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Keswick

WM reference
2206
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 21st May 1922
Current location

Near town centre
County Square
Keswick
Allerdale
Cumbria
CA12 4NA
England
OS Grid Ref.: NY 26776 23514
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Step surmounted by broad pedestal and cenotaph with pedimented top. Large honister slate tablet commemorating WW1 dead placed on the front face of the pedestal and two smaller tablets commemorating WW2 dead placed on the left and right hand sides. Relief of Victory in classical costume with sword on the front face of the cenotaph.

Inscription

6 OCLOCK FACE: TO KEEP FRESH THE MEMORY/ OF OUR BRAVE MEN WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WARS/ (NAMES) 3 AND 9 OCLOCK FACE: 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES) Plaque, Ref 3396: COCKERMOUTH, KESWICK & PENRITH RAILWAY COMPANY/ IN PROUD & HONOURED MEMORY OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THIS COMPANY/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914 - 1918

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Abbott, A
Atkinson, T V
Bateson, G
Bertram, R
Birkbeck, C W
Birkett, J
Blamire, G
Blamire, J
Boadle, J
Boustead, T
See details for all 109 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 109
Served and returned: 0
Died: 109
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
Order of information: surname alphabetical order

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 51
Served and returned: 0
Died: 50
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname and initials of forenames
Order of information: surname alphabetical order

Component

Tablets
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Slate
Listed?: No

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements:
Materials: Granite
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 21st May 1922
Attended by: Lord Rochdale & Mr Walter Swinburn

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: c£2,500
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: All the money was raised by public subscription. The appeal for the original estimated £4,000 cost was launched in June 1919. In the first week alone £950 was raised. There are weekly updates in the local newspaper 'The Keswick Reminder' detailing every contribution small and large. During the summer contributions dried up and the scheme was shelved in November 1919 (formerly in January 1920) when £1890/2/- had been raised. This scheme included provision for the education and maintenance of the circa 30 children of the town left fatherless, throughout their childhood, a grand carnival on the lake including flares from the local mountain, Skiddaw, a peace medal for each child of the town, and a grand homecoming meal for returning soldiers, sailors and airmen. All these elements were abandoned, except the meal. That was fundraised for separately and held on 12 Feb 1920 at a cost of around £165. The occassion included a 'Smoking Concert'. The memorial scheme itself cost around £2,500 and was not restarted until October 1921 (part of the cause of the delay was that the sculptor became involved in other work after the 1919/1920 postponement.

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Many editions of 'The Keswick Reminder' newspaper between 6 June 1919 and 19 May 1922- the newspaper is indexed from 1915 to 1923, which is available on the Cumbria Archives website, from January 2015.

Reference

Planting of the tree- West Cumberland Times 17th August 1921 page 4 (refers to it as Oak) and the Keswick Reminder 16th September 1921 page 4 (refers to it as a Chestnut)

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