Tag: First World War

The Hunslet man who survived the Somme, but died of pneumonia

William Arthur Hollings from Hunslet joined the Leeds Pals Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Somme during the First World War. Although he survived the battle, he later died of pneumonia. This is his story. William was born on 4 September 1890, the fourth of six children. The

Edward Woffenden – a Leeds Pal from Beeston

Edward Woffenden, Private 15/1003, 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds 11 was, and still is, essentially Holbeck and Beeston. It had been a prosperous area during the 19th Century, with a lot of manufacturing, including John Marshall’s Mill and Matthew Murray’s Foundry, but by the beginning of the 20th Century

Memorial to WW1 airfield unveiled in Middleton

Councillors unveiled a memorial stone yesterday (8 December 2018) remembering the service personnel who served at the Middleton airfield during the First World War from 1916-18. The granite plaque was donated by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust and is dedicated “to all units and personnel based here.” Father Andy

South of the River – Send Them Kids To War

Wednesday was Remembrance Day, it’s a day full of contradictions that I always find difficult. The first question is who are we remembering? It varies from ‘those brave young men that made the ultimate sacrifice to defend democracy’ through to ‘all victims of all wars’. The second definition I can