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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Kirklees
Town
Batley
County
West Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients
Maker
MESSRS WRIGHT AND SON (BRADFORD), MESSRS WRIGHT AND SON (BRADFORD), MR H L HALL
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 27th October 1923
    Attended by: Gen Sir Ian Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO
  • Rededicated
    Date: 14th November 1999
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14th November 1999
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21st March 1959
    Attended by: MAYOR OF BATLEY
  • Dedicated
    Date: 27th October 1923
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2131
Current location

Next to Cambridge Street
Memorial Gardens
Market Place
Batley
Kirklees
West Yorkshire
WF17 5JH
England

OS Grid Ref: SE 24260 24139
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Square base surmounted by two-stepped plinth, pedestal and a figure of a soldier wearing greatcoat and cap standing in mourning pose. Dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pedestal. Memorial is enclosed by a low wall with 12 pillars and on each pillar are the names of the fallen inscribed on bronze plaques. WW1 and WW2 additions have been placed on metal plaques attached to the base on the 6 o'clock side.
Inscription
6 O'CLOCK FACE: IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF THIS TOWN/ WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918./ AND/ IN THE WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945/ ADDENDA 1914 - 1918 ADDENDA 1939 - 1945/ (Names) PILLARS: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, William
Ackroyd, Harry
Ackroyd, John W
Ainley, Albert
Ainley, Allen
Ainley, David
Allen, Ernest
Allerton, William
Appleyard, John
Appleyard, Walter
See details for all 837 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 822
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 822
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, decorations
    Order of information: Surname, forename, decorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 263
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 263
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, decorations
    Order of information: Surname, decorations
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height 760mm, width 610mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 6400mm, width 2440mm
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
2008: Base of the memorial was painted white to cover up grafitti as a cost-cutting measure rather than cleaning it off. This was met with protests from the community and requests to get the work reversed have failed as it would be too costly according to the council. 1999: Names of the fallen which had been omitted from the memorial were added 1959: WW2 names added to the memorial
Costs

Site: £2000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Kirklees Borough Council
Reference
  • Batley News 02 October 1923; 27 October 1923; 03 November 1923
  • Batley and Birstall News 18 June 2008 Report on the protests at the painting of the memorial base.
  • Telegraph and Argus 04 November 1999
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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