A lasting tribute to the fallen men from Clifton

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Margaret Sharp, who was born and brought up in Clifton, has written a third book in her series about the history of the village.

Her latest edition, “Clifton War Memorial”, has been published by the Brighouse and District Historical Society to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War.

In the book Margaret writes of the building of the memorial, which stands in the centre of the village, and then looks at each of the thirty-two men named on it, describing their early lives and untimely deaths at Gallipoli, Ypres, the Somme, Arras, the Messines Ridge and Paschendaele.

Seventeen of the men initially joined the local Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, though some were transferred to other units as the casualty numbers escalated.

“It has taken two years to collect the information. Much of the early research was internet based, searching census records, military records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website,” said Margaret.

“This book was written as a tribute to the men of Clifton who lost their lives but it is more than a local record for these heartrending stories of the deaths of relations, friends and neighbours were repeated in thousands of villages, towns and cities throughout all the countries who were involved in that horrific conflict.”

“Clifton War Memorial” by Margaret Sharp costs £10.99.

The book is available in Brighouse at the Harrison Lord Studio and Gallery and Just Books.