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War Memorial #444 ~ Romanby

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Hidden : 06/01/2018
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1.5 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

Romanby is, or was, a village adjoining North Yorkshire’s County Town of Northallerton, The name is of Scandinavian origin, coming from Romund’s Farm but the name Romanby has been used since the 14th century. Although much developed since being recorded in the Domesday Book, the area retains its village character with an attractive green.

Romanby War Memorial, or Romanby Cenotaph, is a commemorative clock tower, with Memorial Panels on three sides. On the front is a panel dedicating the memorial to men who fell in the Great War, 1914 -1918.  A panel of names of 8 men who died in the Second World War, 1939 – 1945 was added after that conflict and a single panel commemorates an airman also lost in the Second World War.

On the left and right are panels with the names of 14 men who lost their lives in the Great War, of whom six served in the Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards).

With the greatest respect to all who fell in these or any other conflict, we have some details of F/O Gordon L. Hills, a wireless operator / air gunner. In July 1943 he was invested with the Distinguished Flying Medal by the King after flying fifty bombing operations with 76 Squadron based at Linton-on Ouse and was awarded the D.F.M. for gallantry in air operations. Later that year, he volunteered to fill a vacant crew place on a bomber taking part in a major operation. His plane was one of many lost that night. It was his 52nd and sadly his last mission; he was 20 years of age.

It is right that he, and all those named here and on every such memorial are remembered for their contribution to the freedom we enjoy.

The co-ordinates bring you to the front of Romanby Cenotaph and by studying the names on the various panels using this guidance you can work out the co-ordinates for the nearby location of the cache itself.

The Cache can be found at N54° PQ.RST W001° UV.WXY where

P = Number of initials of the Driver

Q = Number of letters in J. L.’s surname minus one

R = Number of letters in the surname of the second hero of WW2

S = Number of heroes on the main panel of WW2 minus 3

T = Number of letters in the surname of the second Hero on the right panel

U = Number of initials of the Gunner

V = Number of letters in the surname of the Company Quartermaster Sergeant

W = Number of letters in the surname of the fifth hero of WW2

X = Number of letters in the surname of Private T.

Y = Number of letters in the Flying Officer’s surname minus one

Checksum = 55

Please ensure that the cache container is returned out of sight of passing muggles, and as always, please treat the memorial and its garden with the appropriate respect.

The series is dedicated to those who fought for their country. "We will remember them!”

If anyone would like to place a War Memorial Cache of your own then please do so. We would ask if you do so please contact

Just-us-Two through their profile page or;
so they can keep track of the numbers



Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gerr oruvaq lbh, oynpx naq farnxl, orfg ol srry

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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