Local History – The First World War
For the past two years we as a nation have been commemorating the centenary of the First World War and The Great War, many will have watched the Somme commemorations earlier this year. Closer to home a number of smaller events have been held in the village such as, cemetery walks and our own service to remember the first day of the Somme, these local events have been well supported. Afterwards I tend to meet a number of people who wish they had known earlier or were going to attend but for whatever reason the information did not reach them.
So this is an advance warning of a date to add to your diary, on Saturday 15th October two separate graveside services of remembrance will be held in the village for two servicemen who died just a week apart and who were both buried in their own community.
William Sharp lived on Ladysmith Road and was a casualty of the Somme, having been wounded at the front line he returned to England where he died in Huddersfield War Hospital on the 17th October 1916. He was buried at Ambler Thorn Methodist (New) Burial Ground. A service will be held at 10.45 am in this cemetery which is situated at the entrance of Shibden Head Lane. Please meet at 10.30 am and it is recommended that sturdy footwear is worn as this cemetery is somewhat neglected.
William Herbert Hodgson was a mechanic/navigator in the Royal Naval Air Service and drowned off the coast of Kent following a seaplane accident on the 12th October 1916. He lived at South Bank and his funeral was described in the Halifax Courier as a “Striking Queensbury spectacle”, as his coffin was carried into Queensbury Cemetery hundreds of onlookers packed the cemetery. The service for William Herbert Hodgson to be held at his grave in Queensbury Cemetery will start at 11.45am.
These services, organised by myself and Friends of Queensbury Cemetery, are a great opportunity to hear more about local history and of the men from Queensbury who fought in the First World War, both services will feature a detailed talk on the men followed by the service of remembrance, musical support will be provided by the Scout band who will play hymns from the original service of William Hodgson, finally those attending are welcome to bring wreaths/flowers to lay at the gravesides.
Queensbury the Great War Remembered