Tebay World War I War Memorial

The War Memorial for the 1914 – 1918 war is unusual because it is a stained glass window in St. James' Church. This is a 3 light window on the West end of the South wall and depicts St. George, Christ crowned blessing the fallen and a Knight in armour. At the feet of Christ is a scroll being held by 2 angels showing the names of the remembered. 

Some information has been taken from the War Graves Commission website and also Parish Records held at the Kendal Archive Office and from people who have offered information.



Private Harry Atkinson, 25923.
8thBattalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Died 1st July 1916 aged about 22.
Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France.

Son of William and Mary Ellen Atkinson
25Joh, Whinfell Terrace, Tebay.
Married to Beatrice Alice Rigg of The Rectory, Ulverston, Lancs
at Tebay Church on 2nd March 1916.

Harry worked in a grocers in Windermere and then for the C.W.S. Carlisle. At the time he married Alice he was serving in the 12th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Rugeley.It would appear that an agreement of the marriage was that he enlisted first, she never re-married and died in Doncaster age 96.
Harry was transferred to the 8th Battalion to make up numbers for the big push on the Somme and they went into action on 1st July 1916 with 25 officers, a medical officer and 659 men. The medical officer brought out 110 survivors but Harry was not one of them and his body was never found. However a letter written to him by his sister Ethel was found on the battlefield.
He was awarded the WW1 British War Medal and Victory Medal and a memorial plaque from a Gratefull Government. He was also awarded a gold medal from the Carlisle Co-operative Society which is engraved on the back.          PTE H ATKINSON
                                                                                                                    Assistant Carlisle Cooperative Society
                                                                                                                    KILLED IN ARMY SERVICE 1914 - 1918
(Our thanks to Michael Head for the additional information)



Private George Blamire, 18293.
8th Battalion, Border Regiment
Died 3rd July 1916 aged about 21.
Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France

Son of Henry & Margaret Blamire,
Mountain View, Tebay

According to his service record he was an engine cleaner at Tebay for the L.N.W.R. but the L.N.W.R. Memorial Book shows him as a fireman. He is also remembered of their War Memorial which is in front of Euston railway station in London.


Edmund Bowman

Private Edmund Bowman Brennan, 35687.
East Lancashire Regiment
Died 22nd April 1918 aged 28
Remembered Ebblingham Military Cemetary

Son of John and Ann Brennan
East View, Old Tebay.

He was a joiner and served his apprenticeship with Mr Brunskill of Ravenstonedale.



Private Wilfred Brunskill, 532529.
London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Rifles)
Died 15th September 1916 aged 23
Remembered Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longeval, France.He is also listed on the Dent Roll of Honour.

Son of John and Alice Brunskill, Drapers
Bank View, Tebay.

Wilfred was a postal clerk at Shepherds Bush, London before he enlisted.


Richard James

Private Richard James Little, 17562
1st Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Died 6th July 1916.
Remembered Doullens Communal Cemetery, France

He had joined in August 1914 in the territorials of the K.O.L.N.L.

He was the nephew of Thomas Lindsay from South Terrace, Tebay
Worked as a porter at Tebay for L.N.W.R before becoming a shunter and was transferred to Carnforth.



Private Charles Nicholson, 25763.
9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (The Bantams)
Died 23rd September 1917 aged 22
Remembered Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
(This was a hospital cemetery)

Son of Mary Jane and the late Joseph Nicholson,
Mount Pleasant, Tebay. His mother was born in America as a British Subject.

He was a cowman on Low Greenriggs, Underbarrow before he enlisted.



Private Alexander Remington, 552744
Royal Canadian Regiment
Died 23rd October 1916 aged 33
Remembered Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Son of Alexander and Margaret Remington (Remmington)
of Church Street, Tebay.
He was a railway goods clerk before emigrating.


Thomas H

Private Thomas Henry Richardson
King's Royal Rifles
Killed by a sniper 4th July

Son of William and Elizabeth Richardson, Street Farm, Orton

Before the war he worked at Tebay Post office as a night mail apparatus operator and was an army reserve man.

 He was living in Tebay left a wife and 3 children and was the first Tebay death at the front.

He is also remembered on Orton War Memorial.

An item in the Cumberland Herald wrote this about Private Henry Richardson:
"The following letter from Sergeant Wright, Private Richardson's platoon sergeant, was received by Mrs. Richardson on Saturday morning:-
'I am deeply grieved to have to tell you of your husband's death, and every man in my platoon sends you his deepest sympathy in this time of your great trouble. There is one consolation - though it is much for the loss of your husband - he did not sufer any pain, as he was killed instantly. We were in the trenches at ------- and it occured about 1.30 on Sunday morning, 4th July. He was doing his duty as sentry, and a stray shot caught him in the head. He was one of the best soldiers in my pletoon, and especially in the trenches, being well liked by everyone, and one of the soldiers whom england can ill afford to lose. I know it is asking a lot of you, but I hope you will bear up and not take it too much to heart, if it is only for the children's sake. I am sending you his personal belongings, his badge out of his hat, and a piece of chalk he himself cut out of the trenches at Vermilles; also a French watch he bought out here. I thought it would be a keepsake for you; also a regimental cigarette case and cigarette cards we knew he was saving for the boys...'


Joseph Henry

Company Serjeant Major Joseph Henry Ruddick, 7990

1st Battalion Border Regiment
Died 29th October 1915
Remembered Alexandria (Chatby) Cemetery

Son of William and Margaret Ruddick of Mount Pleasant.
Joseph was one of 3 sons that went to war in this family.

