Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bootle War Memorial, Cumbria

1. St Michael's Parish Church, Bootle, Cumbria
2. The Bootle Charter Cross of 1897
3. Bootle War Memorial, St Michael's Churchyard

4. WW1 and WW2 memorial tablets on the war memorial

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Bootle village and civil parish

Bootle is a village and civil parish in S.W. Cumbria (previously Cumberland) a short distance to the north of the town of Millom. In the west of the parish are coastal dunes and in the east of the parish are the Cumbrian fells. In the late 17th Century Bootle's population has been estimated about 500 - 600, rising to around 800 for most of the 20th Century with a peak of just over 1000 in 1961.

Bootle Parish Church (Church of England) is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels [Photograph No. 1]. The present style of the church building seen in the photograph dates mainly from rebuilding work during the 19th Century.

Bootle is an ancient township which was granted a market charter in 1347 by King Edward III. It was renewed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567. Hiring fairs were also once a regular feature of the Bootle charter market. As the market and fair were granted 'for the exaltation of the cross', for many centuries there was a 'charter cross' situated a little to the south of the parish church. This original charter cross had disappeared by the late 19th Century. However, in the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee (1897), a new cross was erected on the site of the ancient market cross which still stands to this day [Photograph No. 2].

On the coast at the northern edge of Bootle parish is Eskmeals where there are extensive sand dunes. In 1897 land at was acquired by Vickers of Barrow-in-Furness, a naval shipbuilding town a little to the south of Bootle. Eskmeals was later taken over by the Government as a gunnery firing range and became a significant employer in the district. Although the workforce has been much reduced Eskmeals is still used as a firing range. It has also been used as an civil experimental site where explosives are concerned, such as the effects of firedamp and coal dust in coal mines which took place in the early 1920s.

During the Second World War a number of Royal Ordnance Factories were established in this part of S.W. Cumberland, namely at Hycemoor, Drigg and Sellafield. To accommodate an influx of workers a camp for about 500 workers and military personnel was built near Bootle Station (1941 / 1942).

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Bootle War Memorial Cross

The Bootle War Memorial Cross is located in the middle of St Michael's Churchyard [Photograph No. 3]. This commemorates Bootle's war dead of the two World Wars: 18 from the 1914 - 1918 war and 3 from the 1939 - 1945 war.

The names are listed on two memorial tablets on the plinth. Those of the First World War are on the front of the memorial and those of the Second World War on the rear. These can be seen in Photograph No. 4.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The First World War commemorative tablet reads as follows:

"This stone is erected to perpetuate the memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914 - 1918.

James, R.F., A.I.R.
Atkinson, I.W., K.O.R.L.
Close, A., Border
Eccles, T.G., K.O.R.L.
Fell, A., R.G.A.
Grice, J., R.G.A.
High, J., N.Z.E.F.
Irving, G.B., R.G.A.
Irving, P.B., R.G.A.
James, G.K., K.O.R.L.
James, T., K.O.R.L.
Johnson, W., K.O.R.L.
Kitchen, B., Canadians
Parish, W., K.O.R.L.
Shackley, I., R.G.A.
Singleton, I., Border
Walker, G.D., Border
Whinfield, M., M.G.C.

'Their name liveth for evermore.'
Ecclesiasticus 44:14"

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The Second World War commemorative tablet reads as follows:

"In memory of those who gave their lives for their country
1939 - 1945

P/O H.W. Dargavel, R.A.F.
Lt. H. Lacey, Gen. List
L.A.C. G. McClellan, R.A.F.

'For now we live if ye stand fast in the Lord.'
1. Thess. 3.8"

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