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"The lamps are going out all over Europe,

we shall not see them lit again in our life-time" 

[Attributed to the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, on the eve of the First World War]

On 4th August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany

following the invasion to Belgium by German troops.

This global war meant that life would never be quite the same again, but no one envisaged the social, economic and cultural upheaval

that was to follow.

                                                        

   GOMERSAL & THE GREAT WAR                                                                 

. . . . introduction       

During the four years of conflict, the First World War was to claim the lives

of over 16 million people across the world

and have an impact on every Town and Village in Britain. 

One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War;

either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities

or because of its long term effect on the society in which we now live.

 

This information has been researched by residents of Gomersal to honour those local men who fought and died in the war and also aims to show how the First World War had an impact on the lives of the people in Gomersal.

Troops of the West Yorkshire Regiment resting in a shell hole. September 1916.

''Gomersal & The Great War''

has been made possible

by the generous contributions and support of :

 

Gomersal and the Great War Research Group

Gomersal Moravian Church

Gomersal St Mary's Parish Church

Gomersal Methodist Church

The Grove United Reformed Church

Little Gomersal Community Association

Liversedge & Gomersal Community First Panel

Community Development Foundation

Kirklees Mueums & Galleries

Kirklees Libraries

West Yorkshire Archive Service

And also the many individuals

who have kindly contributed

their research, time & knowledge.