Commemorating our war dead

Heckmondwike War Memorial in Green Park.
Heckmondwike War Memorial in Green Park.
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The Spenborough Guardian is commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I with a series of features.

While the soldiers and civilians who lived through the war are no longer with us, many people will have grandparents or great-grandparents who were handed the legacy of the war years.

Every one of the names on this memorial in Heckmondwike – as well as other memorials in the Spen Valley – has a story to tell and we’d like your help in telling them.

Pictures, diaries, newspaper cuttings, letters and medals can help us to shine a light on what the people of the Spen Valley endured between 1914-1918.

If you would like to share your family or friends’ stories of the war, whether on the front lines of back home – or are planning commemorations of your own, whether as individuals or community groups. please let us know.

Contact reporter Lauren Ballinger on 01924 487145 or email