Sharing will paint picture of Calder Valley war effort

Charles Landale,who  fought in World War I
Charles Landale,who fought in World War I

As the country looks to mark a century since the Great War started, Hebden Royd Town Council and partners want to paint a picture of life during 1914 to 1918 both on the front line and back home.

The town council, in conjunction with Pennine Horizons, is holding an open afternoon where they want residents to bring photos, letters, newspaper clipping, medals, stories or anything that demonstrates how World War I affected the Calder Valley.

The event will take place from 2pm to 6pm in the Council Chamber at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, on Friday, March 21. Items will then be used for a commemorative exhibition held later in the year.

Neighbourhood manager Emma Green said: “Hebden Royd Town Council together with Pennine Horizons is holding an open afternoon where we would welcome anyone who has any information or photographs to join us. It will be a drop-in session where the information can be noted and scanned and immediately returned, so that there is no risk of losing them. Once scanned, the images will be used for the exhibition, but will also be preserved in the local archives for future generations.

“This picture (right) is an example of the type of thing we would like to see, and was sent in by his granddaughter. This is Charles Landale, born and raised in Hebden Bridge. He was a weaver by trade. As a reservist he was called up when war was declared. This brave gentleman fought at Ypres and The Somme and was the first local man to be awarded a gallantry medal, the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Charles Landale was to be one of the lucky ones who returned home to Hebden Bridge. Initially he returned to weaving but later opened a fish and chip shop in King Street, where he lived. He then went on to open the Black and White Cafe in central Hebden Bridge and following that became a Todmorden bus driver.

“The stories behind our war heroes are fascinating; not only during the horrific experience of the war, but how they played their part in society for years after, making Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd the places we know and love today.”