Thursday, 23 June 2011

Wayside Shrine

If you leave the centre of Bradford via Westgate and White Abbey Road, after five or ten minutes walking you will come to this shrine. The inscription beneath the shrine reads:-

To the memory of the 186 soldiers and sailors of this parish sacrificed in the Great War 1914-1919 and to obtain the suffrage of your prayers for their souls eternal repose, this wayside shrine has been erected.

I'm embarrassed to say that my knowledge of the events of the First World War is a little sketchy and the dates 1914-1919 instead of 1914-1918 puzzled me a little. The answer is that the ceasefire was in 1918, but the war was not officially over until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919.

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