26 NOVEMBER 2018. ALAN HOWE AND STEVE WILSON: OSSETT WAR MEMORIAL
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, Alan Howe, Steven Wilson and Neville Ashby began to research the biographies of Ossett men who had lost their lives in the conflict. Although 230 were listed on Ossett’s roll of honour, they went on to find another 85 names and later extended the search to servicemen and women of World War Two. (See www.ossett.net). Ossett people began to discuss ways of commemorating the fallen as early as 1917, but there was little enthusiasm for the project despite ideas for a park, scholarships, swimming baths or bronze statue being put forward. Eventually, a simple war memorial, erected on Kingsway, was dedicated in the presence of Lord Lascelles, on 11th November 1928. Ninety years later Alan Howe and a small group began planning to commemorate all those people their research had discovered. With funding from Wakefield Council and the support of the British Legion, they arranged for the names to be cut into granite sets to be laid around the war memorial, now in the Market Place. Despite setbacks, all was ready for the dedication of these names, which took place in a ceremony in front of a large crowd on 11th November 2018.
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OSSETT LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY NETWORK
The network meets monthly with the aim of bringing together both beginners and more experienced local and family historians in order to exchange advice and information. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month, usually in Ossett Library. However, as the Library is currently in temporary premises, meetings will be held in Horbury Library from 11.00am to 12.30pm. Our next session will be on Friday 14 December when we will discuss our family history brick walls and perhaps have a local and family history quiz.