Welcome to our Web Page. Our aim is to link together as much information as we can find about all the Servicemen who paid the ultimate price and are named on Batley or Birstall War Memorials. To date we have found 825 on Batley and 140 on Birstall with information on all but a few. Please use the search options in the main menu to find details of each of the individual soldiers. This is an ongoing project and changes could be made at any time.
In Grateful Memory of the Men of this Town who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and in the World War 1939 – 1945.
Included on this Memorial is the name of Horace Waller from Batley Carr who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Great War of 1914 – 1919. There is also a Memorial Plaque in Dewsbury Town Hall detailing this award.
Birstall War Memorial is located in the churchyard extension opposite St Peter’s Parish Church, a three tiered octagonal base with a square tier on top leading to a tall column in the shape of a cross. The top square tier has the Inscription at the front which reads:-
Sacred to the Honoured memory of the Men of Birstall who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War – 1914 – 1918. Their names liveth for evermore.
Servicemen not on Batley or Birstall Memorials
We have also found a number of Servicemen who were either born in Batley, or lived in Batley, and whose names do not appear on either War Memorial. These names are on a spread sheet. To download the file in its current form, please click here.
Acknowledgments: Christopher Frank for his excellent work on Batley Library Index Cards, Jane Roberts for access to her research at St. Mary’s, Valerie Mitchell along with other members of Batley History Group, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Ancestry.co.uk.
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