In what has to be one of the most overgrown graveyards I have been in Farsley Baptist Burial Ground has five casualties from WW1, writes Mark Stevenson.
I am not sure who was responsible but all of the Commonwealth War Graves are always clear. (Editor’s note: it’s the excellent Friends of Farsley Rehoboth group who have only recently started to buy, reclaim and maintain this historic burial ground in Farsley and provide access to all).
I was able to find all five headstones, three of which have addresses.
F W Ford husband of Lillian Busfield (formerly Ford), of 2, Nether Street Farsley. E Lee son of Harry and Sarah Matilda Lee, of 31, Eggleston St., Rodley. M W Lee husband of Casilla Lee, of 16, Bryan Street Farsley. Arthur Hainsworth Wade son of Frank and Mary Christiana Wade, of Lindfield, New South Wales.
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.
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.