Albert Beardsell from Newsome was just one of the many ‘ordinary men’ who served with the Huddersfield Territorials in the Great War. He gave his life fighting for his country at Thiepval, September 3rd 1916, but this is just one of many stories that can be told.
The Ordinary Men Regimental Heritage Project records the fate of all the men of the original Battalion who went to France in April 1915 and those who joined them as reinforcements as the war progressed. Information is also held on every man who mobilised with the Battalion on August 5th 1914.
If you have ancestors who served with the West Riding Regiment in the Great War (especially the 5th Battalion) we would like to hear from you. Perhaps you have photographs, medals or other artefacts that can be recorded to add to our archives.
Help and information can be provided if you are researching your ancestor’s story.
See our display at local events to find out more, or please contact us at any time.
Contact the Ordinary Men Regimental Heritage Project
On Saturday 13th October, refreshments will be on sale from 12 noon to 5pm, available from the Tea and Tarts W.I. pop up cafe in Newsome Scout Hall. Sweet and savoury foods, plus hot and cold drinks.
The first WI in Britain
The Women’s Institute movement in Britain started in 1915. During the First World War it was formed to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.
The first WI meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales, on 16 September 1915. Since then, the organisation has grown to become the largest women’s voluntary organisations in the UK with over 212,000 members in over 6,300 WIs.
About Tea and Tarts
Tea and Tarts Women’s Institute are a fun, lively and community focused W.I offering a wide range of interesting and exciting activities. We have space available for new members and also welcome guests. We usually meet at Huddersfield Town Hall from 6.30pm on the first Thursday of each month.
To mark the final year of the World War One centenary, The Royal British Legion invited the public to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation.
In support of the Thank You movement, Newsome Ward Community Forum have placed a Silent Soldier on the land at Newsome crossroads.
Our soldier symbolises all of the British Legion’s “Silent Silhouettes”, which represent the communities who took part in World War One.
We are inviting you to remember the soldiers of World War One – you can find out about some of the men behind the names on local war memorials in our displays.
But also we’re remembering the families and communities who lived in a changing world – including those who campaigned for Votes for Women, and those who founded new organisations like the Women’s Institute.
They helped shape the nation as we know it today.
Join us for a day of special activities from 12 noon on Saturday 13th October 2018 at Newsome Scout Hall to commemorate the end of World War One and to celebrate the beginning of Votes for Women and the creation of the Women’s Institute.
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ
Newsome Church will also be open so that you can view the parish war memorial.
Learn about Newsome & Huddersfield in the war years:
World War One displays and artefacts | Find out about the men who are listed on our local war memorials | Ordinary Men Regimental Heritage Project | Pop Up Museum | Vote 100 | Women’s roles in wartime Britain | Free showing of the film “Suffragette” | Try wartime games, crafts and activities | Newsome’s Silent Soldier
Share your family stories, photos or objects
Displays and activities are open from 12 noon to 5pm.
Community cinema from 6pm.
Poetry Workshop from 2pm to 4pm in St John’s Church.
W.I. Cafe – Refreshments on sale from Tea and Tarts,
the Huddersfield Central Women’s Institute.
Organised by: Newsome Ward Community Forum.
With our thanks to the One Community Foundation (Stephen Wood Fund).
We are also grateful for the excellent help we’ve received from Huddersfield Local Studies Library.