Private George Mason 18/58 of the 18th Battalion. 2nd Bradford Pals West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince Of Wales's Own) - from an unidentified name on Wednesday to service researched, located locally on our doorstep and amazing photos kept as keepsakes by his grieving fiancee found, all before Saturday lunchtime. Thankyou to everyone that helped, we now have another Bradford Pals life remembered for the future. Photos and family history kindly supplied by Gwyneth Wainwright. Archive research by Damon Sugden, The Friends of Pudsey Cemetery & Chapel, and Bus to Bradford.
Buried at Pudsey Cemetery A479 General Section - note headstone is face down
Son of Jabez Stead Mason, tailor of Fartown and his wife Elizabeth Mason. In 1911 when he was 17 George was employed as a joiners labourer. He was an early volunteer of the Second Bradford Pals and wounded in service. George Mason joined up 10th February 1915 and died after discharge (released 25th March 1919), probably from the effects of his wounds on the 10th Sept, buried 13 Sept 1919 aged 25. A member of the Mt Zion Chapel congregation, he was named on their Roll Of Honour.
Gwyneth Wainwright: ”George Mason was engaged to my Great Aunt Lillian Balmforth. She never married and died 30/1/1979 and often spoke to us about George and their courting days promenading with her sister Betty as chaperone. I have looked for his grave but could never find it. She always said she wanted to be buried near him and is quite near in our family plot near the top gate. I have some letters he sent her during the war which she also kept. She was nearly 83 when she died and lived on Westroyd with her sister Betty, they had a small chicken farm, and latterly Claremont Grove.”
Pudsey & District Civic Society supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Open Days 8th & 9th September 2018
Pudsey Town Hall, access via Manor House Street Entrance
10:30 am until 4:00 pm
Did your ancestors serve their Country in the First World War? Are you curious to know the challenges that they would have faced and how the Township of Pudsey coped? This exhibition will show many aspects of life in the Town during the First World War and the family connections that still exist today.
Our team of local historians will be glad to help you to learn more about your families WW1 heritage. Members of the public are welcome to bring along any photos, medals, mementoes or heirlooms for discussion (note no weapons or deactivated munitions please). You are also welcome to submit family photos from the WW1 era for inclusion in the Exhibition.
Family history prize - Junior members of the community are invited to submit a short essay about a family member who was involved in WW1. The best submission will be awarded a “There but not There” 10”/25cm high Perspex Tommy figure of a World War One soldier. For more information please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
The chances are very high that a member of your family would have served in the Military or have been employed in War Work between 1914 and 1918. We want to recognise and remember that contribution.
Main Themes of the exhibition:
Pudsey’s contribution to the Leeds Pals and Leeds Rifles
• The detailed life story of George Frankland of Pudsey, who served with the Leeds Rifles
• The true story of the real “Pudsey Pals” - 40 local men who joined up in one day
• Joining up and life in the Army
Pudsey’s contribution to the Royal Navy and Royal Flying Corps
• Local men involved in many famous Naval battles
• The foundation of the RFC and RAF and where their uniforms came from
• Farsley‘s WW1 airfield
Famous serving Sportsmen from Pudsey
• Cricketers and long distance running champions
The Pudsey Homefront
• The incredible work carried out by Pudsey Women at the Phoenix Dynamo
• The Boots and Uniform material that clothed an Army
A Community at War:
• Stories submitted by members of the the Community about their families contributions and sacrifices
• The shocking losses suffered by members of the Town Council’s families
Our WW1 Legacy today
• Keeping their memories alive with the Royal British Legion
• Preserving our War Graves and Memorials with the Friends of Pudsey Cemetery & Chapel
Full WW1 roll of Honour for the Town’s lost heroes
Roll of honour for the Town’s missing WW1 names, and proposals for the new information board at Pudsey Cenotaph
Many Photographs including two fabulous colour photos from Leigh Mills, Stanningley. A recreation of the Littlemoor Baptists Chapel window of Remembrance and two paintings by renowned war artist Flora Lion
Interesting articles from The Pudsey & Stanningley News
Medals and collected items from the Pudsey & District Civic Society archive
Large collection of informative books to browse through
Being held on Saturday 21st April, from 13:30pm, Pudsey Cemetery, meet by the Chapel from 13:20pm - all welcome.
Service of Remembrance to remember the life of Orlando Snowden who died of injuries sustained in WW1.
An original “lost” War Memorial recently came to light in a local Congregational Chapel cellar. After a successful appeal for relatives on BBC Look North, the circumstances of Stanningley man Orlando Snowden of the East Yorkshire Regiment are steadily coming to life.
