Above: David Raw (purple top centre), author of The Bradford Pals with some of the attendees at our meeting in February 2015
Our speaker for February was David Raw, author of The Bradford Pals which was the subject of our meeting. David lived in Lightcliffe, Halifax, for a number of years and attended Bradford Grammar School so has close ties with this region. The subject was one with which he clearly identified through personal connection, having interviewed some of the veteran Pals as well as people who were closely associated with them. He is currently researching Charles Trevelyan, local MP for Elland during the war years, who resigned from the government in protest at Britain’s entry into the war. We very much look forward to the completed work which may become the subject of his dissertation for the MA he is pursuing at Wolverhampton University.
Last September Angela Clare came and gave us a talk, which can only be described as electric, on the content of the Bankfield Museum WW1 Galleries, for which she had been the project manager. The galleries have been attracting many plaudits and, if you have not been able to see them yet, you are strongly urged to do so.
John Rhodes was our October speaker. Based on his own local research, he delivered a very carefully constructed and thought provoking talk on Calderdale conscientious objectors emphasising that they were far from isolated odd balls. Taken in conjunction with the talk recently given by Cyril Pearce at Bankfield Museum it seems that a reassessment of their place in local communities is long overdue.
Unfortunately our January meeting (Andy Mycock – ‘Celebrate or Commemorate’) was cancelled due to bad weather. This has now been rescheduled for Thursday 8 October 2015.
See ‘Diary’ for details of this year’s meetings.