Jun 29

News Update: for Finished Banner See Entry 23 June 2016

We are planning to create a memorial for Morley soldiers who fought in one of the worst battles of the British Army in World War 1; the infamous Battle of the Somme. We have commissioned a Centenary Memorial Banner which will list the details of local soldiers who were casualties at the disastrous battle.  Working in partnership with the Morley branch of the Royal British Legion, Morley Local History Society and Morley Elderly Action Craft Group a beautiful banner will be created recording the names, ranks and regiments of those who died in the awful battle. The banner will be unveiled at a special service to be held in 2016 near to the time of the 100 year anniversary of the battle.

Provisional research undertaken by Morley Local History Society and Morley British Legion indicates that up to 20 local men died in the first week of the Battle of the Somme.  However researchers want the list to be as accurate as possible and welcome contact with any family who know they lost a relative. If you have any details that you wish to share please e-mail info@morleycommunitychurch.org.uk or telephone us. Morley Local History Society have already established that Cornelius Kidger who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme was a family uncle of retiring Morley Mayor Wynn Kidger.

Andy Dalton and Dennis Marshall making notes together on the casualty lists in front of Britannia and the War Memorial in Scatcherd Park