Cockermouth Cemetery, Cumbria: War Graves

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  1. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    PEACOCK, WILLIAM OSTLE


    Rank: Flight Lieutenant Service No: 120534 Date of Death: 13/11/1943 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 181 Sqdn. Panel Reference: Panel 120. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peacock, of Carlisle.


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    RM panel 120.JPG Memorial kindly thanks to Clive.
     
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  2. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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    Sergeant Joseph William Litt.

    Joseph was born at Eaglesfield, Cumberland 26th October 1854.

    By 1872 he was in the Royal Horse Artillery, and a few years later he went to India where he served for 11 years. On journeying home he was stopped at Egypt as the fierce conflict of 1884 was breaking out, and very soon was engaged in the battles of El Tab and Tomaai, which were fought in square formation. It was in the El Tab clash that Joseph greatly distinguished himself . He was in charge of a section at the very corner of the square when he saw about 100 yards away to the front that 2 Dervishers had Regiment Sergeant –Major Tushy on the ground and were about to kill him with poisoned spears. Sergeant Litt dashed to the rescue and in the nick of time bayonetted the Dervishers before they could kill Sergeant-Major Tushy. Sergeant Joseph Litt was mentioned in despatches for this action.

    He was to remain in the army until 1893 when he was pensioned out after 21 years of service.

    At the outbreak of the Boer war of 1899 he immediately volunteered with the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was soon at the front. He experienced many ordeals hard service for a year and was invalided out. This however didn’t suit and he soon enlisted into the W.C Imperial Yeomanry and was at the front until peace was declared. He was awarded 2 South African Medals.
    Although over 60 years of age when the great war broke out in 1914, he could not resist offering his services, He enlisted into the Tyneside Irish on the 15th April 1915 but was discharged on the 28th April 1915 not fit for duty, but again he appeared in khaki in the Royal Defence Corps.

    When Joseph passed away on the 15th August 1934,Aged 79. He was given a full military service from the Border Regiment Depot, The coffin was draped in the Union flag and top of his coffin was his medals as he desired.
    The highest respect was shown by the large number of people who lined the streets as the procession wound it’s way to the little chapel in Cockermouth cemetery.

    Here are Joseph's medals which are held in the Border regiment museum in Carlisle Castle. I am well chuffed I found these.
     

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  3. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    MAVIR, JAMES TRACEY


    Rank: Able Seaman Service No: C/SSX 20463 Date of Death: 26/09/1942 Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Veteran" Panel Reference: 55, 2. Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

    James was probably named after his uncle James Tracey who was sadly killed in WW1. Who is also remembered on this headstone (and for some reason I missed it).
    Link to his uncles post. http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/27456-cockermouth-cemetery-cumbria-war-graves/page-3#entry451191

    TRACEY, JAMES
    Rank:Private
    Service No:1440
    Date of Death:09/08/1915
    Age:24
    Regiment/Service:Border Regiment
    5th Bn.
    Grave Reference H. 4.
    Cemetery LA CHAPELLE D'ARMENTIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Son of William and Mary Ann Tracey, of Waterloo St., Cockermouth, Cumberland.​





     

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  4. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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    Found this interesting broken headstone in the middle of a bush in the cemetery the other week, so with the permission off my uncle the Allerdale bereavement manager I cut the bush to reveal the writing.

    A PRIVATE OF THE L COY
    1ST VOL.BAT ,BORDER REG
    I NOW THAT MY REDEEMER
    LIVETH.

    On the cross there are only initials there is not even a date of death. I thought what a nightmare this is going to be to try and find who this person is, but I believe with the help of Uncle Rob we have found him as being.

    Joseph Wharton Hartness born 1866 Cockermouth.
    1870 census he is living with a grandma (no parents)
    By 1890 he is living in the Whitehaven area and working as a Printer.
    From the burial records Joseph was single and was buried on the 5th January 1893.
    The owner of the grave was a Baxter.
    I have not been able to find any military records so I am only guessing at what my thought are.
    The Officer commanding the Volunteer Border regiment at Cockermouth was a James Baxter. So in my opinion as Joseph didn't seem to have any family at the time of his death I believe James and the Volunteers payed for his funeral and headstone as Joseph was probably in the Volunteers ?

    Have now think I have found who his father and mother are

    Ester Wharton born Cockermouth 1839.
    Joseph Jackson Hartness born Keswick 1837.


