High Hesket war memorial

High Hesket war memorial is just one of  countless (or uncounted) such memorials across the length and breadth of the UK. Every name on every memorial has a story behind it, of a life lived and a life lost.

Today is Remembrance Sunday, ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11. The following is a look at the names that appear on the war memorial at St Mary’s Church, in the village of High Hesket, Cumbria. These are First World War deaths only. 

 

PRIVATE JOHN JOSEPH TROUGHEAR

Service Number: 513254

London Regiment (London Scottish) 1st/14th Bn.

Died 13 April 1917 Age 21 years old

WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY

John Joseph Troughear was the grandson of Joseph Troughear, who appears in this post.

His mother Mary died when he was just four, and he grew up in High Hesket with his father (another Joseph) and step-mother Mary. 

John Joseph Troughear joined the Army in March 1916 as Private 513254. He was 5’ 9 1/4” tall.

He served in France from 29.9.16-13.4.17. He served with 14 Res Battery London Regt (London Scottish). 

On April 10, 1917, he suffered gun shot wounds to his back and neck. He died from the wounds three days later at 43 Clearing Station France, from wounds and was buried at Warlingcourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty (VIII. D. 12). 

That section, and others, was filled in April/May 1917 by clearing station deaths from the Battle of Arras – a battle which resulted in stalemate, at the cost of 158,000 British casualties, and;130,000 German casualties.

 

PRIVATE ALBERT JOHN WALTON

Service Number: 16369

Border Regiment 11th Bn.

Date of Death. Died 13 August 1916

CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSIONHigh Hesket, first world war, Cumbrian Characters

Albert John Walton was one of the eleven children of railway labourer Robert Walton and his wife Mary Ann.

He was farm servant when he signed up on November 7, 1914. aged 19. He was 5ft 8ins. had brown eyes, fair hair, a ruddy complexion, and had scars on the right side of his neck.

His record only shows his 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were signed for by his father Robert Walton of Barrow Hill, Southwaite. Along with his personal effects: letters, photos, prayer book, New Testament, tobacco tin, a belt and other bits and pieces.

Albert’s brother Thomas William Walton is also on the High Hesket memorial – he died in the same month as Albert, aged 25, but was serving with the 16th Canadian Scottish

PRIVATE THOMAS WILLIAM WALTON

Service Number: 420913 

Canadian Infantry 16th Bn.

Died 04 August 1916

LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, Belgium

Thomas William Walton was a horseman working on a farm at Armathwaite in 1911. At some point between then and 1916, he has to have emigrated to Canada.

 

The Penrith Observer, September 5, 1916.

MEMORIAL SERVICE TO HIGH HESKET SOLDIERS. A memorial service was held in Hesket Church for two young men of the parish who have given their lives for their country—Private Thomas W. Walton. Canadian Scottish, and Private Albert John Walton, Border Regiment, sons of Mr. R. Walton. Barrow Mill. The service was conducted by the vicar, who took for his text ‘Vacant Places’ — and preached a very impressive sermon. A large number of the deceaseds’ relatives and friends were present.

 

TROOPER WALTER NOTMAN STRONG

Service Number: 1584

Household Battalion (CWG . memorial says lifeguards)

Died 03 May 1917 Age 19 years old

CRUMP TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, FAMPOUX. This was made by fighting units between April and August 1917. After the Armistice, 85 of the graves were found to have been destroyed.

Walter was the son of Joseph Strong , a gardener and farmer, and his wife Hannah, née Notman, who had two sons and daughter. And that’s about all the information that is readily available.

 

PRIVATE JOHN GEORGE STOREY

Service Number: 202992

Border Regiment 7th (West. and Cumb. Yeomanry) Bn

Died 13 March 1918 Age 18 years old

FLESQUIERES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY

Sadly, I couldn’t find any information on him.

 

May 21, 1918, Penrith Observer

Next Sunday evening, a memorial service will be held at Hesket Church for Privates Cannon, Gordons; W Strong, Guards Household Battalion; H Rutherford, Highlanders; and Hartley, RFA.

 

GUNNER WILLIAM MUSGRAVE HARTLEY

Service Number: 215373

Royal Field Artillery “C” Bty. 46th Bde. Died 04 April 1918

CRUCIFIX CORNER CEMETERY, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

William Musgrave Hartley was a railway porter, born about 1895 – one of four children of railway surfaceman John Hartley and his wife Dinah, née Musgrave.

 

PRIVATE ROBERT MCQUEEN CANNON

Service Number: S/10955

Gordon Highlanders 2nd Bn. 

Died 12 October 1917

Etaples Military Cemetery

Sadly, I again couldn’t find any information on him.

 

 PRIVATE JAMES HENRY RUTHERFORD

Service Number: S/29659

Cameron Highlanders 1st Bn. 

Died 18 April 1918 Age 20 years old 

WOBURN ABBEY CEMETERY, CUINCHY Pas de Calais

James Henry Rutherfod’s parents were Joseph, a former temperance hotel keeper, and Mary. 

Penrith Observer May 14, 1918

Private James Henry Rutherford, of the Cameron Highlanders, Hesket, was killed in action on the 18th. He was a goods clerk at Staveley.

 

PRIVATE THOMAS DALGLEISH

Service Number: 29801

Border Regiment “A” Coy. 1st Bn.

Died 15 October 1918 Age 20 years old

DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, BELGIUM

The 1911 census shows Walter Dalgliesh, alabaster mines labourer, wife Elizabeth, had had six children, two of whom had already died. Tom and two girls are on the census with them. 

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