The St Patrick's World War One memorials that were on display at the Lismore Place then Harraby sites are currently with Cumbria Archives for conservation. In preparation for their return, we are preparing an information panel to accompany them.
We would like to include short profiles of the soldiers listed on the Roll of Honour, all of whom attended St Patrick's (the predecessor of St John Henry Newman Catholic School).
For this, we are asking for help from students, parents and relatives.
Then, use the websites listed below to research your soldier(s) and create a short profile (no more than one side of A4) outlining any key information about that person. It is possible that there is very little or even no information at all available but it is hoped that we will manage to produce profiles of many of the soldiers on the list.
Once you feel that you have gathered as much information as possible, handwritten profiles can be handed to Miss Lowrey in school. Digital copies can be emailed to her at the email address above.
www.cwgc.org – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Completely free to access. Searching for a name will yield a list of results with some information. If you click "Download all results" at the top of the list of results, this will open a spreadsheet which may give extra information.
www.astreetnearyou.org – a searchable map of sites related to individuals in World War One. Also linked to profiles on the Lives of the First World War website. Free to access.
www.livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk – an Imperial War Museum project to create profiles of soldiers who served in World War One. Free to access.
www.forces-war-records.co.uk – access to war records. Requires registration for a free account.
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-soldiers-of-the-first-world-war/ - a guide to searching the National Archives for war records. Some records are available to view free online but not all of them.
www.ancestry.co.uk – whilst this is an excellent site, it is not free. We are not recommending that people sign up for and pay for this as there is plenty of information available for free on other sites. However, we are drawing your attention to it in case you are interested. There is access to service records and medal roll cards as well as other non-war related records about individuals. You could find your soldier on the 1911 or 1901 census returns and find out where he lived and who with or find his birth, marriage or death records. In 2021, the 1921 census records will be released to the public so we could possibly find soldiers who returned from the war to carry on their lives. You can sign up for a 14 day free trial but this will require you to input credit or debit card details and to remember to cancel the subscription after the 14 free days to avoid paying any charges. Again, we are not saying that this is essential as there is plenty of information available for free. This is only if you choose to use this website.
Cumbria Libraries - Local Studies and Family History | Cumbria County Council - Find My Past is available in the library – currently available at home while library is shut, reviewed monthly.
Once the Archives Office reopens, there will be the opportunity to search real records, including a lot of what ancestry.co.uk offers, for free in the Archives Office with staff to help.
You could also find your soldier on a war memorial in Carlisle. A nice walk to the site to take a photograph to add to your profile seems like a good idea.