Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancestors from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.


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Friday 10 June 2011

The A59 Memorial at West Marton

Driving from Preston towards Yorkshire, suddenly a stone cross appears on the left. It is now partly hidden behind a stand of trees that will not have been there when the memorial was erected. As you drive the other way on this quite busy but twisty road the memorial appears over a rise! The memorial has aged, Lichen has taken over parts of the stone. This is quite a tall memorial and looks quite imperious. The villiage of West Marton, not to be confused with Marton in Blackpool is very small. Erecting this stone must have required a benefactor.
There is very little extra information at the United Kingdom War Memorial website. These are my images. The reference is


UKNIWM Ref: 29721
Looking towards Lancashire
 This is the inscription on the base of the cross:
1914 - 1919
 William Bailey
Joseph Bryan Bushby
Wilfred Dixon
Arthur Frazer
Charles Lickiss
 Atholl Murray MacGregor MC
Alan Charles Richmond Rate
Edward Ogilvie Turnbull
James Varley

 This is a newer inscription and has just two names on it:
1939 1945
Henry Riley Wor??e - there might even be a "d" at the end
John McCleary

This is a good memorial made out of quality sandstone. The inscriptions seem to be really quite shallow compared to other memorials. They are quite hard to decipher with the moss and lichen that is growing on them.
There is an excellent link to the history of the soldiers who are inscribed on the memorial here.
Believe it or not. 3 hours later we passed the same spot and the local authority were mowing the grass and giving it a general tidy up.

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