World War Two

Although there is a War Memorial in St Mary’s church remembering those parishioners who died whilst serving King and country in the Great War, there is nothing for those who gave their lives in World War Two.

St Mary of the Angels, Batley – Photo by Jane Roberts

I’ve long wanted to at least record their names, but anyone who undertakes research will know how much time it consumes. All my spare time is currently spent on the 1914-1919 research.

However, I am extremely grateful to a Batley History Group researcher undertaking work for the Batley’s Roll of Honour website. This website is devoted to the War Memorials in Batley and Birstall, covering both World Wars and other conflicts too. The team, through years of diligent research, have also discovered the names of other local men and women who were omitted from the original Memorials.

This researcher, and the Batley’s Roll of Honour team, have given me permission to share their biographies of the St Mary’s World War Two casualties on my one-place study website.

I want to record my thanks for this generosity. And I would urge you all to take a look at the great work on the Batley’s Roll of Honour website.

If anyone does have any information about those from the parish who died as a result of World War Two service, please do get in touch.