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MORLAND WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled & Copyright © Dean Langhorn 2014

The Morland memorial stands in the churchyard of St Laurence's Church, Morland and takes the form of a Celtic cross mounted on a plinth with a four-stepped base made from red sandstone. There are sixteen names listed for World War 1. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 24th October 1920 by The Dean of Carlisle.
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THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED
BY THE INHABITANTS OF MORLAND, NEWBY,
KINGS MEABURN AND SLEAGILL
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN SACRED MEMORY OF
THE FALLEN BRAVE WHO WENT
FROM THIS PARISH TO
THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918

BELLAS Robert
Sergeant 45507, 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade. Died 30 October 1917. Aged 31. Born 1 August 1886 in MOrland. Son of Robert and Mary Bellas of Morland, Westmorland, England. Chauffeur by trade. Unmarried when he enlisted. Enlisted and passed fit 24 August 1914 at Toronto, aged 28, 5 feet 8 inches, girth 39 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair light brown; religious denomination Church of England. IN the 1901 census he was a Farm Servant (for Matthew Tinkler), aged 15, born King's Meaburn, resident Low Lane, Ravenstonedale. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row A. Joint graves 21 to 23. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 627 - 45
BRIGGS John
[Served as Leonard James TAYLOR] Private 58481, 2nd/10th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 27 April 1916. Aged 36. SDGW states he was born St Mary's, Beverley, Yorkshire, enlisted Beverley, resident Hull, all of which may be untrue as he served under a different name. Son of Edward and Mary Briggs, of Sleagill, Newby, Penrith, Cumberland. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 4 and 61.
BROWN John
Private, 11th (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale), Border Regiment. Died of gas related problems 6 July 1918. Aged 31. His death was registered in the West Ward Registration District, Westmorland (Vol No, 10B, Page 833). Buried in ST LAURENCE'S CHURCHYARD, Morland. Grave 326.

Extract from a local newspaper, Mid Cumberland and North Westmorland Herald Saturday 20 July 1918:

Private J. Brown., Morland.

       The death took place at Morland on Thursday week after a long illness of Private John Brown, late of the Lonsdale Battalion. He was severely gassed and was discharged from the army some time ago. Private Brown was before enlisting employed by the Earl of Lonsdale, and joined the battalion of the Border Regiment which his lordship established.
       The funeral took place at Morland on Monday, and was accompanied by military honours, a detachment of about fifty men from the Canadian Camp at Cliburn attending under Lieut. And Adjutant Reeve. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, was surmounted with the deceased’s cap and belt, and was borne by four soldiers. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. J. F. Walton, and at the conclusion of the burial service the firing pary fired the customary volleys and the Last Post was sounded.

DENT Frederick [William]
Private 18021, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 1 September 1918. Aged 26. Born and resident King's Meaburn, enlisted Appleby. Son of Mitchell and Jane Dent, of Prospect House, King's Meaburn, Bolton, Penrith, Cumberland. In the 1911 census he was the son of Mitchell and Jane Dent, aged 18, a Farmer's Son working on farm, born King's Measburn, resident King's Meaburn, Bolton, Penrith. Buried in LIGNY-SUR-CANCHE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 20.
HAYHURST Stephen
Acting Serjeant 14771, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died of wounds 13 January 1916. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Penrith, resident Morland. Son of Gilbert and Sarah Hayhurst, of Woodhead, Morland, Penrith. In the 1911 census was a servant, (a Carter), aged 25, born Morland and resident Broadraine Mill, Killington, Sedbergh. In the 1911 census he was the son of Gilbert and Sarah Hayhurst, brother of Cornelius (below), aged 16, a Farmer's Son, born Morland and resident with his family in Wood Head, Morland. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 54.
HAYHURST Cornelius
Corporal 628224, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 3 September 1918. Aged 28. Born 24 January 1890 in Morland, Westmoreland (sic). Son of Gilbert and Sarah Hayhurst, of Morland, Penrith, England. Labourer by trade. Unmarried at enlistment. Enlisted and passed fit 2 September 1915 at Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, aged 25 years 7 months, height 5 feet 11 inches, girth 38½ inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair light brown; religious denomination Presbyterian. In the 1911 census he was the son of Gilbert and Sarah Hayhurst, brother of Stephen (above), aged 11, born Morland and resident with his family in Wood Head, Morland. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 17. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4190 - 31
JAMES John
Able Seaman R/3608, Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died of wounds in 21st Casualty Clearing Station 31 December 1917. Aged 29. Born 19 June 1888 in Barney castle, Yorkshire. Resident Warcop, Penrith, Westmoreland. Son of John and Mary James, of Brookside, Warcop, Penrith, Westmorland. He was in the Army Reserve 21 February 1916, entered 20 June 1917, with the draft for British Expeditionary Force 13 October 1917, joined Howe Battalion 14 November 1917 until his death. Buried in ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 18.
JAMES William
Private. In the 1911 census William Edmund JAMES, was a servant, aged 18, a Domestic Groom, born Morland and resident Morland. possibly William JAMES, Private 15/515, 15th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own( West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 20 August 1917. Born Kendal, enlisted and resident Leeds. Buiried in LA TARGETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 9.
KITCHING Lowther Lonsdale [Little]
Private 20178, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 5 December 1915. Born Haweswater, enlisted Appleby, resident Shap. Aged 31. Son of William and Eliza Kitching, of Haweswaler, Westmorland. In the 1911 he was living with his brother, Thomas Bonsfield Kitching, aged 27, a Road Labourer, born Bampton, Westmorland. resident Far Millhouse, Middleton, Kirby Lonsdale. Buried in LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot/Row/Section H. Grave 63.
MARKHAM Ronald Anthony
Major, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 26 October 1914. Aged 44. Born West Cowes, Isle of Wight. Son of Col. William Thomas Markham, of The House, Melton Mowbray. Twice Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in SYSONBY CHURCHYARD, Leicestershire. See also Lord's Cricket Ground World War 1 Memorial and Charterhouse School

