Post Office Engineering Department Carlisle Section

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Cumbria Museum of Military Life

Carlisle Castle




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Roll of Honour or Book of Remembrance
  • Glass Glass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Other
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Framed and glazed roll of honour with blue coloured patterned border. The original location in the City is not known, but at some stage it was moved to the Portland House Telephone Exchange on Cecil Street (now, 2020, a Travelodge Hotel) and then to the new Telephone Exchange (also on Cecil Street) and thence to the Museum of Military Life. It tells us of the 30 men of the Carlisle section of the Post Office Engineering Department who went off to war. Five would not return to their families. The five who made the Supreme Sacrifice are:- Sapper J Burnett, of the Royal Engineers 22nd Airline Section, died on 4th June 1916 at the age of 32. The son of Mr and Mrs Burnett, of 1 Bishop’s Court, Princess Street, Carlisle he is interred in Amara War Cemetery grave XXI.D.13, in Iraq. An “Airline Section” was part of the telephonic communications systems of the Army in the field. During the Great War, this was one of the many roles of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Sgt George Stirling Bain Died on 13th April 1918. He was 25 years old, born in Edinburgh, the son of Thomas and Euphemia Bain. George was the husband of Constance, of 2 Bedford Place, Kempston, Beds. He was serving with the Royal Engineers and attached to 51st Division Signal Coy. His grave is B28, Lillers Communal Cemetery Extension, near Bethune. Able Seaman John William Marsden, serving with Howe Bn of the Royal Naval Division, died on 13th November 1916 in the final straggling battles of the Somme offensive. He had been a Royal Navy Volunteer Reservist but found himself serving as an infantryman in the bloody mayhem of that grim struggle. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 1A of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Sgt George Henry Basil Shaddick, was reported Killed in Action on 19th June 1915. He was born at St Stephen’s, London and had enlisted in 2nd Bn Border Regiment early in the war. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Le Touret Military Cemetery, near Bethune. Pte Maurice J. Towers, born in Keswick, was serving with 11th Bn Border Regiment when he was reported Killed in Action on 18th Nov 1916. He was one of thousands who fell victim to the long-drawn out sequel to the Somme offensive which began so disastrously on 1st July 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, on panel/face 6A/7C.
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