hird
Border Regiment

L.Cpl. Joseph Hird
Border Regiment

Pte. John Massicks
Cheshire Regiment

Pte. Tom Phizacklea
Canadian Army

Pte. John Sim
Border Regiment

Sapper William Sharpe
Royal Engineers

Cpl. Alred Vassali
King Edward’s Horse
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Tuesday, 22 March, 2016  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Drigg’s WW2 War Memorial

Only one casualty is listed on Drigg’s WW2 War memorial, seen on the right of photograph No. 2, which reads as follows:
1939 – 1945
In Glorious Memory of
L/C John Jenkinson Sewell
Royal Army Service Corps
Who laid down his life
In the war to defend
The freedom of the Peoples
Of the World.
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This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission listing for Lance Corporal John J. Sewell:
Name: SEWELL, JOHN JENKINSON
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: T/61733
Date of Death: 29/11/1940
Age: 25
Regiment / Service: Royal Army Service Corps
Grave Reference: N. 71.
Cemetery:
ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt
Additional Information:
Son of Harry and Sarah Jane Sewell;
Husband of Violet Sewell.
Epitaph:
The epitaph on his headstone is as follows:
“God gave me courage
To fight the blow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know.”
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Tuesday, 22 March, 2016  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E. (1926 – 1947)

Sapper Ivor Hunter, R.E., who died in 1947 is buried in the churchyard at Drigg [Photograph No. 3]. Although he is not commemorated on the war memorial inside the church, Sapper Hunter is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

This is his CWGC listing:
Name: HUNTER, IVOR
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 14118092
Date of Death: 23/05/1947
Age: 20
Regiment / Service: Royal Engineers
Grave Reference: Grave 3.
Cemetery: DRIGG (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Cumberland
Additional Information:
Son of Harry Bertram and Annie Hunter, of Holmrook, Cumberland.
Epitaph:
The epitaph on his headstone is as follows:
“He spread
Happiness and contentment
Around him.”
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Dedication

Dedicated to the people of Drigg who gave their lives in the World Wars:
“May their sacrifice not be forgotten.”
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Tuesday, 22 March, 2016  

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