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Ripon Cemetery Ripon Cemetery
(Photograph from the Commonwealth War Graves Commison website)

During the First World War, Ripon Military Hospital contained 670 beds, and served the military camps at Ripon. Ripon Cemetery contains 122 scattered burials from this period.

In 1940 the School of Military Engineering was transferred to Ripon, where it remained for the duration of the war, the Yorkshire dales becoming an important military training centre. However, the majority of the Second World War burials in the cemetery are those of airmen from airfields in the locality, the R.A.F. Station at Dishforth being only a few miles distant. The headquarters of No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Bomber Group was at Allerton Park near Knaresborough and many of the Canadian airmen buried here came from the Royal Canadian Air Force Station at Leeming, a base from which Canadian heavy bomber squadrons carried out their night attacks over enemy occupied Europe. The Canadian training base headquarters of No. 6 Group was at Topcliffe. After 1943 most of the airmen who died in this district were buried in the regional cemetery at Harrogate.

Most of the 59 Second World War burials form a war graves plot in Section H. The plot also contains five German war graves.

Three soldiers who served with the Yorkshire Regiment are buried in this cemetery. Photographs of their headstones, and of the Cross of Sacrifice in the cemetery, have been kindly provided by Paul Marshall of the Yorkshire Indexers.


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Private William Armstrong. 16462.
Private William Armstrong. 16462.
10th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Violet Robinson Armstrong, of 119, Lewis St., Middle Rawton, Fence Houses, Co. Durham. Died at home 30 August 1917. Aged 31.
Born New Herrington, Enlisted Houghton-le-Spring, Resided Rainton (Fencehouses)

"TILL THE DAY BREAKS"

Private H McLoughlin. 2398.
Private H McLoughlin. 2398.
5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, transf. to (256137) 408th Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps. Son of W. B. and Edith McLoughlin, of 6, Brewster Terrace, Ripon. Died at home 7 December 1918. Aged 23.

"R I P"

Serjeant Robert Henry Nutbrown. 240210.
Serjeant Robert Henry Nutbrown. 240210.
5th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 6 November 1918.
Born York, Enlisted Ebberston, Resided Scarborough.

The Cross of Sacrifice, Ripon Cemetery
The Cross of Sacrifice, Ripon Cemetery
Photo : Paul Marshall

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