Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014 on 12:51 pm

First World War commemorated at historic Undercliffe cemetery

Tommy Teaches

Tommy Teaches

Events commemorating World War One have taken place in Bradford’s historic Undercliffe Cemetery.

For three days, visitors have had the chance to visit a replica tea tent put up by YMCA Bradford, listen to war stories, and take tours of the graves of soldiers who fought in the war.

The series of events also featured Tommy Teaches, real name Scott Knowles, dressed in a Bradford Pals uniform answering questions on the conflict and his authentic war items.

The Hanson Academy Choir performed, whilst other pupils from local schools got the chance to make poppies with the Peace Museum, who also researched into conscientious objectors prior to the event.

Shannen Lang, education and collection intern at the museum, told the Yorkshire Standard: “As part of the cemetery commemorations, the Peace Museum thought about stories about conscientious objectors. Many were imprisoned for it and had a hard life, but they were also heroes for saying no.

“Children were making poppies and symbols, so it’s been really important in children getting involved as it gave them a better understanding of the commemorations.”

Undercliffe Cemetery was opened in 1854 and contains 23,000 graves and holds a total of 124,000 burials.

In 1998, it was listed as a Grade II-listed site following a review by English Heritage.

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