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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Copeland
Town
Distington
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MESSRS BEATTIE & CO (Mason)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 16 April 1921
    Attended by: Major C A Valentine TD
  • Dedicated
    Date: 16 April 1921
    Attended by: Revd T Foster Edwards
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
4031
Current location

just south of the southern junction of the B5306 and Main Street
Distington
Copeland
Cumbria
CA14 5XP
England

OS Grid Ref: NY 00530 22954
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Five stepped base surmounted by a Plinth with cornice and an obelisk. The inscription is on the sides of the plinth- WW1 inscription on 3 faces, and WW2 inscription on 12 o'clock face. The salutation is on base level 5 on the 6 o'clock face. There is a sheathed sword carved in relief on base level 2 of the 6 o'clock face
Inscription
6 OCLOCK FACE: ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF/ THIS PARISH TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ (NAMES)/ "SALUTE THE GLORIOUS DEAD WHO/ WENT OUT AND RETURNED NOT"/ 1914-1918 3 OCLOCK FACE: (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
no
Names on memorial
Armstrong, Joseph H
Bainbridge, George
Banks, Joseph
Banks, Joseph
Banks, Thomas
Bell, James
Bell, John
Bell, Robert
Bewlay, Joseph
Birkett, Peter Robert Ritson
See details for all 74 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 53
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 53
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: regiment, forenames, decorations, surname
    Order of information: regiment THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 21
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 21
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, regiment, forenames, decorations
    Order of information: regiment THEN surname
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 600mm, height 1400mm, width 600mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Base
    Measurements: depth 1830mm, height 140mm, width 1830mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Steps
    Measurements: depth 1530mm, height 150mm, width 1530mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Steps
    Measurements: depth 1230mm, height 160mm, width 1230mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Steps
    Measurements: depth 760mm, height 280mm, width 760mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Steps
    Measurements: depth 920mm, height 300mm, width 920mm
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
Listing information
  • Distington War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
1992: MEMORIAL CLEANED & LETTERING REPAIRED
Costs

Site: £7/10/6
Comments: Of the £420 cost of the memorial £23/10/- came, on 27th January 1920, from the balance of the funds of the Distington War Relief Charity- a further £10 went to the Parish Church War Memorial. The land cost £7/10-, parcel of land 237 on OS Map Second Edition containing 20 perches, adjoining the Whitehaven to Workington Road, road frontage of 132’, and a diagonal of 126’ (triangular piece of land). The money was paid out of the voluntary subscriptions. Conyeyed on 2nd December 1919.
Memorial: £420

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Distington Parish Council
Reference
  • Whitehaven News p7, 21st April 1921
  • At Whitehaven Record Office is the Conveyance of Land from the Robertson- Walker family of Gilgarran. (YSPC 13/96), also the Minute Book and Accounts for the WWII additions (YSPC 13/98).

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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