Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Change of Administration of this Website

As of 26th October 2016 this site will undergo a change of administration.  Please direct any queries to bwmp2015@gmail.com.

We also have a Twitter account @bnslywarmems
and a Facebook page  Barnsley War Memorials Project 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Meeting in October - Topics for Discussion

We usually hold a General meeting in October. We have the offer of a room in Barnsley Town Hall (thanks to Barnsley Archives) on a Tuesday morning from 11am to 12 noon.  

This meeting has now been confirmed for 25th of October in Room 10 of Barnsley Town Hall at 11am for one hour. All welcome.  Reports from local Barnsley groups researching their memorials and men would be welcomed.

Last year we were visited by Councillor Joe Hayward who spoke about Barnsley Council's Somme100 commemoration plans. Can anyone suggest a speaker or visitor for this year?


We now have several topics for discussion at the proposed meeting in October:


Coloured clip art headed AGENDA with 4 bullet points and lines
Should the BWMP join the Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, as a group? This would entitle us to attend events at Experience Barnsley and network with Councillors and Heritage organisations.

How are we going to produce and fund our Roll of Honour? Loose leaf folder or try for some funding for a proper book or books?

Could we work with similar groups in other towns, eg Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Wakefield and so on? Would we be interested in getting involved in such a project with large scale Lottery funding if one was set up?

We were offered free training by Civic Voice in surveying the condition of our war memorials and submitting reports to the War Memorials Trust.  
http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/campaigns/war-memorials-/
Shall we take up this offer?

Keep the suggestions coming!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Barnsley, Silkstone to Somme plaque, Cooper Memorial Gardens

Photo taken on 11 August 2016
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photograph shared on Twitter by Councillor Joe Hayward

Inscription:
[York and Lancaster Regiment Badge]

13th & 14th Battalions / York and Lancaster Regiment / Barnsley Pals / From Silkstone to the Somme //


BWMP #BAR71

Saturday, 13 August 2016

War Memorial Gravestones in St George's Churchyard, Barnsley

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' Register 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.

Graves 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.

St George's Churchyard, Barnsley contains 3 WW1 memorial gravestones

In the list below, where the names is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Photograph
Plot 113 George Donald Gray

York & Lancaster Regiment

5 May 1917

Plot 2
Percival Reynolds

West Yorkshire Regiment

19 September 1918 
Plot 11Alfred Jaques

West Riding Regiment

10 April 1918


BWMP #BAR60

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Brierley Cemetery Ronald Howson

Ronald Howson remembered on his family's gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Second World War - Barnsley War Memorials
Researched by MAC

Photograph by BarnsleyHistorian

Grave Location and Inscription:
C 209

In Loving Memory of / Our dear son / Ronald Howson / Died whilst a Prisoner of War / In Japanese Hands, Oct. 2nd 1942, / aged 23 years. / Also our daughter Gladys Howson, who died in infancy. / Also Mary Eliza Howson, / who died Sep. 30th 1980, / aged 88 years. / Also her dear husband William Howson / who died March 29th 1986, aged 98 Years / Re-United. //

Ronald is also remembered on the Grimethorpe War Memorial, St Luke's Church, Grimethorpe
 

Ronald was a Leading Sick Berth Attendant on the H.M.S Tamar and he is remembered at the Plymouth Naval Memorial and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  

BWMP #BRY02/01

Brierley Cemetery Robert Evison Butterwood

Close up of inscription on the front of Butterwood gravestone
The full memorial on the Butterwood grave
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Second World War - Barnsley War Memorials
Researched by MAC

Photographs by Barnsley Historian

Grave Location and Inscription:
C 278

In Loving Memory of / Jean Annie / the beloved daughter of / Robert Evison & Annie E. / Butterwood / who was accidentally killed / June 28th 1940 aged 6 years. / Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me. / Also of their beloved son / Robert Evison / who was killed in Italy / April 21st 1945, aged 24 years. / A Duty Nobly Done. //
Also / Robert / Evison / the beloved / husband of / Annie / E Butterwood / who died Jan 13th / 1956 / aged 64 years / "At Every Dawn / A Thought of You / At Eventide a Prayer." //
Also / Annie Eliza / Butterwood / the beloved wife of / Robert Evison / Butterwood / who died June 8th 1983 / aged 86 years / Joined together again / In Thy Love and Peace. //

Robert is also remembered on
the Brierley War Memorial, St Paul's Church, Brierley, on the Brierley Royal British Legion WW2 Roll of Honour and on the Felkirk St Peter's Lychgate WW2 Memorial Tablet and on the Monk Bretton Working Men's Club WW2 Roll of Honour
 
He is buried in Argenta Gap War Cemetery in Italy and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


BWMP #BRY02/02

Brierley Cemetery Leslie Steele

Kerb edging around Steele family grave plot

Close up of Leslie's name on his parents grave plot
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Second World War - Barnsley War Memorials
Researched by MAC

Photographs by Nigel Croft

Grave Location and Inscription:

D 511

In Loving Memory of //
My Dear Parents / Mabel & George Steele //
Also Their Son Leslie / Killed in Action 1943 //

Leslie is also remembered on the Brierley War Memorial, St Paul's Church, Brierley, on the Brierley Royal British Legion WW2 Roll of Honour and on the Felkirk St Peter's Lychgate WW2 Memorial Tablet 

He is buried in Kanchanburi War Cemetery in Thailand and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


BWMP #BRY02/03