Tour page 5

Now, as you turn South and head back to the main entrance, on your right is a memorial to William Cook, a former headteacher of the local church primary school though it was a National School at the time. Two vets lie in nearby graves.

You will notice an untidy piles of logs and branches against the outside wall. This, and others like it, have been left deliberately as ‘habitat piles ’which provide shelter for insects and small mammals throughout the year. ‘ Habitat piles ‘ slowly rot down which provides more food for insects and therefore for birds, hedgehogs and frogs. Letting them rot is much more environmentally friendly than having a bonfire though we do occasionally have the need for a fire.


It is worth going off the path to your left to see the headstone for Dragoon Guard Joseph Naylor with the sword,

who saw service in the Crimean War and is said to have taken his horse and brought it back – an early War Horse story.

Shortly after this and on your left are two more family headstones commemorating those who died during WW1, note that one is a women, May Hartley who died accidentally at a nearby munitions factory.  The other has a dedication to Lance Corporal Joe Holt, who was killed in Flanders in 1915.

Almost opposite is a memorial which includes Private Robert Brownrigg, he died of flu at the end of the war. He had lived just across the park in East View.

To encourage further the wildlife we have installed bird-boxes. Half of these were used last year by nesting birds, a good result in their first season. We've also cut a tree back in a way to encourage woodpeckers but we don't think they've found it yet.

On the way round you will have noticed many inscriptions to children who died in infancy. Many more from poor families were buried without a memorial, we believe that they were buried between this path and the boundary wall and the ground then re-used in the latter part of last century. In Spring, this area is full of wild garlic.

Towards the end of this main path on the left, you will see a “bug hotel” - a luxury Des. Res. with different materials and openings.

 As you come to the holly tree at the junction with a cross path, a row into the left in a kerb grave is a dedication to a career soldier, Sergeant Major Fred Mitchell, who died in German West Africa. he had fought in the South African war and we have no record of visits back to Lightcliffe. A little further along, still on the left, is a dedication to Arthur Broadley, who died in France.

To your right you will see a Commonwealth War Grave dedicated to Stanley Alfred Albert Roff who died in WW2 in 1941. We have yet to research his history. Further along and still on your right is another Commonwealth War Grave commemorating Private Leonard Sucksmith of the South wales Borderers and then there are family graves which remember Private Roland Walker of the Duke of Wellington's and Private James Smallwood of the Grenadier Guards.

As you come back to the end of the path, on your right hand side, look for the obelisk memorial partly dedicated to Willie Brooke who died in a railway accident.


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