Welcome to the Carlisle and Stanwix Branch of The Royal British Legion
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This is a version of a Celtic Cross on a granite pillar. It is inscribed with the names of those who died and of those who served and returned. It stands by the roadside just within the bounds of the Village Hall.
The tribute of the parish of Scaleby to those who served and to two of their number who did not return is a tall Celtic style granite pillar with wheel cross. It stands prominently by the village hall and the local Primary School.
The parish of Scaleby saw thirty of its sons go off to war. And had the good fortune to see all but two return to their families, some broken in mind and body, but alive. All are named on this tribute.
The two who lie in far off graves are;-
Pte Archibald Armstrong, who was killed on 25th August 1918 while serving with 7th Bn Border Regiment (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry). Born in Scaleby, Archibald was 30 years of age at his death. His mother was Mrs Annie Johnstone, then of 26 Sybil Street, Carlisle. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 6 of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing, in Pas-de-Calais. There are 9,000 names here, of those whose graves are unknown, and who fell in the series of battles we know as “The Advance to Victory”. Archibald would not see his homeland again.
Pte T Bendle, who was serving with 6th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment when he died on 1st October 1918. He was 33 years old. He is interred in grave E6, Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy, near Cambrai, one of ninety-five men of the York and Lancasters who lie here together, having given their all in the final great assault which led to victory. He was the son of Richard and Sarah Bendle, of Summer Hill, Scaleby and the husband of Francis Mary Bendle, also of Summer Hill.