Friends of Pudsey Cemetery
Cemetery Walks 2020
There will be several Cemetery tours being held again later this year - please check back with this page for event updates.
What the Cemetery offers us
Pudsey Cemetery holds the families and people that lived in the Town from 1875 onwards. As they were a community when they were alive they are still a community now, laid to rest side by side and at peace. These were families who would have known and worked with each other. Pudsey of a century ago only numbered 14000 inhabitants. It would have been small but industrious as this section will explore. Please keeping checking in as this page will continue to grow in the coming months.
Respect and preservation
Please take time to explore our Cemetery and visit the people mentioned. This page has a map to show the location of the registered War Graves. An additional map of the family memorials is currently in progress.
Please take care when exploring the Cemetery - respect others who may be visiting buried relatives and watch your footing. Some of the masonry is in poor condition and is easily damaged.
Further contact information
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Pudsey Cemetery Action Day Sunday 29th October 2017 - THANK YOU
A big thank you to everyone that came along and helped at our Action Day. Such an amazing turnout and I hope you enjoyed yourselves! The Chapel and the plots around it look a lot better for your efforts.
People buried or remembered in the Cemetery
The Ramsden family of Fartown
Ernest Ramsden was the first soldier from Pudsey to be killed on the Western Front. He was with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment and died on the 18th October 1914, he was only 19. He had been a full time soldier joining at 16 and probably training with the West Yorkshire Regiment at Strensall camp, York. Ernest’s grave was quickly lost as the front lines shifted and the Army could not give a definite location for his body.
His parents Joseph and Betsy lived at 114 Fartown, and ran their own grocers shop. After the death of his son, Joseph couldn’t settle and possessed a keen desire to offer himself to the nation. Despite being 48 he enlisted giving his age as 39 (otherwise he would have seen service in the Home Defence). After 4 months training he was sent to France with the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He spent much of his spare time searching for his son’s grave site on the battlefield. Joseph received serious shrapnel injuries to his head on March 9th 1916. He later passed away at number 10 Casualty Clearing station, BEF France. He was 49 when he died and is the oldest person from our district to be killed in active service.
Both men were members of the Pudsey United Reform Church congregation, their names are commemorated on the Church’s own memorial. Ernest is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial and Joseph is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Betsy was to later pass away on October 29th 1919 and is buried in Pudsey Cemetery. Her grave also features a memorial to her husband and son.
With thanks to Sonya Garfit for supplying the family photos.