SOLDIERS who died in war should be remembered online, a group of councillors has said.
A special Kirklees Council scrutiny panel reported yesterday that the names of every local soldier who fell in conflict should be available on a website.
The group also wants money spent on maintaining war memorials in Kirklees.
The Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee received the report yesterday from scrutiny officer Steve Barnbrook.
He said that an online database would help people find where a loved one who died in war is honoured.
Mr Barnbrook said: “The important thing is that we have a link from the Kirklees website to a database of all the memorials in the area. There’s a lot of interest in family history these days and, in the case of the First World War, it’s part of the school curriculum.”
But Mr Barnbrook added that some privately-owned memorials in places such as factories and mills, have been destroyed.
He said: “A lot of memorials have been melted down and sent to China because of the brass.”
The report will be considered at a full council meeting later this month.
The special Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel on War Memorials was set up by Clr Dave Sheard earlier this year. The Heckmondwike Labour man was concerned that there was no centrally-held record of Kirklees soldiers who died in war.
In February the group secured £30,000 of council money to maintain war memorials.
The panel, which included four councillors and members of the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Force Association, also appealed to Examiner readers for help compiling a list of war memorials in Kirklees.