Remembering soldiers from the Somme

Andy Dalton (Morley Community Church) and Dennis Marshall (Morley British Legion) in front of the Morley War Memorial in Scatcherd Park.
Andy Dalton (Morley Community Church) and Dennis Marshall (Morley British Legion) in front of the Morley War Memorial in Scatcherd Park.
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A memorial for soldiers who fought in one of the worst battles of the First World War is being planned for the town.

Organisers are calling on Morley families who lost relatives fighting in the Battle of the Somme during the summer of 1916 to get in touch with them.

Morley Community Church is commissioning a Centenary Memorial Banner which will list the details of local soldiers who were casualties at the disastrous battle.

Together, the Morley branch of the Royal British Legion, Morley Local History Society and Morley Elderly Action Craft Group, will create a banner recording the names, ranks and regiments of those who died in the battle.

Provisional research undertaken indicates that upto 20 men from the town died in the first week. However researchers want the list to be as accurate as possible and welcome contact with any family who know they lost a relative.

If anyone has any information, call the Observer & Advertiser on 0113 2388950 who will pass on contact details. Once a list has been collated, craft workers at the Morley Elderly Action will design and sew the banner for the centenary in 2016.

The congregation at Morley Community Church are sponsoring and coordinating this project.

Church spokesman and local historian Andy Dalton said: “Many of us grew up with grandparents who remembered at first hand the horrors of this battle.

“This project will help future generations appreciate the large sacrifice made by soldiers from this town in this tragic episode.”

The history society have already established that Cornelius Kidger who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme was a family uncle of retiring Morley Mayor, Wyn Kidger.”