St Bees Dead of the Second World War
The following pages contain all I have discovered about the eight World War Two servicemen whose names appear on our War Memorial. I have also included a St. Bees civilian whose name is not inscribed there, but who was killed in the London Blitz. Although trained as a Domestic Science teacher, she worked in a communal feeding centre for bombed-out Londoners.
My information on these nine casualties is far from complete. In particular I regret having found so few photographs. I had expected that our 1939/45 Dead would be fresher in memory than those of 1914/18, but that has not been the case.
For one serviceman – Edward Mason Coward – what I have written is conjectural. For another, J.S. Parker, I have found no record at all. Some may notice that the name Lancelot Thomas Bell appears twice, once for each World War. This is not a mistake. Sailor Lancelot Thomas Bell, who went down with his ship in 1942, was the nephew of soldier Lancelot Thomas Bell, killed on the Somme in 1916. The nephew was born six months after the uncle’s death
If anyone reading these notes can add to them, or can point me towards further information or photographs, I will be very grateful.
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Lancelot Thomas Bell
Edward Mason Coward
John Benn Jackson
J S Parker
Rev Harold Watson
Christine Mary Frank Kitchin