History of the Chapel
In 1949 the Archbishop of York dedicated the Border Regiment Chapel, with its existing memorials from the Crimean War to the First World War. Brigadier General Hyde-Harrison, Colonel of the Regiment, raised the funds through an appeal to the people of Cumberland and Westmorland.
Twelve pairs of Colours hang in the nave; the oldest being the Fontenoy Colours of 1745, one colour was removed in 2005 due to wear and having been renovated is now in the museum. The last pair of colours was added in 1980 and is the 1959 formation Colours of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.
The wrought iron gates with Border Regiment badges, emblems and battle honours were installed in 1949, together with the massive silver plated candlesticks and the cross on the altar.
The Communion Rail and kneeling desks were added in the 1980’s and 1990’s
A stained glass window by Hardman dated 1884, in the south nave, represents three biblical warriors with three Border Regiment panels below.
The memorial plaque on the west wall, commemorates the Colonels of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment. On amalgamation in 2006 it was rededicated to include the Border Regiment VC holders.
Books of Remembrance
There are four books of Remembrance:
Two dedicated in 1949, contain the names of the dead from the Border Regiment in both the First World War 1914-18 and the Second World War 1939-45
A third book of Remembrance and events (see under the VC Memorial) dating from 1949, records the deaths in service from the end of the Second World War to the first amalgamation in 1959. The events note regimental occasions including the marriages, baptisms and funerals of regimental members held in the Chapel. Any member of the regiment is entitled to use the Chapel for such occasions on request.
A fourth Book of Remembrance dating from 1980 records the deaths-in-service of The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment from 1959. This book continues to record the deaths of those serving today in The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Turning the Pages
A former officer and a former soldier of the Regiment attend the Chapel each Friday at 10.30 am for the purpose of remembering the fallen. They turn the pages (‘turning the leaves’) of the four books of Remembrance and read out the names of those listed; the new pages remain open until the following Friday