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Reply Jayne
8:44 AM on July 31, 2017 

remembering your sacrifice. Hope you are resting in peace - Thomas William Richmond father of my dear grandma Ellen. 

Dear Thomas died 27 August 1917 at Passchendaele. Commemorated on Tyne Cot memorial 

With love

your family


Reply Graham Wright
9:51 AM on March 10, 2017 

My Grandfather is to be commemorated on the Headingley War Memorial and there is to be a rededication on the 2nd April 2017 Sapper Reginald Wright' is currently being  placed on the appropriate name plaque and the memorial is to be cleaned and pointed. His name will on this memorial for the first time in 99 years.

Reply Graham Wright
8:22 AM on December 22, 2016 

Although, at first, I thought my grandfather (Reginald Wright) had been given an additional initial, as the name on the Memorial was shown as R. A. Wright. However, I subsequently discovered that, Sergeant R. A. Wright of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was rightfully on the Memorial and also had a seat dedicated to him at Leeds Minster. Moves to add my grandfather's name to the Headingley War Memorial has been through the support of many people but Leeds City Council have shown fantastic determination to ensure we would achieve our goal. The ceremony is initially planned for the 2nd April 2017 at 10.45 am.

Reply Judith
1:06 PM on November 15, 2016 

I have been trying for years to find out where my grandmothers brothers are commemorated, and thanks to your site I now know. Harry and Herbert Downing, listed on the memorial in St Saviour, Richmond Hill. Thank you so much!

Reply Valerie
9:19 AM on May 30, 2016 

Hi Dave

I have a photo of Alfred Preston Lonnergan that I would like to post n this site, how do I go about it?

Please advise.

Thanks

Val Jackson

Reply Graham
9:40 AM on May 29, 2016 

Hi Verity,

I don't think the surname, Swage, is your great grandfather according to appropriate details below. 

The surname Swage is on the Imperial War Museum site as Reilly Swage, R. P. :War Memorials name reference: 52527.

If you go into the Imperial War Museum/Memorials web site under the Headingley War Memorial you are able to view all names. My grandfather has an extra initial on the Headingley War Memorial, itself which is incorrect but the IWM have listed him correctly.

I hope this is of help.

Kind Regards,

Graham Wright 

Verity Ferguson says...

Hello Dave

I note that my great grandfather, Norman Savage, of Headingley is not recorded on the Headingley War Memorial but the word Swage is - do you think this was a transcription error? He is on the Headingley Methodist Church's internal memorial as a member of that church. I can give you full details of his war record if you want them.He died aged 38 on 30.10.1918, at Le Cateau.

Reply Allan Dawkins
4:50 PM on May 26, 2016 

Re: The War Memorial at Armley Park (Gott's Park ,emorial); There is a reference to a 'J. Gledhill' * data unknown; I think that this refers to 'John Edward Gledhill'  Private J E Gledhill Reg No: 201527 1st Battalion - Royal Scots Fusiliers killed in Action 26th Sept 1017 at the Battle of Polygon wood , Passchendaele. He was born in Holbeck Leeds in Jan 1887 to James and Mary Jane Gledhill; Hope that this is useful to you Graham

PS John E Gledhill is remembered at the RSF museum in Glasgow and he has a commemorative inscription at Tyne Cot cemetery on Tablet 60 / 61.

Allan Dawkins

Reply David Morris
1:35 PM on July 8, 2015 

Hi Dave

thanks for your comments. Below are the details on the Leeds Modern Page I gave of John Sydney I know he was born in Leeds and it states it on the page along with his photograph WHITEHEAD John Sydney Private 15/960 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Leeds. Son of Harry a partner in J. Whitehead printers and Lithograthers of Alfred Street Leeds and Emily Jane Scott Married 1864 in Leeds. CWGC Alfred Street Boar Lane Enlisted with Brother Arthur. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work in in an engineering firm. September 1914 with his brother Arthur enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals. Both brothers trained at Colsterdale and Salisbury, and John was sent with the Pals to Egypt. Arthur, John Sydneys brother was discharged 05/05/1915 without serving overseas. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

David Whitehead says...

Your website says that J S Whitehead on the War Memorisl was not from Leeds. I am his Great Nephew. He was a 'Leeds Pal' and below is details from their website, which I can confirm, to the best of my knowledge, is correct.

Private John Sydney Whitehead 15/960

 

 Born. Leeds, 1896.

 

Killed in action. 1st July 1916, Aged 20.

 

 

John Sydney Whitehead was the second son of Harry and Emily Whitehead of May Bank, Victoria Road Headingley, Leeds. His father being a partner in J.Whitehead & Son, Printers and Lithographers of Alfred Street, Leeds.

