On Monday it will be 100 years since Britain joined the conflict which became the First World War ... but on Sunday, Farnley Tyas’ first ever war memorial to its fallen soldiers will be unveiled.
A special ceremony will take place in the Village Square at 10am when the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Ken Smith, will unveil a new war memorial dedicated to the young men of Farnley Tyas who lost their lives in the Great War.
Earlier this year, John Sykes, director of Farnley Estates, appealed to local people for their help in discovering the names of the young men of Farnley who fought and died during World War One.
He said: “This will be the first war memorial in the village and we hope it will be a fitting tribute to, and lasting memory of the young men of Farnley who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“We knew about three soldiers, but thanks to the amazing response we had to our appeal we’ve been able to add a further two names to the memorial.”
The five men who will be remembered on the memorial are:
Private W Johnsey, who died on September 14, 1916, aged 26.
Private W Lodge, who died on May 3, 1917, aged 20.
Gunner E Price, who died on April 25, 1917, aged 28.
Sub-conductor A W Rothery, who died on January 7, 1916, aged 44.
Private G E Shaw, who died on October 23, 1918, aged 26.
A number of serving and former service personnel are expected to attend the dedication ceremony which will be followed by refreshments and a special service at St Lucius Church in Farnley Tyas.
Peggy Dodson, who lives in Farnley Tyas and whose father served during World War One, will lay a wreath in honour of the fallen.
Rheanna Robinson, a pupil from Farnley Tyas first school, has also been invited to lay a wreath to represent the future of the village.
The main road through Farnley Tyas village will be closed from 9.30 to 10.30am on Sunday at the junction of Honley Road and Butts Road and the junction of Woodsome Road and The Village to ensure the safety of those attending the service.
Access to Woodsome Road and Honley Road will be available via New Lane, Moor Lane and Butts Road.
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