Leeds cemeteries and memorials

There are Commonwealth War Graves, graves and memorials to members of the Leeds Pals Battalion in many of the cemeteries across the city of Leeds.

In partnership with Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside department, interpretation panels have been developed at Lawnswood and Harehills cemeteries to highlight the link between the Leeds Pals and Colsterdale in Nidderdale AONB.

The former Mayor of Leeds, Edward Brotherton, is buried at Lawnswood cemetery. He played a crucial role in founding the Leeds Pals Battalion and funded their training and upkeep at Colsterdale Camp until their training was completed. Many prominent Leeds families were also directly associated with the Leeds Pals, including the Beckett, Tetley and Lupton families. Names recorded at the Thiepval Memorial to the missing, and Serre Cemetery, both in France, include a number of men also commemorated at Lawnswood.

Cemeteries across Leeds also contain references to the Pals and the West Yorkshire Regiment (in addition to other Regiments) from the First World War. Harehills Cemetery is the last resting place for at least two of the Leeds Pals, who died of wounds received at the Front.

The address for Lawnswood Cemetery is Otley Road, Adel, Leeds, LS16 6AH

and for Harehills Cemetery is Kimberley Road, Leeds, LS9 6LZ

Search for a memorial

You can search through the War Memorials Register at the Imperial War Museums website, it contains over 68,000 UK War Memorials and is continuously updated.

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