"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
West Yorkshire Archive Service
And also the many individuals
who have kindly contributed
their research, time & knowledge.