The Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial was unveiled a hundred years ago at the end of April 1923. To mark this centenary, we are holding a two part event on Sunday 30th April. At 10am during the service at St Mary’s Church, Luddenden, we will be singing two of the hymns that were sung at the unveiling and Phil Radford will give a talk on how our cenotaph came about and the history of the other local Rolls of Honour, from local churches and chapels and the Luddenden Working Men’s Club, which have all been brought together into the church for the day.
After the service, at around 11.15 am, we will process to the cenotaph for a short ceremony that will include a one minute silence, with Last Post and Reveille, another hymn led by St Mary’s Church choir and accompanied by brass instruments, and finish with the National Anthem. A number of relatives of the 45 men who gave their lives will be attending and many locals have offered to “Salute a Soldier” by placing a flower on the cenotaph to remember each soldier named behind it.
This is the final event of the Luddenden & Midgley WW1 Commemoration Project, supported by the Luddenden Conservation Society, Luddenden Mayor’s Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Since 2014 we have held individual commemorations for each of the 45 soldiers, one hundred years after the day each fell.
Do come along to the service and/or the ceremony.
Last modified: April 29, 2023