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Cumwhitton War Memorial Clock


Cumwhitton Clock


The War Memorial to the Fallen of the Parish of the Church of St Mary, Cumwhitton and Carleton, is a bronze plaque displayed in the church.  It bears the names of four local men who made the Supreme Sacrifice in The Great War.  Nearby is a Roll of Honour presenting the names of 32 others who also served their country through those grim years.  Outside, on the Church Tower, is an unusual reminder of the losses of that great conflict.  It is the War Memorial Clock.

Those who left here to lie forever in a faraway grave are;-

 Pte George Armstrong, of the 1st Bn Border Regiment, was 24 years old on his death from wounds on 1st Sept 1916 at a Casualty Clearing Station at West Vlaanderen, in Belgium. He lived at Carlatton Demesne, Heads Nook, with his parents Robert and Ann Armstrong.  He is interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, in grave IX.D.10.

Pte William Robertson Hetherington was 24 years old when he was reported killed in action on 25th May 1918.  His position was over-run by overwhelming numbers of enemy as the German Army cast its last throw for victory, resulting in many Allied casualties, 15,000 of which were fatalities.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial at Raisne.  He was the son of Mr and Mrs Hetherington, of Moorthwaite, Heads Nook.  

Pte William Sisson, of Heads Nook, succumbed to wounds on 21st October 1916 as the Battle of the Somme was drawing to a close.  He was born in Cumrew and lived at Heads Nook and was serving with 8th Border Regiment at the time of his death.  William is interred in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, in the Somme Region.   He died of wounds received somewhere near Courcelette.  Almost half the graves in Regina Trench Cemetery are of unidentified soldiers.  William was identified and is buried in grave IX.M.16.

Pte John Maughan was serving with 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment when he was killed in action on 24th Oct 1918 at the age of twenty.  He is interred in Highland Military Cemetery, Le Cateau, France Nord, in grave XII.A.5.   He died within three weeks of the end of the war as he and his comrades drove the now demoralised enemy back beyond their last defences, the Hindenburg Line.  John was the son of George and Jane Maughan, of Saughtreegate, Heads Nook, Carlisle.

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