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Mark’s History: Remembering the fallen from West Leeds

In the first of four posts coinciding with Remembrance Day, Mark Stevenson photographs the former homes of some of the brave West Leeds soldiers who gave their lives serving their country so many years ago…

Frank Charles Philips live here – 13 Woodlands Avenue, Stanningley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Private Frank Charles Philips of the Scots Guards 2nd Bn was the son of Cornelious Leopold and Mary Agnes Philips. They lived at 13 Woodlands Avenue, Stanningley. Frank died on the 28th October 1914 when he was 20.

Private George Diffley lived here at 11 Claremont Place, Armley. Photo: Mark Stebeson

Private George Diffley of the Scots Guards 2nd Bn was the husband of Florence Diffley. They lived at 11 Claremont Place, Whingate Road, Armley. George died on the 26th October 1914 when he was 31.

Private Pollard, 32 Arley Terrace, Armley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Private Pollard of the Scots Guards 2nd Bn was the son of Mrs E Pollard of 32 Arley Terrace, Lodge Road, Armley. Pollard died on the 26th October 1914 when he was 24.

All 3 of the above were in the Scots Guard 2nd Bn and they all died in October. It was at this time that the Scots Guards were involved in the First Battle of Ypres.

More Guardsmen died in this one action than were to die in two years’ of fighting in 1917 and 1918. The 2nd Battalion lost four out of five men who took part in the battle.

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