The War Memorial in Langthwaite
Tim the transcription
The Memorial is opposite the Church of St Mary the Virgin and inscribed:
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF ARKENGARTHDALE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1939 - 1945
ROBERT MCKINNON WATSON
ERIC GEORGE BIDGOOD
A plaque in the Church
TO THE MEMORY OF
OBADIAH W PEACOCK
WHO FELL IN THE EUROPEAN WAR OCT 6TH 1917
AGED 31 YEARS
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY
DOWN HIS HIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY HIS SISTER
MARY J PARKER
Tim the Fallen
Those who Fell in WW1
Private, 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards, 6th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division. Army no 14471.
He was killed in action on Thursday 4 April 1918 at the Battle of the Avre, The Somme. He was 23.
He was the son of Margaret H and the late Joseph Harker, Hillside, Arkengarthdale.
He is buried in Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux.
Private, 6th (Service) Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 32 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no 19546.
He was killed in action on 14 September 1916 on the Somme during the Capture of the Wonder Work. He was 23.
He was the son of Stephen and Hannah Hillary, Arkengarthdale.
He is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile.
LONGSTAFF, Thomas Henry
Lance Corporal, Military Police Corps. Army no. P/5214.
He died as a consequence of his military service on Tuesday 15 April 1919. His death is in the civilian registrations so he had been discharged from the Army. He was 31.
He was the son of John and Mary J Longstaff, Raw Bank, Reeth.
He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Langthwaite and his headstone is inscribed Rest in Peace.
Now there are two potential Peacocks:
Obadiah Whitehead Peacock who has a plaque in the Church and John William Peacock. Perhaps you will agree that it is better to remember them both.
PEACOCK, Obadiah Whitehead
Private, 8th (Service) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment, 112 Brigade, 37th Division. Army no 30520. He had also served as Private, Army no T/2/010555 in the Army Service Corps.
He was killed in action on Saturday 8 October 1917 in the fighting at Ypres. He was 30, he was born in Reeth RD in 1887.
He was the son of Abel and Catherine Peacock and the husband of Catherine Peacock, 3 Main Street, Haworth.
He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
PEACOCK, John William
Gunner, A Battery, 223rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Army no 129244
He was killed in action on Friday 18 January 1918 on the battlefield of the Somme. He was 22
He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth A Peacock, Fremington, Grinton. He was born in Booze, Arkengarthdale.
He is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt
SCOTT, John Alderson
Gunner, 287th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Army no 157720.
He was killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917. He was 29.
He was the son of Hannah and the late James Scott and the husband of Mather Scott, Arkletown, Arkengarthdale.
He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial.
Some records show that he served with 257 Siege Battery.
Those who Fell in WW2
BIDGOOD Eric George
Flying Officer, 261 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAF no 42098.
He died on active service on Saturday 16 November 1940. He was 22.
He was the son of the Reverend George J B Bidgood, MA (Cantab.) and Muriel A Bidgood, Cruwys Morchard Rectory, Devon. The Rev G J B Bigwood had been Vicar of Arkengarthdale when his son was killed.
He is remembered on The Runnymede Memorial.
In mid-November the aircraft carrier HMS Argus had sailed from Gibraltar with Hurricanes for Malta. Eric Bidgood was one of six pilots who took off on 16 November in the second flight of Hurricanes. The Hurricanes ran out of fuel and fall into the sea, with the loss of all six pilots.
In the Church there is a lectern and Altar table made by Robert Thompson, the Mouseman and presented by his parents. He had been brought up in Hartlepool where there is a memorial window in St. Aiden’s Church, West Hartlepool.
WATSON Robert Mackinnon
Pilot Officer, 39 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 121415.
He died on active service on Sunday 6 September 1942. He was 22.
He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth G Watson, Arkengarthdale.
He is remembered on The Malta Memorial.
Robert Watson was flying Bristol Beaufighter AW 305 based at RAF Liqa, Malta. Their principal duties were attacking enemy shipping and mine laying. On this evening he and others from the squadron were deployed on anti-shipping operations. The squadron lost 4 aircraft and their crews on that night. At least two aircraft were shot down by fighters.