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 Scorton War Memorial, Snow Hill Lane, Scorton.  PR3 1AU

There are 9 names from WW1 on the memorial:

William Broughton Applegarth

Private 13331.  4th Battalion Coldstream Guards

William was born in Castleton, Westmorland in 1897, the son of Joseph and Leonora Sarah Applegarth, and brother of John (below).

The family later moved to Springfield at Scorton.

William was killed in action on 17th January 1917.  He was 20.

He is buried at Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme France.

John Oliver Drouet Applegarth

Private 22448. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

John was born in Castleton, Westmorland in 1897, the son of Joseph and Leonora Sarah Applegarth, and brother of William (above). The family later moved to Springfield at Scorton.

John was killed in action on 9th October 1918.  He was 19.

He is buried at Forenville Military Cemetery, near Cambrai, France.

Arthur John Collins DSM

Wireless Telegraph Operator 411WTS.  Royal Naval Reserve

Arthur was born in 1887 in Rainhill, Liverpool.  The family later moved to Scorton.

On 29th June 1917 he was awarded the DSM in recognition of his service in mine-sweeping operations between the 1st July 1916, and the 31st March 1917.

He was serving on the Naval trawler HMS Kelvin on 7th July 1917 when it struck a mine and sank in the North Sea, off Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 

5 crew including Arthur were lost, and their bodies never recovered.  He was 30.

Arthur is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Matthew Iddon Till

Acting Bombardier L/10990: B Battery, 48th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

Matthew was born in July 1896 at Winder’s Farm, Fowler Hill, Cabus, to William and Mary Till.

In 1911 he was working as a servant (possibly a farm labourer) at Gift Hall, Winmarleigh.

It is believed that he enlisted at Preston in the early part of WW1, but the date of his arrival on the Western Front is not known.

Matthew was wounded during the second Battle of the Marne, and died of his wounds on 31st July 1918. He was 21.

He is buried at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.

Thomas James Carter

Private 18343. 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Thomas was born in Fleetwood in 1889 the son of Elizabeth Carter.

He worked as a cloth weaver and lived at at Crossey Gate Farm Barnacre.

He enlisted in Garstang

Thomas was killed in action on 9th October 1917. He was 28.

He is buried at Artillery Wood Cemetery in Belgium.

James Parker

Gunner 112947. 241 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

James was born in 1884 in Garstang, son of Robert and Jane Parker.

He married Mary Almond on February 11th 1914 at Garstang, and the couple had a son, Joseph.

Prior to joining up James worked as an estate mason in Scorton, possibly at Wyresdale Hall.

James died of wounds received in action on 15th October 1917. He was 33.

He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

An inscription on his gravestone reads:


William Barclay

Lance Corporal 22737.  2nd/5th Battalion Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment

William married Annie Exton in 1915, and lived at Springfield Terrace, Scorton.

He was killed in action on 29th August 1918, during the Battle of the Scarpe – part of the 2nd Battle of Arras. He was 28.

William is one of the many men with no known grave.  He is remembered on the Vis en Artois Memorial, near Arras, France.

James Swindlehurst

Private 201227. 8th Battalion Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment

James was born in 1878, the son of Robert and Alice Swindlehurst of Scorton.

He was killed in action on 12th May 1917. He was 39.

James is one of the many who have no known grave.  He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

Richard Chippendale

Private 37679. 13th Battalion, Kings (Liverpool) Regiment, 3rd Division

Richard was born in 1893 at Garstang, the second son of Richard and Margaret Chippendale

Richard was wounded at Arras and sent back to Westminster Military Hospital in England.  He died from his wounds on 2nd June 1916. He was 24.

Richard is buried at St. Luke’s Church, Winmarleigh, and is also remembered on the Winmarleigh Memorial at the church.

Richard’s grave at St. Luke’s, Winmarleigh

There is one name on the memorial from WW2:

Reverend Peter Francis Firth. Croix de Guerre

257744 Chaplain 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplain’s Department

Reproduced by kind permission of the Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome

Peter was born in Preston on 30th June 1911, the son of barrister and former Preston town councillor Ernest Cecil Clark Firth  and his wife Agnes St. John Firth.

As a priest he served St Patrick’s, Barrow-in-Furness and St Margaret Mary’s, Carlisle.

He joined the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in February 1943 and by the time of D-Day was attached to the 8th Field Ambulance. Soldiers affectionately dubbed him ‘Friar Tuck’ due to his large stature.

He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre in March 1946.

Reverend Firth was killed by a sniper during the landing on Sword Beach on 7th June 1944.  He was 32.

He is buried at Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Also from Scorton but not named on the memorial is:

George Lowther

Bombardier 31597. 70th Battery Royal Field Artillery

George was born in 1887 in Dalton in Furness, the son of James and Agnes Lowther.

He served with the Royal Artillery from 1903 until he was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1911.

George married Ethelburga Whitham in 1913 in Garstang. At the time of his death they were living at R.C. School House, Snow Hill, Scorton.

As an Army reservist George was among the men who were called to the Colours in 1914 at the start of the war. He was a police constable, serving with Preston Borough Police.

George was killed in action on 23rd August 1914. He was 27.

He is one of many men with no known grave, and is remembered on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial in France. He is also remembered on the Preston Borough Police War Memorial which is currently located at Preston Police Station.

Among the papers kept by his widow, who never remarried are his King’s Scroll and his attestation record from 1903.

St. Peter’s Church, Snow Hill Lane, Scorton.  PR3 1AY

The church was built in 1878–79 for the Ormrod family from Wyresdale Hall. The architects were Paley and Austin of Lancaster, and the church is constructed in sandstone rubble, with tiled roofs and a shingled spire. The total cost for the building was £14,000.

It was consecrated in 1879 by the Bishop of Manchester, on the vigil of St. Peter.

On the north side of the church is a lychgate dating from the same time as the church. It is constructed in oak on a sandstone base, and has a red tiled roof. IThe lychgate is a Grade 2 listed building.

There are several memorial plaques inside St. Peter’s Church:

Memorial to William Broughton Applegarth

William is also remembered on the village war memorial

Memorial to Arthur John Collins

Arthur is also remembered on the village war memorial

Roll of Honour 1914 – 1918

A Roll of those from Scorton who served

Roll of Honour 1939 – 1945

A list of those from Scorton who served