We’ve been hearing some local people’s stories of their family members during the great war. If you would like to submit yours please do so via the contact us page.
Harold and Horace Sutcliffe
Harold Sutcliffe seen on the left in the above portrait, joined the war effort with his twin brother Horace (on the right) as part of the Duke of Wellington Regiment. Harold unfortunately didn’t make it home, he suffered a shrapnel wound to the chest and passed away with his twin brother by his side on 27th November 1917 at 23:45. Harold is commemorated at the Cambrai Memorial. His great niece is one of the organisers of this event and she was born at 23:45 on 27th November 1989. Lest we forget.
Robert, George, and Ellis Biggin
These are the medals my Grandfather was given. He never spoke much about the war to my mum and her sisters , but when he used to take me to the Brightside Wreck (play ground) all the kids would come up to him asking about the stories he’d told them. There would be about 10 kids and he would say, ‘Me and my friends in our group were trapped in the fields and dare not lift our heads. We would hear voices calling out ‘Tommy’ – because the enemy thought everyone was called ‘Tommy’ – but we got them shooting and some did not make it’.
My Grandad had tears in his eyes and would say that’s it for today. All the kids shook his hand and said thank you Tommy. Grandad never spoke much about it he was still emotional about it – that was in the 50s.
With thanks to Sandra Adams for this story.
William Henry Gregory