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Memorial details

Memorial type
Roll of honour or book of remembrance
District
Copeland
Town
Whitehaven
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
72636
Current location

Document Reference DH7/2
Whitehaven Archive & Local Studies Centre
Scotch Street
Whitehaven
Copeland
Cumbria
CA28 7NN
England

OS Grid Ref: NX 97574 18111
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Shelf reference 44WHI
    Daniel Hay Library
    Lowther Street
    Whitehaven
    Copeland
    Cumbria
    CA28 7QT
    England

    OS Grid Ref: NX 97526 17956
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Paper Book bound in blue card, with gold tooled lettering on the front.
Inscription
Front Cover- BOROUGH OF WHITEHAVEN/ROLL OF HONOUR/EUROPEAN WAR/1914-1918 Inside the Book- PREFACE/This ROLL OF HONOUR/has been compiled by the/Town Council at the frequently expresses wish of the/Burgesses, who have naturally desired to have recorded/in some permanent form the names of those Men of/our Town who offered their lives in the common cause./ It is a record of which the Borough may well be/proud. It contains no less than 2,383 names of men/who served in the Forces during the Great War. Of/this number no less than 314 (whose names are printed/in heavier type)/have laid down their lives. The utmost pains have been taken to make the/record a complete one. Many hundreds of enquiries/have been addressed to Sailors and Soldiers and their/relatives, and in numerous cases personal visits have/been paid. The Roll has also been revised by the Clergymen/of the Borough and others, who possess records, and to whom the thanks of the Committee are due. It is feared, nevertheless, that there may be/omissions. The difficulty experienced in this respect/is due to the fact that those who most willingly offered/their services are the most unwilling to pose as heroes/or claim recognition. In particular, it is certain that/the record of decorations (numerous as they appear) is by no means complete. The Roll of Honour constitutes a sufficiently im-/pressive record of the services rendered by Whitehaven/in the Great War, but it is by no means an exhaustive/one. Some idea of the activities of the Borough in/other essential respects may be gathered from the fact/that, notwithstanding the heavy enlistments of men/from the Whitehaven Collieries, no less than 2,234,806/tons of coal were produced during the War, whilst in/adddition to the ordinary day-by-day investments in/War Funds the sum of £970,452 was raised by special/efforts for the purpose of providing War material. On/the occasion of "Business Men's Week", 4th to 9th/March, 1918, the Borough took the high position of/fifth place amongst all the towns of England, Wales/and Scotland, on the basis of population./ J.R. MUSGRAVE, Mayor/ TOWN HALL, WHITEHAVEN,/September 1919/ Roll of Honour/[names]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abernethy, James
Abernethy, James
Abernethy, John
Abernethy, Robert
Ablett, Edward H
Acton, Abraham
Acton, John T
Acton, Robert
Acton, Robert
Adair, Hugh
See details for all 2070 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2383
    Served and returned: 2067
    Died: 316
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, regiment, service number, address, date of death, manner of death, other (eg date of wounding or discharge)
    Order of information: surname
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, rank, regiment, home address, date of death, manner of death, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Book
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Paper, Card
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: NIL
Memorial: £15

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Cumbria County Council
Reference
  • Minutes of WBC Soldier's Memorial Committee 1 March 1920, Minute 7
  • See file SMBWH 1/3/316 at Whitehaven Record Office, for letters submitted by next of kin, for inclusion on the Roll of Honour
  • See reference YPR 22/2/2 at Whitehaven Record Office, for an ealier draft of the ROH which was circulated to all the Town Clergy for their comments and input

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