War Memorial and District Nurse's Home
|Architect||Percy Turner ARIBA|
|Built by||J & J Obank|
This building stands at the corner of Browgate & Hallfield Drive. It was built by J & J Obank Ltd of Idle in 1921/2 and the cost was covered by public subscription. Its purpose was twofold. The house was to be occupied by the District Nurse and also it was to be regarded as a memorial to the dead of the first World War, whose names are listed on the plaques in the gateway porches. The beautiful iron gates and iron work showing the Baildon Coat of Arms were made by the local craftsman Albert Halliday.
The second world war and its subsequent end saw a need for a further memorial. Local response was poor (only £500 approx was raised). This was donated to the upkeep of the home, and names of the Baildon Servicemen killed in that war are also listed in the porches. In the 1950s the post of District Nurse was no longer operative and it was decided that the house should be available for a local disabled person, a decision which Baildonians heartily approved.
Following representations from the family of Jordan Rossi, Baildon Parish Council supported the addition of Jordan's name to the memorial. Sapper Jordan Rossi of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment was killed while serving in Afghanistan on May 23, 2009, following an explosion near Sangin in Helmand province. Jordan was just 22. In memory of Jordan the road leading into the new Buck Lane development site was called Sapper Jordan Rossi Park. Google Maps link
See here for a list of the Browgate War Memorial names.
In 1936 Kelly’s Directory calls it Memorial House, and the nurse who lived there was a Miss Lilly Brown. It is still (2015) rented on favourable terms to suitable tenants.
Maker: F Fearnley and Sons, MR PERCY TURNER, MR ALBERT HALLIDAY
Ceremony: Unveiled. Date: July 1922. Attended by: UNKNOWN
The stone over the door of the Nurse's Home reads:
THIS STONE WAS LAID BY OTTO ROBINSON ON BEHALF OF THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BAILDON WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 -1918 26 NOVEMBER 1921
Otto Robinson (son of Shaw Robinson) served in the First World War, serving until 1919. On the basis of his service his name was drawn from a hat and he was party to the laying of the nurse's home foundation stone. His family still have the trowel that he used.