Old war memorial is uncovered by workers renovating a building in Leeds

An old war memorial discovered by workers on a building renovation project in Armley will go on display this week.

Monday, 9th November 2020, 6:00 am
Andy Dalton, of Leeds City Mission, with the war memorial in Armley which was discovered during a building renovation.

Volunteers working on the renovation of the Mission Room, on Mistress Lane, Armley, found the memorial buried underneath items of rubbish in the loft.

It bears the names of six members of the Armley Temperance Society who lost their lives in the First World War.

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The building has recently been acquired by Christian agency Leeds City Mission to be used for community activities.

Andy Dalton, from Leeds City Mission, said inquiries so far have revealed that the Mission Room, which was built in the 1920s, had previously been used by the Armley Gospel Temperance Society after they transferred from nearby Wesley Street in the 1960s and it is thought the memorial would have been brought along in the move.

It is in a wooden frame and bears the names of six fallen soldiers: "L Coates, L Kirk, J Noble, W Storr, W Webster, W Wainwright."

Andy said the memorial will be on display outside the Mission Room, weather permitting, from Monday November 9 until Friday November 13 and urged anyone with information on the six soldiers to get in touch.

He said that, with Remembrance Sunday, it is especially important to remember the wartime service of local men who served in the armed forces.

He said: "These were all local lads who served their country and never came home. We should never forget that the freedom we all enjoy was bought by the sacrifice they made all those years ago."

When completed, the newly-refurbished Mission Room will have a multi-purpose hall, office, charity shop, school uniform bank, shower, emergency food supplies and other projects.

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