War Memorials in Sowerby

Remembrance service at the Sowerby War Memorial, 12 November 2006

The Sowerby War Memorial is on the village green outside St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. There are also war memorials inside St Oswald's Church and Sowerby Methodist Church.

The lists of men who died in the First World War are slightly different on each memorial, but the lists of men who died in the Second World War are identical on all memorials.

Sowerby War Memorial is a red granite cross and lists the initials and family name of men who died in both World Wars.

In St Oswald's Church there are two marble memorials. One lists the full name of men who died in the First World War, although two are not in alphabetical order which probably indicates that these were added after the memorial had been erected. The other lists the full name of men who died in the Second World War.

In Sowerby Methodist Church a brass memorial lists the initials and family name of men who died in the First World War and two oak chairs list the full name of men who died in the Second World War. There is also evidence of a First World War memorial in Sowerby Methodist Church that no longer exists.

The biographical information about men who died in the First World War was compiled by Steve Billings. Other information was complied, and the photographs on this page were taken, by Neil Irving.

Additional information about, and photographs of, those remembered on these pages is always welcomed - please email webmaster@stoswaldsowerby.org.uk.

  First World War - men listed on the local memorials

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Sowerby War Memorial

Memorial inside St Oswald's Church

Memorial inside Sowerby Methodist Church

J Addison

Joseph Addison

J Addison

A Andrew

Arthur Andrew

R Annakin

Robert Annakin

R Annakin

H Appleton

Henry Appleton

H Appleton

R C Appleton

Robert Crudas Appleton

R C Appleton

J R Atkinson

John Richard Atkinson

J R Atkinson

F Ayre

Fred Ayre

F Ayre

T E Banks

Thomas Edward Banks

H Bell

Herbert Bell

H Bell

F Bendelow

Frederick Bendelow

F Bendelow

S C C Bramley

Sidney Clement Carr Bramley

W E Bramley

William Edward Bramley

W E Bramley

A Briggs

Arthur Briggs

A Briggs

T W Brown

Thomas William Brown

T W Brown

A Buchannan

Alexander Buchannan

A Buchannan

W T Bulmer

William Thomas Bulmer

W T Bulmer

P Cartwright

P S Clarke

Percival Suffell Clarke

P S Clarke

A Close

Arthur Close

A Close

T H Coope

Thomas Henry Coope

T H Coope

E Crisp

Errol Crisp

E Crisp

C Dale

Charles Dale

C Dale

H Dale

Harry Dale

H Dale

C Danby

Cyril Danby

C Danby

E G Daynes

Edward George Daynes

E G Daynes

F B Dent

Frank Bousfield Dent

F B Dent

G W Dickinson

George William Dickinson

G W Dickinson

G A Dixon

R E Dixon

F G Freeman

Frederick George Freeman

F G Freeman

W S Garbutt

Wesley Shaw Garbutt

W S Garbutt

W A Gilling

William Aubrey Gilling

W A Gilling

T Grainger

H Greenwood

Harry Greenwood

H Greenwood

J Hardy

John Hardy

J Hardy

J W Hardy

A Hesp

Arthur Hesp

A Hesp

H Hodgson

Herbert Hodgson

H Hodgson

H Holmes

G H Horner

George Henry Horner

G H Horner

F Hutton

Fred Hutton

F Hutton

H Kendrew

Harry Kendrew

H Kendrew

E Lascelles

Edmund Lascelles

E Lascelles

J H Lofthouse

John Henry Lofthouse

J H Lofthouse

J H North

John Henry North

Herbert Paul

H Pollington

Herbert Pollington

H Pollington

A Rogers

Albert Rogers

A Rogers

W T Seavers

William Thomas Seavers

W T Seavers

W Skipsey

Waldo Skipsey

W Skipsey

A Spence

Albert Spence

A Spence

E Spence

Ernest Spence

E Spence

W T Thornton

William Thomas Thornton

W T Thornton

T Todd

T W Trenholme

Thomas William Trenholme

T W Trenholme

J C Walker

John Chinnery Walker

J C Walker

W Ward

William Ward

W Ward

H Wardman

Harry Wardman

H Wardman

John Western Warner

C H Watson

Cornelius Herbert Watson

C H Watson

G Watson

George Watson

G Watson

W P Watson

Wilfrid Percy Watson

W P Watson

T Webster

Thomas Webster

T Webster

  First World War - men not listed on the local memorials

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Samuel Wood

Sydney Wright

  Second World War - men listed on the local memorials

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John Norman Payne Arkle

Cyril Taylor Atkinson

Arthur Brown

Alec (Alick) Reginald Camburn

John Robert Francis Conder

Edward Handshaw

Joseph Gunson Handshaw

John Herbert Hemingway

Reginald Albert Hudson

Wilfred (William) Huson

Clyde Ibbetson

Brian Holroyd Watts Jackson

Robert Edwin Metcalf

Mark Middleton

Harry Norminton

James Wesley Rooke

John Francis Slater

Joseph Hepton Walker

  Second World War - Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour

James McNulty

Died 15 April 1944 aged 36. Son of Martin and Catherine McNulty, of Curradraish, Foxford, Co. Mayo, Irish Republic. Died at Topcliffe Road Bridge, Sowerby. Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour

Albert George Grimwood Stone

Died 15 April 1944 aged 48. Of Topcliffe Road Bridge, Sowerby. Husband of Clara Stone. Died at Topcliffe Road Bridge, Sowerby. Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour

Clara Stone

Died 15 April 1944 aged 62. Of Topcliffe Road Bridge, Sowerby. Wife of Albert George Grimwood Stone. Died at Topcliffe Road Bridge, Sowerby. Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour

These three deaths were the result of an aircraft (a Halifax EB205) crashing at about 23.05 hours on 15 April 1944 whilst trying to land at Topcliffe airfield after a training exercise. Albert Stone and Clara Stone were inside their cottage at Topcliffe Bridge Road; James McNulty was cycling on the road on the way home from the pub. Six of the seven airmen also died. Further information about the aircraft crash.

  Other men buried or remembered in St Oswald's churchyard

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Andrew Richard Barker

George Hepple

Jack Ashley Renton

John William Willey

  Photographs of the war memorials

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Sowerby War Memorial - north and east faces - Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

Sowerby War Memorial - north and east faces

ERECTED IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

Sowerby War Memorial - south and west faces - Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

Sowerby War Memorial - south and west faces

ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE 1939 - 1945 WAR

World War One memorial inside St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

World War One memorial inside St Oswald's Church

1914 † 1919
THEY DIED FOR KING & COUNTRY

World War Two memorial inside St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

World War Two memorial inside St Oswald's Church

1939 † 1945
FOR CHRISTENDOM

World War One memorial inside Sowerby Methodist Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

World War One memorial inside Sowerby Methodist Church

1914 - 1919
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR

World War Two memorial inside Sowerby Methodist Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire  

World War Two memorial inside Sowerby Methodist Church

THESE CHAIRS ARE IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH AND MEN OF THE PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR
1939 - 1945

Postcard of Sowerby War Memorial published in 1921  

Sowerby War Memorial - postcard published in 1921

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