The Address given by the President of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club:
May I welcome all of you to this Act of Remembrance.
At 11 o’clock on the 11th November 1918 the terrible fighting of the First World War ended. At 11 o’clock today I shall ask everyone here to remain silent for two minutes of reflection and thought.
I represent the Fell and Rock Climbing Club whose plaque here on the summit of Great Gable commemorates those of our members who lost their lives in the First World War. You may be interested in hearing a little about the ones who died 100 years ago, in 1917.
John Bean died near Ypres and is buried at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
Stanley Jeffcoat died in the trenches and is buried at Roclincourt Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
Stanley Linzell died in the trenches. He is buried in the Foreste Communal Cemetery at Aisne in France.
Henry Slingsby died aged 24 in the trenches and is buried at the Adinkerke Military Cemetery, at De Panne in Belgium.
George Turner died near Bapaume and is buried at the Favreuil British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais
We must also remember all those people who have lost their lives in conflicts throughout the world since that time and who are still losing their lives in the current conflicts.
After the end of the First World War our Club was looking for a suitable memorial but was looking to the future as well as the past. The result was that in 1923 the Club bought a vast tract of land above 1500 feet, from Kirkfell over the Gables to Grey Knotts above Honister and from Glaramara to Allen Crags and Great End over Broad Crag to Lingmell.
This high ground and these felltops were then gifted to the National Trust to hold on behalf of the nation to allow all of us the enjoyment of free access to these fells forever. This is their true memorial.
This Act of Remembrance is however not just restricted to the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, although many of my fellow members are here, but rather we are drawn from all sections of society sharing a common bond of love for these fells.
To allow this observance to have the widest relevance, our Club wishes it to be neither sectarian nor denominational and that it should avoid commercial, political, national, military and specific religious overtones. We ask that this Act of Remembrance should be reflective, private and personal as well as collective. Can I ask you all to join me now in two minutes silence to honour those who have died and have been denied the freedoms we enjoy.