Historic club standard discovered

David Glover, Rob Hamilton and Janette Martin with Standard of the Halifax World War I Old Contemptibles.

David Glover, Rob Hamilton and Janette Martin with Standard of the Halifax World War I Old Contemptibles.

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A standard representing the Halifax Old Contemptibles club has been uncovered at Halifax Minster and sheds new light onto the lives of local soldiers who fought during the first months of the First World War.

The Halifax Contemptibles club was founded in 1928 as a support group for soldiers who had fought at the Battle of the Mons between August and November 1914.

The group folded in 1966 due to the passing of most of its members, and the standard was handed over to Halifax Parish Church (now Halifax Minster) to join the other standards in the Regimental Chapel.

Local historian David Glover unearthed the standard when the National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts was making an inventory of all of the objects in Halifax Minster.

David said: “My attention was drawn to this item through a list of fabrics and standards.

“I read the description of the standard and saw that it was in the Regimental Chapel, so I came down and looked behind the British Legion standard and there it was - hidden in public view.

“Nobody seemed to know it was there, and we think it’s been there since it was deposited here in 1966.”

Janette Martin is currently overseeing the Great War exhibition at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, and said she would love to see the standard form part of the exhibition.

She said: “The idea is that the exhibition will run for four years so we have to keep it fresh and keep adding things to it.

“I’d love for this wonderful standard to loaned to the museum for a year or so on prominent display - it’s great that it’s on display in the Minster, but I think more people will see it in the context of the Great War exhibition.”