Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Felkirk St Peter's Church - John Fraser Hoyland memorial plaque

Memorial Plaque to Captain John Fraser Hoyland

 Photographed by Wayne Bywater in July 2022


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

St Peter's Church, Finsthwaite, War Memorial (on War Memorials Online)
On the above page it notes that there is also a memorial bell for Captain John Fraser Hoyland in the church at Finsthwaite. 

Clock and Bells at St Peter's Church, Finsthwaite (on the IWM's War Memorials Register)


In Ever Honoured Memory Of / John Fraser Hoyland / Captain 4th Batt Lancashire / Fusiliers Only Child of Clement / Edward & Louisa Eddie Hoyland / of Stock Park Finsthwaite Co / Lancs & Only Grandchild of  / John & Mary Anne Hoyland / of Brierley

He Fell in Action at Mocquet / Farm Thiepval France on / Sept 26 1916 aged 21 Years

Dominus Dedit Dominus Abstulit / Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum*

Where further information has been discovered for this man it will be linked to another page on this site or to an external site (look for a blue link).  In this way we try to avoid duplication and encroaching on the research of other groups and individuals.

John Fraser Hoyland

Captain Hoyland is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France, and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  

Malvern College First World War Casualty - Captain John Fraser Hoyland

John Fraser Hoyland on the Wakefield Family History Sharing Blog


*The Latin text translates as, 'The Lord has given, the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord'. (according to Google Translate)


Felkirk Churchyard - Edwin Kemp


Kemp family gravestone in Felkirk Churchyard

Enlarged inscription to Edwin Kemp (click for larger image)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Find A Grave

Photograph by Wayne Bywater on 10 July 2022

Monumental Inscription:

In Loving Memory of / Benjamin / The Beloved Husband of / Bridget Agnes Kemp, / of South Hiendley,  / Who died August 6th 1900 / Aged 31 years. / Gone But Not Forgotten.
Also the Above Named, / Bridget Agnes Kemp,  / Who Died August 13th 1902 / Aged 35 years. / Our Loved Ones Have Passed Away.
Also Henry Kemp, / The Beloved Son of the Above / Who Died March 4th 1911, / Aged 17 years. / Better Now.
Also Pte. Edwin Kemp, / The Beloved Son of the Above, / Who Died of Wounds Received in Action / December 7th 1917, aged ? Years.

Grave Location:
Go through the Lychgate and there is a holly bush ten yards in front of you on the right hand side of the path. The grave is to the right of the holly bush.

Private Edwin Kemp is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. 

B&DWM #FEL01/04

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Tankersley St Peter's Churchyard Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) recognises the burials of men and women who fell in the First and Second World Wars.  Where a men or women has no known grave they are remembered on CWGC memorials around the world, usually close to the place that they fell.

The most common CWGC gravestone is made of Portland Stone. This is bright white when new and very conspicuous in a churchyard or cemetery even when a little darkened by age.  The size and style of the stones was designed to be the similar for everyone, no matter what rank, regiment, class, religion or nationality.  See this section on the CWGC website for background information.

Each stone has a rounded top, some have the crest or badge of a regiment and/or a religious symbol. There is an inscription giving rank, name, regiment and date of death, sometimes age is included.  At the foot of the stone is a space for a family dedication.

When the burial of a serviceman or women is within a family plot, their details are often recorded on a family gravestone.  This can be quite confusing as other family gravestones in the same churchyard bearing similar inscriptions are memorials to men or women NOT buried there. It is only when a burial has taken place that the site is recorded by the CWGC.

There are 5 CWGC burials in Tankersley Churchyard. Two are First World War, three are Second World War.

Joseph Allen Walton has a family gravestone, rather than a CWGC style stone, but his burial is, of course, recognised by that organisation.  Follow the link on his name to reach the CWGC website.

There are also 5 war memorial gravestones in Tankersley churchyard.  Click here for more information.  

Note: If the photos below are overlapping the table and covering text try turning your phone or tablet landscape. Links on the names are to the CWGC website. The FindAGrave links will take you to a webpage which usually contains a transcription and a larger photo.

Find A Grave link
Name / Regiment / Date of Death
Thumbnail Photo
East border

O. 47.

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Ben Elliott

York & Lancaster Regt

9 December 1916
In South East corner


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Joseph Allen Walton

York & Lancaster Regt

4 January 1919


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Raymond Athol Bruck

Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve

22 December 1944


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Frank Chambers

Royal New Zealand
Air Force

9 December 1942


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Thomas Arthur Howe

Pioneer Corps

14 January 1945


Tankersley St Peter's Churchyard War Memorial Gravestones

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. 

Tankersley churchyard contains 5 war memorial gravestones that we are aware of, but as one was only recorded very recently (April 2022) we can never claim to have found every memorial.

