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Search on to trace war memorial heroes
12:48pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
Colin Jennings and John Howard have been working on the project as part of the club’s Jubilee commemorations.
The war memorial lists 102 names, 82 of which are from the First World War.
Mr Howard said: “As part of the project, the names of the fallen on the memorial have been recorded and their details traced on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and other databases.
“We have also had help from local history groups, including the one at Hovingham which has done some similar research.”
Mr Howard said a public meeting in January 1920 decided upon a joint war memorial scheme, comprising of a new and larger cottage hospital and a Red Triangle Club scheme “The Red Triangle Club scheme probably refers to the YMCA. During the First World War the YMCA supported the troops by providing them with drink, food and writing materials both at the front and at home in military camps and railway stations,” he said.
“After the war the YMCA employment department was set up to deal with unemployment and found jobs for 38,000 ex-servicemen. The council discussed the possibility of building the Red Triangle Club at the bottom side of Orchard Field.”
Mr Howard said the cottage hospital proposal was shelved when the Government announced a plan under the Ministry of Health Bill to take over the running of the nation’s hospitals.
“At this point it appears that Malton and Norton decided to go their separate ways,” he said.
“The Yorkshire Gazette of May 29, 1920, records that the Market Place was not considered a suitable place for a war memorial and agreement was reached to site it at the top of Yorkersgate.”
Mr Howard said that during their research they had discovered some interesting and horrifying stories including three Harrison brothers who had all been killed during the war.
“We hope to publish the findings as a book and would love to hear from any relatives who have photographs or further information and particularly from the families of a W Smith and H Thompson, neither of whom we have been able to find out anything about.”
Anyone who is able to help with the project should phone Karen Darley at Malton Gazette on 01653 695600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit Malton and Norton Rotary Club website
http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=220 and click on Malton War Memorial.
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