In the mid 1980s Margaret Stansfield from Elland decided to find out more about the conditions her grand-father faced in the Flanders’ trenches.

Her painstaking research went on for 30 years and by the end she had discovered and researched all 3,439 people from Huddersfield who lost their lives in World War One.

Some died from their wounds after the war, so the book goes up to 1922.

Sadly Margaret died in 2012 and it was her hope that all her work should be made public.

Now it is in print, for her book called Huddersfield’s Roll Of Honour 1914-1922 was published by the University of Huddersfield Press two days ago.

It is priced at £20 with most of the proceeds going to the Poppy Fund of the Elland, Greetland and District branch of the Royal British Legion.

To order a copy go to www.store.hud.ac.uk or email your name, address and email address to clsadmin@hud.ac.uk or phone 01484 473838.

Here is a selection of the excerpts of all those who were killed on this day, November 5, during the First World War and laid out just as they appear in the book.

Launch of the Roll of Honour book at Hudddersfield Army drill hall. Copy picture of the late Margaret Stansfield, author of the book.
 

The terrible tragedy is that four of them died on November 5, 1918 – just six days before the war ended.

WALKER, JOHN. Private. No 2007. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Walker, Amber Hill, near Boston, Lincolnshire. Was married but lived apart from his wife. Had lodged with Mrs Casson, Bridge Street, Slaithwaite, for five years. She was the guardian of his child. Employed as a teamer by Messrs Joseph Sykes and Sons, Slaithwaite. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Died from heart failure at No 2 West Riding Field Ambulance Dressing Station on 5.11.1915, aged 42 years. Buried Ferme-Oliver Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Belgium. Grave location: Plot 1, Row H, Grave 2. ROH: St. James Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

ATKINSON, FRED. Private. No 301805. 1/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Born 4 Fieldhouse Road, off Cassel Street, Huddersfield, 8.1.1892. Son of Mrs M. Atkinson, 46 Thistle Street, Leeds Road. Attended St. Andrew’s School. Worked as a tuner for Messrs T. and H. Blamires. Enlisted 1.6.1916. Embarked for France 4.10.1916. Mother received a letter from a corporal of his platoon informing her that her son was wounded in a charge and died in his arms while he was being taken back to the trench on 5.11.1916. Age 24 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial To The Missing. Roll of Honour (ROH): St Andrew’s Church, Leeds Road.

BROOK, CHARLES DOUGLAS. Lance Corporal. No M2/077850. 30th Ammunition Sub Park, Army Service Corps. Born 11.12.1892. Son of Tom and Emma Brook, 11 South Parade, Huddersfield. Educated at Fartown Grammar School. Was a promising member of the YMCA and also a member of Huddersfield Swimming Club. Employed by Messrs Vickers, Sons and Maxim Limited, of Barrow, as an engineer. Enlisted 5.11.1914. Died as the result of accidental injuries at No 7 Casualty Clearing Station, 5.9.1916. Buried Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. Grave location: Plot 1, Row A, Grave 9. His youngest brother, Private George William Brook, attended the funeral. (Brother of Private G W Brook, who was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and died 12.11.1918). ROH: Huddersfield Parish Church.

GILL, ARCHIBALD. Rifleman. No R/19777. 16th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Born Honley. Son of Mr and Mrs Fred Gill, 29 Yew Street, Honley. Attended Honley Wesleyan Sunday School. Was a member of Honley Wesleyan Cricket Club and a former member of the Honley Day School football team. Employed at Messrs Oldham’s dyeworks at Moll Spring. Enlisted March 1916. Embarked for France in July, 1916. Reported missing, presumed killed, 5.11.1916, aged 21 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial To The Missing. ROH: Honley War Memorial.

HOWARTH, JOHN. Private. No 301782. 1/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Formerly No 29509 Northumberland Fusiliers. Born Primrose Hill, Huddersfield. Son of Joe and Sarah Anne Howarth, 264 Wakefield Road, Dalton. Prior to enlistment, was employed by a Warrington firm as a plumber and electrician. Reported missing, presumed killed, 5.11.1916, aged 25 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial To The Missing. ROH: St. John’s Church, Kirkheaton.

