Commemorating WWI

WWI centenary - Farnley Remembers

Farnley Estates asks for help with World War I research

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. To commemorate the event, Farnley Estates are hoping to erect a plaque in honour of the young men from Farnley who died in the Great War. And Farnley Estates needs your help.

From his research, Farnley Estates Director John Sykes has discovered the names of three soldiers, born in Farnley, who died during the War.

Two of the men, Pte W Lodge, and Gnr Ernest Price are mentioned on the Thurstonland memorial, but there is no mention of Pte G Shaw, who apparently died at home two weeks before the end of WWI.

“These are men who died for their country and we feel it’s only right that they should be remembered in the village where they were born. There may be more young men from Farnley who also fought and died in the war, whom we don’t yet know about,” said John.

“There’s also a mystery over Pte Shaw, did he die from his injuries, illness or some other cause? We’d like to hear from anyone who knows more about the history of these young men, or who knows of anyone else from Farnley who died in WWI, so that we can remember them at next year’s centenary,” John added.

If you have any information, or are a related to the men who died and can add to the information we have, please email johnsykes@farnleyestates.co.uk or call 01484 665544.