Brave Hanging Heaton soldiers remembered by Project Bugle 100 years on

SOLDIER HONOURED The La Fert�-sous-Jouarre memorial in France.
SOLDIER HONOURED The La Fert�-sous-Jouarre memorial in France.

They sacrificed their lives for their country.

Now the stories of Private George Henry Thompson and Private Robert Cleasby have been told in this month’s edition of The Bugle.

The newsletter revealed Pte Thompson, who served in the Coldstream Guards, found out he was called into action while at the theatre.

The Hanging Heaton soldier was at Dewsbury Empire when it was announced on a screen that all reservists should report to their depots.

By 10pm that evening, he was on the train to Chatham and later deployed to France.

Pte Thompson was killed aged 28 in September 1914, after his regiment suffered serious losses as they drove the Germans back in the 1st Battle of the Marne.

Pte Cleasby, also of Hanging Heaton, served in the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and died aged 26.

He was reported missing after the Battle of Mons.

The authorities wrote to his wife, Eva, to inform her that he had been killed in action on September 22, 1914.

His name appears on the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre memorial by the River Marne in France.

September’s edition of Project Bugle’s newsletter has been distributed to public places.