Opposite is his citation and below the newspaper cutting reporting his death . He had been promoted just before his death to WO2.

Our thanks to Jill Tardivel for the additional nformation


John (Known as Jack)

Private John Thistlewood, 27709
13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.
Died 18th September 1916 aged 22
Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France

Son of John and Isabella Thistlewood
Mount Pleasant, Tebay.

Worked as a railway clerk in Penrith goods warehouse before enlisting. His father was an engine driver.


Thomas Andrew Latimer

Second Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Latimer Warriner,
5th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Died 10th October 1916 aged 27
Remembered St. Vaalst Post Military Cemetery
Richebourg-Avoue, France.

Son of George and Margaret Warriner 

He was an assistant teacher at St Pauls Public School in the Sparkhill area of Solihull before he enlisted



Private Nathan Whitehead, 202609
1st/5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died 17th January 1918 aged 23.
Remembered Gaza War Cemetery.

Son of Jonathan and Mary Whitehead
22 Whinfell Terrace, Tebay.

He was an apprentice grocer at Tebay Co-op before enlisting.


John Laurence William

Lance Corporal John Laurence William Woodhouse, 9732.
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). 89th Company
Died 30th July 1916 aged about 21
Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France

Son of Margaret  & Lawrence Woodhouse 
Chapel Terrace, Tebay

He was a farm labourer at Ravenstonedale before enlisting.


Charles Venus

Private Charles Venus Yates, 37340
1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
Died 9th April 1917 aged about 20.
Remembered Cojeul British Cemetery, St Martin-sur-Cojeul

Son of James John and Mary Ann Yates
8 Whinfell Terrace, Tebay

Below is a newspaper cutting regarding 2 families in Tebay that each had 3 sons fighting in the war

Tebay World War II War Memorial

The 1939 – 1945 War Memorial is on a plaque beneath the World War I Memorial Window.


Edward Faraday

Trooper Edward Faraday Beck, 3657756
15th (Scottish) Regiment Reconnaissance Corps. RAC
Died 14th May 1945 aged 27
Remembered Orton All Saints Churchyard

Son of John and  Dora Mary Beck of Tebay
Husband of Florence May Beck of Tebay.

Edward Faraday Beck committed suicide while he was at Northfield Military Hospital in Birmingham and was left in the grounds of the hospital for almost a week.
His widow(known as Florrie) became a home help.



Thomas James

Private Thomas James Burrow, 4276438
93 (6th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders )
Anti-tank Regiment Royal Artillery.
Died 20th July 1941 aged 24.
Remembered at Stanley New Cemetery.

Son of Robert Albert and Mary Hannah Burrow.
Husband of Irene Burrow of Kirkby Stephen.


James Mellor

Private James Mellor Little, 7520398
80, General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps.
Died 30th March 1942 aged 29
Remembered in St. James' Churchyard, Tebay

Son of James and Annie Agnes Little of Tebay.
James died in army barracks in Scotland from gas poisoning and an open verdict was returned. 


Joseph Edward (known as Heady)

Sergeant Joseph Edward Ratcliffe, 1077190
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a wireless operator and rear gunner.
Died 7th July 1943 aged 23
Remembered in St James' Curchyard, Tebay

Son of Joseph and Edna Maud Ratcliffe of Tebay.


John Scaife

Sergeant John Scaife Sanderson, 1685244
462 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 7th January 1945 aged 22
Remembered in Hotton War Cemetery

Son of Thomas Scaife and Annie Mary Sanderson who farmed between Gaisgill and Tebay at Row End Farm.
 John went to Penrith Grammar school and before the war worked in the accounts department of Kendal County Hall. He was also a Sunday school teacher in Kendal. He completed his training as a navigator in Canada in 1943.

He was the navigator on a Halifax bomber which crashed in Belgium.

(Our thanks to Joy Adamiak for these)
John and Audrey Mary Jennings his fiance                    Letter to Audrey Jennings regards his death.


John George

Sapper John George Smith
Royal Engineers.
Died at sea on 17th June 1943 aged 34.
Remembered on the memorial at Brookwood for those who have no known grave.

Son of Josiah and Rachel Smith (nee Lowis)

He lived in a bungalow on Orton Road and worked in the Telegraph Office at Tebay Station
His widow, Mary, was left with 2 small children and to augment her widows pension taught the piano as well as playing the church organ.
Sapper JohnSmith was in Tripoli, North Africa, from 13th Ocober 1942 to 17th June 1943 with the Royal Engineers. He was to take part in the first allied landings in "Operation Torch" that was to be the start of the invasion of Sicily and Italy. On the 16th June 1943 convoy GTX2-14 left for Alexandria, Egypt. It consisted of fourteen ships including four troop ships. One of these was the SS Yoma which at 07.30 was hit by a torpedo from U-boat U 81, causing the engine room bulkhead to collapse and floor. The order to 'Abandon Ship' was given and as it was breakfast time many failed to even reach the ladders. The convoy had to steam ahead as it was too dangerous to linger with submarines in the vicinity. On board were 170 troops of which 451 were lost. Capt. George Patterson and 32 crew members also perished. Survivors were picked up later by Australian minesweepers.

(Our thanks to Peter Studd for the above information and John Smiths son for permission to use it.)

If you have any futher information on any of these people it would be appreciated so that we can update the information we already have. Do you know what their jobs were before the war and where they lived. If you have a photo we would be pleased to put in onto this site so that others can remember them and the lives they gave for us. Contact us at our email address at otlhs@ukme.com