Wartime roll of honour restored at Scarborough church

Church page - St Laurence's in Scalby. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn12310e   30/07/12
Church page - St Laurence's in Scalby. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn12310e 30/07/12

The World War Two Roll of Honour that used to hang inside St Laurence’s Church, Scalby, has been discovered under the vicarage stairs and replaced in the church.

Churchwarden Sally McIntyre said: “I was clearing a cupboard under the stairs in the vicarage, following the departure of Rev Alastair Ferneley and his family to a new parish, and was surprised and delighted to find this important historical document pushed right to the back.

I was surprised and delighted to find this important historical document pushed right to the back.

Sally McIntyre

“It required a little restoration and I took it to be framed.”

The Roll of Honour gives the names of 122 men and 18 women of Scalby and Newby who served their country in a wide variety of roles during the Second World War, 1939-45, and includes some of those on the church’s war memorial who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

These include Guardsman Ronald ‘Dixie’ Dean, a paratrooper who landed on Sword Beach on ‘D’ Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action a few hours later.

The Roll of Honour was shown to the congregation present at the Remembrance Sunday service on November 13 and everyone present received a typed list of the names on it, with a plea for information about the war service of anyone included.

“I was therefore thrilled when the sister of RAF Pilot Officer Jack Norris, a rear gunner who went ‘missing’ on 16 September 1944 came up to me and offered information about him,” said Sally.

Anyone who recognises a name on the roll and who is willing to share information about their war service is asked to contact St Laurence’s Church Office on 01723 364858 or email stlaurencesscalby@talktalk.net

Roll of honour

Men: B Abram, H Abram, G Appleby, L Appleby, J Atkinson, R Atkinson, H Banks, A Barber, Douglas Barber, TJ Barwood, E Bastiman, F Bastiman, H Bastiman, J Bastiman, W Baxter, J Bayes, J Bland, G Bloomfield, W Bloomfield, Austin Boddy, R Boddy, A Borrows, James R Boyes, J Caldwell, R Cedarbaum, A Chadwick, A Chadwick, G Chadwick, GE Close, J Close, R Coultas, H Davies, Ronald Dean, H Dennis.

RM Ellison, F Elwis, G England, A Fear, R Fewster, G Flinton, W Flinton, W Flinton, Kenneth Gardner, M Good, Patrick Good, G Hall, C Hammond, R Heath, B Hesmondhalgh, Lawrence Hesmondhalgh, E Hewitt, E Hewitt, W Hewitt, EL Hill, FE Hill, C Hodgson, P Hodgson, F Hoggarth, Arthur W Horton, G Horton, P Hoyland, R Hoyland, C Johnson, Dennis Jones DSC, G Knight, F Lambert, W Leeman, D Longhorn.

W Manson, R Micklethwait, F Miskin, J Miskin, E Mitchell, R Mitchell, M Munby, R Munby, NE Newbould, Jack Norris, J Payne, AOS Poole, R Powell, A Rainton, W Rainton, D Robinson, G Robinson, K Robinson, John Rudguard, E Salt, AH Scott, G Scupholme, H Sedman, T Short, E Smith, A Stanley, B Staveley, C Staveley, A Styles, C Sunley, G Swailes, S Swailes, W Swailes, G Swales, T Swales. F Taylor, W Thompson, GE Thornburn, F Thornton, A Varley, J Ward, A Watson, K Watson, RA Welford, G Weller, E Wilkinson, H Wilkinson, Geoffrey Willings, CD Wilson, JD Wilson, B Wrightson, F Wrightson.

Women: E Allanson, M Benn, JM Collinson, J Elwis, K Flinton, GL Hill, R Longhorn, IN Parkinson, D Pennock, M Pennock, M Quant, M Ravensbury, J Ross, J Stamp, A Styles, O Ventriss, B Wilkinson, M Wilson