Monday, 20 August 2018

War Memorial Gravestones in Bolton upon Dearne Cemetery

During both the First and Second World Wars re-repatriation of the bodies of fallen servicemen and women was not usual.  The Unknown Soldier, entombed in Westminster Abbey represents those buried and commemorated overseas who could not come home.  For many families, deprived of a graveside at which to mourn, one solution was to add the name of their lost son (or daughter) to the family gravestone in their local churchyard.   

The Imperial War Museum's War Memorials' Archive defines a War Memorial as "any tangible object which has been erected or dedicated to commemorate those killed as a result of war, conflict or peacekeeping; who served in war or conflict; or who died whilst engaged in military service."  This includes gravestones which commemorate a casualty buried elsewhere.  There must be a clear statement on the memorial (or in a printed document such as a newspaper report from the time) that defines the commemorative purpose of the feature and reports its erection. The full wording of their definition can be found here.

Thus gravestones which include wording such as: died of wounds received in action, killed in action, fell in France, died on active service, reported missing in action, or even killed accidentally while on active service all count as War Memorials.  The wording is a "clear statement" that the purpose of recording that person's name on the gravestone is as a memorial.

Gravestones which are situated on the site of the burial of a casualty, such as Commonwealth War Graves, are not War Memorials, however the Barnsley War Memorials Project is also collecting their details for inclusion in the Barnsley Roll of Honour.

Bolton upon Dearne Cemetery contains  at least 21 War Memorial Gravestones and 17 Commonwealth War Graves (as at July 2018).  With thanks to Fay Polson and Wayne Bywater.

CWGC burials
Walter Hibbard Bailey 
George Harry Ellis  
John Fitzpatrick  
Reuben Leeming  
Thomas McHugh  
William Patrick  
George Arthur Rock 
Richard Eric Roebuck  
Jack Wilkinson
Edward Outram
S Harris  
A E Scholey  
W Braddock  
John Grainger  
Harry Hawksworth 
W Jackson  
T W Parker

In the list of war memorial gravestones below, where the name is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
BWMP code
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death


Frederick Henry Cave

Royal Engineers

1 July 1916


Fred Chivers



Frank Clark

Machine Gun Corps

25 January 1918


John Clatworthy


25 December 1942

A 183

Charles William Collier
9 October 1917
York and Lancaster Regt

John Thomas Collier
29 May 1917
King's Own Yorkshire LI

E 78

Harry Robinson

Yorkshire Regt

29 April 1915


Thomas Francis Craise



Arthur Duffield

King's Own Yorkshire LI

16 September 1916


Guy Foster


27 February 1942


William Harding

King's Own Yorkshire LI

17 March 1917

A 67

Percy Hurrell

Royal Garrison Artillery

14 July 1918


Ernest Ingham

York and Lancaster Regt

1 July 1916


Ernest Law


A 19

Michael McLoughlin

Coldstream Guards

14 September 1914


Kenneth Webster


G 14

Frank Holliday

Royal Field Artillery

13 November 1916


Alfred Edward Whitworth

London Regt

31 October 1917

B 228

Harry Groves

Royal Engineers

8 September 1915

A 196

Frank Grey

Royal Engineers

29 May 1918

E 158

Arthur Jefferies



Thomas Gower

York and Lancaster Regt

2 October 1916


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Monday, 18 December 2017

Belmont Club WW1 Roll of Honour, Hoyland

This memorial was discovered by Belmont Club member Terry Sidebottom. It has been transcribed and researched by Graham Noble and additional research has been done by Peter Marsden.

Many thanks to Graham Noble for sharing this with the Barnsley War Memorials Project.

The Roll of Honour is rectangular and framed. 79 men are named on the memorial, 14 of whom died during ww1 and 65 who served.  All 14 casualties are remembered on Hoyland War Memorial. 3 of the men Naylor, Patmore and Taylor are commemorated on the memorial tablet in Elsecar Church.

Roll of Honour
Hoyland Town Belmont Club
Working Mens Club & Institute

Killed on Service
Andrews E
Marsden J Sgt
Butcher G
Naylor R
Dickens F
Patmore F
Doyle E
Powell J
Joynes H
Sidebottom J Cpl
Kirk J
Taylor G H Sgt
Marshall J
Webster H J

Members Who Joined His Majesty’s Forces
Allott J
Burgin J W
Bishop G
Ball T
Batty J
Batty R
Brack G T
Bourne L
Cox J
Charlton J
Crossland A
Dixon G A
Danforth A J
Dewhirst D
Drinkwater J
Danforth E
Fletcher H
Fozzard C
Grimes F
Guest H
Grimes T
Gregory C
Halpin G
Halpin E
Howells C
Hawkesworth L
Hall A
Higgs T
Hall G
Hague H
Hinton W H
Hirst G
Halpin J
Jackson W E
Johnson G
Kennedy T Sgt
Loftus W
Loftus B
Lowbridge W T
Marshall J Sgt
Marples F
Mellor H
Noble C
Newby J W
Newton G
Oakley G
Pinder H
Palmer W
Peel B
Robinson J
Radley J
Radford F
Shaw J
Spence G
Taylor E
Thorpe F
Lipscombe F
Thompson A
Vaines L
Weekley C Sgt
Wilson E
Walker C H
Wordsworth A

August 1914
November 1918

Bolton on Dearne, St Andrew the Apostle, WW1 Memorial Plaque

Photographed and transcribed by the members of the Barnsley War Memorials Project.

