Straight on from All Saints at Hawnby we walked back to the Inn where we were ataying, to ask directions to Bilsdale. Just a few minutes later we found ourselves clicking away with the amera in another church yard full of family headstones. Not a lot in the way of war memorials in the church, but we did capture a couple of war graves and memorial outside the church building, and the wooden plaque inside the church remembers seven men who died, the three Garbutts being more to research for the family tree. The UK National Inventory of War Memorials describes this Memorial at St John’s church, Bilsdale :
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IN PERPETUAL MEMORY/ OF THOSE WHO SET FORTH FROM THIS PARISH/ TO SERVE IN THE GREAT WAR/ AND LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY 1914 – 1918/ THE PEOPLE THAT WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT. THEY THAT DWELL IN THE LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH UPON THEM HATH THE GREAT LIGHT SHINED/
In the churchyard is a headstone for , WR/273517 Sapper, J W Garbutt Royal Engineers, died 16 June 1919 aged 36and an addition to an existing headstone remembers Pte Ernest Allison 41472 of the Royal Inniskilling fusileers who died 14 February 1918CWGC tells us that he was 24 and in the 2nd Battn. Son of J. W. and Frances Ann Hart, of Oxfield House, South Broughton, Stokesley, Yorks.
In addition to St John’s there is also the redundant St Hilda’s church, which was our next port of call. More on that one tomorrow.