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WITHERNSEA ST MATTHEW WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Michael Peck 2010

Within the chuch of St Matthew, Hull Road, Withernsea are several memorials. Firstly there is a memorial to those men who died in World War 2 and can be found on a pillar sited between the windows on the south wall; it takes the form of an oak board with a carved inscription with a carved, oliate, decoration at the top of it; there are 13 names listed. The second memorial is a stained glass window with a plaque below it commemorating on Merchant seaman who died in World War 1. The third memorial is a commemoration from the Withernsea Branch of the British legion to the men who died in World War 1 and 2. A fourth memorial takes th form of a small kneeling desk near the altar offering thanks for the safe return of Sidney Holmes from World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Michael Peck 2010

British Legion Memorial

TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
IN MEMORY OF THEIR COMRADES WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE WARS OF 1914-18 AND 1939-45
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE
WITHERNSEA BRANCH OF THE BRITISH LEGION
The Legion of the Living
Salute the Legion of the Dead

Small kneeling desk

A THANKOFFERING
FROM HIS PARENTS FOR THE
SAFE RETURN OF
SIDNEY HOLMES R.S.C.
FROM THE 1939-45 WAR

Window & Plaque

IT IS I BE NOT AFRAID

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
JAMES WILLIAM YOUNG
MASTER MARINER
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY
APRIL 29TH 1918
THIS WINDOW IS ERECTED BY HIS WIFE

YOUNG James William
Master, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Umba’. Died 30th April 1918 (as CWGC), aged 57 years. Son of (the late) William and Mary Young. Husband of Zillah Young of Greythorn, Withernsea, Yorks. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. See also Withersea St Nicholas

Plaque

TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS CHURCH WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR OF 1939 - 1945

R.N & R.N.R  
BARNES Brian
Possibly Brian Lewis Barnes. Telegraphist P/JX199347, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Coventry’. Died 14th September 1942, aged 25 years. Son of Lewis Charles and Lillian Emily Barnes. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 66. Column 3. See also Withersea St Nicholas
COOKES Alexander [Thomas] aka Alec
Second Officer, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Underwood’ (London). Died 6th January 1944, aged 33 years. Son of Captain Gordon Thomas Cookes, Merchant Navy, and Elizabeth Alice Cookes of Withernsea, Yorks. Husband of Mary Cookes of Clifton, Bristol, GLS. Commemorated Withernsea Cemetery. Grave 180. See also Withersea St Nicholas
GOULD Richard
Unable to identify and no further information.
GRINDALL Kenneth
Leading Seaman P/JX147733, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Westminster’. Died 8th May 1941, aged 21 years. Son of Douglas and Lily Grindall of Hull, Yorks. Commemorated Hull Western Cemetery. Compt 431. Grave 41630.
SHEPHERD Kenneth
Able Seaman C/J113478, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Penzance’. Died 24th August 1940, aged 22 years. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Shepherd of Withernsea, Yorks. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. 36.1. See also Withersea St Nicholas
THORNTON William
Able Seaman P/JX138757, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Duchess’. Died 12th December 1939, aged 22 years. Son of Robert George and Mary Ellen Thornton of Withernsea, Yorks. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 33. Column 3. See also Withersea St Nicholas
M.N  
THORNTON Reginald
Unable to identify and no further information.
WALTON Harry
Possibly Harry Owen Izaak Walton. Apprentice, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Inverdargle’ (Glasgow). Died 16th January 1940, aged 17 years. Son of John T and Kate Lillian Walton of Hull, Yorks. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 58.
ARMY  
BANKS Kenneth
Corporal 4344778. 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 25th October 1942, aged 21 years. Commemorated El Alamein War cemetery. X.D.22. See also Withersea St Nicholas
DADDY Robert [Edward]
Private 4690581. 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 8th June 1944, aged 22 years. Commemorated Rangoon War Cemetery. 6.J.3. See also Withersea St Nicholas
SHEPHERD Leslie
Driver 1869363. 7 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 27th May 1940, aged 30 years. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Shepherd of Withernsea, husband of Nancy Shepherd of Withernsea, Yorks. Commemorated Dozinghem Military Cemetery. XVII.A.27. See also Withersea St Nicholas
R.A.F  
BRAZIER Harold
Aircraftman 1st Class 578066, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 490 Squadron. Died 18th November 1943, aged 19 years. Son of Albert and Marion Brazier of Withernsea, Yorks. Commemorated Malta Memorial. Panel 9. Column 2. See also Withersea St Nicholas
N.F.S  
KING Walter
Civilian (Fireman, Auxiliary Fire Service). Injured 8th May 1941 at Chapel Lane (place unspecified) and died 9th May 1941 at Beverley Road Hospital (place unspecified), aged 40 years. Son of Walter and Lavinia King of 28 South Cliff Road, Withernsea, Yorks. Reporting Authority: Kingston Upon Hull County Borough. See also Withersea St Nicholas
These were His servants in His steps they trod
Following through death the martyr’d Son of God

Last updated 8 August, 2016

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