News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.
An exhibition about nine men of Walkley who did not make it back from the Great War alive is on display from Sunday 22nd June. Called “Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War” it brings back the soldiers known only by their names on a memorial as real, living residents of early 20th century Walkley.
The nine men were members of the Walkley Reform Club on Fir Street, now Walkley Community Centre. The exhibition charts their lives in Sheffield before going to war, including their families and occupation, as well as their military service. Eight of them volunteered during the first weeks of the war while one teenager was conscripted on his 18th birthday in 1918. Three of the men died within hours and yards of each other on the first day of the Somme.
The exhibition will be on display in the window of Beeches, South Road during the two weeks of the Walkley Festival between the 22nd June and 7th July. Part of the Yorkshire-wide 1914 programme of centenary events, it is part of the Walkley Community Centre’s Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project. Audrey Buxton, John Chapman, Julie Clarke, Melanie FitzGerald and Geraldine Stansall researched and wrote biographies of the men. Gerry Murray researched regimental diaries. We are grateful to the families of the men who have offered information and photographs.