Friday, 2 March 2012
The Leeds Rifles are long gone but across the city of Leeds there are several small reminders of the many men who served in the two battalions.
The above photo shows a detail of a CWGC headstone at Wortley cemetery, the detail being the badge of the 8th Battalion The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)(Leeds Rifles).
The 2 battalions the 7th and 8th of the Leeds Rifles were based from the 1880's in Carlton Barracks, the being the former home of the militia.
During WW1 between 1915 and 1918 2,050 members of the Rifles died in the fields of France and Flanders. This figure of 2,050 is virtually the same number of men that initially was the combined strength of the two battalions on mobilization.