Written on 11/11/15 by Paul Oldham

We Will Remember Them

As beautiful as it is the Lake District wasn't immune to the effects of either the Great War or World War II. Many of the people who lived there lost their lives fighting for their country and in addition some lost their lives in the Lake District while serving their country so today seems like a good day to remember a few.

Great Carrs Memorial

The summit of Great Carrs sits perched on the precipitous edge of the ridge sweeping around the head of the Greenburn valley above Little Langdale Tarn.

Halifax memorial on Great Carrs

A notable date in Great Carrs history is 22nd October 1944 when, circling lost in low cloud trying to spot a landmark to fix its position, a Halifax bomber hit the ridge killing its crew of eight. All that remains on the site now is part of the undercarriage which lays alongside a memorial stone and cairn with a cross and is situated just south of the summit. For the few people who gather at the site on Remembrance Sunday or today it is a rather moving setting.

Memorial on Great Carrs

You can visit it on our walk Great Carrs and Grey Friar.

FRCC Memorial Great Gable

On the summit of Great Gable is a memorial plaque affixed to the summit outcrop. It is here on Remembrance Sunday that the Fell and Rock Climbing Club holds a service to its members and others who have perished in conflicts around the world. Even in the foulest conditions November can throw down upon them hundreds of people gather, whether club members or not, climbing from all directions to the memorial on the summit to pay their respects. Even outwith the service it has a poignant setting.

FRCC Memorial Great Gable

You can visit it on our walks Kirk Fell and Great Gable and Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell.

Castle Crag Memorial

A lesser known memorial but one where poppies and crosses appear every year is the one on Castle Crag. The Hamer family were probably persuaded by the secretary of the National Trust, Samuel Hamer brother of Sir William Hamer, to donate money in 1918 for a memorial to their son, who fell in France in March 1918. But along with the fallen, the benefactors son is also commemorated.

In 1920 the 18 acres on top of Castle Crag were bought for £150 from the executors of Colonel CV Conway Gordon and handed over to the National Trust. It was the intention of the Hamer parents that the plaque fixed to the summit rock commemorate only their son, John Hamer, but Canon Rawnsley persuaded them to include all the local fallen although there was already a memorial to them in Grange churchyard.

War memorial on summit of Castle Crag

It reads:

CASTLE CRAG WAS GIVEN TO THE
NATIONAL TRUST IN MEMORY OF
JOHN HAMER
2ND LIEUT. 6TH KSLI BORN JULY 8TH 1897
KILLED IN ACTION MARCH 22 1918
ALSO OF
THE FOLLOWING MEN OF BORROWDALE
WHO DIED FOR THE SAME CAUSE
2nd Lt. H.E. Layland
Pte. G Bird - 1st Border Regt.
Pte. J Boow - 2nd Border Regt.
Pte. N Dover - 11th Border Regt.
Pte. J Edmondson - 1st Border Regt.
Pte. F Hindmoor -7th Border Regt.
Pte W Nicholson - 5th Border Regt.
Pte. T Richardson - 6th Border Regt.
Pte. JW Rigg - 8th border Regt
Pte. AE Wilson - Kings Own Lancasters

You can visit it on our walks Castle Crag - Borrowdale and Millican Dalton's Cave - Castle Crag, Borrowdale.

There is a postscript to this story: more land around the summit was given to the nation in 1939 in memory of Sir William Hamer by his widow and there is another plaque on the west side of Castle Crag explaining that.

Memorial plaque on west side of Castle Crag

Scafell Pike

Which leaves us with the biggest memorial of them all: Scafell Pike itself. You can find this plaque on the summit cairn which explains how it came about.

Scafell Pike Memorial Plaque

It reads:

In perpetual memory of the men of the Lake District who fell for God and King, for freedom peace and right in the Great War 1914-1918. This summit of Scafell was given to the nation, subject to any commoners rights, & placed in custody of the National Trust by Charles Henry Baron Leconfield 1919.

You can visit it on our walks Scafell Pike - The Easy Way, Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via the Corridor Route, Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route from Wasdale, Scafell Pike and Scafell via Foxes Tarn, and Scafell Pike - Via Mickledore.

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