Poignant tribute to fallen in Harden

First published in Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

A VILLAGE marked the centenary of the start of the First World War with a poignant exhibition.

A display about Harden in 1914 went on show at Harden Memorial Hall on Saturday.

The exhibition, organised by Harden Parish Council, also featured information about the villagers who served in the conflict, and those who lost their lives.

The original purpose of the exhibition was to commemorate the 21 fallen soldiers featured on the Harden war memorial, the 'Wayside Cross'.

These include 25-year-old Harry Metcalfe, son of the gamekeeper at the St Ives Estate, and 19-year-old John Peake, who lived with his parents and siblings in Harden.

Both tragically died in October 1918, shortly before the war ended on November 11.

The displays also included 'then and now' photographs showing how Harden has changed in 100 years.

One of the organisers, parish councillor Kay Kirkham, said the event had been very popular.

She added: "We counted more than 200 visitors. It was very successful."

And she thanked parish clerk Eve Haskins for her research work.

The exhibition will today be on show at St Saviour's Church in Long Lane, Harden, to mark the official centenary of the start of the war.

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