North Yorkshire War Memorials, -
St. Nicholas' Church
The War Memorial in front of St. Nicholas' Church, Guisborough.
(Photo : Edward Nicholl)
Inside the Church of St. Nicholas in Guisborough are several War Memorials of Interest. These are shown individually, below;-
Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard Hedley Charlton, MC - Battle Cross
This Battle Cross is mounted on a wall in the North West corner of the church, close to the main entrance. What is rather remarkable is that an almost identical Battle Cross was originally displayed in the Parish Church at Tow Law, but was subsequently presented to the Green Howards Museum.
However, what is clear after examination of the photos of the cross that was orinally in the church at Tow Law, and the cross that is in the church in Guisborough, is that the "Tow Law cross" has lost the section that was originally set in the earth. This part of the cross is present on the "Guisborough cross". Where the cross has been in the earth can be clearly seen on the "Guisborough cross". It can therefore be deduced that after the "Tow Law cross" was damaged and removed from the earth, the "Guisborough Cross" replaced it.
Two views of the cross are shown below, - select a small sized image for a larger sized image to open in a new window.
Detailed View of the Name Tag
Memorial to Lieutenant Arthur John Buchan Richardson
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The above memorial is located beside the main entrance doorway
in the West of the church. It is partially obscured by a service duct.
The memorial is particularly poignant with the inclusion of the commemoration of Midshipman Stubbs.
Memorial to the Ablesons
Four of the church windows are dedicated to the memory of the Ableson family
members. Although photos of these windows are not included on this page (copies
can be provided if requested), the dedications are interesting in themselves.
Windows to St. Peter & St. Paul;-
"To the glory of God & in loving memory of William Ableson, husband of Mary Harlin Ableson who died 17 April 1929 and their only son William James Christopher Ableson who was killed in Action 12th October 1918."
(Lance Corporal Ableson, King's Royal Rifle Corps - aged 31)
Windows to St. Phoebe & St. Dorcas;-
"To the glory of God & in loving memory of Mary Harlin Ableson who died 18 February 1945 and her only Grandson James William Ableson killed in Action 8th March 1942."
(2nd Lieut Ableson, - son of the above L/Cpl William Ableson. KOYLI. Died in Rangoon)
interior of St. Nicholas' Church, Guisborough
Photo : Edward Nicholl
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