Welcome to the Carlisle and Stanwix Branch of The Royal British Legion
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The War Memorial from the HOWIE BOYD Mission Hall. Now within the grounds of the Bishop Harvey Goodwin School.
This marble plaque is now in the care of the Bishop Harvey Goodwin junior school at Currock, in Carlisle. Its original location was the Howie Boyd Memorial Hall in nearby Beaconsfield Street. This was a local Presbyterian Mission Hall affiliated to St George’s Presbyterian Church on Warwick Road. As the hall is now no longer in use for this purpose it was decided that the Memorial should remain in the area which those commemorated called home. It was offered to the school in 2008 and is now located in the school garden. The Memorial is inscribed with the names of six young men of the district who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Great War, and a further 26 men and women who also served.
We know very little about the six young men named here. We simply know they died in the service of their country. It is hoped that among those reading this are some who may be able tell us more.
The names are:-
Sgt William Martin Smith Royal Field Artillery, Territorial, service number 715105, was killed in action on 9 July 1918, at the age of 23 and is buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque, France. William, who enlisted in Carlisle, was born in Upperby, near Carlisle. He was the youngest son of John, a lithographers labourer and Mary Smith of 21 Regent Street, Blackwell Road, Carlisle and previously of 23 Clementina Terrace, Carlisle. His twin sisters Clara and Jenny were both members of the Warwick Road Church and he became a member by Profession of Faith on 27 October 1911.
Pte H. W. Forster, serving with 2/4th Bn Border Regiment, died of sun-stroke on 8th July 1916 while at Peshawar, in India. It is difficult to access his grave due to its location. However he is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate). He was the son of Mr F. and Mrs J. Forster, of 98 Harrison St Carlisle.
Pte Thomas William Moffatt 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, service number 66478, formerly Border Regiment, service number, 25163, was killed in action on 27 September 1918, at the age of 27, and is buried in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Thomas was born in Blackwell, Carlisle, the third son of the late George and Beatrice Moffatt of 16 Harrison Street, Carlisle. Beatrice and a number of his siblings were members of the Warwick Road Church.
Pte J. Hodgson died on 25th Sept 1916 while serving with the Grenadier Guards. He fell in battle on the day the Guards Division drove the enemy out of the village of Lesbeoufs, Somme Region. He is interred in grave VI.P.8. Lesboeufs Military Cemetery. His home was at Blackhall Street, Carlisle.
Pte William Young, from Boundary Terrace, Carlisle, died at the age of 26 while serving with the 17th Bn Highland Light Infantry. He is interred in Lonsdale Cemetery grave III.C.2.
Pte F.J. McCreadie was serving with 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry when he received wounds in battle which necessitated his evacuation to a Carlisle military hospital. Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries. He died on 22nd July 1919 and is interred in Carlisle City Cemetery. His grave is 15.V.43.
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