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Abel Ashburner William James Ashburner William Ball John Banks Fred Bell Lancelot Thomas Bell Claude L Blair MC William Calvert John William Cartmell William Connors Henry Robert & John Harrington Oswald Rees Keene Stanley Kenworthy William Ewart Mawson Clement Mossop James McKee William Scott McNeal Henry (Harry) Nankivell J. Nicholson Ferdinand William Pryor Herbert Hopkin Rees Tom Dalzell Rothery James Stainton Thomas Robley Steele Alfred Taylor Edward Telfer James Thompson Joseph Varah George William Walker

St Bees Dead of the First World War

Arms of King George V

Roll of Honour

(See also the Village Memorials page)


Inscribed on our War Memorials are the names of twenty-six men who were lost during World War One. One was a Naval Officer, one a merchant seaman; all the rest were soldiers. These pages record as much as I have been able to discover about each of them. All have now passed out of living memory, and so their stories here are far from complete. However, factual information has come from several official sources, and local newspapers have provided useful 'background'.

I am particularly grateful to have been shown photographs and documents which in one or two cases have been passed down within village families. If there are other families who can help in this way I do hope they will get in touch with me - (Tel +44(0)1946 824620).

One soldier's entry is marked "conjectural". I have not been able to show positively whether "our" J. Stainton was the James Stainton who enlisted in Kendal, or the Jack Stainton whose service started in the Lancashire Fusiliers . Another three entries are of soldiers not named on our memorials, but whom I know to have had positive links with our village.

The St. Bees School Roll of Honour, published in 1921, lists the one hundred and eighty four Old St. Beghians who did not survive the war. Only those of village origin are also listed here.

Bob Jopling

Colt House, Seamill Lane, St. Bees