Welcome to this website.
My aim in building this website is to commemorate the men of the two villages in
the parish who served during the two world wars of the 20th Century.
I began researching the men named on the war memorials in the villages more than 25 years ago, but my interest in
who these men might be goes back much further, probably further than I am able to remember.
Originally, the work was confined to those who are named on the two main war memorials in the villages, in Scholes
and Barwick, who died as a result of their service during wartime, but as is common with projects such as this, much information
has become available relating to other men from the villages who served in war and returned home afterwards, and it is equally
important to remember their contributions too. It helps to provide context to our understanding of the two world wars and
provides a ready illustration that, though the numbers who did die were enormous, the popular belief that during the Great
War of 1914 - 1918, an entire generation was wiped out is simply a myth. Without seeking to play down the enormity of the
casualty figures, it is important to see that the number of people who died as a result of the Great War amounted to a little
over 10% of those who served, which is by any standard, a small minority.
For those families who lost a son, a brother, a father or husband, their loss was still keenly felt, and because
so many men and women were lost in the Great War, the grief and shock was felt in every corner of the country.
The villages of Scholes
and Barwick were no different, and are no different now. Remembrance Sunday church services and the parades at the memorials
in the villages have witnessed a steadily increased attendance over the last 20 years, despite the fact that the generation
that fought in the Great War has now died out. Despite there now being no living link to the armed forces that fought the
German Army to a standstill on the Western Front, the villagers here do not forget the sacrifice those people made, whether
it be to lose their lives, or to suffer wounds, or to be captured and held captive as a prisoner of war, or to leave their
homes, families and businesses to fight. That generation of 1914 - 1918 has not been, and will not be, forgotten in this
part of Leeds.
The same is true of those men and women who
served during the Second World War. Although that war was, taken in its entirety, a more destructive war and cost many millions
more lives than the Great War, for the Armed Forces of the UK, the casualty figures for killed and wounded were
not as heavy. As is true of many war memorials across the country, those in our two villages carry fewer names for the
Second World War than they do for the Great War.
also fortunate that we still have amongst us a few of those people who went to war between 1939 - 1945, but their number reduces
steadily as time goes by.
It is my belief that the
hard won legacy of freedom, expensively secured for us by that generation of 1939 - 1945 imposes upon us a duty to remember
them also. And to truly remember, we have to learn of those people; who they were, what they did, what they were prepared
to sacrifice in order to restore liberty to the conquered peoples of world, and to their families who waited at home for their
This web site attempts to identify who those
people were from this part of the world, and, in some way, to tell their stories.