Remembrance: Norman Park Memorial Centenary

Image shows part of a souvenir brochure produced for the unveiling of the monument in 1921 (Courtesy of Kirklees Local Studies Library)

All wars that have occurred throughout history tell tales of individuals who deserve remembrance.

Every year, on the Sunday that either follows or falls on the 11th of November, which, for Britain, represents the day World War One ended, individuals have gathered to honour our country’s fallen service people.

Immediately following The Great War, efforts were made to remember the 870,000 plus British troops lost in battle with tributes both at home and abroad by erecting memorials (Mougel, 2011). Since this time, many memorials have included dedications to those who died in World War Two and other conflicts. In addition to displaying the names of service people, these ornate structures have served as a place for people to gather on Remembrance Sunday to honour the fallen. This article is about one such war memorial that celebrated its centenary earlier this year.

In 1921, a war memorial was erected in Norman Park, Birkby, paying tribute to the people of Fartown and Birkby who had lost their lives in WW1.

Prior to the memorial being built, a committee was set up to determine a design, and efforts were made to raise the £1,370 needed for its construction (Pattern, 2021). One such effort included one local, Arthur Green, organising a ‘Rose Day’ that raised over £150 (Lee, 1921).

Norman Park Memorial, built by Hart, Son, Peard & Co., Limited, features a bronze statue sat on a pedestal that is nine feet in height and made up of 35 slabs of light unpolished granite (Imperial War Museums, 2018). The pedestal stands upon two raised granite steps and originally held a bronze plaque on each side. These have since been replaced with granite plaques.


A service will be held in Norman Park from 12.30pm on Sunday November 14th.
Organised by Friends of Norman Park, it will be led by Rev. Joanne Hustwick of St Cuthbert’s Church.
A new Memorial Garden will also be opened during this service.


Unveiled by General Sir Ian Hamilton on Saturday 2nd of April, 1921, the bronze statue atop the pedestal depicts a life-sized infantryman in full fighting attire (Lee, 1921). The memorial displays the names of people from Fartown and Birkby who fought and died for freedom during the Great War, the names of those who did not return home.

Each of the 242 men, whose name’s have been memorialised, can be proud of their contribution to human history. While we have included those names beneath, I encourage all readers to visit Huddersfield Exposed where there is information about the vast majority of these courageous human beings.

On the day that the Norman Park Memorial was first unveiled, General Sir Ian Hamilton pulled down a Union Jack that had covered the statue and spoke of the ‘young boys’ who had been inspired by ‘generous ideals’.

Children from Birkby Junior School have made poppies for the Memorial Garden at Norman Park

As soldiers of the 5th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment made a guard of honour and presented arms, bugles sounded the Last Post. As the families of soldiers, who had lined the foot of the memorial with floral tributes earlier in the day (Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1921), watched on, several speakers including Rev. D.C Tincker and Rev. Mark Richardson, who read a dedicatory prayer, paid homage to the deceased (Lee, 1921).

Every year since its opening ceremony 100 years ago in 1921, Norman Park Memorial has seen people visit on Remembrance Sunday to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. And, while the memorial itself is now old enough to have its own history of ceremonies and vandalism (YorkshireLive, 2009), it is the deeds of those names proudly displayed on the memorial’s plaques that we must fight to preserve. Our freedom is their legacy.

The names on the memorial are as follows:

H. Mc. A. Ainley
W. C. Allott
K. Anderson
H. H. Appleyard
H. N. Aston
C. Atkinson
W. Bailey
F. Bairstow
G. Bairstow
A. Balmford
W. Barker
J. W. W. Barker
J. L. Barnicot
H. Barrett
S. Barrow
E. G. Beaumont
L. Beaumont
W. Beaumont
J. Beever
T. Bentley
M. R. Binns
S. Blackburn
F. Blackstone
H. Blakey
J. G. Bodker
T. Booth
H. Boothroyd
P. Boothroyd
J. Brahney
A. Brook
Hy. Brook
Hbt. Brook
H. Brown
H. Burrows
C. Burton
F. Calvert
E. Chapman
E. Chappel
S. Chappell
R. Clarke
E. Clay
K. A. Clayton
N. Clayton
A. Clifford
R. Clifford
G. W. J. Colbridge
H. Cook
J. Crawford
W. B. Crosley
A. Day
A. Dearnley
J. Dearnley
V. W. Dodson
J. E. Dougherty
G. E. Dransfield
E. Dyson
H. A. Earnshaw
J. Eccles
J. E. Eccles
P. L. Evans
C. F. Ewart
H. Field
S. Field
C. Fidler
A. E. Foster
E. H. Frisby
J. W. Gargrave
O. T. Garside
M. Gibson
P. C. Gledhill
H. Goodwin
J. Grayson
T. E. Green
W. Greenfield
G. Grey
A. Haigh
C. Haigh
H. Haigh
J. A. Haigh
N. Haigh
E. Hanson

