Nestling in the stunning surroundings of Wharfedale, the parish church of the picture postcard village of Kettlewell is home to four different war memorial windows, the most I have found in the many parish churches we have visited around Britain.
The East window of the church really took my breath away. I could not stop looking at it. Beautiful and poignant.
The window has three panels. The left panel depicts a soldier on sentry duty on the battlefield. The centre panel depicts a guardian angel standing over discarded military equipment. The right panel depicts a soldier by a camp fire, smoking a cigarette (possibly the only instance of a cigarette appearing in a church memorial window!). In the background are scenes of battle ruins and barbed wire, and an angel appears to be ministering to all the men.
An associated plaque has the painful inscription
THE EAST WINDOW
WAS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES GODFREY HAGGAS CUTCLIFFE HYNE
A LIEUTENANT IN
THE IRISH GUARDS
WHO AT THE AGE OF 18 ON NOVEMBER 31ST 1916
GAVE HIS LIFE FOR
The West Yorkshire Pioneer and East Lancashire News reported on 24th November 1916
Lieutenant G.C.H. Cutcliffe Hyne, of the Irish Guards, died in London on Tuesday from wounds received in action on September 15th. He was the only son of Mr. C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne, the well-known novelist, of Heaton Lodge, Bradford, and of Kettlewell, and was in his nineteenth year. When war broke out he was at Rugby School, and joined the Officer’s Training Corps there. Granted a commission in the Irish Guards, he joined his regiment at the Front in April. Promoted to the trench mortar battery, he figured in a notable deed of gallantry, which resulted in the capture of seventeen out of twenty-five of the enemy. Lieutenant Cutcliffe Hyne was wounded in a charge by the Guards on September 15th. He was conveyed to London, and nursed at the house of the Hon. Mrs. Guest, Park Lane, where he died on Tuesday. The funeral will take place at Kettlewell.
The same newspaper ran a report of the funeral on 1st December 1916
THE LATE LIEUT. CUTCLIFFE HYNE
Funeral at Kettlewell
The interment of the late Lieutenant G. C. H. Cutcliffe Hyne, of the Irish Guards, only son of Mr. C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne, the well-known Yorkshire novelist, took place with military honours at Kettlewell on Saturday. Lieut. Cutcliffe Hyne, who was in his 19th year, figured in a notable deed of gallantry which resulted in the saving of all his guns, and in the capture of 17 out of 25 of the enemy. He was wounded about the middle of September, and up to Monday last appeared to be making good progress towards recovery, but on Tuesday he had a relapse and died.
The body was conveyed from London to Kettlewell on Friday, and was taken into the church, where it rested during the night. The service at the church on Saturday was very largely attended. The officiating ministers were Rev. J. W. Cockerill (Kettlewell), Rev. C. H. Lowe (Rylstone), and Rev. J. A. Leighton (Linton). The coffin was carried on the shoulders of ten non-commissioned officers and men of the Irish Guards, and on it were laid the late officer’s cap and sword. Three brother officers, Lieutenant Nutting, Lieutenant Bagenal, and Second Lieut. Shears, also attended. The ‘Last Post’ was sounded at the graveside.
The private mourners were Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hyne, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Haggas, Sir J.C. Oddy, Mr. Fred Haggas, Mr. and Mrs. T. Brigg and Miss Brigg, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Gibson, and Mrs. Bateson. Among personal friends who attended were Mr. Halliwell Sutcliffe, Mr. G. and Mrs. Holdsworth (Netherside Hall), Capt. and Mrs. C.P. Charlesworth, Miss Charlesworth, Mr. and Mrs. W. Gurney, Mr. W. Barnard, Mrs. Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Watson Smeeth (Ilkley), Mr. J.J. Brigg, Mrs. Cecil Sharp, Miss M.E. Weatherhead, Mrs. Lowe, Mr. H. Wiseman (Coniston), Rev. J.C. Sowerbutts (Kettlewell), Mr. Wm. Robinson, Mr. T. Leyland, Mr. F. Jowett (Grassington and Bradford), Mr. A.E. Ingham, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson, Dr. Hynes, Mrs. Tetley (Grassington), Mr. J. Benn (Burley), Mr. T.R. Renton (Bradford), and Mr. Robert Webster.
Among the floral tributes were those from ‘Father and Mother’, Mrs. Hyne, Mr. and Mrs. F. Hyne, Sir John Clough and cousins at Haincliffe, Sir Arthur and Lady Godwin and Mrs. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Wright, Rev. E.H. and Mrs. Wynn, the officers of the Irish Guards, his old house at Rugby, the officers at Hallfield House, London, V.A.D.S., Hallfield House, Mr. and Mrs. Halliwell Sutcliffe, the Vicar of Kettlewell and family, and Dr. and Misses Mossop.
Charles’ father, Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne (1866–1944) was a writer of many adult adventure stories about the character `Captain Kettle’, no doubt the name taken from his adopted home of Kettlewell. He also wrote for Boys’ Own Paper. How sad that his own son’s boyhood adventure saw him cut down when he had barely reached adulthood. Another member of the generation whose gifts were lost to the country.
You can find out more on the connections between war and Christianity in my two books, Fight the Good Fight: Voices of Faith from the First World War and Fight the Good Fight: Voices of Faith from the Second World War.
Both books make a lovely gift for anyone interested in these two areas, and a personally signed and discounted copy can be ordered directly from me at firstname.lastname@example.org.