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Glenridding and Patterdale in World War Two
The brave men whose names are engraved on the Patterdale War Memorial from World War Two are shown above, with links to their individual stories. More information on life in the Dale during the war is shown below.
Men from Patterdale and Glenridding also answered the call to arms in the Second World War. In many ways this war had an even greater impact on the lives of the people living in the Dale, with many army camps in the area, and a prisoner of war camp at Greenside Mine. According to Elizabeth Little’s Chronicles of Patterdale 78 people from the Dale served in the armed forces. Those remaining at home were also actively involved. The War Comforts Committee sent parcels and presents to service personnel every three months throughout the war. The Army requisitioned the Ullswater Hotel and used it as as a Gas School training centre -
The Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) ran a canteen for the Services in the Wesleyan Sunday School Hall (opposite the Ullswater Hotel) and many concerts and events were held for the benefit of locals and service personnel alike. Many of those who remember growing up in the Dale at this time have fond memories of watching films both in the village and up at the camp at Greenside.
Evacuees were sent to Patterdale from South Shields and later from the South of England when the V1 and V2 flying bomb attacks started. The Leas School took over the Glenridding Hotel ad the Parish Hall at Glenridding. Throughout the war it is recorded that only four bombs dropped in the area -
The Second World War was also one of the few times the cells in the Police Station in Patterdale had a occupant when a young soldier deserted, spending two days hiding out at Wall End in Hartsop. He was caught, escaped and then flagged down a car as it was driving to Penrith to ask for a lift, only to find it was being driven by the local policeman, PC Porter. He was then put into the cell at the Patterdale Police Station -
We aim to research life in the Dale during the war more fully over the next year. In the meantime here are the stories of the brave men who lost their lives in WWII.
Tragically but perhaps unsurprisingly in such a small community there are links between the names from the First and Second World Wars, such as Thomas Henry Wall, and his nephew Henry Wall Thompson, who both gave their lives for their country and, having never met in life, and united in death, being buried side by side in St Patrick’s Churchyard Patterdale. Each of the stories is touching, but perhaps none more so than that of Thomas Hadwin, who was reported missing in April 1941 but whose death was not confirmed to his wife Margaret and their young son Roger until December 1944.
If you have any memories, stories or photos of life in the Dale during the Second World War that you’d be willing to share with us please contact us.
We also remember
Who gave their lives in
The Second World War 1939-
224 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Royal Army Service Corps
Durham Light Infantry
3rd. Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Royal Army Medical Corps
4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
6th. Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers
5th. Bn, Coldstream Guards