Photo: Mark Stevenson

West Leeds World War One graves: St Wilfrid’s in Calverley

2 November 2019

A week or so ago I thought it might be a good idea to take a photo of all the World War One graves in West Leeds, writes Mark Stevenson.

It soon became clear I would need to narrow it down to get it done in the time I had.

The numbers I use are from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and, to make it more manageable, I only took a photo of graves with a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.

Some WW1 war graves have private headstones, which meant I would have had to look at all the graves in West Leeds which I did not have time for, but I’m sure I will get around to. 

Today’s Cemetery is Calverley’s St Wilfrid’s Churchyard.

Of the eight casualties buried here from WW1, I was only able to find one headstone and that was for R Hockley, husband of Gertrude Lavinia Hockley, of 8 Woodland View, Calverley.

While I was in the churchyard I got talking to a lady who told me she once lived on Woodland View. At the time I did not know R Hockley’s address.

Yesterday Mark featured the war graves at Armley’s Hill Top Cemetery.

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