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Botcherby Heroes Remembered
Botcherby Heroes Remembered
James M Robinson, Alex Proudfoot, Derek Nash
Botcherby Heroes Remembered 1914 - 1918 is a book that brings to life the fifteen granite carved names on the Botcherby War Memorial.
The book takes a look at the Memorial, how it was
funded and its cost. It was made in Carlisle and unveiled on Easter Sunday 1921, being
located in the grounds of what was the old school, now the Community Centre. Following extensive research in the library, archive centre, cemeteries, visits, talks, reading, War Diaries and photographs the lives of
all of the men have been meticulously documented, illustrated by photographs and archived extracts. The family backgrounds, homes, jobs, their call to arms and sadly their deaths are all detailed in this book.
Paperback; 296 x 210mm
Colour illustrations throughout
Book Review by Steve Matthews of Bookends.
Botcherby Heroes Remembered 1914 - 1918 by James M. Robinson, Alex Proudfoot and Derek Nash. P3 Publications. £7.99
The Botcherby War Memorial once stood next to the school in Victoria Road. It now stands at the corner of Victoria Road and Warwick Road. The memorial is a rough-hewn stone surmounted by a cross. One side is smooth and bears the image of a sheathed sword with a wreath. Alongside the names of fifteen men are inscribed "In memory and honour of the men of Botcherby who fell in the Great War". Beneath the list of their names is the inscription: "To our glorious dead".
The Memorial, cut by the sculptors at Messrs Beattie and Co. of Murrell Hill, was unveiled three years after the war on Easter Sunday, 28th March, 1921. There are no records of commemorations at the Memorial, although in recent years a poppy wreath has been placed on the cross on Armistice Day.
Tom Story, who was 26 when he died on 18th November, 1916, was buried in Waggon Road, Beaumont-Hamel, France. He had been a bank clerk and lived in Botcherby House. When he enlisted in September, 1914, he was living in Hull. He was placed in the 9th Battalion of the Border Regiment and given the Service Number 15259. He was made a Lance Corporal in May, 1915, and became a Second Lieutenant twelve weeks later on 27th August.
In July 1916, Tom Story was fighting with the Lonsdale Battalion, the 11th Battalion of the Border Regiment, in the Battle of the Somme and he was one of fifteen officers who were called to fill the Commissioned Ranks. Tom died the day after the Battle of the Somme officially ended. His mother received a letter from Lieutenant W.R. Gillespie. It read: "Dear Mrs Story, It is my painful duty to inform you that your son, Second Lieutenant Tom Story, as killed in action. Probably before now you will have had War Office information of the fact, but it does not make this letter any less painful to write. The Battalion after lying out during the dark on snowy ground, went forward at dawn with the other battalions of the brigade to attack the enemy's trenches. The fire of the enemy artillery was intense, and heavy machine-gun fire opened as soon as the enemy realised that the battalion was 'pushing'. Your son's platoon had just reached the enemy's barbed wire, Tom at its head, when an enemy bullet brought him down. I am glad to be able to tell you that his death was painless. . . . His platoon, to which he was attached, idolised him for his strength, his courage, and his good-nature: and we, remaining members of the company mess, miss him no less."
The other names on the Memorial are: Thomas Henry Little, of the Royal Air Force, who died on 13th October, 1918; Herbert Miller Crook of the Army Service Corps, who died five days later; 22 year-old Harry Armstrong, who died in August, 1918; his elder brother, Joseph, who died five months earlier; Robert Cartner, who was originally from Houghton, who died in March, 1918; Robert William Caddle, who was 35, when he died in October, 1917; the brothers, Thomas William and George Henry Hall; Roland Johnston, who served in the 7th Camerons and his brother, Thomas Henry, who was only 19 when he died on 24 August, 1918; Richard James Kirk; Joseph Routledge; Thomas Stanley Winthorpe and Joseph Henry Skelton.
It is a fine tribute to these men that this book, with its detailed research into their lives, should be published a hundred years after they gave their lives for their country.
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