New project will tell the stories of 1,000 war dead

Issue 643

STORIES of soldiers from Batley and Birstall who died in the First World War are to be told.

Local historians have won £17,500 in lottery cash to help detail the lives of about 1,000 men who feature on war memorials.

Just one tale involves James Wilson Inwood, whose family have discovered he was killed by a German sniper.

Batley History Group is one of the groups backing the scheme and will help launch it at their Town Hall meeting on Monday, July 28.

Called Project Bugle, over the next five years the ambitious community initiative will research the lives of all who died in the war.

Another who was killed was 18-year-old Pte Robert Ramsden Barber of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Anyone who wants to get involved is welcome at the free town hall event (7.30pm).

Other sponsors include Batley Cemetery Support Group, Birstall Churches Together and the Royal British Legion.

Some of the early work will be shown at Batley Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 27 (11am-4pm).

Project leader Tony Dunlop said: “We want to pull all the information together, put it on record and pass it on to the next generation.

“Hopefully it will give a greater understanding of the sacrifice made by the men and the impact it had on their families.”

• A First World War remembrance parade is to take place in Batley next Friday. It will gather behind the RAFA club on Cambridge Street at 6.15pm for a service in Memorial Gardens at 7pm.

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