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    Burial 9th August 1975.

    Here is his grandmas headstone note that it is the same type of headstone and the words of the hymn are also on the headstone.

    I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH.
     
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Deacs

    1871 Census:
    Name: Joseph Wharton Hartness
    Age: 5
    Estimated birth year: abt 1866
    Relation: Grandson
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
    Civil Parish: Cockermouth
    Ecclesiastical parish: Christchurch
    Town: Cockermouth
    County/Island: Cumberland
    Country: England
    Registration district: Cockermouth
    Sub-registration district: Cockermouth
    ED, institution, or vessel: 5
    Household schedule number: 103
    Piece: 5238
    Folio: 13
    Page Number: 20
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Esther Wharton 67
    Joseph Wharton Hartness 5


    1881 Census:

    Name: Joseph W. Hartness
    Age: 15
    Estimated birth year: abt 1866
    Relationship to Head: Boarder
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Cockermouth
    Civil Parish: Cockermouth
    County/Island: Cumberland
    Country: England
    Street address: 70 Main St
    Education:

    Employment status:

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    Occupation: Printer
    Registration district: Cockermouth
    ED, institution, or vessel: 6
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Piece: 5172
    Folio: 113
    Page Number: 9
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Alexander Devon 25
    Mary Devon 26
    George Mountain Devon 1
    Mary Agnes Devon 15
    John Smithson 16
    Joseph W. Hartness 15


    1891 Census:

    Name: Joseph W Hartness
    Age: 25
    Estimated birth year: abt 1866
    Relation: Lodger
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
    Civil Parish: Whitehaven
    Ecclesiastical parish: St Bees
    Town: Town
    County/Island: Cumberland
    Country: England
    Street address:

    Occupation:

    Condition as to marriage:

    Education:

    Employment status:

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    Registration district: Whitehaven
    Sub registration district: Whitehaven
    ED, institution, or vessel: 10
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Piece: 4314
    Folio: 49
    Page Number: 34
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    George Wattleworth 45
    Sarah Ann Wattleworth 41
    Annie Wattleworth 19
    George Wattleworth 14
    Amalia Wattleworth 8
    Elizabeth J Wattleworth 4
    Amelia Wattleworth 84
    Ann Kitchen 66
    William Dunlop 24
    Joseph W Hartness 25
    Fred Stanley 21

    On the detail he is shown as a Printer Compositor - so I guess working on a local newspaper or similar

    If you need copies of the actual census forms PM me

    TD
     
  6. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Looking at 'Free BMD', the birth of Joseph Wharton Hartness was in the June 1865 Qtr, in the Cockermouth Reg. District. His death, at the age of 28, is also registered in the Cockermouth Reg. District in March 1893 Qtr.

    If the cause of death was sudden, there is likely to have been an inquest report in one or more of the local newspapers at the time. There may also be a chance that there was a local newspaper report as he seems to have had a 'military funeral', even though he was not a regular soldier.

    Assuming you get the chance to visit one of the libraries to look up the newspaper archive it might be worth looking at the back catalogue for early 1893? You have got a good way with the enquiry thus far and if you can find a newspaper report to complete it, all the better.
     
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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    This birth info just popped up

    Name: Joseph Wharton Hartness
    Registration Year: 1865
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration district: Cockermouth
    Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
    Inferred County: Cumberland
    Volume: 10b
    Page: 508

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  8. Tricky Dicky

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    Death details:

    Name: Joseph W Hartness
    Estimated birth year: abt 1865
    Registration Year: 1893
    Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
    Age at Death: 28
    Registration district: Cockermouth
    Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
    Inferred County: Cumberland
    Volume: 10b
    Page: 352

    TD
     
  9. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Cheers TD I have his details from Ancestry but thanks very much anyways.

    Joseph I was in the library Saturday but unfortunately not a lot of details regarding his death , as I said I am only assuming and guessing what why he has an headstone regarding the Volunteers next time I am back in I will have a deeper search maybe something may crop up.

    Regards Mike.
     
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    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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  11. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Can't believe it but found another remembrance stone today.

    Private FORSYTH, WALTER
    Service Number 14209529
    Died 23/04/1944
    Aged 22
    4th Bn.
    Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
    Buried at IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY
    Location: India
    Number of casualties: 1462
    Cemetery/memorial reference: 7. E. 25.

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    Walter died of wounds but as of yet of his military life that's all I know.
     
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