SLIDESHOW: Morley honours the fallen who fought for our freedom

They laid down their lives on a foreign battlefield to protect the freedom of millions at home.

And children, veterans and relatives gathered in Morley at the weekend to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme.

Faye Cavanagh pays her respects.

Faye Cavanagh pays her respects.

The names of fallen soldiers from Morley who served in the Leeds Pals battalion were read out at a special commemoration service on Sunday.

It took place at the war memorial in Scatcherd Park to mark the centenary of the start of World War One’s deadliest battle.

The service came after pupils from schools across the district visited the memorial on Friday to pay their respects.

They included Asquith Primary School pupil Poppy Hope-Smith, who wore her great, great grandfather Alfred Stanley Anderson’s medals to the ceremony. Mr Anderson served on the Somme as a driver with the Royal Field Artillery.

Nearly 250 of the Leeds Pals died on that first day including 14 Morley recruits.

A wreath containing the Bleuet de France, the French symbol of remembrance, was laid by deputy mayor Coun Janet Harrison, and the Morley Salvation Army Band played during the service.

The Rev Mike Godfrey led a service for the fallen and historian Tony Dunlop spoke about Morley’s links with the bloody battle. It was organised by Morley Remembrance Committee and funded by Leeds Outer South Community Committee. Colonel Alan Roberts also read a verse and Churwell Community Choir sang hymns. And at St Mary’s Church hall in Morley, a film about the battle was screened for visitors.