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Old photo M005

This sombre photo was taken in the west end of the grave-yard at St Peter's Church, Ireleth. The two central stones are the resting place of two brothers, William and John Corkish, both of whom died during the Great War. The Barrow Guardian, of Saturday 13 July 1918, recorded their funeral thus:

"About a fortnight ago we chronicled the circumstances of the death and funeral of a discharged soldier, William Edward Corkish (23), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Corkish, 64, Duke-street, Askam, the remains being accorded a military burial. To-day it is our sad duty to report the death and funeral of Pte. John Henry Corkish (22), the second son, who passed away in the Military Hosptial, Cambridge-street, Barrow, on Friday. The soldier was in the 11th King's Own Lancaster Regt., and joined up at the beginning of the war."

It's difficult now to imagine the funeral. A firing party was furnished by "the Askam Detachment of Volunteers" and the Last Post was sounded by Bugler McBurnie of Barrow. A large group of mourners attended. Could either of those men getting of the train at Askam Station (see M001) be one of the Corkish boys?