A poignant reminder of those who gave the lives for their country has been created in Newsome.

Historian Steve Barker has recorded the stories of the men from the area who died in World War One.

And in a fascinating new study of the conflict, he discovered that nine men from just one road in Newsome all died in the war.

All lived in Barcroft Road, which has less than 60 houses.

Mr Barker, who is son-in-law of the Newsome assistant priest, the Rev David Kent, has now created a booklet which will be available in the church for people to study.

Mrs Pam Kent, church and community worker, said: “We have a Great War memorial in church with some 33 names of local men who lost their lives in that conflict.

“For most people it was just a list of names until now.

“Steve has an interest in military history, born out of his early career in the RAF, and he decided to research the names on the memorial.

The memorial plaque for the 1914-1919 in St John's Church at Newsome
The memorial plaque for the 1914-1919 in St John's Church at Newsome
 

“The result is a book containing a brief biography of each person along with a copy of their obituary in the press containing details of where and how they died and where they are laid to rest.

“The book also contains a map of where the men lived and that reveals the remarkable fact that nine lived on Barcroft Road alone.

“There are also details including pictures of the campaign and service medals they were awarded or entitled to. One obtained the Military Medal for gallantry.

“Sadly, but interestingly, there are three names for which no records have been found.

“It means that instead of simply having a war memorial with names we have this wonderful resource for local people and friends, relatives or schools.

“During the upcoming Remembrance Day service a more in-depth reminder of the sacrifices made for us all will be there.”

The book will be dedicated by the Rev Stephen Gott on Sunday, November 10, at 10.45am.