Beyond Calculation

Throughout the month of November the names of all of the men from Leeds killed in the First World War will be read out in the museum. Each day approximately 300 names will be read from the Leeds Roll of Honour.

The Roll compiled after 1918 and first published in a book in 1922 is a great achievement. It ensures that we can never forget that in the course of 4 years, the city lost about 10,000 of its citizens.

One of the earliest deaths in First World War was that of Leeds resident Able Seaman Francis W. Laverack who died aged 19, when his ship hit a mine 2 days after war was declared.

The last man to die was also a Leeds man, Private George E. Ellison, who died at Mons just an hour and a half before the ceasefire took effect at 11am on 11 November 1918.