KAYE, HAROLD. Military Medal. Private. No 301793. 1/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Formerly No 29505 Northumberland Fusiliers. Born New Mill, Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs Frank Kaye. Educated New Mill National School. Employed as a spinner by Messrs Rayner of New Mill. Attended New Mill Parish Church and Sunday School. Married with one daughter. Lived New Street, Honley. Enlisted 8.6.1916. Reported missing and afterwards presumed killed on 5.11.1916, aged 23 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial To The Missing. ROH: New Mill Working Men’s Club; Fulstone War Memorial; Honley War Memorial.

Photographs from Duke of Wellington's regiment WW1 scrap books.
 

GILL, EDMUND. Corporal. No 40436. Royal Air Force. Born Thurstonland. Elder son of the late Henry Gill, of East View, Thurstonland. Was a trustee of the Wesleyan Chapel and a member of the choir. Was also a member of the Church Institute and an officer of the Order of Druids. Played cricket for the Thurstonland club. Employed on the works staff at Storthes Hall Asylum. Married. Was accidentally killed, 5.11.1918, at an aerodrome in England. Major Denniston, of the R.A.F, wrote to the widow telling her how the accident happened: “A machine belonging to the other squadron on this aerodrome had crashed in the field next to the men’s mess and your husband, along with several others rushed to the scene with fire extinguishers as the machine had by this time caught fire. While they were giving all the assistance they possibly could the bombs the machine was carrying exploded and I am sorry to say fatally injured your husband. The squadron mourns his loss with you as he was one of our finest men and I, on behalf of all the officers, NCOs and men offer you my most sincere sympathy at this trying time.” Buried in St Thomas’ Churchyard, Thurstonland. Grave Location: 204, south-west. ROH: Thurstonland War Memorial.

MILNES, JOHN R. Private. No 241407. B Company, 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Born 31 Royds Hall, Longwood Road, Huddersfield. Son of James Henry and Annie Milnes. Educated Paddock Council School. Attended Paddock Wesleyan Church. Employed as a woollen weaver. Enlisted 12.12.1915. Killed in action on 5.11.1918 at Frasnoy near Mons. He was 23 years of age. Buried Frasnoy Communal Cemetery. Grave location: Row A, Grave 7, ROH: St. Mark’s Parish Church, Longwood; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

WILTON, ERNEST PARKIN. Lieutenant. Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force. Born Roundhay Road, Leeds. Son of Ernest and Jane Ann Wilton, Studley, Westbourne Road, Marsh. Educated Fartown Grammar School and Bradford Grammar School. Was in business with his father as a coal merchant at Gledholt. Joined the local Territorials in 1907 and was in camp with them at the outbreak of the war. Enlisted in August 1914 in the Army Service Corps as a Sergeant Major. In July 1918 he obtained a commission in the Royal Flying Corps but met with a serious accident at Thetford, Norfolk. He was in hospital for nine weeks. After recovering he was on the staff of the Cadet School at Leigh. Died on 5.11.1918 in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, of pneumonia following upon influenza. He was 27 years of age. Buried Edgerton Cemetery. Grave location: 49, 46G. ROH: Gledholt Wesleyan Church; Longwood Methodist Church; Mount Pleasant Chapel, Lockwood.

WOODHEAD, LOUIS. Private. No 38162. 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. Born New Mill. Son of Mr and Mrs Walter Woodhead, Scar Hall, New Mill. Educated New Mill National Day School. Attended New Mill Parish Church Sunday School. As a boy, he was chorister in the Parish Church choir. Employed by Messrs Copley, Marshall and Company, Wildspur Mills. Married. Enlisted September 1916. Embarked for France at Christmas, 1916. Killed in action, 5.11.1918, aged 28 years. Buried Roisin Communal Cemetery. Grave location: Row A, Grave 8. ROH: New Mill Working Men’s Club; Memorial in Christ Church Churchyard, New Mill. His wife received a letter from Private F Green, who wrote: “Your husband has been killed in action. I know it is my duty to let you know otherwise you might have never known what has become of him. The poor lad must have been instantly killed by a shell during the recent advance for I came across his body two or three days after his Battalion went over the top and I may say I buried him on the field of battle as respectably as I could. I came across his body quite accidentally and I thought it my duty to let you know that he rests in peace.”