The Diary: A touch of glass as Walkley’s war heroes are remembered

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...And from one Sheffield World War One hero to four more...

A quartet of city men who served during the 1914-18 conflict - including Frank Hartley, pictured - are to be remembered in a tribute that promises to be a touch of glass. Literally.

The group will have their pictures included in a spectacular new-look stained glass window at Walkley Community Centre.

The current window at the venue, in Fir Street, already lists the names of nine local heroes - all members of the Walkley Reform Club - who went to fight in France.

On March 20, the window will be taken out for restoration, and the new panes added.

“A specialist who prints and fires photographic images into glass will make new panels with the men’s photographs to go into the windows,” says Bill Bevan, who is leading the memorial project. “The restored windows will then be rededicated and revealed to the public on Sunday, August 3.”

Research about all nine heroes will be displayed at an exhibition as part of the Walkley Festival, beginning June 21.

The nine remembered are: Frank Hartley, Isaac Barnes, George Barnett, Isaac Haycock, Frederick Moses, Archie Shelley, Arnold Turner, Arthur Wall and Leonard Walmsley.