Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lazonby Parish War Memorial, Cumbria

1. Lazonby (St Nicholas) Parish Church, Cumbria
2. Lazonby Parish War Memorial
3. Headstone of Sgt. T. R. Salkeld (Lazonby Churchyard)
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information


Lazonby is a parish, village and township in the Eden district of Cumbria. Before the 1974 local government re-organisation of England and Wales, Lazonby was in the ancient county of Cumberland.

Lazonby's Parish Church (Church of England) is situated on hillside above the Eden valley [Photograph No. 1]. It is believed there has been a church on this site since at least the 12th Century. The present church was completely rebuilt between 1864 and 1866.

The parish war memorial, commemorating the parishioners of Lazonby who died in the two World Wars, is located in the churchyard [Photograph No. 2]. It was first dedicated in 1919 to remember the 17 parishioners who lost their lives in World War 1 (1914 - 1918). It was designed by the Rev. Canon Wilson, M.A., Cantab., who served as Rector of Lazonby between 1877 and 1920, and built by Mr William Glaister, a Lazonby builder. In 1949, the names of the 3 parishioners who died in World War 2 were added to the memorial (beneath the list of names for WW1).

There is a large Celtic cross in the highest part of the churchyard which was built by Mr. W.B. Collingwood and erected in 1902 on the occasion of Canon Wilson's Silver Jubilee as Rector of Lazonby Parish. Canon Wilson's Celtic cross can be seen in the background of Photograph No.2 and Photograph No.3 (above).

Sunday, 24 November, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

CWGC memorials in Lazonby Churchyard

Four of Lazonby's war dead are buried in the churchyard of their home parish.

Three of these are from the First World War:

Pte. John Cecil GRAHAM, aged 19,
Army Service Corps,
(died 4 November 1918);

Sgt. Thomas William FRY, aged 28,
Suffolk Regiment,
(also died 4 November 1918);

Sgt. Frederick GLAISTER, aged 31,
Royal Army Ordnance Corps,
(died 31 August 1920).

There is one WW2 casualty buried in Lazonby Churchyard:

Sgt. Thomas Richard SALKELD, aged 22,
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,
(died 22 August 1941).

Sergeant Salkeld's headstone can be seen above [Photograph No. 3]. He has a one-word epitaph on his headstone: "Remembrance".

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for Sergeant Thomas Richard Salkeld, R.A.F.V.R.:

Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Radio Operator
Service No: 981544
Date of Death: 22/08/1941
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 255 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Sec. B. Grave 25.

Additional Information:
Son of Robert and Sarah Agnes Salkeld, of Penrith.

Sunday, 24 November, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Remembering Lazonby's parishioners who died in the World Wars

(a) Lazonby War Memorial (WW1 inscription)

"To the Glory of God
And in loving memory of

Hugh Abbott
Pte. William Abbott
Pte. George Barrow
Pte. John G. Blenkinsopp
Pte. Isaac W. Blenkinsopp
Pte. William Bright
Pte. W. Henry Dunkeld
Sergt. T. William Fry
Pte. J. Cecil Graham
Pte. Sydney Graham
Corpl. Frederick McCrone
Capt. Stephen Moulding
J. William Teasdale
Corpl. Thomas J. Thomlinson
Lieut. Charles R. Turner
Pte. Herbert Watson
Pte. John Watson"

"Remember us and think what might have been".

"They laid down their lives for their King and Country in the Great War
Erected by the parishioners of Lazonby.
A.D. 1919"

(b) Lazonby War Memorial (WW2 inscription)

"1939 - 1945

In affectionate remembrance of those from this parish who gave their lives in the World War.

Sgt. Rodney Hetherington
Pte. William Jackson
Sgt. Thomas Richard Salkeld".


This article is dedicated to the memory of the parishioners of Lazonby who lost their livs in the two World Wars.

"We giving all, gained all,
Neither lament us nor praise;
Only, in all things recall
It is fear, not death, that slays."

(Rudyard Kipling)

Sunday, 24 November, 2013  
Blogger Anon said...

The circumstances surrounding the crash that killed Tom Salkeld are described by an eye-witness to the incident, 255 Squadron pilot Michael F. Wynne-Willson, in his Vol.1 of his autobiography. (Wynne-Willson, M.F. (2003). Before I Forget! Bloomington : 1stBooks, p.160-161.) Analysis of the aerodynamic problems of the Mk.II Beaufighter are to be found in Document DSIR23/14491 (Technical Note number Aero 1617) available at The National Archives. This is an original document that requires a TNA Readers Ticket to view, it is not available online. Further discussion on the website of 255 Squadron Association.

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