Thomas Barton Canby
This picture hangs proudly on my wall and now seems an appropriate time to share it with everyone as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It is a pen & ink drawing of Borwick Hall by Thomas Barton Canby, dated 1914. Borwick Hall is a 16th century manor house in the heart of my home village of Borwick, close to the Lancashire/Cumbria border. Thomas Canby was a Rifleman with the Queen Victoria Rifles and died in action in 1915 at the age of 21 – only a year after he completed the picture. He was the son of a farmer born in Arkholme and when his mother was widowed the family moved to Borwick, very close to Borwick Hall. He was educated at Bentham Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Battersea College, he then took up employment as a schoolmaster in Hornsey.
Thomas Barton Canby’s name appears at the top of the Roll of Honour which hangs on the staircase wall of Borwick & Priest Hutton War Memorial Hall and he is also remembered on the memorial plaque at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium.
“Lest We Forget”