Should the name be added to the memorial? – New

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CHANGES: The Memorial at Middleton

VILLAGERS are invited to give their opinion on plans to add a missing name to a war memorial that is also in line for a redesign.

Because the memorial at the center of Middleton is grade II listed, people should be consulted before any changes are made.

The parish council proposes to replace the limit of posts and chains by posts and guardrails.

The name of Sgt Arthur Cave McBay can also be added to the list of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in wartime. He was born in Middleton-in-Teesdale in 1916, the son of William McBay and his wife, Sarah Annie (née Watson).

William worked for the Argentine Railways after the family moved to South America. However, they traveled to Middleton regularly, presumably to see family.

Arthur returned to the UK in 1940 to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve. He served as a wireless operator / air gunner but was killed on February 26, 1943, when his plane was shot down over Nazi Germany.

Judith Mashiter, clerk of the parish, said: “As far as research has revealed, Arthur is not commemorated by name on any war memorials in the UK and a member of his family has contacted the parish council to see if it would be possible to add Arthur’s name to the war memorial in his hometown.

“There is enough space on the sign with the names of the fallen WWII to add Arthur’s name without affecting the arrangement of other names and the addition of his name would have no effect on the nature of the memorial.

“The parish council would also appreciate any light that could be shed on the background to two of the three people named on the memorial as ‘dead as a result of war service’ – JW (Joseph William?) Anderson and JW (can -be Joseph) Collinson.

People can comment on the proposals by contacting the parish council by emailing Clerc@upperteesdale.org or writing to the clerk, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council, Moor Edge, Snaisgill, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co Durham DL12 0RP by October 15.

Anyone who opposes it is invited to give their reasons.


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