World War 1

Morley and the Great War

We began a study of the effects of the Great War on the Community of Morley in late 2012 and these pages will show the type of work that has been done and the information that has been obtained.

The Call to Arms

Recruitment in the town The Leeds Pals Recruiting Tram At the outbreak of the Great War on 4-August-1914, Britain 's army was extremely weak compared to those of Germany and France and unprepared for a land war. The country had relied on the navy to look after its military interests and had not had any...

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Casualties on the Morley War Memorial

Casualties named on the Morley War Memorial Names on the War Memorial from both World Wars We have divided these into groups 1914 Casualties 1915 Casualties 1916 Casualties 1917 Casualties 1918 Casualties Post 1918 Casualties Unidentified Names 452 men are named on the Memorial. The tables of information contain the names of men in the...

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The Belgian Refugees

The Belgian Refugees in Morley Topics The Refugee Crisis Housing the Refugees The Arrival of the Refugees Settling in Morley Later Years The Refugee Crisis The Great War started, formally, when Germany invaded Belgium. The British Government was surprised and deeply upset by this action which went against a previous treaty and also posed a...

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Commemorated Lives of Service Men

Details of Commemorated Lives We have been working with the Local Branch of the British Legion to commemorate the lives of men from this district who died as a result of their military service and are buried locally. We have researched the lives of these men and felt it only right to share this information with...

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