Tor Top Tunnel Board

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Reference WMO259068

Address:

Town Hall

Spring Bank Road

High Peak

New Mills

sk22 4at

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Presented to the towns people of New Mills by Brigadier General Goodman in 1919 To The Chairman, Urban District Council, New Mills. Dear Sir, I have obtained from the battlefield a notice board of “Tor Top,” which I shall be glad to present to your council if they care to have it. “Tor Top” is known to a large part of the British Army, and is the highest point of a low ridge 5,000 yards south-east of Ypres, in Belgium, on the southern edge of the well-known “Sanctuary Wood.” The front line British trenches ran just east of the ridge after the second battle of Ypres, and in the summer of 1915 were held by the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, under my command. The highest point was occupied by ‘B’ Company, and was named by the New Mills Platoon “Tor Top.” Other names have vanished, but this has remained to reach the present time, and appears on the Military maps. This Belgium “Tor Top” has experienced several changes of fortune. In 1916 the enemy captured it, after an intense bombardment, from the Canadians, who later regained it by means of a gallant attack. The timber board rather like a box lid was placed in a in a glass fronted case and survived with many other articles awarded to the council on behalf of the residents of the town. Items of the town’s proud heritage stored for prosperity under the care of the town’s longest standing institution. Unfortunately, like so many other items that were in public ownership and ought to have remained under the care of the town council in the relative safety of the town hall where they should have been proudly displayed as priceless milestones in the town development, the board and its display box along with many other relics and papers were removed from the town hall and the long term safety they had enjoyed, their future no longer secure. It now seems to have moved from the Local History Society to a ad hoc collection held at the local heritage centre.
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