Exley Head Methodist Church war memorials
There are two war memorials for Exley Head Methodist Church
The first is in the care of Bradford Museums and Art Galleries - at Cliffe Castle.
Oak Frame, with pediment. with the words "Ich Dien" . In the frame an elaborate Roll of Honour. At the top the Union flag superimposed by the Royal coat of arms, flanked by 4 flags superimposed by shields, surrounded by Laurel leaves. The whole is supported by engraved flanking columns with lions at the base. There is no makers or engravers mark.
Roll of Honour.
John W. Bastow Cadet
Tom B. Bebb
J.Raymond Clapham, Killed in Action
Abraham B. Fortune
Willam H. Hornby
R. Harold Hornby
Edwin D. Hurtley
Wilfred R. Horsham
Frank S. Inman
Clarence E. Johnson, 2nd Lt
John Kidd, L/Cpl
William J. Lister
J. Robert Lansdall
William Normington, L/Cpl
George H. Taylor
David Watson, M.C. 2nd. Lt
Charles F.K. Watson, 2nd. Lt (KBGS)
Harold Whitfield, Killed in action
Henry C. Keighley
The second one is a stone cross mounted on a stepped plinth outside of Exley Methodist Church, at the junction of Wheathead Lane and Oakworth Rd
Polished Granite Cross on a three stepped sandstone base, approx 6ft high. The lower base contains three names from the second world war, and the upper base contains two names from the first world war.
Unveiled in the first week in October 1920, by the Lord Mayor of Keighley, Alderman M.F. Binns. See Bradford Observer Budget Friday October 8th 1920.
The inscription reads:
In Honoured Memory. / 1914 - 1918 / 1939 - 1945
Gnr. J. Raymond Clapham, R.G.A. killed in action at Messines, Jul 21st 1917, age 19.
Pte. Harold Whitfield, Duke of Wellingtons W.R.R., died of wounds received in action in Flanders, March 17th 1918, age 22 years.
Pte. J. Fairfax Dean, Y & L Reg, drowned off Tobruk, 1941, age 26.
Cpl. Pearson Crossley, R.A.S.C. died P. O. W. Japan 1943 , age 26
P.O. Douglas D. Smith, F.A.A. Killed, Northern Ireland, 1945, age 21
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.