Friday, 8 February 2013

Council's quest to trace relatives of WW1 Leeds soldier

Leeds City Council is attempting to trace the relatives of a First World War Sergeant Major, following the captivating discovery of a one hundred year old national roll book inscribed with his name.

The book, which is one of only 14 ever published, was discovered at Leeds Civic Hall and contains a message, along with a highlighted passage inside.

According to the inscription the book was presented to Sergeant Major A Lake at Leeds Carlton Hill Barracks in 1919. It is not known how it came to be in the council’s archives.

The highlighted passage states that Sergeant Major Lake volunteered in September 1914, where as part of the Second Eighth Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, he served in several engagements including Bullecourt and Cambrai. He held the General Service and Victory medals.

He was demobilised in December 1918 following the signing of the armistice.

According to the book, Sergeant Major Lake’s address at the time was 5 Kelsall Grove - in the Hyde Park area of Leeds.

Previous searches have been unable to determine any relatives and the council are now eager to reunite the book with his family.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“This rare book is a truly charming memoir of the Great War, which has been deep in the council archives for many years.

“We would be delighted to reunite it with the soldier’s family and I sincerely hope they come forward.”

If you have any information on Sergeant Major Lake or his family please contact:

Andrew Hodson
Head of Governance Services
Tel: (0113) 224 3208


For media enquiries, please contact;
Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

South east Leeds Neighbourhoods get £8million regeneration programme

Two of Leeds’ most deprived communities are in line to benefit from a major a programme of investment in their homes and the local environment.

Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to agree the project proposals for Cross Green and the Nevilles and invest £5million from the capital programme at a meeting on Friday 15 February. Further investment is expected to come through the government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations schemes.

The projects will include improvements to the environmental performance of both private and council houses, designed to help people with affordable heating and improve the longer term health of residents. Work to the homes will be accompanied by upgrades to roads and open spaces and a community fund for small scale environmental and energy efficiency projects.

The investment is expected to improve the sustainability of these communities, making them more desirable places to live in the long term and complementing anticipated investment in the adjoining Aire Valley employment area.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member for the environment said:

“This regeneration project will focus intensively on these neighbourhoods to bring about significant improvements that benefit the local communities.

“We are committed to ensuring that these neighbourhoods receive the environmental and housing improvements needed to make them sustainable in the long term and an excellent place for people to live.

“We are keen that not only is this work carried out, but that energy efficiency advice is also provided to ensure people are using their homes efficiently and that people are getting the right fuel saving measures to reduce fuel poverty.

“I am working closely with my colleagues, Cllr Peter Gruen and Cllr Richard Lewis as it crosses through both their portfolios of work, to see this project through.”

The programmes will be completed between 2013-2016.

To view a copy of the executive report visit

Notes to editors:
The full £7.9m scheme is made up of £6.5m of council funds, with £5m coming from a new sustainable communities investment fund and £1.3m from the housing revenue account and the rest of the money coming from highways maintenance pot.

Aire Valley Leeds enterprise zone is an unprecedented opportunity for business relocation and expansion, situated at the heart of the Leeds City Region. Covering 142 hectares of prime development land, it is one of three new enterprise zones in Yorkshire, set up with government backing to drive investment, growth and job creation.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450