Larpool public war memorial

If I may comment briefly on your interesting article on the Whitby and district wear memorials in the Whitby Gazette.

Firstly, when the replacement for the Whitby War Memorial Hospital was opened on 22 March 1979 by the Princess Margaret, the responsible authorities had not permitted the full name to be transferred to the new building - ‘War Memorial’ was not dropped (not without local protests) leaving only ‘Whitby Hospital’ as its official name.

Hence Whitby’s apparent lack of public war memorial.

Secondly, the foundation stone of the original war memorial hospital was lad on 23 January 1924 and it was opened on 18 November 1925, but before either of these events took place, Whitby already had a public war memorial of distinguished design, as noted in the ‘Short Guide to Larpool Cemetery’ which I wrote in 2007 for the Whitby Civic Society’s short series of guided walks, thus:

“War memorial cross also known as the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission, commemorates the 64 First World War dead buried here, including the 33 victims recovered from the Rhohilla. The monument was made locally by T hill & Son, Whitby, of Bolton Wood stone with a bronze crusader sword, and was dedicated (in a heavy downpour) by the Rev Marquis of Normanby on 9 September 1922”.

This war memorial cross still stands, proudly, at the central high-point of Whitby Cemetery, Larpool Lane.

Parry Thornton,

Church Street, Whitby