Leeds memorial to victims of Somme

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A memorial for soldiers who fought in one of the worst battles of the First World War is being planned.

Organisers are calling on families from Morley who lost relatives fighting in the Battle of the Somme during the summer of 1916 to get in touch with them.

Morley Community 
Church is commissioning 
a centenary memorial banner which will list the details of 
local soldiers who were 
casualties at the disastrous battle.

Together, the Morley branch of the Royal British Legion, Morley Local History Society and Morley Elderly Action Craft Group, will create a banner recording the names, ranks and regiments of those who died in the battle.

Provisional research undertaken indicates that upto 20 men from the town died in the first week.

However researchers want the list to be as accurate as possible and welcome contact with any family who know they lost a relative.

The congregation at Morley Community Church are sponsoring and coordinating the project.

Church spokesman and local historian Andy Dalton said: “Many of us grew up with grandparents who remembered at first hand the horrors of this battle.

“This project will help future generations appreciate the large sacrifice made by soldiers from this town in this tragic episode.”

The history society has already established that Cornelius Kidger, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, was a family uncle of retiring Morley Mayor, Wyn Kidger.

During the first day of the battle, the British Army had 57,470 casualties, 19,240 of whom were killed.