The War Memorial in Lofthouse
Stone horse water trough with single tap (now filled with flowers) with a triangular topstone engraved:
ARMISTICE SIGNED NOV 11 1918
PEACE DECLARED JUNE 28 1919
WAR COMMENCED AUGUST 4 1914
A water fountain which was converted in 1920 into a memorial with a Cross and tablet. It retains its tap and trough and is inscribed:
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO MADE THE GREAT SACRIFICE IN THE WAR
1914 – 1918 JR
A PINT OF COLD WATER THREE TIMES A DAY
IS THE SUREST WAY TO KEEP DOCTOR AWAY
WHO SO THISTETH LET HIM COME HITHER AND DRINK
The third panel is inscribed:
IF YOU WANT TO BE HEALTHY WEALTHY AND STOUT USE 1 ? OF COLD WATER INSIDE AND ? LET ? ? ? ?
Then there is the Lofthouse Memorial Institute. Inside there are several Plaques
Lofthouse WW1 Roll of Honour
ROLL OF HONOUR
LEST WE FORGET
LIST OF THE FALLEN
ROBERT BELL JOSEPH METCALFE
WHITEHEAD BUSFIELD JAMES B PARKINSON
JOHN KERR EGLIN THOMAS TELFER
WILLIAM H DOLPHIN GEORGE T VERITY
LIST OF THOSE RETURNED
ALBERT ASHBY CYRIL S HALL JOSEPH G STONES
JOHN W ASHBY WILLIAM HORNE LEVI J VERITY
RICHARD H BRADLEY RAYNOR KIRKLEY JOSEPH H VERITY
THOMAS R BROWN ROBERT KIRKLEY ELIAS WOODRUP
EDMUND CALVERT THOMAS KIRKLEY ALFRED WIGGLESWORTH
ERNEST CALVERT RICHARD LEE GEORGE WHITFIELD Snr
WALTER CARLING JOHN W METCALFE GEORGE WHITFIELD Jnr
CARLING EGLIN ALBERT MOATT THOMAS WELLOCK
THOMAS EGLIN WILLIAM NELSON WILLIAM WILLIAMS
ROBERT GRAHAM WILLIAM PARKINSON WALTER WILLIAMS
JOHN W HARKER, JOHN RABBITT MATTHEW WARDMAN
GEORGE HARKER HORNER RAWSON GEORGE METCALFE
They die not who live in the memory of those that love them.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
An individual marble plaque
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
LANCE CORPL THOMAS TELFER
51ST DIVISION SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
MARCH 23RD 1918, AGED 24 YEARS
HE GAVE HIS ALL FOR US
A plaque for WW2
THIS TABLET COMMEMEMORATES
Corporal ERNEST CALVERT
Corps of Royal Engineers
Guardsman JOHN DOLPHIN
Who served King and Country in World War 1939-45 and gave their lives to save mankind from tyranny. May their sacrifice help to bring the Peace and freedom for which they died.
Their presence we miss
Their memory we treasure
Those who Fell in WW1
Gunner, 62nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Army no 796072
He died at home on Thursday 20 May 1920. He was 31. Army records tell us that he enlisted on 31 May 1915 and he was discharged on the grounds of sickness on 5 February 1919. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, serial number 488065.
He was the son of William and Jane Bell, Lofthouse.
He is buried in the churchyard of St. Chad’s, Middlesmoor
Private, 16th (Service) Battalion (1st Bradford), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 93 Brigade, 31st Division. Army no 32002.
He was killed in action on Monday 13 November 1916 in the Battle of the Ancre. He was 23.
He was the son of Martha and the late William Busfield, Low Farsipe, (is it Farside?) Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge
He is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps
DOLPHIN, William Horner
Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 32 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no 34459.
He was killed in action on Tuesday 28 August 1917 in the fighting near St Julien. He was 38.
He was the son of the late Matthew and Esther Dolphin and the brother of George Dolphin, 52 Bradford Road, Oakenshaw, Bradford.
He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial.
EGLIN, John Kerr
Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 21 Indian Brigade, 7th Indian Division. Army no S/17483.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 14 March 1917. He was 33.
He was the only son of William and Agnes M Eglin, Wooddale, Scar Village, Harrogate.
He is remembered on The Basra Memorial.
Gunner, 49th Division, Royal Field Artillery, Brigade, Division. Army no 148903.
He died on active service on Tuesday 27 February 1917. He was 27.
He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Metcalfe, Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge.
He is buried in St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension.
PARKINSON, James Brookes
Rifleman, 8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) TF, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 185 Brigade, 62nd Division. Army no 29052.
He was killed in action on Sunday 1 September 1918 in the fighting around Arras. He was 23.
He was the son of James and Annie Parkinson, Lofthouse.
He is buried in Vaulx Hill Cemetery.
Lance Corporal, 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s). Army no 267484.
He died from his wounds on Saturday 23 March 1918. He was 24.
He was the son of Thomas and Elliott Telfer, Angram, Pateley Bridge.
He is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Safely in His Care & Keeping.
VERITY, George Thomas
Private, (Reserve) 10th Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Army no 37358.
He died from his wounds on Wednesday 18 April 1917. He was 29.
He was the son of William and Mary Verity, Stean, Middlesmoor.
He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Beloved Son of William & Mary Verity, Stean, Stone Beck Down.
Those who Fell in WW2
Corporal, 116 Road Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Army no 2189402.
He died on active service on Monday 17 June 1940. He was 42.
He was the son of George and Barbara Calvert; husband of Beatrice Maud Calvert, Lofthouse.
He is buried in La Bernerie en Retz Communal Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed In My Lonely Hours of Thinking Thoughts of You are Ever Near.
About 4,000 men, women and children lost their lives when the ss Lancastria sank 20 minutes after it was bombed by German aircraft near the French port of Saint Nazaire on 17 June 1940. Fewer than 2,500 people survived.
This was the largest loss of life from a single engagement for British forces in WW2 and the largest loss of life in British maritime history.
This was in the aftermath of Dunkirk when many refugees and service personnel were escaping from the invading German Army.
Guardsman 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards Army no 2617911
He was killed on active service on Tuesday 25 January 1944. The Allies had landed at Anzio, behind the German Lines a few days earlier. He was 23.
He was the son of Tom and Elizabeth A Dolphin, Glasshouses.
He is buried in Anzio War Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Thy Will Be Done.