Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Addingham / Glassonby war memorials, Cumbria

1. Glassonby village, Cumbria
Turn left at the next lane for the parish church
2. Addingham / Glassonby parish church
Dedicated to the Archangel St Michael 
3. WW1 parish war memorial inside the church
4. Beatham family headstones in the churchyard
Four brothers lost their lives in WW1
(including Robert Matthew Beatham V.C.) 
5. WW2 parish war memorial inside the church

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Addingham / Glassonby war memorials

The ecclesiastical parish of Addingham is in the Eden valley in the east of Cumbria (previously Cumberland) covering the civil parishes and villages of Glassonby, Gamblesby, Hunsonby, Winskill and Little Salkeld. The district has evidence of Bronze and Stone Age settlement and there is an impressive stone circle, ‘Long Meg and her daughters’, about a five-minute easy walk from the parish church. Glassonby is both the name of one of the villages and one of the civil parishes [seen in photograph No. 1]. Glassonby is also where the ashes of the children’s author and broadcaster, Reverend George Bramwell Evens (‘Romany of the BBC’), were scattered after his death in 1943.

The Anglican parish church of Addingham is dedicated to the Archangel St Michael and All Angels [Photograph No. 2]. There has been a church at this site since at least 1272 but the present building has been rebuilt from 1704 onwards.

Inside the church are the parish war memorials for both WW1 and WW2. The faculty for the 1914 – 1918 war memorial was granted on 9 December 1919 and the approved marble tablet was erected inside the church on 3 August 1920 [seen in photograph No. 3]. Three brothers from the Beatham family of Glassonby are commemorated on this memorial. One of the brothers, Robert Matthew Beatham, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross in 1918. Sadly, between the commissioning of the memorial and its unveiling yet a fourth brother still serving in the army died: Lance Corporal Isaac Allanson Beatham. His grave is marked by a Commonwealth War Graves headstone in the churchyard next to the main family grave [these can be seen in photograph No. 4].

The WW2 parish memorial lists three casualties of the 1939 – 1945 [Photograph No. 5]. Two of the three listed were father and sone: Captain Cyril Wardlaw Distin M.C. and bar (father), and Lieutenant James Wardlow (son). Captain Distin is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The WW1 war memorial

Below is a transcription of the WW1 war memorial seen in photograph No. 3:
1914 – 1918
Erected in memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1918.

Frederick William Beatham 42nd D.M.T.C., A.S.C.
John Wilfred Beatham 1st Batt. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Robert Matthew Beatham V.C. 8th Batt A.I.F.
John James Armstrong 21st Royal Fusiliers
John George Blenkinsop 5th Border Regt
Isaac William Blenkinsop 7th Border Regt
Joseph Dodd 27th Winnipeg Canadians
Ernest Ellwood King’s Liverpool Regt
William Garnett Marconi Operator
John Walter Monkhouse 2nd Life guards
Thomas Watson 30th Batt A.I.F.
Hunsonby and Winskill
John William Watson 63rd (R.N.) Division
Little Salkeld
William Groves 11th Border Regt

The WW2 war memorial

Below is a transcription of the WW2 parish war memorial seen in photograph No. 5:
In grateful memory of
Cyril Wardlow Distin M.C. Home Guard
James Wardlow Distin Royal Corps of Signals
Bruce Travers George Bainbridge Royal Artillery
Who gave their lives in the World War
1939 – 1945


Dedicated to the fallen of Addingham / Glassonby parish who gave their lives in the World Wars.

“They went forth from their earthly Eden and now they rest in the everlasting Eden.”

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017  
Anonymous Stuart Nicholson said...

While on duty on Wednesday 3 July 1940 with the Home Guard, in which he was an officer, Captain Cyril Wardlaw Distin (1890-1940) of New Rough, Langwathby, Penrith suddenly collapsed and died. Distin, who was wounded in World War One, was the managing director of Cumberland and Westmorland Poultry Farmers' Ltd.

Tuesday, 19 September, 2017  

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