Extract from BOND OF SACRIFICE: VOLUME 1 AUGUST TO DECEMBER 1914:

MAJOR RONALD ANTHONY MARKHAM, 2nd BATTALION COLDSTREAM GUARDS, was the only surviving son of the late Colonel W. T. Markham, of Becca Hall, Yorkshire, who served in the Crimean War in the Rifle Brigade and Coldstream Guards, and grandson of Sir Francis Grant, P.R.A.

He was born on the 15th October, 1870; educated at Charterhouse; and joined the Coldstream Guards from the Militia in December, 1890, becoming Lieutenant in August, 1896, and Captain in December, 1899.

He served with the first advance against the Khalifa in the Nile Expedition of 1899, for which he received the Egyptian medal and clasp. From August, 1899, to August, 1903, he was employed with the Egyptian Army, acting as A.D.C. to the Sirdar from April, 1900, to December, 1902, for which he received the Insignia of the 4th Class of the Imperial Order of the Medjidieh. He was promoted Major in 1907.

He was shot through the head at St. Julien, France, on the 25th October, 1914, and, at the time of his death was Second in Command of his battalion. He was mentioned in Sir John. French's Despatches of the 8th October, 1914, and the 14th January, 1915.

He was a member of the Guards', Nulli Secundus, and the Turf Clubs; also of the M.C.C. and I Zingari. He was fond of cricket and shooting, and was a very keen and hard rider to hounds. He was born at Melton Mowbray, from which place he had hunted all his life, and where his interment took place.

OSTLE Thomas [Rigg]
[Listed incorrectly on CWGC as I E OSTLE] Private (Rifleman) 235358, 5th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 12 May 1918. Born, resident and enlisted Shap. Formerly 203901, Border Regiment. In the 1911 census he is the son of John and MAry Ostle, aged 20, a Farmer's son working on the farm, born Wickerslack, resident Towcett Via, Shap. Buried North of the church near the boundary in CROSBY RAVENSWORTH (ST. LAWRENCE) CHURCHYARD, Westmorland.
POWLEY Joseph
Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 23. Son of Joseph Powley, of Sleagill, Shap, Penrith, Cumberland, and the late Isabella Powley. In the 1901 census he is the son of Joseph and Isabella Powley, aged 7, born Morland, resident Sleagill. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
REGAN John Patrick
Corporal 12477, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 10 January 1917. Aged 34. Born and enlisted Darlington, resident Appleby. Son of Patrick and Mary A. Regan, of Darlington; husband of Ethel Regan, of Schoolhouse, Moreland. Penrith. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 69.
SHAW Matthew
Private 24863, 8th Battalion, Border Regimkent. Killed in action 5 June 1917. Born Kirby Thore, enlisted Appleby, resident Tebay. In the 1911 census he was a farm Labourer Servant on farm, born Kirby Thore, resident Clickem Inn, Brampton, Appleby. Buried in ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row K. Grave 6.

Extract from a local newspaper, Saturday 16 June 1917:

Private M. Shaw, Appleby

From Private Geo. Graham, Scrogg Bank, Appleby, at the tine "somewhere in France," word was eceived on Tuesday morning by Mr. John Shaw, of Holme-street, Appleby, that his brother, Matthew, has been killed. As a private in the Border Regiment he took part in an attack on 5th June, when he was fatally wounded and died a few hours afterwarss. Prior to his enlistment he worked on various farms in the neighbourhood of Appleby.

THRELKELD John
Private 15732, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 25. Born Langwathby, enlisted September 1914 in Appleby, resident Penrith. Only son of Mrs. J. A. Burgess, of Gatelands Farm, Morland, Penrith, Westmorland. In the 1911 census he was a stepson of William and Jane Ann Burgess, aged 18, farmer's son working on farm, born Langwathby, Cumberland, resident Gatelands, Morland. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XLV. Row D. Grave 13.
WILKINSON Tom
Private 232783, 1st/2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Born Moorland (sic), enlisted and resident Camberwell. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

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