Two years of research has enabled us to produce biographies for all 68 men whose names appeared on the 1916 Farnhill Parish Council Roll of Honour.

Today these are published on the Biographies & photographs page.

After many months of work, the digitally restored Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour was unveiled during our exhibition “From Farnhill to the Front” on Saturday 10th November 2018.

Unveiling the Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour

Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour - on display

Here’s a close-up:

Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour - detail

The digitally restored roll will be mounted, in an oak frame with UV-filter glass, in the Main Hall of the Institute in due course.

The conserved original is now on permanent loan to the North Yorkshire County Archive in Northallerton.

Below, just a few of the photographs taken during our “From Farnhill to the Front” exhibition on Saturday 10th November 2018.

We had a great turn-out:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition


People enjoyed the slideshow:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

We had displays of artefacts loaned to the project:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

Upstairs, more displays and room for a coffee and a chat:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

The Knitwick and Yarnhill poppy waterfall made an impressive sight:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

The digitally restored Farnhill Methodist Chapel Roll of Honour was unveiled and on display throughout the day. (It will be framed and put on permanent display in the Institute.)

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

But amongst all the fun and chatter, there was always remembrance, commemoration and an appreciation of sacrifices made. Lest we forget.

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition


From Farnhill to the Front - booklet

We’ve updated our booklet about the Volunteers, which you can download from here.

If you have any information on any of these men, particularly the post-war lives of those men who survived the conflict, we’d like to hear from you.

Watch out for more material from the project coming in the next few days, as the Big Upload continues.

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At 11am on 11th November 1918, fighting stopped all over the world and people began to wonder whether they might begin to hope that the war was finally over.

In an article we publish today, exactly 100 years after Armistice Day, we examine the thoughts of some of the people of Farnhill and Kildwick, including:

  • Thomas Appleby, headmaster of Kildwick School
  • Norman Green, one of the pupils at the school, whose brother, Eric, was a PoW
  • William Whitham, of Bucklar Hill, whose brother, John Spencer Whitham, was one of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers
  • Percy Walmsley, another of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, who wrote home from hospital where he was recovering from his wounds

Article – Some local account of the Armistice


Once our From Farnhill to the Front exhibition is over and the quiet contemplation of the Armistice Day centenary has passed, this website will be a hive of activity as the Big Upload of material resulting from the two years of research carried out by members of this project takes place.

The material will include:

  • Full biographies of the 68 Farnhill WW1 Volunteers
  • Family trees showing how some of these men were related
  • A revised project booklet – with summary information about the 68 – available for you to download
  • More slideshows

All this will be in addition to the regular Articles and news reports on the project, that we will continue to post up.


To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, members of the project team will be laying a wreath at Kildwick War Memorial, on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Project wreath - 2018

The project team will also participate in the reading out of names from the War Memorial, which will form part of the St. Andrew’s Church Armistice Day commemorations.

Join us if you can for this act of commemoration and thanksgiving.

Before then, individual poppy crosses will be placed on the 21 graves of Farnhill WW1 Volunteers that the project has identified in the local area.



The work required to conserve the Farnhill Methodist Chapel’s WW1 Roll of Honour is proceeding nicely and we hope to be able to unveil a digitally-restored replica as part of the “From Farnhill to the Front” exhibition.

In the meantime, here’s a small glimpse of the conservitor at work.

Farnhill Chapel WW1 Roll of Honour, retouching names

Come along to the Institute on Saturday 10th November, 10am to 4pm, to see the completed digital restoration and the rest of our From Farnhill to the Front exhibition.

From Farnhill to the Front - poster

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A number of service medals and bravery awards were available to men who fought in WW1.

Analysis of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers’ service records has enabled to say which men received which medals and awards for their WW1 service.

Article – Volunteers and their medals


Our exhibition, “From Farnhill to the Front”, will take place in the Institute, Main Street, Farnhill, on Saturday 10th November, between 10am and 4pm.

We are planning over 500 sq. ft. of display boards, and members of the project are engaged in a series of “sticky evenings” getting them all ready.

Here are some photos of the team, hard at work.

Sticky evening - 1

Sticky evening - 2

Sticky evening - 3

Sticky evening - 4

From Farnhill to the Front leaflet