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Historians in Walkley need help in finding photos of two Sheffield-born soldiers who died in the First World War - so their images can be restored.

Arthur Wall was a silversmith who served in the Sheffield Pals before transferring to the Grenadier Guards. He died on October 14, 1917.

Archie Shelley served in the Grenadier Guards and was wounded in France on May 16, 1915. He had worked at Neepsend Gas Works.

Local historian Bill Bevan said: “We believe descendants of Arthur and Archie’s brothers and sisters are still living in Sheffield. Pamela Orme is the great-niece of Arthur, while Philip and Caroline Bennett are grandchildren of Arthur’s widow who remarried.

“There may also be grandchildren of Charles, George or Emma Shelley in the city. We would like to invite them to a memorial service in August and are hoping family photos with Arthur or Archie in them have been passed down.”

The Star reported on Saturday that researchers are restoring the memorial windows of Arthur and Archie in Walkley Community Centre. The building was the Walkley Reform Club, of which both men were members.

The centre will hold a service in August and the men’s families will be invited.