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Cockermouth Puzzlers
WW1 Tank

A gentleman is researching the tanks that were gifted to towns up and down the country in recognition for their war effort fundraising during WW1. Cockermouth and Maryport both received tanks. A 1920 news report (25 February 1920) records the arrival of the tank in Cockermouth and its transfer to a concrete stand at the west end of the Fairfield.

We are hoping that someone will have a photograph of the tank to complete the story. It must have proved an irresistible draw for all the children in the town!

Also, does anyone know when the tank was removed?

Fun Fact - did you know that during WW1 injured soldiers convalesced at Cockermouth Castle?

J C W Drummond - Button

A Canadian group from British Columbia have an interest in the Cariboo goldfields. They have been excavating 1860s' goldmine shafts and found a shirt or fly button embossed with the words J C W Drummond, Cockermouth. The button came from an area in Grouse Creek in the Cariboo Goldfields. It was first mined in 1864 but the button was found in tunnels dating from the period 1902-5 mined by the United Company. The company was owned by three Cariboo pioneers, Beech La Salle, Joseph Wendle and John Bowron.

J C W Drummond was a tailor-outfitter with a shop on Station Street somewhere between 1881/91 right up to WWII.

We are looking for more information about the shop.  Can we find the owner of the button – did anyone in your family move to Canada to work the British Columbian gold mines?  The Canadians have the names of the miners to cross-check. A portion of the shafts can be seen at: www.devlinsbenchminingltd.blogspot.com