Some pictures from the Service on Saturday. Thanks for the assistance from Pudsey Air Cadets (2387 Squadron), ACF Thornbury and photos taken by Damon Sugden, Jonathan Ambler, Hilary Wood and Pamela Sidaravicius.
Private Frank Noble of the 2nd Battalion Border Regiment. Husband of J.E. Noble, of Valley Rd., Pudsey #LestWeForget
18th October 2014, today sees the 100th anniversary of the death of 19 year old Private Ernest Ramsden. Ernest was the eldest son of Joseph and Betsy who lived at 114 Fartown, Pudsey. The family were members of the Congregational Church (now the United Reform Church) congregation.
Ernest had worked as a warp twister but decided to join the Army full time before the outbreak of the First World War. He was attached to the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, his unit was sent to France in September 1914 and was involved in what later became known as “the race to the sea” (before the war got bogged down in the trenches). Ernest was killed in action along with 21 other members of his Battalion whilst fighting on the Rue de la Fleur d'Écosse, Capinghem near Lille. Sadly none of their bodies were recovered from the battlefield, Ernest and his comrades are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
Ernest became the first man from Pudsey to die whilst fighting on the Western Front.
His father Joseph was distraught at the news of his sons death and despite being 48 years old and a renowned local green grocer, decided to enlist. He gave his age as 39 to the recruiting Sergeant (otherwise he would have only been in the Home Defence). After 4 months training he was sent to France with the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. In a terrible double tragedy for the family, he received serious shrapnel injuries to his head on March 9th 1916 and passed away at number 10 Casualty Clearing station, France aged 49. Joseph is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
This year's parade will take place on Sunday the 9th of November. The Parade will assemble in the Market place at 09.30 hrs and march off at 09.45 hrs. ALL veterans, current members of the forces or relatives are especially welcome to participate and we would hope that as many Legion members as possible could take part as well.
The Church service should begin at 10.00 hrs and finish in time for the parade to assemble and march round to the Cenotaph for approximately 10.50 am.
PLEASE make way for the Parade as it comes through the small car park to the side of the Cenotaph.
Wreath laying and the Act of Remembrance will take place from 10.50 am with the aim being to start the two minute silence as close to 11.00 am as possible.
The Parade will then move off and make its way back to the Market Place where it will be dismissed.
There will be refreshments at the Pudsey RBL Club Ltd, Robin Lane, afterwards.
Please note that there are limited road closures during the parade around Church Lane, Radcliffe Lane, South Parade and Carlisle Road.
The service has seen a fantastic turnout from the people of Pudsey in recent years, please continue to support this important event.
Blog postings by Damon Sugden on behalf of Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch and in association with Pudsey Civic Society.