Skelsmergh 'Westmorland Cross'

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Reference WMO/272827

Address:

St John the Baptist Church

Helme Lane

Inside the Church

Skelsmergh

LA9 0NX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other cross
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
  • Metal Copper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Wooden Cross with individual brass plates for each casualty. At the centre of the cross shaft there is, unusually for these crosses, a brass dedication plaque, and on the wall beside the cross is a repousse copper plaque to the left which carries Binyon's elegiac words, They shall not grow old/ As we that are left grow old/. The list of names commemorated is known but not the details for each name as usually the plaques on these crosses give regimental and death details The cross was originally in the Lych gate (reference WMO 272828) but had been moved inside sometime before 1996 (when it was originally recorded for the IWM).
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The central brass bears a dedicatory inscription ... Forget us not O land for which we fell/May it go well with England - Still go well/Keep Her bright banners without blot or stain/Lest we should dream that we had died in vain The repousse copper plaque to the left carries Binyon's elegiac words, THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD/AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN/AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING/WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

ALBERT ALLEN, JAMES ATKINSON, THOMAS ATKINSON, GEORGE ATKINSON, THOMAS BAILEY, RICHARD BELL, THOMAS BLENKHORN, JAMES BLEZARD, JOHN BLEZARD, THOMAS CRAGG, MALCOLM CROSSLEY, REUBEN ELLWOOD, JAMES HAWES, ERNEST HENSHAW, FREDERICK HESLOP, THOMAS MAJOR, RICHARD NOBLE, JAMES ROBINSON, THOMAS ROBINSON, ARTHUR SHEPHERD, THOMAS STEELE, JOHN THOMPSON, JONAH THOMPSON, THOMAS TOWERS, JOHN VAULKHARD

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