In 1921 local communities raised tremendous sums of money to build memorials to the men lost during “the war to end all wars”. This was not without controversy, many felt that the money would be better spent helping the bereaved and grievously wounded. Eventually Pudsey, Farsley and Calverley built memorials to the fallen, Stanningley, Bramley and Rodley built Church halls to help the living. This year saw the building and dedication of memorials to the fallen of Bramley and Rodley. A large number of men from Stanningley have been left without a permanent civic memorial. For numerous reasons there are a number of men associated with Pudsey who also do not appear on Pudsey Cenotaph. There are a small number of servicemen from the region buried in Pudsey Cemetery who are also not commemorated locally. As a start on the long journey to gain these casualties of the First World War recognition, a wreath bearing their names will be laid at Pudsey Cenotaph at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.
Blog postings by Damon Sugden on behalf of Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch and in association with Pudsey Civic Society.