This remote cross is a memorial to Probationary Flight Officer Francis Holt Yates Titcomb of the Royal Naval Air Service.
Flying a Maurice Farman Longhorn, he took off from the RNAS training airfield at Redcar on his first solo flight on 15 April 1917. He crashed after encountered snow clouds over the moors and died aged 19.
He is buried in Brompton Cemetery in London
The cross was erected by Mr J K Foster JP of Egton Manor in 1929 and sculpted by Mr J.W. Hill of Whitby.
Based on the design of a wayside cross near Vittel in the Vosges designed by Sir E L Lutyens
CARLIN HOW WAR MEMORIAL 1914 – 1918 TO THE GLORIOUS DEAD THE PATH OF DUTY WAS THE WAY TO GLORY
2nd Lt G Mason Sergt. F Hutton Sergt. J Williams Corp. W Cherry Corp. J W Stephenson Corp. A Teasdale Corp J Thomas L. Corp. A Cudd L. Corp. J Elliott L. Corp. J H Wisbey L. Corp. T Wood Gunner J H Medcalf Driver D E Robinson Private J Burnett Private H Bury Private J Clarke Private F T Crossman Private J H Cryer Private W Defty Private R G Elliott Private P Flynn Corp. J J Clough
Private A E Glover Private T A Goldby Private G Hicks Private L C Hodgson Private J Jefferson Private W Kemp Private W Long Private E Loughran Private G R Mainforth Private G G Price Private J Rafferty Private J Richardson Private J Shaw Private J H Shepherd Private P Walker Private J Ward Private E Welham Private J Welham Private J Wickham Private E Wood Private J Jose
1939 – 1945
J A Auckland F Roper A W Clayton D W Stewart F Faye R Winspear R Locke J W Brackley J R Appleton H Cocks A F Brackley E Welham A E Harrison L Richardson W Page F Miller H Miller
With just two rows of ironstone miners cottages in Dunsdale, I thought it would be straightforward to track all of the names down, but it’s never that simple. I would love to hear from anyone who has already done any investigation into the memorial or men named.
IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF W.H. BOYES, J.G. GAZZARD, W.T. GOODY, J.W. WILSON, H.W. WINDROSS
ALL OF DUNSDALE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 ‘HONOUR THEIR NAMES FOR EVERMORE FOR THEY WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES’
1939-1945 Herbert Gazzard, Harold Husband, Charles Wilfred Moore, William Moore, Reginald Shaw, Norman Edwin Weighell, James Bennington Wilkin
William Henry Boyes – In 1911 lived at 14 Redcar Road, Dunsdale and was a Horse Driver (presumably in the ironstone mine with his father and brother)
He served with the 1st Gordon Highlanders and died on 28/12/1914, his name can be found on the Menin Gate with 54000 others with no known grave.
In 1911 John George Gazzard was a 14 year old living at 9 Redcar Road
His military record suggests he was discharged on 16/3/1919, however his death was registered in Guisborough in July 1919, so its unclear what happened here, perhaps he died from war related injuries or illness ?
On the 1911 Census the Goody family are living at 9 New Row. However 14-year old Wilfred Thomas Goody is listed as an ‘Inmate’ at Kirkleatham Hospital.
Wildred was in the Durham Light Infantry and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.
He was also discharged, in Februrary 1917, but again died a few months later around July 1917. His service record suggests he had health problem with diabetes.
John William Wilson was a 14 year old grocers errand boy living at 8 New Row in 1911 (next door to the Goodys and the same age as Wilfred)
He served with the Machine Gun Corp and died of malaria in Alexandria, Egypt on 15/10/1918. He is buried in Hadra War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria.
Herbert William Windross was a 12 year old living at 19 New Row in 1911
Herbert served with the Royal Scots and died in Germany 18/07/1918, buried in Cologne. His death certificate lists him as a P.O.W. and a miner.
Herbert Gazzard is the younger brother of John George Gazzard, the family were still living at 9 New Row in 1939.
Harold Husband served with the 4th Bn.Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) he died between 29/05/1940 and 30/05/1940. Buried in Marquise Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
The Moore Family lived at Dunsdale Lodge in 1939
William Moore died on 17/01/1941 and is buried in the Freetown King Tom Cemetery, Sierra Leone
Charles Wilfred Moore served with the 83 Field Regt. Royal Artillery and died on 13/10/1944.He is buried at the Uden War Cemetery. Charles had left Dunsdale by this point, but his parents were living at 17 New Row in 1939.
Reginald Shaw served with the Pioneer Corps and died 19/11/1942, he is buried in Guisborough Cemetery.
The Weighell family lived at 26 Redcar Road in 1939, Norman Edwin Weighell served with the 78 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, he died 27/09/1943 in a raid on Hanover in Halifax JD416, he is buried in Hanover War Cemetery.
The Wilkin Family lived at 10 New Row in 1939. James Bennington Wilkin served with the 4th Bn. Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) he died on 29/05/1940 and is buried in the Totes Cemetery in Seine-Maritime, France.
This almost blank stone tells an interesting story, all that remains is the name R Sawtell, County Surveyor, the rest has been chipped away.
During 1940/1941 the threat of German invasion was great enough that many signs and markers were removed, to confuse the potential invaders.
Mr. Ronald Sawtell, is the county surveyor by 1934, and there are many news reports from 1934 complaining of the state of the previous bridge which must have prompted the current one to be built some time after that.
So the inscription is only likely to have been in place for a few years in the late 1930s. I have been unable to discover exactly what it said. Presumably it mentioned “Skelton” or “Apple Orchard Bridge” which would have helped invaders confirm their location.
A memorial to Private Tom Dresser was unveiled on 12th May 2017 to mark the centenary of the actions that saw him awarded the Victoria Cross.
The sculptor of the memorial was Brian Alabaster and it stands outside the Dorman Museum.
Tom Dresser was serving as a private in the 7th Battalion The Green Howards in the Battle of Arras and despite being shot twice, conveyed an important message from battalion headquarters to the front line trenches.
As well as the V.C. Tom was presented with a gold watch and 100 guineas by the people of Middlesbrough, he died 9th April 1982 and is buried in Thorntree Cemetery,
Wednesday 31st October at 2pm at Loftus Library by Peter Appleton entitled â€˜Letters from the Frontâ€™Â â€“ the loves, lives and losses from the trenches of WW1
The talk is free and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
After the last two slightly unusual models, we’re back to something more conventional in build and design.
This is a lozenge design with three embrasures on the longest side.
Its the same as the one on Croft Road on the other side of town.
Its positioning is presumably to defend the crossing point over the railway.
This pillbox is only a short distance from the one on the opposite side of the bridge, but of a completely different construction.
It’s been made from concrete blocks and beams, with a couple of rows of bricks at the top.
The roof is now gone and the walls badly cracked, so i’m not sure it would have stood up to any heavy attack should it ever have been needed.
This Pillbox is one of a pair defending the Blackwell Bridge crossing of the River Skerne in Darlington
The structure is now deeply buried in the undergrowth and tricky to approach
The pillbox itself is not like any other i’ve ever seen, it seems to have been constructed from pre-fabricated sections
Several areas have ripples that look like they were cast against corrugated iron sheets