Book reveals wartime sacrifices of Yorkshire Dales communities

Author Keith Taylor with his new book.

A book has been published telling the story of the part played during the Second World War by the communities of the Dales.

Wartime Sacrifice in the Yorkshire Dales was written by author Keith Taylor.

Through words and pictures, the book examines the lives and deaths of more than 200 service personnel whose names are inscribed on the many war memorials in these areas and places them back in the dales’ villages, towns and landscapes they would have been familiar with.

Many of the 485 photographs  provide an evocative look at the way of life in these communities during the inter-war years and before the onset of the Second World War.

However, the main theme of the book is the sacrifice made by these men and women who fought for democracy and against fascism during the years 1939-1945.

The book completes the picture painted by the author in his two  previous books on the subject,

Wensleydale Remembered and Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered.

Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond has a small number of copies.

Enquiries can also be made to the author Keith Taylor on 01629 732622 or by post to

Wensleydale, 4 Oker Road, South Darley, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2JQ, or the publisher Dick Richardson at