THE LOST MEN OF BISHOPTHORPE: FIRST WORLD WAR
As we proceeded through the years 2014 to 2018, I published the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths. Now that we have reached 11th November, 2018, I have two further men to remember. However, neither of the men died in the few remaining days of war up to 11th November, 1918, but I believe it is appropriate to remember them on this day.
As well as spending a few moments thinking of these men and their families, I hope that you find the details of some interest.
DUNNINGTON-JEFFERSON, Wilfrid Mervyn
Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers.
Killed in action, aged 23, on 27 April, 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres.
He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.
I did not publish the centenary of Second Lt. Dunnington-Jefferson’s death in 2015 because I only became aware of his connection with Bishopthorpe in 2018.
Private, No. 52321, East Lancashire Regiment.
Died of illness, aged 55, on 25 January, 1946, at High Royds Psychiatric Hospital, Menston, West Riding, Yorkshire.
Buried in Hunslet New Cemetery, Section 4a, Inscription Grave No. 755.
Daniel Fountain was admitted to hospital in the early 1920s after suffering from a mental illness attributed to his service with the army during the war. He spent 23 years in the hospital and died in 1946 after the Second World War.
A derelict piece of land on the edge of Ferry Lane is to be transformed into a community orchard for everyone to enjoy.
Bishopthorpe Parish Council has secured Heritage Lottery funding for this project, which is being run by local volunteers, but the project needs extra help from villagers to make it happen.
The project team has produced the first in a series of newsletters, which you can download here: Newsletter 01_Nov 2018
The newsletter gives more information about the project, and suggests ways people can get involved and help it all come to fruition. As well as hoping for some practical help, the team are also keen to hear from people with memories of the old orchards and market gardens of Bishopthorpe, and from anyone with old fruit trees that might turn out to have an interesting history.
You can contact the project team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Morwenna Christian on 07563 798408.
A series of events are planned to push the project forward, the first of these is Ask the Experts at Vernon House on Monday 26th November. You can view the flyer for this event here : Nov 26th event poster
More news will be published as the project moves on, so remember to check back here for all the details.
All items will be on the News pages, tagged with Orchard so you’ll be able to find related pages quickly.
The Children’s Society Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday, 3rd November in St Andrew’s Church Hall, 10:30 to 12:30.
In addition to tea, coffee, and cakes there will be bric-a-brac and children’s items for sale, as well as face-painting, a raffle, and chance to find out about the Junior Bake Off competition.
The Local History Group will also be present, selling copies of Bygone Bishopthorpe, and The Lost Men of Bishopthorpe.