 

He was educated at Leeds Modern School and on leaving went into engineering. Both he and his brother Alfred joined the "Pals" on 4th of September 1914. After training at Colsterdale as a Platoon Bomber John proceeded to Egypt then France, and was killed in action on the first day of the Somme. Having no known grave he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

His brother Arthur had been discharged on 5/5/1915 unfit for further service and survived the war.

Reply David Whitehead
4:26 AM on July 7, 2015 

Your website says that J S Whitehead on the War Memorisl was not from Leeds. I am his Great Nephew. He was a 'Leeds Pal' and below is details from their website, which I can confirm, to the best of my knowledge, is correct.

Private John Sydney Whitehead 15/960

 

 Born. Leeds, 1896.

 

Killed in action. 1st July 1916, Aged 20.

 

 

John Sydney Whitehead was the second son of Harry and Emily Whitehead of May Bank, Victoria Road Headingley, Leeds. His father being a partner in J.Whitehead & Son, Printers and Lithographers of Alfred Street, Leeds.

 

He was educated at Leeds Modern School and on leaving went into engineering. Both he and his brother Alfred joined the "Pals" on 4th of September 1914. After training at Colsterdale as a Platoon Bomber John proceeded to Egypt then France, and was killed in action on the first day of the Somme. Having no known grave he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

His brother Arthur had been discharged on 5/5/1915 unfit for further service and survived the war.

Reply David Morris
12:44 PM on June 20, 2015 

Dean Marshall says...

I am trying to trace the ST Judes memorial. St Judes was on Leathley Road, Hunslet, Leeds, it was demolished in the 1950's. My Great Uncle George Henry Hitchen was hopefully on this memorial, or does anyone know of another local memorial he is on. He lived between St Judes and St Hildas and was married at St Judes. I have found his name on the Thiepval memorial.  PS if you need any photos of memorials in Leeds let me know and I will try to take some as I travel around Leeds on a regular basis.  Thanks Dean

Dean

Leave it with me. First question was there a memorial at St Judes ? unfortunately particularly in Leeds many of our memorials were destroyed when churches were lost. It could well have been moved to elsewhere in Hunslet. 

Reply Dean Marshall
12:00 PM on March 2, 2015 

I am trying to trace the ST Judes memorial. St Judes was on Leathley Road, Hunslet, Leeds, it was demolished in the 1950's. My Great Uncle George Henry Hitchen was hopefully on this memorial, or does anyone know of another local memorial he is on. He lived between St Judes and St Hildas and was married at St Judes. I have found his name on the Thiepval memorial.  PS if you need any photos of memorials in Leeds let me know and I will try to take some as I travel around Leeds on a regular basis.  Thanks Dean

Reply Angela Wiggan
2:24 PM on February 6, 2015 

Hello Dave

my great Uncles were Herbert and George James. My great grandparents, their Mum and Dad are buried in St Stephen's Church, along with Great , Great grandparents, long association with Kirkstall. Proud Leeds lass. 

Thank you 


Angela

Reply gordon giles
6:25 AM on February 6, 2015 

Hello Dave.

My great uncle was Samuel usherwood Toulson has his name spelt wrong on the war grave stone the U is missing from Toulson, As you have found out yourself on your website which is an excellent one by the way.

I have been trying to haveit changed but have had no success so far.

I thought you my have some ideas on what I can do.

Samuel married my great aunty Florence Maude Giles.

Yours Faithfully.  Gordon Giles.                                                              



Reply Verity Ferguson
6:29 PM on December 31, 2014 

Hello Dave

I note that my great grandfather, Norman Savage, of Headingley is not recorded on the Headingley War Memorial but the word Swage is - do you think this was a transcription error? He is on the Headingley Methodist Church's internal memorial as a member of that church. I can give you full details of his war record if you want them.He died aged 38 on 30.10.1918, at Le Cateau.

Reply Dave
4:45 AM on October 15, 2014 

Thanks Terry


Much appreciated i will research and add to the site in the next week or so any other assistance always welcome


Dave

Reply Terry
3:02 PM on October 14, 2014 

I would like to mention 2 brothers from the Jewish Community, born in Leeds, but left the city with their family in 1913 (?) and moved to Glasgow.

Lieutenat Julius Diamond MC, who went missing on 8th October 1917 in France.  Remembered at the Arras Flying Services Memorial.  Initially served in the KOSB and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, 7th Squadron.

Private Joseph David Diamond, killed in action, grave unknown on 28th June 1915 in the Dardanelles. Remembered at the Helles Memorial. Served in Royal Fusiliers, 2nd Batallion