Some Local Family Histories

As the Friends of St Matthew's Churchyard have restored the area, they have compiled a searchable database which is published on their website. www.lightcliffechurchyard.org.uk

 

As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project headstones which commemorated those who died in WW1 have been restored and this led to Dorothy Barker (the Secretary) researching the soldiers and their families. This led naturally to further family researches, all of which are published on the website, under About the churchyard => People of Interest.

 

The Friends have had a good number of contacts following these publications from family members which has allowed the stories to be shared and expanded.

 

The families covered so far include:

 

Corporal Fred Booth               Private Edgar Sharpe              Private Roland Walker

 

Gunner Joe Lumb Brook        Private Robert Brownrigg       Sgt Christopher Kershaw

 

Privates Aaron, Walter & Leonard Sucksmith                        Pte Edward Schofield

 

Pte Arthur Rushworth             Pte G. Percy S Brown             Pte James Smallwood

 

Sgt Major Fred Mitchell         Corporal Kenneth & Gunner John Berry

 

Bombardier Charles & Pte Frank Newsome                           Pte Milton Aspinall

 

Corporal Joe Willie Shaw        Lance Corp Joe Holt               May Hartley

 

Pte Walter & Lance Corp Herbert Pybus                                Pte Samual Sharp (Crimea)

 

Dragoon Guard Joseph Naylor (Crimea)                                General Joshua Guest (Jacobite Rising)

 

Major Reginald Sowerby        the Berry Family                     the Lee family

 

Mark Dawson (Mayor of Bradford)

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