Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

Inspiring Welsh Research

The First World War research of the Walkley Historians inspired a group in North Wales to look into the people remembered on their own war memorial. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/book-remembers-gallant-men-conwy-11468256

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walkley Inspires Welsh Research

Dear Melanie, I am posting you a copy of the book which was inspired by your investigation of James Craven, “We will remember them….the men from Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tom Metcalfe, KOYLI Private

Here is a short biography of Tom Metcalfe, a Walkley resident who enlisted in the army on the outbreak of the First World War and came out the other end … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Poem in response to Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War

Siobhan Hoyes writes… After seeing the moving display in Beeches I have written a reflection dedicated to the nine men whose names are remembered on the memorial windows.  War a glorious … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reform Club First World War Members

Here are the biographies of the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who fought and died in the First World War.

June 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stories from Nine Men

The first thirty minutes of Simon Heywood’s telling of the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who died fighting during the First World War.

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stories of Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War

Follow the lives of 9 men of Walkley who fought and died during the First World War. We are holding two special storytelling events based on the lives of the … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

First World War Windows Rededication Ceremony

Walkley Community Centre’s First World War Memorial windows have been restored. They were unveiled as part of a rededication ceremony on Sunday 3rd August. This was the culmination of 18 … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

First World War Exhibition at Gerry’s

The Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War exhibition is now on display in Gerry’s Bakery and Coffee House, South Rd, Walkley. You can enjoy the exhibition over a coffee … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 1st September 1914

By September 1914, the first mention of the First World War enters the Walkley Reform Club minutes. [1 September 1914] Minutes of general Committee held Sept 1.14 Mr David Smith … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Somme 98 Years On

“Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying. That was our history.” John Harris This morning is the 98 years on since the Sheffield Pals first major engagement … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley First World War memorial windows to be unveiled

Walkley Community Centre will unveil the newly restored memorial windows to the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who died during the First World War on Sunday 3rd August, 3 … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War – exhibition

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, … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

1914 in Yorkshire Programme

Download the 1914 in Yorkshire programme of events being organised by museums and other cultural organisations to commemorate the start of the First World War one hundred years ago. Walkley … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Leonard Walmsley – King’s Liverpool

Leonard Walmsley was born in 1900 to George and Sarah Walmsley who were living in Norton at the time. He had an older sister, Clara born in 1895 and brother, … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arthur Wall – Sheffield Pals and Northumberland Fusiliers

Arthur Wall was born around 1890, the son of Thomas and Mary Wall. He had five elder siblings, Thomas W, Clara, Nellie, Herbert and Lily and two younger sisters Edith … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arnold Turner – Sheffield Pals

Arnold’s Sheffield Life. Arnold was born on the 3rd July 1892 at 110 Creswick St to Harry and Sarah [Critchlow ]Turner. His father, Harry was born in Sheffield in 1850 … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grenadier’s Ypres

The Ypres Salient is the area around Ypres in Belgium which was the scene of some of the biggest battles in WW1. Archie Shelley, a member of Walkley Reform Club, … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Archie Shelley – Grenadier Guards

Growing up in Walkley. Archie was born on 19th March 1891 at 35 Camm Street, Walkley, one of nine children born to Charles Shelley and his wife Mary Ann (nee … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Frederick Moses – Sheffield Pals

Frederick Stayton Moses was born in 1894 in Chester to parents Peter E Moses who was born in Prescot Lancs and Mary E (nee Welsh) Moses born in Bagillit Flints. … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Isaac Haycock – Sheffield Pals

Isaac Haycock was born on the 4th January 1893 in Walkley Sheffield to parents William and Elizabeth Ann (nee Wilkinson) Haycock. His father was a crucible maker and later became … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Somme and Sheffield

The Sheffield Pals were one of the first battalions ‘over the top’ on the morning of the 1st July, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme. … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sheffield Pals

In common with other industrial towns in the North of England, Sheffield was quick to form its own “Pals” battalion in the early weeks of the First World War. On … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Frank Hartley – Sheffield Pals

From Boyhood to Manhood. Frank Hartley was born on 14th August 1893 at 40 Mount Pleasant Road in the Sharrow/Heeley area of Sheffield. He was the eldest and only son … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

George Barnett – 10th York and Lancaster

George Barnett was born in 1895 in Sheffield to parents George Henry and Annie Barnett his father was born in Oakham Rutland and his mother in Lincoln. On the 1891 … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crookes and Walkley Reservists

Patrick Dolan has researched the First World War experiences of his grandfather, Benjamin Smith of Industry Street, and of other Walkley and Crookes servicemen. Here Patrick writes an edited version … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Removing the Memorial Windows

Watch a video and see photographs as Classic Glass discuss removal and renovation of Walkley Community Centre’s First World War stained-glass memorial windows. The windows were taken out for conservation … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lives of Walkley Reform Club’s First World War Soldiers

The Lives of Walkley Reform Club’s First World War Soldiers.  Friday 14th March 2014, 7pm. Walkley Community Centre, 7a, Fir St. Free Entry. Bar & Cafe.  The Walkley Historians researching the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stars of the Great War

A few miles outside of Manchester lay Felders Field and it was there that we were marshalled that evening. As part of the larger company our small platoon, formed only … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Walkley Historians make First World War discovery

The First World War researchers have tracked down another photograph of one of Walkley Reform Club’s fallen soldiers. A press call to County Durham found the great-nephew and a photo … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Frederick Moses – Breaking News

I’ve just spoken to a niece of Fredrick Moses, one of the men who’s death on the Somme is commemorated in the Walkley Reform Club memorial windows. She is the … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

James Craven – Rifle Brigade

James Craven was born in 1891 to James and Hannah of 1 Compton Street. He had two older bothers Philip and Thomas and a younger sister Virginia. His father died … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · Leave a comment