Local War Memorials

This Foldout collects the entries for some of the Calderdale has around 250 monuments and memorials to those who died in World War I and World War II and other conflicts.

5174 people died in action in World War I, and 1317 died in World War II.


Local War Memorials

Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax



About War Memorials

When World War I began, many towns erected street shrines. These listed the names of men who were serving in the armed forces and fighting in France and Belgium.

On 5th November 1916, war shrines were dedicated in Trinity parish at High Street, South Street and Stirling Street in Halifax.

As the war progressed, there were so many casualties on foreign soil that it was decided to bury the bodies where they died in France and Belgium. The construction of war memorials meant that families in Britain had a focus for their grief.

Calderdale has around 243 monuments and memorials to those who died in World War I and World War II and other conflicts.

These acknowledge 5174 people from Calderdale who died in action in World War I – mostly in the Army – and 1317 who died in World War II. West View Park War Memorial remembers some of those who died in the Afghan Wars and the South African Wars.

Friends of War Memorials

The Friends of War Memorials is a registered charity – founded by Sir Donald Thompson – which is dedicated to saving threatened war memorials, and whose aims are:

  1. To monitor the condition of war memorials and to take steps to ensure that local authorities and other relevant organisations are alerted to such condition with a view to their undertaking any necessary restoration, essential maintenance, repairs, renovations and cleaning
  2. To liaise with ecclesiastical authorities, regiments and other responsible bodies with a view to their accepting responsibility for, and undertaking repairs to and restoration of war memorials
  3. To publicise and to educate and inform the public about the spiritual, archæological, artistic, aesthetic and historical significance of war memorials as part of our national heritage; to encourage support groups and to inspire young people to cherish their local war memorials and the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom

In these times of demolition and redevelopment, please contact Rob Hamilton - a local volunteer for the Charity – if you know of any War Memorial which is damaged, vandalised, or under threat of any kind

Other Information

See Deaths of Local Men & Women in War, Epitaphs, Graves, Graves, Memorials & Epitaphs, Military Graves, Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area and Frank Roper

© Malcolm Bull 2022
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