Batley’s Roll of Honour (Home)

Welcome to our Web Page. Our aim is to link together as much information as we can find about all the Servicemen who paid the ultimate price during WW1, WW2, the Iraq War and are named on Batley or Birstall War Memorials. To date we have found over 1000 names on Batley and Birstall with information on all but a few.

Please use the search options in the main menu to find details of each of the individual soldiers. This is an ongoing project and changes could be made at any time.




Batley War Memorial2


Batley War Memorial is located in the Memorial Gardens at the top of Batley Market Place. The Inscription reads:-

In Grateful Memory of the Men of this Town who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and in the World War 1939 – 1945.

Included on this Memorial is the name of Horace Waller from Batley Carr who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Great War of 1914 – 1919. There is also a Memorial Plaque in Dewsbury Town Hall detailing this award.




Birstall War Memorial2


Birstall War Memorial is located in the churchyard extension opposite St Peter’s Parish Church, a three tiered octagonal base with a square tier on top leading to a tall column in the shape of a cross.  The top square tier has the Inscription at the front which reads:-

Sacred to the Honoured memory of the Men of Birstall who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War – 1914 – 1918. Their names liveth for evermore.




Dewsbury Cemetery


  Servicemen not on Batley or Birstall Memorials

We have also found a number of Servicemen who were either born in Batley, or lived in Batley, and whose names do not appear on either War Memorial. These are included via a separate menu.



Noah Lorimer Wilson and Pals from The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, shown with the kind permission of David Boynes.


Soldiers at Basingstoke Camp


Picture supplied by The Great War Forum

Acknowledgments:  Christopher Frank for his excellent work on Batley Library Index Cards, Jane Roberts for access to her research at St. Mary’s, Valerie Mitchell along with other members of Batley History Group, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and

If you have any further information, have any comments or find any errors, please email me at