Thursday, 4 August 2011

Remembrance - 97th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War

In remembrance of the 97th anniversary of the day Britain joined the First World War I thought I would add a link  to the website (technical problems mean it will be actually be added over the weekend).

Remembrance – the Yorkshire regiment is dedicated to the men of Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment (the Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards). It contains a wealth of information not only do they have comprehensive name index of the people that served with the regiment but also photographs of their memorials and graves, biographies of some of the officers that died and details of those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

The biographical details section reveals that some of the officers in this regiment had Bradford connections for example:

2nd Lt Benjamin Sydney Appleyard – 2nd Battalion was born in Bradford on May 3rd 1891.

2nd Lt Norman Kenyon Barrett – 4th Battalion attached to 1st East Yorks was born in Bradford in 1888. 

Captain William Liley Batty – 4th Battalion was the son of Tom and Sarah Batty of North View, Drighlington, Bradford

2nd Lt Donald Simpson Bell VC – 9th Battalion supplemented his teachers’salary by becoming a professional footballer with Bradford Park Avenue in 1912 who won the Victoria Cross for his efforts on the Somme July 1916.

2nd Lt Eric William Brodrick – 5th Battalion was educated at Bradford Grammar.

2nd Lt James Langdale Gregory – 8th Battalion attd to 101st Coy Royal Engineers worked for Howe and Gregory in Bradford before the war.

Captain Thomas Huffington – 7th Battalion was born in Bradford on May 28th 1892.

Captain Claud Gifford Jeffery – 2nd Battalion was born on April 13th 1880 in Bradford

2nd Lt Harold Kitson – 5th Battalion was born in Bradford in 1889

To see more biographical details on these and many more officers visit the website and a huge thank you to all those whose hard work researching and recording the details of these men has resulted in a fantastic resource.

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