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Acknowledgements and Thanks
Many people have worked tirelessly to assist with this project. Is has been heartening to see the enthusiasm and interest people have shown.
We would like to specifically thank the following:
Warren Allison for all the information about Greenside Mine and many of the soldiers who worked there, as well as his immense local knowledge and archives. Warren also researched many of the names on the Roll of Honour.
Patterdale C of E Primary School , especially the Head Teacher, Liz Stewart, and her junior class, including Thomas, Millie, Luke, Chelsea, Harry, Rachael, Ghana, Tilly, Molly, Reagan, James, Dom, Alex, Nikea, Harry, Jessica, Holly and Billy.
Tommy Coward, 102 when we met him, for taking the time and having the patience and good grace to meet with our Year 6 pupils. Sadly Tommy died in 2017.
Eddie and Ann Pool, Joan and Mayson Wear, Rosie Lightfoot, Alan Pitchford, John Scoon and Benny Bell for their fascinating stories and patience.
Stephen Gorton for his contributions and support, including the loan of his copies of the electoral rolls between the wars.
Mike Harrison and his family who provided photos and memories of their grand father George and invaluable information on life in the Dale.
Jim Bowman (grand son of Dawson) and other Bowman relatives from across the world for their patience and for sharing information, photos and stories about the Bowmans.
Chris Darvill for his wonderful work on cataloguing the graves and indexing the registers at St Patrick’s Church
The Matterdale Historical and Archaeological Society for their work on investigating the War Memorials of Matterdale, Watermillock, Greystoke, Patterdale & Glenridding and Penruddock
The staff at Penrith and Kendal libraries and the Kendal Archive for their helpfulness, especially Jackie Fay at Kendal Library. And to all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to index the wartime editions of the papers – their efforts have been invaluable to our research
Pat and Paul Stavropoulos for their work on Memorial Cottage
Lieutenant Colonel The Rev William Prosser Morris, Rector of Patterdale – whose book “The Records of Patterdale” – written in 1903 -
Elizabeth A Little, sister of Tom Little, whose book “Chronicles of Patterdale” published in 1961 filled in some useful gaps in our knowledge as well as providing some good photos.
Ian Tyler – whose book “Greenside – A Tale of Lakeland Miners” includes a vivid account of the tragic events of 7th July 1952 at Greenside Mine
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website www.cwgc.org is brilliant and free
The Australian War Memorial project website was very useful for our Australian Contingent and it’s free
Ancestry.co.uk and the nationalarchives.org have been the best online tools, if a little expensive, with findmypast.co.uk also good -
And thank you to everyone else who very kindly assisted us throughout this journey -
Rob Shephard & Norman Jackson
Our Year 6 meet Liz and her year 6 Pupils meet Tommy Coward, 102
Researching the War Memorial in Patterdale
Preparing Trench Stew at the School