RESIDENTS are appealing for the return of a 87-year-old war memorial which has gone missing from Newsome Mill.
The bronze plaque had been displayed inside the mill gates since 1921, in respect to seven mill workers who died in the First World War.
But between February 10 and 21 the plaque disappeared from the wall of the mill’s office.
Residents believe the memorial has been stolen and are upset at its loss.
Diane Sims, of Newsome Ward Community Forum, said: “We’re concerned the building hasn’t been adequately protected in recent weeks, and we’re very saddened that something as important as a war memorial hasn’t been treated with more respect.
“We’d like to appeal to anyone who knows the whereabouts of our war memorial to help us make sure that it is returned to its rightful place.”
Newsome ward councillors are also keen to see the war memorial returned to the mill.
Clr Julie Stewart-Turner said: “It is very upsetting that something so precious to our communities can be treated like this. I can only hope that the people who have taken it didn’t truly understand what they were taking, and will voluntarily return it. These men who gave their lives for our freedom and to protect our way of life, deserve to be remembered with respect.”
Newsome Mills, founded by John Taylor in 1827, remained a working textile mill until 1983. It is best known for its work with the worsted firm Taylor and Littlewood, who built the impressive four-storey mill and clock tower that have been a Huddersfield landmark since the 1880s.
All the buildings remaining on the site today have Grade II listed building status, which was recommended by English Heritage in January.
The present owner is supporting this appeal for the war memorial to be returned.
Anyone who knows where the Newsome Mills war memorial is can call or text Diane Sims on 07941 652836 or email email@example.com
Anyone who would like to return the plaque anonymously is asked to hand it in at Huddersfield Examiner or Huddersfield Police Station.