Stephen White, local historian and author, gave a fascinating talk on the history of Carlisle’s War Memorials to appreciative members and guests of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust on Tuesday 18th September.
This was a particularly fitting and poignant memorial to the approaching centenary of the ending of the First World War. As well as noting that there were an estimated 800 memorials to the fallen in Cumbria, Stephen featured many of the local sculptures, stained glass windows, plaques, lych gates and buildings dedicated to the lost.
Nevertheless, it was sobering to learn of the controversy surrounding the siting and wording of some of the memorials at the time of commissioning. The losses and suffering of the First World War will never be forgotten, and it is hoped that these memorials will remain respected and maintained for generations to come.