Bramley: Day of remembrance for Battle of the Somme centenary


A poignant service of remembrance was held at Bramley War Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

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Attendees prepare to place crosses at the war memorial in Bramley. Photo: West Leeds Dispatch

A total of 77 men from Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley lost their lives at the battle.

Each of their names was read out at the service and wooden crosses bearing each of their names were handed out to attendees.

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The day began with an Act of Remembrance at 7.30am, the exact time the battle began 100 years ago. The Reveille was sounded by bugler Sally Clark, who also ended proceedings poignantly with the Last Post.

A longer Service of Remembrance took place from 10.45am, again with a bugle sounding.

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Crosses laid in memory of the fallen in Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley. Photo: West Leeds Dispatch

Readings came from Cllr Caroline Gruen, Norah Gibson and the Reverend Paul Crabb.

Both sessions were extremely well attended by local residents and war veterans and families, of all generations, of those who died.

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A local resident at the Somme exhibition in Bramley. Photo: West Leeds Dispatch

A special exhibition highlighting the conditions at The Somme and other historical facts about the first world war was housed in the parade of shops opposite the memorial.

The event was organised by the Friends of Bramley War Memorial group.

A service of remembrance was also held yesterday evening in Farnley.


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