Glusburn and Cross Hills War Memorial

Memorial Document

On Armistice Day, 11th November, a new memorial was unveiled in Cross Hills by Sir Edward Horsfall, 4th Baronet of Hayfield, and descendant of mill founder John Cousin Horsfall and benefactor to the village.

Up to 100 people gathered for the event which marked the culmination of eight month’s work by Glusburn and Cross Hills Parish Council. For almost 100 years there had been no War Memorial in the villages, although some names were commemorated on Rolls of Honour in local chapels, which now are lost. Some are commemorated too on memorials at Sutton-in-Craven and Kildwick. Others had no memorial.

The new memorial stone and monolith carries a gunmetal plaque bearing the names of 57 local men who fell in the Great War. The names were researched by local retired Deputy Headmaster, David Birks of Glusburn. Amongst the fallen was a 19 year old Harold Shuttleworth, Able Seaman RN lost at the battle of Jutland. Also commemorated is Captain Cedric Fawcett Horsfall of the 1st/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, of Cross Hills killed in 1916. He was a partner in the business of John C Horsfall, Worsted Spinners of Glusburn, and great uncle of Sir Edward.

Attending the ceremony which preceded the 11 o’clock two minute silence, as well as the Horsfall family, were representatives and Standard Bearer of The Royal British Legion, Skipton, Haworth Home Guard Living History Group, Bugler David Peckover representing The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and representing the South Craven Fellowship of Churches, Reverend Robin Figg of Kildwick Church, who conducted the dedication of the Memorial.

The Parish Council has been helped in the project by the generosity of local people, and facilities and services provided by a number of businesses, among them J N Bentley’s; E & R Hutchinson; J.C. Cowgill; and the stone mason Martyn West of Quality Carvings who did the stonework and erected the memorial. The land on which it stands was kindly gifted to the Parish by Craven District Council.

Images from Armistice Day