Un -forget-able

EARLIER this year we featured a series of photographs from a collection belonging to Ethel Hudson of Liversedge.

They included pictures of Listing Lane before Firthcliffe Estate was built and a number of images from an official Heckmondwike handbook dating from the 1960s.

Ethel has kindly given us some more photographs which she hopes will be of interest to Looking Back enthusiasts.

The first is of Forget-Me-Not Day celebrations in Liversedge which was taken on September 18, 1915.

The children and adults are in their finest regalia and are holding aloft a banner which says Forget-Me-Not Day Central Committee Room.

Parked on the cobbles and tram lines is a motorbike and side-car in which a soldier is being escorted.

"The soldier is my dad, Louis Rawden, but the picture was taken before I was born," said Ethel.

"He came home on leave from the war and the motorbike rider was in this procession when he just asked my dad to get in."

According to an old newspaper clipping of a letter which appeared in the Guardian, the Forget-Me-Not fund was started about 1915 by the Pyenot Hall troop of Scouts.

The Scoutmaster and some scouts were called up into the services during the First World War, so the temporary scoutmaster Mr Coupland suggested they all keep in touch.

The letter writer says: "When work was finished, uniforms were donned and we all went out all over the valley with a trek cart collecting empty bottles, jam jars etc.

"We also sold scent cards.

"One of the lads had been wounded, and while in hospital, learned to make table mats, which he passed on to us, and all were sold.

"I seem to think it was the scout master of the old Moorbottom troop who suggested the name 'Forget-Me-Not'.

"The irony of this is, he was the son of the proprietor Eli Hirst of the Guardian and was killed in action."