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" Remembrance 2015 - Castle Crag "

Date & start time: Sunday 8th November 2015, 9.40 am start.

Location of Start : Grange Village, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 253 175 )

Places visited : Grange, Hollows Farm, Broadslack Gill, Castle Crag and back.

Walk details :   2.75 mls, 600 feet of ascent, 2 hour 30 mins in total.

Highest point : Castle Crag summit, 951ft - 290m

Walked with : Trevor and Gill, Jo, Ann and our dogs, Finlay, Amber, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Wet and windy . . . getting worse as time went on.

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It was a dry morning as we awoke at 7.30 am. 

The red sky of dawn was a bit of a warning, which was backed up by the weather forecast.

The rain that had been reportedly falling in Wales this morning was rapidly moving north on gale force winds

and it was due to reach Cumbria mid-morning . . . about the time of the local Acts of Remembrance in the towns and on the fells.

In fact it has already started raining as we set off from Grange Village

The line up is Ann and Harry, Jo and Amber, Trevor and our Dylan, Gill and Finlay (of Borrowdale).

By the time we had reached Low How Woods and the bend in the river

the rain was certainly making its presence felt . . . consequently photo numbers are slightly limited today.

Lovely new steps and gate replace the awkward ladder stile.
The famous pines looking very damp today.

The purpose of our visit was to join the Act of Remembrance on the summit.

I had offered to take these three crosses to the memorial on behalf of Syd Cornell, who was himself unable to make the climb.

The crosses represent his family members and a Jewish family friend who died in the Second World War.

They joined many others on the summit today.
The weather conditions were living up to the forecast.

For the first time in a long time the quarry below the summit acted as a haven for those who had ascended early.

Closer to eleven o'clock around 150 or so people assembled on the top next to the memorial.

Extra wreaths were placed  on the memorial stone to the Borrowdale men lost in the First World War.

David Hindmarsh placed a wreath on behalf of the people of Borrowdale.

Leading today's Act of Remembrance was Mr Miles Jessop, Church Warden and owner of the local Scafell Hotel in Rosthwaite.

After a brief introduction and reading the names on the memorial

he called on Krisha from the 'K Fellfarers' Club to read one of the classic 'war poems'.

The proceedings were concluded with a short prayer to all those that  had lost their lives

or have been injured in service to their country in the conflicts of recent times.

A cheerful word of appreciation for the effort people put in to get here . . .

Time for a few photos . . . this one of Adrian (Strand) and Sharon . . . check out the rain !

. . . and then it was time to leave.

A quick photo as we descended the slate path down the wet and windy side of the fell.

We made our way back to Grange via the old quarry in Dalt Woods.

A brief (and damp) picture of everyone as we head back for welcome soup at Gill and Trevor's in Grange.

Dylan and Finlay were twice blurred . . . once by the rain, the second due to the fact that they never stopped chasing one another.

I think today's Act of Remembrance will be remembered as much for the weather as for the special occasion.

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John Travers Cornell
Sid Cornwell

I’m sending you a couple of photos of my uncles that you took the crosses of Remembrance for.
Uncle John, the sailor, (known in the family as John Travers) was only 16 when he died. He was badly wounded at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 and died in hospital in Grimsby two days later.
He is buried in Manor Park, Ilford, his home ground.

Uncle Syd was 25 and married. He died in Tunis and is buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Medjez-el-Bab, 40 miles to the west. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to visit both of their graves.
Thank you again for your help.

John ‘Syd’ Cornwell

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.

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