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Memorial details

Memorial type
Window
District
Penwith
Town
Paul
County
Cornwall
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Non-Combat Deaths
Maker
ROBERT ANNING BELL RA, Lowndes & Drury
Ceremony
  • Faculty Granted
    Date: March 1918
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Unveiled
    Date: 12 May 1918
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
33593
Current location

East wall of chancel
St Pol de Leon Church
Paul
Penwith
Cornwall
TR19 6UA
England

OS Grid Ref: SW 46449 27084
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
FIVE-LIGHT STAINED GLASS WINDOW WITH FIGURES DEPICTED IN THE THREE CENTRAL LIGHTS AND INSCRIPTION AT THE BASE OF THEM. DEDICATORY BRONZE PLAQUE MOUNTED ON THE WALL TO THE LEFT. FIGURE OF SIR GALAHAD LEADING A WHITE HORSE DEPICTED IN THE CENTRE LIGHT. THIS IS A PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM TORQUIL MACLEOD BOLITHO. SIR GALAHAD IS FLANKED BY TWO ANGELS AND HALOED CHILDREN. IN THE OUTER LEFT LIGHT IS AN IMAGE OF YPRES WITH TWO ANGELS AND THE SHIELD OF CORNWALL BELOW. IN THE OUTER RIGHT LIGHT IS AN IMAGE OF CHATEAU HOOGE WITH AN ANGEL WITH A TRUMPET AND A SHIELD OF FLANDERS DEPICTED ON IT BELOW.
Inscription
CENTRE LIGHT: IN HONOUR OF/ WILLIAM TORQUIL/ MACLEOD BOLITHO CENTRE LEFT LIGHT: LIEUT 19TH HUSSARS, BORN 13 NOV 1892/ FELL IN ACTION AT CHATEAU HOOGE,/ SECOND BATTLE OF YPRES, 24 MAY 1915 CENTRE RIGHT LIGHT: "AND YOU WILL SPEED US ONWARD/ WITH A CHEER, AND WAVE BEYOND/ THE STARS THAT ALL IS WELL" FAR LEFT LIGHT: YPRES FAR RIGHT LIGHT: HOOGE PLAQUE: TO/ GALLANT/ MEN/ THIS WINDOW/ IS ALSO IN MEMORY OF/ HIS UNCLE/ LIEUTENANT/ TORQUIL MACLEOD R.N./ H.M.S. SERPENT/ WRECKED OFF THE COAST/ OF SPAIN NOV 10TH 1890/ AND OF HIS COUSIN/ MIDSHIPMAN/ TORQUIL HARRY/ LIONEL MACLEOD R.N./ H.M.S. GOLIATH/ AND HIS SHIPMATES/ OF THE PARISH OF PAUL/ (NAMES)/ WHO WENT DOWN WITH THEIR/ SHIPS IN THE DARDANELLES/ 13TH MAY 1915/ AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ ALL THOSE WHO DIED WITH THEM
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Blewett, John Thomas
Bolitho, William Torquil Macleod
Harry, William Gilbert
Macleod, Torquil
Macleod, Torquil Harry Lionel
Richards, Charles Everett
Wallis, Mark Halio
Wallis, Richard Worth
See details for all 8 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 7
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 7
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, date of death,service, place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, date of death, service, place of death, forenames, manner of death ,relationships
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Window
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stained Glass
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
In 2018 War Memorials Trust gave a grant of £44,380 towards conservation works to replace the damaged tracery stonework of the window. The stone type chosen for the tracery at the time of the window’s insertion had proved incompatible with the environment in which it was placed and was severely eroded putting the memorial at risk. As such it was necessary to identify a more appropriate choice of stone with which to replace the eroded stonework, exactly matching the design of the original. In addition to this, the leadwork to many of the panels had failed and the entire window was bowed. The window was removed from site and the panels were each carefully cleaned and conserved in a specialist’s workshop before being re-set in the new stone tracery in its original position in the church. The conservation and repair of this war memorial has been the catalyst for a wider set of works to the church and the restored Bolitho war memorial window is considered a centre-piece of the church and the community in its commemoration of the area’s Fallen and an important educational piece.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Western Times - Saturday 05 June 1915 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000265/19150605/002/0002 The Death of Lieut. W. T. M. Bolitho Lieutenant William Torquill MacLeod Bolitho, 19th Hu6sars, killed in action Flanders on May 24, was educated at Warren Hill, Eastbourne, from where he passed into Osborne College, and then Dartmouth, leaving head of each college. He also passed first out of the cruiser H.M.S. "Cumberland," taking three prizes. As midshipman in H.M.S. "Bellerophon." he won the Stoddart Cup for boat sailing, presented by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. He left the Navy in 1912, passing into the Army tnrough the Special Reserve and joining the 19th Hussars June 23, 1913. He crossed to France with "B" Squadron on August 23, and served with it till his death .
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 78- August 2018- Page 6
  • The Bolitho war memorial window at St Pol de Léon Parish Church, Paul, Cornwal www.cornishstainedglass.org.uk/mgsbol/
  • Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 10 June 1915 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19150610/073/0004 The Late Lieut. W. T. Macleod Bolitho. Lieutenant William Torquill Macleod Bolitho, 19th Hussars, killed in action on May 24, was the elder and only surviving son W. E. T. Bolitho and E. G. Bolitho, York House, Penzance and Hannaford, Ashburton, South Devon, and nephew of Captain Macleod of Cadboll, Invergordon Castle. He was educated Warren Hill, Eastbourne, and passed from there to the Royal Naval Colleges of Osborne and Dartmouth, leaving head boy of each. He then served as a midshipman for 2 years. Leaving the Navy on account of seasickness, he joined the Army through the Special Reserve, and was gazetted to the 19th Hussars on the 23d May, 1913, at Hounslow. He crossed to France the 23d August last, and served with his regiment till his death.

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