Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Rolls of Honour

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Reference WMO/279208


Lancaster Priory (St Mary's Church)

Castle Hill




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Roll of Honour or Book of Remembrance
  • Glass Glass
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Paper Paper
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Other
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Two Books of Remembrance, in the Regimental Chapel (WMO/220796). A metal casket with a curved glass top, through which can be seen the rolls of honour from both wars. The base is made from two massive blocks of stone similar to the stone formation on which the Priory Church is built. The regimental crest, the royal cypher and garter is carved on the west face of the stone. The top of the base is a flat slab of Westmorland green slate on which is carved the dedication. Contained in the casket itself are two books- one recording the names of 6515 officers and men of the Regiment who died in WW1 and the other 859 names of those who died in WW2. Each Sunday the casket lid is raised and a page turned either by a member of the Priory Staff or a soldier from the Regiment. In WW1 the Regiment raised 16 battalions and in WW2 raised 8 battalions. In addition to this memorial it was decided that the main memorial should take the form which would be of particular benefit to ex-service men. Thus the Regiment contributed to the building of several cottages in the Westfield War Memorial Village, Lancaster.(WMO/133380). The idea of a village for ex-service men became a reality through the generosity of the Storey family of Lancaster, who gave Westfield House for the purpose. This village was opened by Field Marsha Earl Haig in November 1924. At the end of WW2 a further eight new cottages were built from funds raised by the Regiment.
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On the slate-In Memory of the officers and men of the King's Own Royal Regiment who gave their lives in War 1914-1918 and 1939-45

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