Gravestones which are situated on the site of the burial of a casualty, such as Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC), are NOT War Memorials, however the Barnsley War Memorials Project collected their details for inclusion in the Barnsley Roll of Honour. Tankersley churchyard contains 5 CWGC burials and there is a dedicated page for them here

In the list below, where the name is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information. We recently added links to the Find A Grave website (with thanks to Pete Schofield) where more photos of the graves and transcriptions of the inscriptions can be found.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
B&DWM code
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Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Thumbnail Photograph


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Raymond Cave

Royal Air Force

12 September 1944


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James Albert Marsh

Royal Artillery

8 July 1944


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Alfred A Ellis

King’s Own Yorkshire
Light Infantry

2 May 1915


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Charlie Mallinson

Northumberland Fusiliers

6 June 1917


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Leonard White

York & Lancaster Regt

9 or 10 October 1917


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Barnsley Cemetery Joseph Swift

Joseph is remembered on his parents' gravestone


Find A Grave

War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph taken by Wayne Bywater in April 2018

Grave Location and Inscription: 

H 339
In Loving Memory / of  / Mary Ann / The beloved wife of / Joseph Swift / Who died June 15th 1902, / Aged 49 years. / Also Ernest / Son of the above,  / who died February 26th 1886 / Aged 7 months. / Also of the above named / Joseph Swift / Who died March 10th 1929, / aged 80 years. / Also of Joseph their son, / Husband of Agnes Swift, / Who was Killed in Action / In France May 27th 1918, / Aged 34 years. / Peace Perfect Peace //

Read more about Joseph on Barnsley Soldiers Remembered

Joseph is remembered on the Soissons Memorial in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

B&DWM #BAR07/84

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Penistone Railway Workers, Penistone Station

Memorial Tablet at Penistone Station (photo taken 24 September 2021)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing


Photographed by Sally Jowitt and Carol Gude

Transcribed by BarnsleyHistorian

An article from the Barnsley Chronicle on 24 September 2021, p. 13.

A plaque commemorating railway workers who lost their lives during the First World War has been installed at Penistone Station.
The newly-refurbished transport hub was revealed by Network Rail, with the plaque being the brainchild of its workers and the local community.
Coun. Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities, said: "It is great to see a new plaque recognising the sacrifices of the armed forces community in Penistone, creating a space for families to come together and reflect.
Thank you to National Rail and community partners for their work on this. The plaque is another great way to recognise the sacrifices they, and their families, have made."

Article on the Community Rail Network website

South Yorkshire’s Penistone Line Partnership has unveiled a commemorative plaque at Penistone Station. A heartfelt dedication was led by Fr. David Hopkin, St John the Baptist Church, Penistone at 11am Monday 15 November 2021.

Penistone Mayor, Cllr. Andrew Millner laid a wreath in memory of local railway workers from the Penistone area, who gave their lives in the first world war.

The event was attended by members of Penistone Line Partnership, Community Rail Network, deputy mayor Gill Millner, members of the British Legion and guests from the local community.

Penistone Line Partnership would like to thank everyone who attended, and give special thanks to Fred Evans, JF Evans Monumental Masons, for making and gifting the partnership with the memorial. A big thank you was also extended to Network Rail, incorporating the plaque into the newly re-built wall at Penistone Station, and to the staff at Penistone Paramount for hosting refreshments after the event.


1914 - 1918
In Memory Of The Following Railway
Workers From The Penistone Area Who
Gave Their Lives During The First World War

Where further information has been discovered for any of these men it will be linked (look for names underlined and in blue) to a page on this site or to an external site.  In this way we try to avoid duplication and encroaching on the research of other groups and individuals.

Joseph Bailey
George Henry Beever
Charles Richard Calcutt
Radford Hawes
     George Neaverson Hoyland
Horace Micklethwaite
George Alfred Mitchell
Walter Dickinson Nall
Fred Singleton
Charles Edward Swift
Albert Webster
Harry Wood

York & Lancs
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
York & Lancs
Royal Engineers
Royal Horse Guards
Royal Field Artillery
York & Lancs
York & Lances
West Yorkshire Regiment
York & Lancs
York & Lancs
Royal Navy


Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Barnsley Cemetery Tom Lindsey


Tom Lindsey is remembered on his parents' gravestone
(photo taken 4 June 2018)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Wayne Bywater

Grave Location and Inscription:

S 588

In Loving Memory of / Our Dear Father & Mother / George and Phyllis Lindsey / Died April 4th 1943, aged 70 years / And Jan 4th 1945, aged 71 years / Also Tom, son of the above / Killed in Action in France April 29th 1918 / Also Walter, son of the above / Who died in Infancy. / Also Muriel Cooper, granddaughter of the above / Died Dec 9th 1925, aged 1 year & 9 months.

He is not commemorated on any other war memorial in Barnsley that we are aware of.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial  and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

B&DWM #BAR07/115