Whitby, Flowergate United Reformed Church - Altar

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Altar or Altar Part
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: WOODEN ALTAR. BLACK AND RED LETTERING. The memorial on the alter table was carved by a Ron Cordingley an elder of the church. He was wood work master at West Cliff Secondary Modern School, Whitby. Also remembered is Sgt L. Thompson, brother of Eric Thomson who ran a sweet shop in Baxtergate, the father of Peter Thomson (ex Lifeboat Cox) and Captain Thomson (Chair Seaman’s Houses Church Street). GA Hodgson remembered on the memorial started flying training in Canada in 1940, went on to serve on various HMS ships ending up as a pilot, 803 Squadron RN Air Station, Tanga, Tanganyika from Feb. 1943 until he died in March 1943. He had been ordered to “simulate a dogfight” in a Fairey Fulmar Mark 2. It was his first flight in this plane, the aircraft stalled in some manoeuvre, which led to his death at the age of 20 and that of his 28-year old air gunner/wireless operator
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/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THESE WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-45/L/CPl S. Collingwood, F/O N. Ray Gamble, Sub/Lt G. A. Hodgson, Sgt L. Thompson/ "FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH" Total names on memorial: 4 Further inscription round top of three enclosed sides: "I am the true vine/This do in rememberance of me/I am the bread of life."

L/CPl S. Collingwood, F/O N. Ray Gamble, Sub/Lt G. A. Hodgson, Sgt L. Thompson/

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