T. E. Haresnape
J. V. Hartley
Albt. Healey
A. Healey
H. Heaton
S. Hellawell
J.A. Hepworth
W. Hepworth
W. Heywood
P. J. Hill
F. Hinchliffe
J. Hinchcliffe
J. Hinchliff
I. Hinchliffe
F. Hirst
F. G. Hirst
H. Hirst
D. W. Hobson
G. Hobson
N. Hobson
A. Hollings
E. Horsfall
J. Hunter
G. Iddon
A. Jackson
H. I. James
D. P. Jefferson
E. Jenkins
W. Johnson
R. Jury
F. Kaye
O. Kaye
R. C. Kaye
W. Kennedy
H. Kergon
W. B. Lacey
T. Leonard
T. Liversedge
J. Livesey
N. Lockwood
W. Lodge
C. Lord
G. W. Lovell
A. E. Macey
A. Mackman
M. A. Mackman
H. Mallinson
J. Marshall
F. B. Mathews
G. H. McMillam
W. McNab
C. McVeag
hE. Medley
F. Milnes
H. Milnes
L. Milnes
G. Mitchell
J. Moore
H. Morgan
W. Morgan
H. Morrison
H. Naylor
G. E. Netherwood
F. H. Newton
R. Noble
G. Nortcliffe
J. O’Brien
F. Oates
H. Oldroyd
A. Overton
W. Parr
H. Paviour
A. Peacock
H. J. Pinder
B. Pogson
W. Preston
E. Priestley
J. W. Probyn
A. V. Rastall
R. F. Richardson
N. Rippon

J. Rothery
J. E. Rothery
W. A. Rumble
Alf. Rushworth
Arth. Rushworth
H. Rushworth
T. Rushworth
W. Rushworth
R. Sayles
J. L. Schofield
A. V Scholes
A. Mc.D. Scott
H. Senior
H. Sharp
A. C. Shaw
J. W. Shaw
J. L. Shaw
J. E. Sheard
W. Sheppard
C. Sherbon
A. R. Smith
J. E. Smith
H. Sowden
W. H. Spivey
C. Starkey
W. Stewart
E. Stocks
N. Stringer
E. W. Stubbings
J. Styring
A. Sulch
H. Sykes
J. Sykes
N. Sykes
S. Sykes
F. Taylor
A. Thompson
F. Thompson
H. Thompson
L. N. Thompson
Frank Thornton
Fred Thornton
H. Thornton
E. Thorpe
F. Thorpe
H. Topping
T. W. Towlson
W. H. Towlson
A. C. Trevor
A. Tuckfield
A. W. Turner
J. Turner
W. Tyas
E. W. Ulrick
W. Waterhouse
E. Watson
E. K. Weavill
N. Wheelhouse
N. Whitaker
A. Whiteley
H. Whiteley
R. Whitteron
F. Wild
H. Wilkinson
J. E. Wilks
F. Wilson
G. Wilson
L. Winterbottom
J. W. Wiseman
P. B. Wolfenden
A. J. Wood
F. Wood
G. H. Wood
V. H. Wood
G. H. Woodcock
E. Woodhead
J. Wragg
F. S. Wright
L. Wrigley
G. H. Yates

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References

Huddersfield Daily Examiner. (1921). Birkby Memorial Unveiling at Norman Park. Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
Imperial War Museums. (2018). Fartown And Birkby. Imperial War Museums. https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/29202
Lee, P. H. (1921). Fartown & Birkby War Memorial Official Programme.
Mougel, N. (2011). World War I Casualties. http://www.centre-robert-schuman.org/userfiles/files/REPERES%20%E2%80%93%20module%201-1-1%20-%20explanatory%20notes%20%E2%80%93%20World%20War%20I%20casualties%20%E2%80%93%20EN.pdf
Pattern, D. (2021). War Memorial, Norman Park, Fartown – Huddersfield Exposed: Exploring the History of the Huddersfield Area. Huddersfield.exposed. https://huddersfield.exposed/wiki/War_Memorial,_Norman_Park,_Fartown
YorkshireLive. (2009, June 25). Huddersfield war memorial made vandal proof. YorkshireLive. https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-war-memorial-made-vandal-5018870

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