We know that he was born in 1893 in Farsley, only son of Robert and Harriet Snowden of School House, Bradford Road, Stanningley. He worked a pawn broker before being called up on May 30th 1916, eventually being sent to the Front with the 1st Battalion the East Yorkshire Regiment in 31st March 1918. He quickly found himself in a desperate battle around the Belgian village of Wytschaete as the East Yorks bravely defended Hill 80, allowing the rest of their Brigade to retreat to safety. Orlando received a gun shot wound to the right leg and died of his injuries whilst being evacuated to England, he is now buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery.
We are hoping to have representatives of Orlando’s family present along with members of Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch, Pudsey & District Civic Society and the Friends of Pudsey Cemetery & Chapel #Lestweforget
To acknowledge the Centenaries of a number of our lads, a wreath was laid at the Arras Memorial on the anniversary of the Leeds Pals valiant rearguard action during the start of the retreat of the 93rd Brigade - 24th March 1918.
Dedicated to the memories of these men from our district named at or buried at Arras:
Rifleman Fred Appleyard
Private John William Atkinson
Private Harry Butler
Corporal Thomas Clapham
Rifleman Fred Coates
2/Lieutenant George Cork Dalgoutte
Private Harold Davey
Private Harry Farrer Duffield
Private Norman Dufton
Private Clarence Percival Dufton
Private Harold Endersby
Private Herbert Ackroyd Fearnley
Private William Gambles
Rifleman Fred Nicholls Halliday
Private John Hargreaves
Private Thomas Henry Harrison MM
Private Alfred Holgate
Private Robert Violet June
Private Samuel Keighley
Private John Edward Lawson
Corporal Ernest Lawson
Lance Corporal Leonard Leffly MM
Lance Corporal Leonard Mawson
Private James Arthur Mills
Sarjeant James William Raynor Moorhouse
Private Matthew William Moss
Corporal Lawrence Myers
Private Wilfrid Naylor
Private Joseph Newsome
Private James Scott O’Brien
Private John Peel
Private Cecil Rimmington
Private Alfred Sugden
Private Archie Edward Tidswell
Serjeant Albert Way
Private Herbert Wilcock
Private Fred Wilson
Private William Farrer Winterburn
A wreath in William’s memory and that of all the Pudsey lads named, will be laid at the Arras Memorial this Saturday.
Private William Gambles, West Yorkshire Regiment 17/1446. Died 24 March 1918 Arras age 33.
William was the Son of Samuel Gambles and Hannah Mary Procter. He was born on the 3rd September 1885 at Littlemoor Pudsey, baptised on 10th October 1885 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Littlemoor. He married Edith Payne on the 22 December 1906 at St Wilfred's Calverley. He worked at Boyes and Helliwell Mill Pudsey as a Cloth Finisher. William joined the 2nd Leeds Pals (17th WYR Regiment “Bantams”) as a volunteer during 1915, as can be deduced from his service number being 1446. The 17th Service Battalion was formed on the 17th December 1914 and began training from January 1915 at Ilkley, then moving to Skipton in May before being taken over by the War Office in June. Then on to the vacated Leeds Pals Colsterdale training camp. They entrained to Southampton 31 January 1916 then left for France and landed on the 1st February 1916 at Le Havre, being the first Service Battalion from Leeds to be in France. William qualified as a signaller for his Company. During the German Spring Offensive of 1918, both Leeds Battalions were forced into a fighting retreat from the town of Arras, suffering heavy losses. William is believed KIA around the St Leger area, Arras, Pas de Calais. At the time of his death his wife was living at 12 Croft Place Lowtown Pudsey with their 3 year old son Herbert. William is commemorated on the Arras Memorial along side 31 other men from Pudsey and Farsley that fell and were lost in the area.
Information supplied with thanks by Jennie Lawton and Ellen Blenkinsop.
An early casualty of “Operation Michael” - the German Spring offensive. Harold Davey originally hailed from Pudsey. A wreath in his memory and that of all the Pudsey lads named, will be laid at the Arras Memorial this Saturday.
Now happy to report that the updates to our Cenotaph Plaque names has been completed. The First World War and Second World casualties, where identified, now have full details matching current research. We welcome any input from family members wishing to add further details about the lives of those named here: email@example.com
Photo of “Tommy” atop the Cenotaph supplied with thanks by Antony Newby (Bronze Soldier believed to be the likeness of its sculptor - Henry Poole).
The ongoing project to update the names of our First World War fallen reaches the halfway mark.
The North face, West Face and additional small East plaques now have the names of the fallen and detailed information (where it exists), about their Service, circumstances and next of kin. The South and East plaques to follow suit soon.
Blog postings by Damon Sugden on behalf of Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch and in association with Pudsey Civic Society.