Like many small villages in England, World War One had a devastating effect on village life. During the Great War the district lost 30% of its young men who were killed in action. They are still remembered in the annual remembrance day ceremony at Sturton Church where a large memorial stands.
There is also two plaques now located in Sturton Village Hall, they were previously hung in the Methodist Chapel on Cross Street that has now been converted to a House.
Wherever possible we have located the Commonwealth War Grave of those who gave their lives. If you have any details of those we cannot find please let us know:Pvt. Hubert Needham Pvt. Albert NeedhamPvt. George BarlowSapper John BarlowPvt. George PortasPvt. Pearce CobbPvt. Arthur FullardPvt. Edward HipkinPvt. Tom HolmesPvt. Albert SchofieldPvt. Fred GodfreySec. Lieu. Fred WarburtonPvt. John AshtonPvt. Tom PettitPvt. Albert WiddowsonPvt Walter BlythePvt. George Benson
‘A’ Company, 10th Battalion Notts the Home Guard
Sturton men listed are:Cox, C A TYEK/73/1 Pte Kettleborough, A ROGW/78/2 SgtPickering, M ROGZ/60/1 Pte Ratcliffe, G ROGW/39/1 Pte Stancer, G T ROGW/75/3 Pte Stothard, C P ROGW/58/1 PteTempleman, J ROGK/33/1 Pte Temporal, K ROGW/136/5 Pte
On Christmas Eve 1944 at 5:45 AM a German V1 “Doodlebug” flying bomb landed and exploded at Sturton south of Littleborough Road.