Borough of Whitehaven WW1 Book of Remembrance

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Reference WMO/282002


Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

Scotch Street


CA28 7NN


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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
  • Other Other
  • Paper Paper
Lettering: Other
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Paper Book bound in blue card, with gold tooled lettering on the front. Originally in The Daniel Hay Library, Lowther Street, Whitehaven (where it was reference 44WHI)./ The Archives Reference is DH7/2. This is one of two copies-the other is buried under the Cenotaph-WMO/164097. Note there are 316 casualties, not the 314 stated in the preamble. This has been checked several times. The casualties are highlighted in bold in the book with a few errors. The names are fully databased on the War Memorials Register but the way that form is organised does not permit all the additional information in the book to be added. Similarly it would be a huge job to manually enter the entire book into the names box below.
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Front Cover- BOROUGH OF WHITEHAVEN/ROLL OF HONOUR/EUROPEAN WAR/1914-1918 Inside the Book- PREFACE/This ROLL OF HONOUR/has been compiled by the/Town Council at the frequently expresses wish of the/Burgesses, who have naturally desired to have recorded/in some permanent form the names of those Men of/our Town who offered their lives in the common cause./ It is a record of which the Borough may well be/proud. It contains no less than 2,383 names of men/who served in the Forces during the Great War. Of/this number no less than 314 (whose names are printed/in heavier type)/have laid down their lives. The utmost pains have been taken to make the/record a complete one. Many hundreds of enquiries/have been addressed to Sailors and Soldiers and their/relatives, and in numerous cases personal visits have/been paid. The Roll has also been revised by the Clergymen/of the Borough and others, who possess records, and to whom the thanks of the Committee are due. It is feared, nevertheless, that there may be/omissions. The difficulty experienced in this respect/is due to the fact that those who most willingly offered/their services are the most unwilling to pose as heroes/or claim recognition. In particular, it is certain that/the record of decorations (numerous as they appear) is by no means complete. The Roll of Honour constitutes a sufficiently im-/pressive record of the services rendered by Whitehaven/in the Great War, but it is by no means an exhaustive/one. Some idea of the activities of the Borough in/other essential respects may be gathered from the fact/that, notwithstanding the heavy enlistments of men/from the Whitehaven Collieries, no less than 2,234,806/tons of coal were produced during the War, whilst in/addition to the ordinary day-by-day investments in/War Funds the sum of £970,452 was raised by special/efforts for the purpose of providing War material. On/the occasion of "Business Men's Week", 4th to 9th/March, 1918, the Borough took the high position of/fifth place amongst all the towns of England, Wales/and Scotland, on the basis of population./ J.R. MUSGRAVE, Mayor/ TOWN HALL, WHITEHAVEN,/September 1919/ Roll of Honour/[names]

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