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The Reverend Canon Cyril Lomax M.A.


The Reverend Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax on horseback
Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Washington Village (1899 to 1946)
Artist, Historian, WW1 Veteran, Pillar of the Community

 

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax & Dog
The Reverend Canon Cyril Lomax - WW1 Chaplain

Durham Light Infantry, 8th Battalion

List of Territorials
Extract: Washington Volunteer Record

List of Relief Committee
Extract: Washington Volunteer Record


Canon Cyril Lomax was born in 1871 at Marton, Cheshire and was educated at Keble College Oxford, graduating with a B.A. in History.
He came to Washington Holy Trinity Church as Assistant Priest in 1897 and was appointed Rector in 1899, a post he held until 1946.

In 1900, he became Chaplain to the 4th Volunteer Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, which was renamed the 8th Battalion in 1908.
Their association lasted almost 25 years. The 8th Battalion was part of the 151st Infantry Brigade which crossed to France in April 1915 but Canon Lomax did not accompany them, probably due to Parish commitments e.g. see above Washington Relief Committee image.  Cyril Lomax joined his Battalion a few months later in July 1916 and famously wrote about his experiences in beautifully illustrated letters.


The Washington & District Volunteer Record, First Edition, Friday, Sept. 11th, 1914 makes fascinating reading.  You'll find it at : What's Where; Misc.; Washington's Volunteers.

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax - Letter example
An Extract from one of Canon Lomax's Illustrated Letters

Quotation from National Trust website:
"Cyril, who was an accomplished artist and prolific letter writer,
saw the devastation during the Battle of the Somme and
described the reality of life in the trenches."

 

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax - Letter example
An Extract from one of Canon Lomax's Illustrated Letters

Quotation from National Trust website:
"Cyril, who was an accomplished artist and prolific letter writer,
saw the devastation during the Battle of the Somme and
described the reality of life in the trenches."

 

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax - Letter example
An Extract from one of Canon Lomax's Illustrated Letters

Quotation from National Trust website:
"Cyril, who was an accomplished artist and prolific letter writer,
saw the devastation during the Battle of the Somme and
described the reality of life in the trenches."

 

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax - Memorial Service
Canon Lomax leading a Memorial Service at Washington Village Cenotaph

 

Canon Cyril Lomax

Old Hall Committee Letter Head
Letterhead:  Canon Lomax was a Trustee in the 1932 Committee working to preserve Washington Old Hall

Quotation from local historian, Bill Arbuckle: "During World War I Lomax served in France as chaplain to the 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was at the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916.  After the war Cyril resumed parish duties and was a member of the Welcome Home Committee, which commissioned the Washington War Memorial.  For many years he was President of the Washington Branch of the British Legion and became an active founder member of the Washington Old Hall Preservation Committee, which was able to save the Hall from demolition."

Old Hall Committee Letter Head
London Gazette, 26th October, 1909

More information about the Old Hall and its Preservation at: What's Where; People; Fred Hill.

Canon Cyril Lomax

Canon Lomax - Cycling Club
Holy Trinity Church - Canon Lomax with the Church Cycling Club

 

Cyril Lomax, Rector of Washington Holy Trinity Church

Canon Lomax's Comic Mark
'SIGNATURE MARK'
Initial 'C' in the shape of his jaw.
Initial 'L' in the shape of his nose

[ Many thanks to Jean Potts for this brilliant contribution. ]