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Missing names to be added to war memorial

Dozens of servicemen from Horsforth who gave their lives in the First World War are to finally have their names added to the town's war memorial.

Local historians and volunteers from Horsforth Museum have worked on a six-year project to research those missing from the memorial.

The 46 names they discovered will be added on a plaque to be unveiled in November.

The project was led by local historian Mark Saville.

The war memorial - a stone's throw from the museum - already bears the names of more than 200 people who hailed from Horsforth and died in the Great War. Experts think the post-war rush to return to normal life, along with families moving away from the area, led to some omissions.

After the first war people were really busy trying to get their lives back to normal and the second war came along. It wasn't until people realised that their grandparents were involved in the first war and looked to see what happened to them that you start thinking we'll have a bit of a dig around and see what happened to them.

– Susan Watson, Horsforth Museum

Piecing together research from graveyards to websites Mr Saville spent six years documenting Horsforth's role in history. His work revealed 46 fallen soldiers whose names had been missed off the town's memorial.

Among them was Percy Tuke. He was killed in the second battle of the Somme in March 1918. Research by his relatives led them to his place of birth.

He was a handsome man and a kind man and very very musical. He actually did organ recitals in Leeds and in other parts of Yorkshire so he's on the Possier memorial in France but for some reason was not put on the war memorial in Horsforth. He gave his life for freedoms of this country and it'll be thrilling that he'll be remembered I feel I'm doing something that should have been done a long time ago.

– Amanda Sheehan, Percy Tuke's great-niece

Local historians now hoping that with the unveiling of the new plaque this November, more relatives will come forward to tell the stories of their ancestors and the place they now occupy in Horsforth's history.

You can watch a full video report by Sally Simpson below: