People remember their loved ones in a variety of personal and public ways.
They may keep their medals. They may remember with poppies, or poetry, through the memorial plaques (the so-called 'Dead Man’s Pennyies'), remembrance bookmarks, or through public memorials in public spaces, factories or churches. Use the interactive to design your own medal.
Not everyone is listed on a public war memorial. They were often by public subscription, and if the family couldn’t pay, their loved one wasn’t listed. Or, sometimes, people are on two – the public one where the family paid, and their work one put up by the company.
Commonwealth War Graves are often a good place to start an investigation, and there are quite a few Leeds Pals graves across Leeds. A number of these men were injured in the Battle of the Somme, and were sent home for medical care, but died of wounds either in transit or upon their return. In Holbeck cemetery, there are a number of Leeds Pals and West Yorkshire regiment graves for local men who lived and worked in Holbeck.