War Memorial Batley
In the centre of Batley, just south of Leeds in England, is a war memorial to commemorate the fallen from the Great War, or World War One, and World War Two. In later times they added victim of the Iraqi conflict to the memorial. Over a thousand names are added to the memorial.
On one of the plaques is the name of Horace Waller who lived in Dewsbury. He fought in the First World War and received the ‘Victoria Cross’ for his actions. The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy in the British and commonwealth forces.
Horace Waller withheld a vicious attack of the enemy south of Heninel in France for an hour during the day by throwing bombs. More than a few of his garrison were killed by then. In the evening on this day, 10 April 1917, the enemy attacked again and for another half hour Horace threw bombs with the utmost valour until he was killed during this assault. He fougth with the ‘King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ regiment and his remains are buried at the Coljeul British Cemetery in Pas-de-Calais France.
The memorial can be found next to the Cambridge road at the top of the marketplace, close to the police station.