Church of England Diocese of York Skipton on Swale

War Memorials

Skipton on Swale War Memorials 1914 – 1918

A Memorial in the church porch states:

                                                                 TO THE GLORY OF GOD

                                                                   AND IN MEMORY OF

                                                                 THOSE IN THIS PARISH

                                                                 WHO FELL IN THE WAR


                                                                  PTE ARTHUR THORPE


                                                                      PTE A BUTCHER

                                                                OTAGO INFANTRY NZ


                                                                     PTE J BUTCHER

                                                                   TARANKE GOV NZ


                                                                 AND IN MEMORY OF

                                                        THE REV W Z JONES MA VICAR

                                                               WHO DIED 29 DEC 1919


BUTCHER, Albert

Lance Corporal, B Company, 1st Battalion, Otago Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Army no 10/2089.

He was killed in action on Saturday 16 September 1916. He was 25.

He was the son of Jacob and Emily Butcher, Catton, Thirsk.

He is remembered on The Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial.

Additional information

His address on enlistment in the Fifth Wellington Infantry Battalion was Hannan Hotel, Marton in

the Military district of Wellington.

His next of kin is listed as Jacob Butcher, Catton, Thirsk.


And his brother

BUTCHER, Joseph

Private, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Army no 10/297.

He died from his wounds on Sunday 15 August 1915. He was 22.

He was the son of Jacob and Emily Butcher, Catton, Thirsk

He is buried in Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt.

Additional information

His address on enlistment in the Wellington Infantry Battalion is c/o C T Keeble, Fitzherbert West, Palmerston North in the Military District of Wellington

His next of kin is listed as J Butcher, Catton, Thirsk.


THORPE, Arthur

Private, 10th (North Otago) Company, 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Army no 8/2161

He was killed in action on Friday 12 October 1917. He was 26.

He was the son of William and Ellen Thorpe, Catton and the husband of E Mona Thorpe.

He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial

Additional information

His address on enlistment in the 5th Reinforcement Otago Infantry Battalion is c/o S Combe, Fern Flats, Marton, NZ in the Military District of Wellington

His next of kin is listed as W Thorpe (Father) Catton on Swale, Thirsk which conflicts with the CWGC’s information.


 <span style="font-size: 1rem;">JONES William Zacharias (Rev'd)</span>

The Vicarage, Baldersby by St James, Yorkshire. He was single.

He served as a Chaplain to the Forces starting in 1917 before returning to his Parish a year later. His military record states in August 1917 he was free for a year and that he joined up on 30 September that year. The Archbishop refused permission for his Military Service to be extended.

He died at home on 26 December 1919.

He was very involved in the Church of England Men’s Society and could possibly have helped young men to emigrate to New Zealand. Three men from one parish is a big coincidence and the churches were involved in this activity.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">There is a note on his Service Card that he could hold a Service in the Welsh Language having been born in Carmarthenshire.</span>        

                                                                         Information kindly researched by Michael Allbrook of Deddington


Outside Skipton Hall, there is a Cairn in the shade of a maple tree. The plaque on the cairn reads:

                                                                          420      424     432      433

On this site in August 1944, a disabled Royal Canadian Air Force Halifax III Bomber crashed on return from a bombing mission, resulting in the deaths of two crew members and one civilian.

This cairn, in the shade of a Canadian maple tree, is erected to honour all those who served with the RCAF Six Group Squadrons at Skipton on Swale during WWII, and the many civilians who supported them. May their enterprise, couragae and devotion to duty be remembered and serve as an inspiration to all.

Dedicated May 19 1984 by a group including grateful survivors.

                                                                      ‘This was their finest hour’

[Note: The ‘civilian’ who died was a five-year-old boy]