Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in 153 countries, commemorating 1.7 million servicemen and women who died in the two world wars, has installed a plaque at the municipal cemetery in Howden Road. The Commission lists from the Second World War five local soldiers and one airman whose graves are in the cemetery. They are: Private Arnold Breare, of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who died in 1943 aged 24 (his memorial is pictured on the right); Sergeant David Ferguson, of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, who died in 1946, aged 25; Warrant Officer Class II George Fryers, of the Royal Engineers,who died in 1946, aged 39; Sergeant Thomas Inman, of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who died in 1943, aged 20; Gunner Edgar Roden, of the Royal Artillery, who died in 1942, aged 37; and Sergeant John Stephenson, of the Royal Horse Artillery, who died in 1941, aged 27. Private Breare's parents, Manasseh and Isabel, of Silsden Moor, and a sister, Marion, are buried with him.