Leeds nostalgia: Remembering the fallen

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In June 1973 the surviving members of the Leeds Pals who had fought courageously in the First World War took a bus trip back to their former training camp at Colsterdale.

They went to remember their friends who had not returned from the War.

JUNE 1973: ''Members of the Leeds Pals Association First World War veterans of the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regimant - assemble at Leeds Bus Station today to make their annual reunion trip to Colsterdale.

JUNE 1973: ''Members of the Leeds Pals Association First World War veterans of the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regimant - assemble at Leeds Bus Station today to make their annual reunion trip to Colsterdale.

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One man who did return and who was involved in the Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was Leeds man Samuel Cheesbrough who used to stroll through the streets of Kippax in his beret accompanied by his Scottish Terrier.

Another but trip but a different war. Veterans set off from Leeds in 1990 to visit Dunkirk fifty years after they had fought in the legendary evacuation.

In 1992 former soldiers from the opposing army were invited to York Minster by the Burma Veterans Association and the occasion proved hard for these Japanese veterans.

Ann Tunnington, who had been a WAAC in the Great War looked after the Leeds “Field of Remembrance” in 1966. At the time she had collected money for every single Poppy Day.

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