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'The project team would like to hear from relatives of Private William Helliwell FISHER, died 5th November 1917 - remembered on Birstall Memorial'

About Project Bugle

Project Bugle is an ambitious community initiative tht commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by some one thousand soldiers  from Batley and Birstall during the First World War. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and co-sponsored by: Batley History Group; Batley Cemetery Support Group; The Royal British Legion; Batley and Birstall Libraries; Bleak House Family History Group; Birstall Churches Together; West Yorkshire Drama Academy; Birstall in Bloom; Batley Festival and St patrick’s Church.

Project Bugle includes the following initiatives:

  • Research and Record To research and record the stoy of some one thousand soldiers from Batley and Birstall who died as a result of the First World War anmd whose names appear on the two Town War Memorials.
  • Commemoration To place a wreath on the graves of those soldiers buried locally on the 100 year monthly aniversary of their death.
  • Batley Festival (2014-2018) To take part in The Batley Festival and provide exhibitions and expertise following the themes.
  • Batley Festival 2014 (Saturday 27th September 2014) Start of the War and Local Recruitment
  • Batley Festival 2015 (Saturday 26th September 2015) Project Bugle Website Launch
  • Batley Festival 2016 Battle of the Somme.
  • Batley Festival 2017 The Final Push.
  • Batley Festval 2018 Victory and Home coming.
  • Exhibitions To maintain a monthly changing exhibition in the local Libraries telling the story of the War as it unfolded and to release the obituary of the Soldiers who died in the month one hundred years later.
  • Newsletter To produce a monthly newsletter – ‘The Bugle’, this will be distributed to public places, schools and churches.
  • Education To work with schools and specialised groups (e.g. Scouts) whowish touse the project to further their understanding and knowledge.
  • War Graves Walks Project Bugle will develop War Graves Walks for Batley and Birstall.
  • Talks and Events To provide talks tointerested groups about the Soldiers from the area who were lost and assist families with their own family research.