The Great War
When the sound
of gunfire echoed
round our village
TODAY we have posted the final parts of our series about The Great War with an article, specially researched by Bill Flentje, about a huge rifle range which existed at Wormald Green between 1915 and 1918. There is, however, nothing left of it today to remind us of the time when the sound of rifle fire resounded around Bishop Monkton almost on a daily basis.
Also posted is our Conclusion to the series, with additional material provided by some of our readers.
These and all other items in the series can be accessed by going to the navigation column on the left of this page and clicking on THE 1914-18 WAR and then on the item which is of interest to you.
We intend to keep the series up on the website for at least a month so that more people will have an opportunity to read it.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to gather all the information to present a unique picture of Bishop Monkton between 1914 and 1918 and something of what happened to our brave men in the battlefields of France and Flanders.
They paraded with
sticks and pikes.
TWO BROTHERS, the grandfather and great uncle of Naomi Waddington, joined up on the same day and got consecurive registration numbers. At first they drilled in civilian clothes with sticks or pikes for rifles in a scene like one from Dad's Army.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Like a scene from Dad's Army.
Now also posted are war stories about family members of Pip and Peter Garside (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Blinded by mustard gas), and Malcolm and Eileen Scholey (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/ 500 bathed naked in the sea and Buried Alive - then dug out).
Also now on site are stories about Chris Procter's great uncle (go to THE 1914-18 WAR/He died in a hail of machine gun bullets) and Richard Field 's father (go toTHE 1914-18 WAR/The dog which sat in for a missing officer).
Why he lied about
his war injury
ARTHUR HIGGINS (arrowed), in camp at Ripon, later fought at the Battle of the Somme, was injured and repatriated, and later lied about his injury to get his civilian job back.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Why he lied about his injury.
words of wisdom
WRY HUMOUR: An extract from an album containing sketches and words of wisdom by soldiers at Ripon Camp while waiting to go to the front.
Click on THE 1914-18 WAR/ Bringing back the wounded to read recollections of Rowland Simpson's war.
He lay injured in
'No Man's Land'
VAL ELLIS-BEECH'S father, Eric Winterburn, fought in the Great War in the Royal Marines. At one stage he was badly injured and lay for three days and nights in 'No Man's Land' before being rescued but not before gangrene had set in, resulted in his right leg having to be amputated a few inches below the hip.
To read his full story go to THE 1914 - 18 war/Part 4: Injured in 'No Man's Land'.
The 54 who left
the village to
join the war
THREE BOWES BROTHERS were among the 54 Bishop Monkton men who left the village to fight in the Great War. They are John, Dave and Edwin. Edwin was killed in 1917 but the other two returned after the war.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/ The 54 who went to war to read more.
The village the
behind in 1914
THE VILLAGE THEY LEFT BEHIND. This is Ing's Farm, one of 20 working farms in the village in 1914 when The Great War broke out.
Go to THE 1914-18 WAR/Bishop Monkton in 1914 to read more about the village the young men left behind when they went off to war.
her great uncle .
ANGIE ARCHBOLD lays a wreath on the grave of her great uncle, Private Edwin Bowes who died in the Great War. She and her family have recently visited the Tilloy British Cemetery in Tilloy-les- Mofflaines, Pas de Calais, at a significant moment. It was the 100th anniversary of the date when Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.
Trophy won for the
Best Pub float
TREVOR AND CAROL dressed up to ride on their float in the St Wilfred's Day Procession in Ripon where they won the trophy for Best Pub Float.
Go to NEWS/Latest news for more pictures and details.
Both Presidents at
the same time
PRESIDENTIAL COUPLE: Rodney and Isobel Wilson are currently Presidents of both the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel of Ripon for 2014/15, repeating a rare 'double act' previously accomplished by Rodney's parents in 1966/67.
Go to NEWS/People in the News to read more.
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