Although this web site belongs to me and I am the one responsible for updates and ongoing research, what is contained in some of these pages is not solely my own work. When I began to research the war memorials, I was unaware that there was someone else in Scholes who was doing the same thing.
I was introduced to Christine Hudson in 2005, we pooled our notes and took the project forward far enough to enable us to put together a memorial book in time to be presented to the Parish of Barwick in Elmet at the Remembrance Parade of that year.
Without Christine's input the pages of this web site would not have been possible, and I thank her for her enthusiasm and dedication to the project.
The members of the Great War Forum must be specially mentioned, although to list everyone who has helped me would take forever. In the early days of my research, they helped enormously.
They have supported me in my project to create this site, not only with advice and encouragement, but with hard facts and information. I thank them all.
I must also thank the many friends I have made in my years of travelling to the Western Front.
Sadly, some of the older generations are now dead, but those charming old Flemings, Lucie and Filip, who lived on the road out of Ieper towards Wieltje, always had a smile, a wave, a few words of incomprehensible 'Flemglish' and often a coffee to share with me. Filip was very generous with his foul-smelling miniature cigars. He used the language barrier to ignore my refusals. Old makes way for the new, and I am very pleased to be able to continue friendships and the trade of information with people who live on the old battlefields of France and Belgium, both native and British.
Of course, any errors or omissions this website contains are mine and mine alone.
I pride myself on the accuracy of this website, and the use and interpretation of reliable sources is key to accuracy. The website is not intended to be a piece of academic writing, and for that reason, I have chosen not to include footnotes on each page, as they would tend to clutter up the site.
If you would like to know the specific source for any piece of information contained in this website, please get in touch.Generally speaking, the following sources have been those of most help to me in producing the pages for most of the men I have written about.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Soldiers/Officers Died in the Great War.
Leeds Library Services.
Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Thoresby Society.
National Archives - Discovery - Medal Index Cards.
National Archives - Discovery - Various unit war diaries.
National Archives - Officers Correspondence files.
National Archives - Soldiers files.
National Archives - Air 76
National Archives - Seamen's files.
Telephone Directories 1927 - 1960.
West Yorkshire Archive Service - Electoral Registers, Barkston Ash.
Scholes is Our Village - Talaga.
'The Barwicker' - Barwick Historical Society.The Long, Long Trail - www.1914-1918.net