The War Memorial in Thornton Rust
A Memorial Hall with a tablet. The Inscription is:
THIS STONE IS ERECTED
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN
OF THORNTON RUST, WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918
G NEVILLE MAY
ROBERT P METCALFE
Those who Fell in WW1
Private, 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. Army no. H/69126.
He died after the Armistice on Monday 2 December 1918 either from natural causes or from his injuries. He was 28.
He was born in West Burn, Durham but he had been working on the farm of John and Ella Mary Chapman in Thornton Rust.
He is buried in the churchyard of St. John’s Church, Greenside, Durham and he is remembered on the Aysgarth War Memorial.
MAY, George Neville
Captain, 343rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
He was the son of Herbert and Sarah A May, Surbiton, Surrey and the husband of Violet C. May, Thornton Hall, Aysgarth
He died from his wounds on Wednesday 29 May 1918. He was 34.
He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen and his headstone is inscribed husband of Violet Castella May late of Leyburn, Yorkshire”
His name appears on a plaque in St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth.
METCALFE, Robert Pickering
Rifleman, 8th (Service) Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, 41 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. R/24155
He was killed in action on Friday 24 August 1917 in the fighting around the Menin Road. He was 24.
He was the son of George and Grace Metcalfe, Ashfield House, Thornton Rush.
He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial and on the Aysgarth War Memorial.
Private, Motorised Transport, Army Service Corps. Army no. M/279604
He was the son of William and Mary Percival, Hazel House, Aysgarth.
He died of natural causes on Monday 8 April 1918. He was awarded the Silver War Badge on 27 November 1917 and discharged from the Army on grounds that sickness prevented him from serving as a soldier. He was 21.
He is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's Church, Aysgarth.