University service honours war dead

A service of remembrance has been held at Leeds University to rededicate a war memorial 100 years after the start of the First World War.

During the service (which was conducted by the University’s Anglican chaplain, the Revd Matt Ward), former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion read his poem The Death of Harry Patch.

The names of 25 men from Leeds who served in the war have been added to the university's Brotherton War Memorial. The stories of the men, who all had connections to the University of Leeds, were uncovered by community researcher David Stowe as part of the university’s Legacies of War project.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, said: “The discovery of several missing names has revealed a number of poignant and touching stories that we wish to mark and remember. Rededicating the roll of honour is a fitting way of commemorating these men, the Centenary of the First World War and all those who lost their lives.”

 

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