headstone inscribed “In memory of Richard Haythornthwaite of 2 Helmside, Oxenholme, who dies 31st December 1919 aged 60 years. This stone was erected by his fellow workmen and friends as a mark of their esteem. Also of Elizabeth Alice his wife who died April 5th 1935 aged 76 years. At rest.”
administration 17 March 1920 to Elizabeth Alice Haythornthwaite widow
effects £98 3s 9d
Richard and Elizabeth had 8 children:
William Haythornthwaite (1882–1966)– see further information below
Alice Haythornthwaite (1886–1954)– born at Workington – marriedFrederick Cragghill (1886–1954)of 19 Helmside, Oxenholme in 1911 – had two children – see Cragghill family page
Richard Haythornthwaite (1888–1955)– see further information below
Robert Haythornthwaite (1890–1896) – born at Workington and died there as an infant
Joyce Haythornthwaite (1892–1962) – born at Workington – never married – died at10 Windermere Road, Kendal aged 69
Jane Haythornthwaite (1895–?) – born at Workington
Elizabeth Ann Haythornthwaite (1898–1963)– born at Oxenholme – never married – died at10 Windermere Road, Kendal aged 65
Mary Agnes Haythornthwaite (1900–?) – born at Oxenholme
Richard Haythornthwaite (1911–1964) – lived with parents at 16 Helmside – railway linesman? – died 19 November 1964 at Beaumont Hospital, Lancaster – buried at St. Mark’s Church, Natland – headstone inscribed “In loving memory of a dear son Richard Haythornthwaite who died Nov. 19th 1964 aged 53 years. At rest.” – effects £4,152
Dorothy Haythornthwaite (1914–?) –
Richard Haythornthwaite (1888–1955)
married Mary Elizabeth Collin (1888–1963) in
lived at 24 Bolefoot, Oxenholme
no children identified
died 28 April 1955
buried at St. Mark’s Church, Natland
headstone inscribed “Treasured memories of my dear husband Richard Haythornthwaite died April 28th 1955 aged 66 years. Also Mary Elizabeth his wife died March 15th 1963 aged 75 years. At rest.”
probate 26 May 1955 to Richard Haythornthwaite linesman
effects £1,500 19s 2d
wife Mary died 15 March 1963 at Kentdale Nursing Home, Kendal
probate 13 May 1963 to Richard Haythornthwaite linesman
effects £2,763 2s 6d
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Known former residents of Oxenholme who have emigrated:
Ship: Otranto Line: Orient Departed: London 11 September 1913 Arrived: Sydney 23 October 1913
Hannah Mary ‘Ann’ Cragghill (1876-1944) – domestic – aged 34 – she later returned to Oxenholme to live
James Cragghill (1883-1961) – hairdresser – aged 30
Maria ‘Ria’ Cragghill (1888-1956) – domestic – aged 24
Thomas Cragghill (1893-1958) – cooper – aged 20
William Harrison Thornburrow, a butcher by trade, was the publican at the Station Inn. He appears to have travelled to Canada early in 1907 and found a home in Winnipeg. His family followed in August 1907
Ship: Corsican Line: Allan Departed: Liverpool 8 August 1907 Arrived: Quebec 17 August 1907
Mary Agnes Thornburrow nee Smith (1876-1944) – aged 31
Alice Smith (1883-1961) – aged 61
Alice Thornburrow (1888-1956) – aged 10
Jane ‘Jennie’ Thornburrow (1898-1958) – aged 8
Jim Thornburrow (1900-1982) – aged 7 – became a butcher – married Edythe Violet Sewell (1904-1994) in 1924
Ruth Thornburrow (1903-1932) – aged 5 – married Harold Clayton (1896-1953)
Corsican – the Thornburrow family experienced its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Quebec
Walter Green, a groom, from 2 Natland Terrace emigrated to Hilton, New Jersey in 1910
We know of six men associated with Oxenholme who lost their lives on active service in World War 1 or shortly after:
George Francis ‘Frank’ Askew (1889-1915) ‘Frank’, was born at Lancaster on 12 January 1889, the second of at least six children born to Edmund and his wife Ellen. The family moved to 12 Helmside, Oxenholme when Frank was just 2, with Edmund being employed on the railway first as a yardsman and then as a shunter. Frank enlisted at Glasgow and served as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He died at Gallipoli on 8 June 1915. His name is recorded on the Helles Memorial, Turkey but not on the Natland memorial.
