Men's names will be added to Rushen war memorial

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The names of two men lost while serving during World War One will be added to the war memorial at Rushen Parish church.

The move amends an omission made almost 100 years ago.

It is unclear why James Quine and William Watterson were excluded from the memorial, although it might have involved a disagreement with the vicar at the time, Reverend Leece.

The name of a third man - Eden Caine, who was a sapper in the Royal Engíneers and killed in action in 1916 - was also thought to be missing until his granddaughter Barbara Corran found it on a memorial inside the church.

’His name could have just got lost in the turmoil,’ said Jack Quine of his uncle James. ’The vicar’s son was lost in the war, but with James there was no body, so no proof of death. The vicar’s very words were: "He could be living the life of Riley".’

James was on the ship Brae Glen when, in pitch darkness (during black out), it collided with another vessel in the Mersey and sank in August 1918 just before the war ended. He was 17.

Jack said he was ’very pleased’ restitution is finally being made.

William was an able seaman on the cargo ship G A Savage when she was hit and sunk on March 1, 1917,by a torpedo fired by German submarine UC-47 off Pendeen Point. She was on the way from Workington to Swansea with a cargo of pitch. William was 16.

Jack Ronan campaigned for William’s name to be included since 1990 as it was an injustice felt very keenly by relatives. He said: ’People in Cregneash were talking about it - what had been done was wrong. My brother Ken revived it in my memory. In 1990 I started writing letters. Most of the time I was getting no response but I kept at it. When Juan Watterson (Rushen MHK and now Speaker) took office he started pushing it. I have a file on it. It was for Willie Watterson, he was my mother’s cousin.’

He said James’s name was then suggested: ’The family got wind of it. It must have started it off.’

Juan Watterson SHK wrote to local authorities in Rushen, Port Erin and Port St Mary asking them to contribute. Rushen will donate £200 and he has yet to hear from the others. He wrote: ’War memorials were funded by public subscription, the church agrees to maintain them, but not to fund additions.’ The cost is £2,000.

’It is important all those people who died are remembered,’ he added. ’This goes to show it’s never too late we can remember them as we want to as a community.’

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