Trying to trace soldiers’ relatives

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I’d like to use the letters pages of the Hebden Bridge Times to ask your readers to help Luddenden Conservation Society in a very special appeal to trace relatives of local men who died in or as a result of service in WW1.

This is the first step in our new community history project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in Luddenden. We would like to hear from anyone who is a descendant of one of the many local men who died in the First World War and who is commemorated on a war memorial or roll in Luddenden or Midgley, or who knows someone who is. Our aim is to link both those who still live in the local area and those who live further away with a planned four-year programme of events, starting September 2014.

The overall aim of the WW1 Commemoration Project is a very simple one: that every single one of the men who marched away from Luddenden and Midgley is linked with someone in his own home village to remember him as an individual during the four years of the national commemorations. Ideally, that would be a family member, so our first task is to trace their descendants or relatives. But if no-one can be found, we’ll be contacting whoever lives at his old address in the village to ask them to ‘adopt’ him and to join us in commemorating him at key dates in the next four years.

We’d like to contact the descendants of the WW1 servicemen who are commemorated locally, so that they can take part in the project if they still live in the local area. If they live too far away for this, we’d still like to ask them to contribute to the research - or simply to let them know that their relative is still known by name and remembered in his home village, one hundred years later.

The project plans to equip participants with the skills and resources they need to research and tell ‘their’ serviceman’s story, contributing to a final Festival of Remembrance in November 2018 and publication in print and a new archive website.

The WW1 servicemen commemorated on memorial outside St Mary’s Parish Church in Luddenden are (surnames first): Ackerley William, Ackerley William Noel, Ackroyd Edwin, Ackroyd Mathew, Binns Sam, Bolton John, Breeze James C Morris, Broadbent George, Brooksbank Leonard, Campbell Clifford, Chapman Karl, Corboy John Joseph, Crowther Gladstone, Dewhirst Charlie, Farrer Richard Bracken, Greenwood Harold, Greenwood Thomas, Hallas Richard Henry, Harding Wilfred John, Hewitt Frank, Holmes Alfred, Holt Clarence Hebblethwaite, Horsfield John Ogden, Jackson David Victor, Kelly John Patrick, Kennedy Michael Joseph, Mitchell Willie, Murgatroyd Herbert, Murgatroyd John, Oates Harry, Odell Percy, Ogden Jesse, Ogden Albert, Patrick Harry, Rayner Isaac, Roach John Edward, Roach Michael, Robinson Angus, Summerscales Tom,

Sutcliffe Thomas Henry, Thomas Cyril Wormald, Uttley Willie, Wilcock Arthur, Wormald William Henry, Yates Rufus.

If any reader can help to put us in touch with descendants of one of these WW1 servicemen, please contact Luddenden WW1 Commemoration Project Team by email on or phone 01422 885141.

Mel Powell

WW1 Commemoration Project Team, Luddenden Conservation Society