One of the items that were saved was the 1939-1945 War Memorial, which names the employees of Scapa Dryers who served in the armed forces during WW2. Of those fifty-nine men, six were killed and their names are marked on the memorial with a cross. The Memorial was, however, in danger of being forgotten or ending up being thrown away in a skip. As it was always in pride of place in the factory Roger contacted Stephen Irwin, Education Officer at Blackburn Museum in order to try and salvage it. The Museum agreed to have the Memorial but rather than see the Memorial go into storage, the Museum staff felt it should continue to be used by members of the Witton Community and so they asked Witton Park High School if they would give the Memorial a home.
On Thursday 20th January 2010, former Manager of Scapa, Dudley Cannon, officially unveiled the Memorial in the School in front of a number of guests including Councillor Damian Talbot, Headteacher Dean Logan along with Governors and teachers from the School, Gordon Hebden and Kenny & Kenneth Houghton whose relations are named on the Memorial, and of course Roger, Stephen & Laura Parfitt, Head of History at Witton Park High School, who all helped to secure the future of the Memorial. Pupils from Witton Park School who had painstakingly researched the people who were named on the Memorial also got the chance to speak about their findings and talk to former employees of the factory.
The Memorial is on loan from the Museum to Witton Park High School for the next 18 months until a new school is ready and hopefully the Memorial will have a permanent home in the new school. Anyone can view the Memorial and can do so by contacting Witton Park High School on 01254 264551 and ask for Laura Parfitt.
This is the list of the people named on the memorial:
Ainsworth G, Allsup H*, Ashworth H, Ashworth PN, Bennett T, Blackburn JH, Bradley F, Buckley H, Campbell A, Campbell J, Carr JV, Carter W, Carysforth H, Chadwick W, Charnley A, Crompton T, Dickinson TA, Evans G, Fort J, Green A, Hamilton J, Hayhurst W, Hebden N (DFC), Hebson C, Hewitt N, Hindle J, Houghton A *, Jackson J*, Johnson R, Knott F, Leeming J, Livesey J, Livesey W, Longworth F, Lowe D, Mitchell M, Morris J, Munroe A, McCabe G, Norcross F, Orme H, Parker H, Parkinson F*, Proctor AS, Read H*, Read S, Riley H, Roper GL, Rushworth F, Shepherd S, Tattersall A, Tomlinson R, van Goietsenoven F, Waddington E*, Walmsley W, Wardell J, Webber C, Whitehouse T, Wilkinson G.
The names on the list marked with a * are those men who were killed.