Many thanks to the vicar and congregation of Saint Andrew the Apostle for their help and allowing us access to the church.

A rectangular brass plaque measuring  61cm by 30cm. manufactured by F. Osborne Ltd. of London. 59 names are remembered in total. This includes 57 men and 2 women, who all died while serving their country during WW1.

To The Glory Of God and in the Memory Of The Men from this / Parish Who Gave Their Lives In The Great War This Shrine Was / Erected by Their Relatives, Friends And Members of this Congregation

E J Blenkinsop,
J D Blenkinsop,
G Blenkinsop,
F Bailey,
J W Bailey,
F R Beaumont,
J Bell,
G Cooke,
T Conville,
F Cave,
H Cave,
S Dickinson,
J Dickinson,
F G Dawson,
J W Earnshaw,
R Farrar,
J W Fox,
F Grey,
V Garbutt,
T Harris,
H Harris,
E F Harrison,
J Hopwood,
H Jacklin,
G Jenkinson,
H Jackson,
T Kay,
M A Law,
R Lyon,
E Lunness,
G Lunness,
H Markham,
J Monaghan,
C W Marshall,
F Owen,
W Pocklington,
J W Parkin,
J W Quigley,
A Swallow,
J T Swallow,
R Swallow,
A N Smith,
H Smith,
A V Smith,
G Simpson,
S Shaw,
G F Senior,
H Trickett,
W Trickett,
W Unthank,
T Westerman,
A Watson,
C Walton,
E White,
T H Wild,
P Wilkinson,
Clara Garbutt,
Ella Howitt.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tankersley School Memorial Postcard

Postcard of the Tankersley school memorial
Theses names are transcribed from a photographic postcard of the Tankersley School Memorial. The memorial's location is currently unknown. The postcard is shared with kind permission of the owner. and has been transcribed by members of the BWMP.

The words carved on the wooden frame are 'For King & Country; and the rest of the memorial reads
The Tankersley School, To the, Glory of God, and in memory.

Oliver Anderson
Leslie Victor Brigstock
Horace Browes
Horace Bruck
Reuben Edward Burkinshaw
Harry Camplin
George Camps
Albert Chambers
Ellis Fenton
Roland Duncan Harris
Lawrence Hedges
Walter Hedges
George Alfred Howard
Vincent Jowett
William Lillie Mellor
Charles Mallinson
Norman Skelton
Sidney George Schofield
Albert Edward Uttley
James Allen Walton


Hoyland Methodist Church WW2 Memorial, (formerly) Market Street, Hoyland.

Hoyland WW2  Methodist Church memorial.
Photographed by the BWMP
This WW2 memorial was originally displayed in the Methodist Church on Market Street at Hoyland. The memorial is now part of a private collection and is shared here with kind permission of the owner.

The memorial has been photographed and transcribed by members of the BWMP.

The white marble plaque matches the WW1 memorial plaque from the same church and  is inscribed with the following words:

To the Glory of God and the Abiding Memory of the Young Men of this Church and Sunday School who fell in the Second World War 1939-1945.
Albert Coakes
Jack Marsland
Fred Mellor
Eric Skorrow
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"


Hoyland Methodist Church WW1 Memorial, (formerly) Market Street, Hoyland.

Hoyland Methodist Church WW1 Memorial
Photographed by the Bwmp
This WW1 memorial was originally housed in the Market Street, Methodist Church at Hoyland. It is currently in a private collection and has been shared here with kind permission of the owner.

The memorial has been photographed and transcribed by members of the BWMP.

The white marble plaque matches the WW2 plaque from the same Church and is inscribed with the following words:

To the Glory of God and the Abiding Memory of the Young Men of this Church and Sunday School who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.
Edmund Gill
Alfred Utley
Frank Lockwood
Isaac Oakley Leach
Fritz Leach
Robert L Beaumont
Frank Standish

"And so they passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for them, on the other side."


Wortley, Roll of Honour for Oddfellows Lodge No. 4194, (formerly) Wortley Arms

Roll of Honour for Oddfellows Lodge No.4194, Wortley
Photograph by the BWMP
Lodge No. 4194 was established in 1843 and met at the Wortley Arms before transferring to Thurgoland in the 1970s. This memorial is currently part of a private collection and has been shared by kind permission of the owner.

Memorial researched and transcribed by members of the BWMP and information provided by the Oddfellows Society.

The Memorial is in a wooden frame and contains the words:

ROLL OF HONOUR OF MEMBERS OF THE LOYAL BLOSSOM OF FRIENDSHIP LODGE NO.4194 who served their King and Country in the GREAT WAR of 1914-1918

Burgan J C
Bidwell D
Beevor W
Bramhald D Jr
Barstow G
Barstow N
Barstow W
Breffit G A
* Copley F
Copley J A
Copley E Jr
Clarke D
* Casey J
Crapper H
Cockerham J C
Clarke A E
Goldring E
Goldring J
Green G
Gillespie W
Hellewell J E
Hicks B
Hines R
Haigh H
Jowitt H
* Laycock F
Laycock W
Laycock P
*Lockwood T 
Munday J W
McHale T P
Nithsdale B H
Neal F
Offord J P
Pickering E C
Robbins A
*Robbins J
Raisley B R
Rolfe H
Rolfe J W
Russell C A
*Schofield D
Schofield R B
Schofield A
Saxby E S
Saxby T H
Saxby E
Scholey J
Scholey C
Smith A
Taylor H
Tate G H
Weldon G V
Woodcock W
Yeardley W

*Men Killed in Action