During a recent trip to a local church on a rather wet and windy day, I noticed that the rain was working it’s way through slight gaps in the stained glass window at the south of the church tower and dripping on the war memorial beneath the window – to all intents and purposes, the drops looked like tears rolling down the stone.
The stone slab commemorates those who died during World War II,while the window carries a memorial to those who died in the First. I see many local War memorials, installed to remember those parishioners who lost their lives during the two conflicts, but I seldom see the name of a woman – in this case that of Sister Eveline Mary Hodgson, who was a nurse – who died during the First World War.
I knew of this area of farmland from a map, on which the sites of battlefields are marked by crossed swords, but I hadn’t really given it a lot of thought until I was out for a ride on the old pushbike and happened on this monument by the side of the road.
Marston Moor, near Tockwith, (North Yorkshire, England) was the location for the Battle of Marston Moor. The battle took place on 2nd July 1644 – in the time of 2 hours around 4300 were killed.
As with all these places, on nice sunny day you wouldn’t believe so much life was taken in such innocuous looking fields.
I found this reference if you’re interested in more detail.