Alexander Cragghill (1899-1918) Alexander, born in 1899, lived at 19 Helmside, Oxenholme and was the second of two sons born to William Cragghill and his second wife Catherine Cragghill (formerly White). Alexander’s father William, a railway engine driver, had thirteen children by his first wife Ellen Craghill neé Butler. Alexander served as a Private with the 13th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. He died on 28 March 1918 during the First Battle of Arras. Alexander’s name is recorded on the Arras Memorial, France and on the original plaque of the Natland memorial.
Herbert Nixon (1892-1920) Herbert, born at Clifton, Westmorland in 1892, was the second of five children born to Thomas George Nixon and his wife Elizabeth Todd Nixon who lived at 24 Helmside, Oxenholme. Like his father, Herbert worked on the railway. Herbert married Helen Escolme in July 1917 and daughter Marian was born in October 1918. Sadly Helen died just three weeks later. Herbert initially served as a Private in the RASC Motor Transport Unit. He died from typhus on 25 January 1920 while serving in Southern Russia. Daughter Marian was brought up by her mother’s sister. Herbert’s name is recorded on the Haidar Pasha Memorial, Turkey and on a supplementary plaque added to the Natland memorial in 2008.
Douglas Swan Tweddle (1891-1917) Douglas, born at Oxenholme in 1891, was the fourth of eleven children born to James Swan Tweddle and his wife Rhoda Nixon who lived at 23 Helmside, Oxenholme. Like his father, Douglas worked on the railway. Douglas married Florence Cole at St. Peter’s Church, Aintree in 1916. He served as a Private in the 22nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. He died on 27 May 1917. His name is commemorated on the Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Memorial and at St. Peter’s Church, Aintree, but not on the Natland memorial.
Charles, born at Oxenholme on 24 June 1894, was the fifth of six children born to William James Wilson (1845–1904) and his wife Susan Isabella Rachel Wilson nee Smith (1860–1933), known as Rachel, who lived at High Park House, Oxenholme. Charles was educated at Cheltenham College. He served with the 2nd Battalion, The Border Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant but was killed in action on 12 March 1925 during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, France aged 20. He was initially buried at Cuthbert Farm Cemetery near Richebourg-L’Avoue and his remains were due to be moved in 1925 to Rue-Petillon Cemetery, Fleurbaix but were not found. His name is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial and on the Kendal Memorial. Probate was granted at Carlisle on 23 July 1915 to his widowed mother Rachel. His estate was valued at £744.
John James Woof (1893-1917) John, a farm labourer born at Oxenholme, was the second of eight children born to Joseph Woof and his wife Hannah Woof. He served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment. He died on 23 April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
In November 2018, Kendal Library, with the support of Kendal Town Council and the Royal British Legion, created a walking trail to commemorate the sacrifice of the 316 men from Kendal and Oxenholme during the First World War. The above is an extract. Unfortunately, the red markers were placed at the wrong end of Helmside Road – all the men lived in Helmside Cottages off the map in the bottom left corner.
We know of one man associated with Oxenholme who lost his life on active service in World War 2 or shortly after:
George William Armer (1912-1943) George was born in 1912 to Robert John Armer and his wife Jane who lived at 17 Helmside, Oxenholme. George was a schoolmaster and served in WW2 as a Sergeant Navigator/Bomber in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 15 Squadron. George was killed in action on 2 March 1943. He was buried at Baarderadeel General Cemetery, Schillaard, Friesland, Netherlands and is commemorated on the Natland War Memorial and by a wall plaque inside St. Mark’s Church