This booklet contains information on the townsfolk from Ilkley and Ben Rhydding who were wounded, in the Second World War, published by the Ilkley Gazette. The contents page has lists all the people by surname and details such as their age, rank, regiment, awards for gallantry, pre-war occupations, cemetery, cause of death, theatre of war and any accounts which were taken from letters from loved ones or other sources given. Accounts from Barbara Bell and Captain Laycock are used as an examples below:
Auxilary Territorial Service
In hospital in South England suffering injuries received by enemy action. Severe injuries to the head, face and eyes. Lost sight in one eye and other in danger. Blinded on train in December 1942 while going to attend a course. As the train neared London an enemy plane attacked. She had been in the ATS 6 months and had won two stripes as height finder in a mixed AA battery. She learnt Braille and how to type.
Laycock, Peter W
Italy, North Africa, Sicily
Overseas Feb 43. Wounded while with infantry unit of 1st Army in North Africa. Later in Sicily and Italy. Battalion Bren Gun Carrier Officer. His elder brother Sergeant Eric Laycock served with Australian Artillery in Port Darwin where he had been since October 1941. In Ilkley he was an RUFC player.
Wedding. Married Mlle Viviane Nivelles elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Henni Nivelles, Brussels. Met at Allied Troops concert in Brussels. A Nivelles ballet dancer (aged 21) met Laycock when taking part in the concert.