The conclusion 

 

 

It was 'the war to end all wars'

But 21 years later we were engaged in another world war.



More than 750 readers have so far logged on to our series about The Great War and the part Bishop Monkton played in that horrendous conflict.

We have honoured the five Bishop Monkton sons who were killed in it, and made mention of the 54 who left this  placid rural idyll to go and fight in the knee deep mud and rat infested trenches in France and Flanders.

We have also told the story of other men, with Bishop Monkton connections, who played different roles in the conflict.

We honour them all and respect their memory.

Since the series has appeared we have receved a number of interesting letters about aspects of our coverage.

Our most farflung reader, Dorothy Bowes in Australia, wrote to say: 
'I would like to thank everyone who did the excellent research work connected with the WW1 series, they must have spent many hours doing it. I have now learnt many details about my late Uncle Edwin who was killed in 1917, until reading the article about him I knew very little. A big thank you again'.

Another who contacted us was Frances McDaid, who is related to Corporal Willam Heath who was killed in action in 1917, aged 38.  Although she has no picture of him, she did send a copy of his will - and writing a will was a requirement for every soldier who fought in The Great War as it has been in every subsequent war.


 


Frances was also fascinated to see a picture (below) in our item about Bishop Monkton around 1914 of a charabanc party visiting The Masons' Arms around 1912, and magnificiation of the picture has revealed her great great grandfather seated at the rear of the bus with his son!

 


Among others who contacted us about our coverage was Terry Knowles who saw his father's name listed among the 54 who left Bishop Monkton to fight for King and Country.

He writes: '
'Rodney Wilson kindly rang me about your web page and the mention of my father's name in the list of those who went to fight in the First World War.
 
I have been trying to trace the Army Record of my father, Frederick William Knowles, and the only thing I have been able to find is his joining up paper when he was shown as joining the Prince of Wales Own of the West Yorkshire Regiment. However you show him as having joined the Infantry. Unfortunately, as often happens, one does not think to ask one's father what he did in the War until one realises it is too late.
 
The only information I have is that as well as the West Yorks, he was also in the Green Howards, and I think he fought as Passondale (sorry about the spelling!). He was wounded in Italy, I think, having been shot through the knee and spent about a year in hospital and recuperating, but returned to fight in Ireland after the end of the War. I know that he tried to join when he was too young to do so, and they threw him out! He was then a bugle boy and also played the big bass drum, probably before he was of age.  I think he finished as a Sergeant.
 
One thing that has also puzzled me is that he always used to insist that his first name was Frederic, withoutthe k at the end, whereas the army record I have seen, and signed by my father, had the full name with the k at the end!  One explanation is that the recruiting sergeant often could not spell!!
 
I would be most grateful if you could let me know if you find out any further information about my late father (born April 1898 in Halifax)'.
 
No doubt more of you may wish to write to us about what you have read, and perhaps add details your own  forebears who took part in this war. We shall be glad to receive them, and will publish them later.

Before we close, we must thank the small band of volunteers who spent long hours carrying out on-line and other research to provide much of the material which we have published during the past fortnight.

Before they did their work, the five listed on the Village War Memorial were just names but now, with so much more known about them and their families, we feel more involved with them.

These who carried out the research included Martin Whincup, Chris O'Gorman,  B D Scholey, John Sheehan, and Bill Flentje.
Photographs: Chris Higgins.
Family contributions: Florence Bowes, Angie and John Archbold, Val Ellis-Beech, Margaret Simpson, Chris Higgins, Frances McDaid, Malcom and Eileen Scholey, David, Liz and Hannah Staiano, Tom Oates, Pip and Peter Garside, Naomi Waddington, Chris Procter and Richard Field.

We have also extracted material from the following books:
Bishop Monkton and Environs: Ancent and Modern History by M.G. Butterfield
Monkton Matters: A Village History and Guide and Past Times Recalled (issued by the Village Conservation Society in 1988).
A Tale of Two Villages: Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard  by Barbara Wray

We have also contacted some of the following websites which provide useful infomation for any of you who would like to do your own follow-up research:

http://www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/
www.1914-1918.net
www.ancestry.co.uk 
www.cwgc.org 
www.thegazette.co.uk
http://www.1914-1918.net/westyorks.htm

One correspondent has written to us to to suggest that someone should form a Local History Society to carry out further research into great events in Bishop Monkton's past, and to find a way of creating an archive so future generations may share the experiences of times now long past.

If anyone is interested in this idea, please write to
EditorBMToday@aol.com  and we will see if there is sufficient interest to progress this idea.

The Great War Project was co-ordinated by: Richard Field, Editor bishopmonkton today


 

1914 - 1918

'The War to End all Wars'
But 21 years later we were fighting another war.
And there have been dozens since.
When will we ever learn?

 

 

R.I.P.

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