THE memory of Huddersfield's war dead - ripped apart when vandals desecrated a Birkby memorial - has been saved thanks to the work of a local historian.
More than 230 names, damaged when thugs destroyed the Lone Soldier monument in Norman Park and stole brass name plaques, have been salvaged because a Paddock man recorded every war hero - 13 years ago.
Kenneth Palmer, 66, of Luck Lane, compiled the list of names when he carried out research for a book which was never published.
The list has now been passed on to Kirklees Council in the hope it will enable the monument to be restored to its former state.
He said: "I was very shocked when I heard about it. They want hanging for what they have done and should be made an example of.
"It is our heritage and it should not be forgotten considering what those men went through.
"I would like to see it restored to how it was and I hope this helps."
Police believe the memorial was targeted by vandals keen to sell the brass plaques for scrap.
Clr Mehboob Khan said plans were under way to rebuild the memorial.
He said work was already being carried out by a specialist firm in Burnley to repair the statue ripped from the top of the monument.
He said: "It has been taken away to Burnley and they are working to repair it.
"We are also getting estimates for the plaques which could be made out of phosphor bronze. We will know about that in the next few days."
He said a meeting was to be held at the memorial site on January 12 from 2pm and invited people to come along to voice their opinions about the new monument.
He said: "I am absolutely confident it will be restored and it fills me with confidence seeing all the people who want to get involved.
"We also need to get the message across to young people about the importance of our memorial.
"It is not just something by which to remember the dead, but it is also there to remind us to avoid war and promote peace."
He invited anybody with views about the memorial to attend the meeting or contact him direct on 01484 221823.
THE soldiers who gave their lives for their country, recorded on the Norman Park war memorial, were:
Herbert McArthur Ainley, Wilfred Cornelius Allott, Harold Harry Appleyard, Henry Norman Aston, Claude Atkinson, W Bailey, Frank Bairstow, George Bairstow, Arnold Bamford, John William Barker, John Livingstone Barnicot, Holdsworth Barrett, Stanley Barrow, Eric Gordon Beaumont, L Beaumont, William Beaumont, John Beever, Tom Bentley, Mark Rowland Binns, Stanley Blackburn, Frank Blackstone, Harold Blakey, John George Bodker, Tom Booth, Harry Boothroyd, Percy Boothroyd, Jack Brabney, Arthur Brook, Harry Brook, Harry Brown, Willie Burrows, Charles Burton.
Frank Calvert, Ernest Chapman, Ernest Chappell, Stanley Chappell, Reginald Clarke, Elton Clay, Kenneth Anderson Clayton, Norman Clayton, Arthur Clifford, Reginald Clifford, George W Jackson Coldbridge, Harry Cook, James Crawford, William Bertram Crosley, Albert Day, Albert Dearnaley, J Dearnly, Victor William Dobson, Jack Edward Doucherty, George Dransfield, Harry Dyson, Harold A Earnshaw, James Eccles, James Edward Eccles, Percy Lewis Evans, Charles Frederick Ewart, Harry Field, Samuel Field, Clifford Fidler, Allan Edward Foster, Edwin Herbert Frisby.
John William Gargrave, Outibridge Thomas Garside, Mansfield Gibson, Philip Coulson Gledhill, Harry Goodwin, Joseph Rupert Grayson, Thomas Ewart Green, Wilfred Greenfield, George Gray, Frank Hepworth, Arthur Haigh, Charles Haigh, Herbert Haigh, Joseph Arthur Haigh, Norman Haigh, Edger Hanson, Thomas Edward Haresnape, John Vincent Hartley, Albert Healey, Allen Healey, Harry Heaton, Selwyn Hellawell, Joseph Albert Hepworth, Wilfred Hepworth, Willie Haywood, Philip J Hill, Frank Hinchliffe, James Alfred Hinchliffe, Joe Hinchliffe, Irwin Hinchliffe, Fred Hirst, Frederick George Hirst, Frank Hirst, Harry Hirst, David William Hobson, George Hobson, Norman Hobson, Arthur Hollings, Ernest Arthur Horsfall, James Hunter.
George Iddon, Arthur Jackson, Donald Percy Jefferson, Edwin Jenkins, William Johnson, Reginald Jury, Fred Kaye, Oliver Kaye, Reggie C Kaye, Willie Kennedy, Henry Kergan, William Braithwaite Lacy, Thomas Leonard, Tom Liversedge, John Livesey, Norman Lockwood, William Lodge, Charlie Lodge, George William Lovell, Albert Edward Macey, Arthur Mackman, Mathew Alfred Mackman, Herbert Mallinson, Joseph Marshall, Fred Burland Mathews, George Henry McMillan, William McNab, Claude Cameron, Frank Milnes, Herbert Milnes, Harold Milnes, George Mitchell, John William Moore, Harry Morgan, Wilfred Morgan, Harry Morrison.
Herbert Naylor, George Edgar Netherwood, Frank Hartley Newton, Reginald Noble, Gilbert Nortcliffe, Frederick Oates, Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Horace Oldroyd, Alfred Overton, Willie Parr, Harold Paviour, Augustus Peacock, Horace Jenkinson Pinder, Benjamin J Pogson, Wilfred Preston, Edgar Priestley, John William Probyn, Arthur William Rastall, Rodney Francis Richardson, Norris Rippon, Joe Rothery, John Edward Rothery, W A Rumble, Arthur Rushworth, Tom Rushworth, Arthur Rushworth, Harry Rushworth, William Rushworth.
Roy Sayles, John Leonard Schofield, Albert Vincent Scholes, Archie McDonald Scott, Harry Senior, Harry Sharp, Allen Charlesworth Shaw, John Willie Shaw, John Leslie Robert Shaw, John Edward Shaw, John Edward Sheard, Joseph William Sheard, Walter Sheppard, Charles W Sherbon, Alfred Richard Smith, John Edward Smith, Herbert Sowden, William Henry Spivey, Charlie Starkey, William Stewart, Ernest Stocks, Nelson Stringer, Edgar Wilkinson Stubbings, John Crosland Styring, Arthur Sulch, Harold Sykes, Norman Sykes, Stanley Sykes, Joe Sykes.
Frank Taylor, A Thompson, Frank Thompson, Harry Thompson, Law Netherwood Thompson, Frank Thornton, Fred Thornton, Herbert Thornton, Ernest Thorpe, Harry Topping, Thomas William Towlson, William Towlson, William Holland Towlson, A C Trevor, Albert Tuckfield, J W Tuck, Arthur Widdowson Turner, Jack Turner, Willie Tyas, Ernest William Ulrick, William Waterhouse, Ernest Watson, Edward Kilner Wheawill, Norman Wheelhouse, Norman Whitaker, Arthur Whiteley, Robert Whitterton, Fred Wild, J E Wilks, Harry Wilkinson, Frank Wilson, Gilbert Wilson, Lewis Winterbottom, John Walbran Wiseman, Francis Bernard Woffendon, Arthur James Wood, Frank Wood, Gilbert Henry Wood, Vernon Harold Wood, Geoffrey Herbert Woodcock, Ernest Woodhead, John Wragg, Fred Stanley Wright, Lewis Wrigley, George Herbert Yates.