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Through our limited research we have unearthed a number of as yet unresolved questions. If you can help with any of these please contact us.
Who was GR Bennett? -
He is commemorated on the Patterdale War Memorial but not on the Glenridding Village Hall Roll of Honour. Thanks to some excellent research by Norman Jackson we hope that we have finally identified him, and we now even have his photo. Read more on Norman’s research here.
Why was Oliver Readshaw not included on the Patterdale War Memorial ?
Private Oliver Readshaw, 24554, 14th Bn., Durham Light Infantry was born in Patterdale and baptised on the 18th October 1885. He was the younger brother of George Readshaw, and probably joined the Durham Light Infantry with him at the start of the war. Sadly he died just a month after George on the 23rd October 1915, and is buried at the Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery in Belgium. Both are listed on the Glenridding Village Hall Roll of Honour but only George’s name was added to the Patterdale Memorial. We do not know why this is. It is possible that noone was in contact with him, and judging from his brothers name being added at the end of the memorial it is possible noone knew that Oliver was dead. In 2017 we added a memorial bench to his memory next to the Patterdale War Memorial.
Why was John Wilkinson not included on the Glenridding Roll of Honour?
As we know John was born in Patterdale, and although he lived in Matterdale the fact that he is commemorated on the Memorial in Patterdale , and had many relatives still living in the Parish would make you think he should be included on the Glenridding Roll of Honour as well.
Why Does Albert Rothery’s name have a cross against him on the Roll of Honour?
As we know Albert returned to Shanghai after the war and in fact when he retired he returned to Cumbria and settled in Carlisle. Perhaps because none of his relatives were still living in the Dale at the end of the war meant that no-
Private Thomas Little, 44611, "B" Coy. 1st Bn., South Wales Borderers who died on 10 November 1917 Age 21. He died at the Battle of Passchendale. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission record states that he was the son of Son of Thomas Royal Little, and Elizabeth Ann Little, of Goldrill House, Patterdale. We know they were not living there in 1911, and may have moved here during the War. They settled in (and possibly built) Daweswood. There is an inscription to Tom on his parents gravestone in Patterdale Churchyard, stating “Tom, Their Elder Son, who was killed in action on Passchendale Ridge, Belgium, on Nov 10th 1917”. Would Tom have been excluded simply because he was not born in the Dale? If so then neither were many others on the Roll of Honour and some on the Memorial.
Whatever happened to Miles Cooper? -
Perhaps one of the strangest things to emerge from our research is the mystery surrounding Miles Cooper, George Cooper’s elder brother. Miles is commemorated on the Glenridding Village Hall Roll of Honour. Miles had enlisted in the Territorials in 1909 and went to France with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. His service record states that in November 1915 he deserted, and nothing was heard from him after that. All we know from the records is that his wife (Jane nee Moor) whom he married in 1911, and daughter Mabel (born Feb 1914) were still asking for information on him on Dec 10th 1928, writing to the army
“Dear Sirs I am anxious to know if you have been able to get any trace of my husband L.Cpl M Cooper, 3rd Border Regt…Could you advise me in any way at all. I am anxious to know of his whereabouts or what became of him. I am Yours Truly Mrs M Cooper”.
MYSTERY SOLVED 2023 -
The Glenridding Village Hall Roll of Honour refers to a “Jas M Hawkrig Border Regiment”. The name appears near the end of the Roll of Honour which we believe implies that either the person joined up late in the war or that they were added late in the day to the Honour Board.
So far we have been unable to specifically identify who this was so we have included the stories of the two men who may well have been referred to -
Mystery Soldier -
“There is another tragic tale relating to a Glenridding soldier. My mother told us that one man (we think a relative, but aren’t sure) returned very badly disabled. To free his wife of the burden of having to look after him and to enable her to start a new life, he drowned himself in Lake Ullswater. That at least was the romantic version. Years later when our mother was elderly she told us the story again (perhaps forgetting she had already done so) and in this later version the man killed himself because his wife had left him. You may know more details.”
If you have any information on this please contact us.