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On Active Service - 1944
See the list of serving parishioners taken from the Parish Magazine for January 1944


Read about Norman Heaton's war service.


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Malhamdale at War

War Service

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.

We do 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 Peter’s at Coniston Cold, there is no other memorial for WWII.
The inscription in St Peter’s is for:-


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 Commission are:-

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.

Gordon Highlanders,
Son of Reginald and Winifred Kirkham of Airton, who died on 29th March 1945, aged 18.

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HM Submarine Sterlet
Husband of Phyllis Crone of Kirkby Malham, who died on 27th April 1940, aged 24.

Royal Artillery
Son of Edwin and Elisabeth Burton of Winterburn who died April 1941, aged 31.

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.


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