Hambleton War Memorial Chapel

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Reference WMO/282544

Address:

Scots Corner

Oldstead

Thirsk

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Chapel/church
Materials:
  • Stone Limestone
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Please visit www.johnbunting.co.uk for full information. The Chapel is built on the edge of the South West Corner of the North York Moors National Park immediately above the village of Oldstead. The Chapel commemorates 4 students of Ampleforth College 3 of whom were killed in WW2 and the fourth was abducted and murdered in Northern Ireland 1977. The Chapel was the inspiration of John Bunting, educated at Ampleforth College 1939-1944. During 1945 he joined the Royal Marines but did not see action. On completing his service he enrolled at the Royal College of Art on conclusion of which he won a travelling scholarship to Seville, Spain, the centre of European Ecclesiastic sculpture carving. During this trip he travelled south through the Sahara to Bene Abbes in the deep south of the desert where the French Foreign Legionnaire Charles de Foucauld had built a chapel. This became Bunting's inspiration. On return to Yorkshire to become the Art Master at Ampleforth (1955-2002) he build his own simple chapel which he completed in 1957. The chapel is dedicated specifically to 3 Amplefordians killed in the Second World War.
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Hugh Dormer DSO, SOE 1943, Returned to Guards Armoured Brigade and killed in the assault of Caen D Day +10 Michael Almand Michael Fenwick VC (notable for being a dual winner alongside his Gurkha solider). More recently a plaque to Robert Nairac, GC Irish Guards abducted and murdered by the IRA in South Armagh 1977.

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