Although the main purpose of this project was to record what life was
like in the Dale during WWII, it would not be complete without mentioning
the names of those who were on active service during those years.
not have a definitive record, but Rev Chick published a list in the Parish
Magazine of January 1944, although he was conscious then that it might
contain errors and omissions. Please tell us if you know of
any names which should be included.
In December 1944 he refers to the fact that the Church was trying to send
a Christmas card to every person from the Parish who was serving in the
Forces but unfortunately we do not have a copy of that full list.
In the Parish Report of May 1943 it is recorded that John Procter was
taken prisoner and was later heard to be in Italy, but the Report of June
1945 records him safely released. This is the only report of Malhamdale
men being taken prisoner that we have found.
Those who gave their lives
Although many families feared for the safety of their loved ones, there
is little record of the servicemen of Malhamdale who gave their lives
for their country. Apart from a single inscription on the war memorial
at St Peters at Coniston Cold, there is no other memorial for WWII.
The inscription in St Peters is for:-
STOKER 2nd CLASS ROLAND CUNDALL
Royal Navy, HMS Matabele
Son of Daniel and Mary Cundall, and Husband of Sylvia Cundall of Coniston
Cold, who died 17th January 1942 aged 21.
Other casualties associated with the Dale and taken from the Debt of Honour Register kept by the Commonwealth War Graves
PRIVATE LIONEL LUND
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own)
Son of William and Rebecca Lund of Tranlands, Malham, and husband of
Dorothy Lund of Garstang, Lancashire who died 26th May 1943 aged 29.
PRIVATE PETER KIRKHAM
Son of Reginald and Winifred Kirkham of Airton, who died on 29th March
1945, aged 18.
SURGEON LIEUTENANT JOHN SMYTH CRONE
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HM Submarine Sterlet
Husband of Phyllis Crone of Kirkby Malham, who died on 27th April 1940,
LANCE BOMBARDIER CHARLES EDWIN BURTON
Son of Edwin and Elisabeth Burton of Winterburn who died April 1941,
We are sorry if we have unwittingly left a name out, and would be grateful
if anyone has any other information to add.
Visit our Virtual
War Memorial page which has details of those conected with Malhamdale
who are known to have given their lives in both World Wars.