Thursday 5 December 2013

St John's Church, Barnsley - Oak Memorial Tablet

St John's Church in the early 1960s (from YOCOCO)
The unveiling of a memorial at St John's church, which used to stand on Joseph Street in the Bare Bones or Wilson's Piece area of Barnsley was announced in the Barnsley Chronicle on 24th September 1921.
The Oak Memorial Tablet was installed at the West End of the Church and unveiled on Sunday 18th September 1921.
Barnsley Chronicle 24 Sep 1921
(thanks to Barnsley Archives)

Unfortunately the church was demolished in the 1960s and the tablet has been lost.  

A replacement memorial has been created and has been installed in the nearby St Peter's Church on Doncaster Road. Its dedication took place on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 4pm. 

The 140 men named on this memorial have been researched in depth by BarnsleyHistorian and a copy of the research sent to St Peter's for display at the dedication in 2016.


War Memorials Register entry for original memorial

War Memorials Online

Lives of the First World War Community 

1918 Absent Voters' Lists for St John's Parish

“To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of the gallant men from this parish who fell in the Great War.”

Where further information on a name has been researched by our volunteers it will be linked here  (look for the names in blue) to a page on this site or to an external site.

G T Alderson,
David Archer,
Tom Archer,
Jonas Atkinson,
Thomas Atkinson,
John Bruce Atha,
Frederick Barman,
Joseph Batty,
Cyril G Bayford,
Sam Beaumont,
John Beaumont,
Earnest Beecroft,
Albert Bennett,
G Bennett,
John Henry Bird,
James Barman,
Harry Brown,
John A Brindle,
James W Buckley,
Joseph Burley,
Thomas Burrows,
George Chadwick,
Thomas Clarke,
Ernest Clayton,
Joseph Clinton,
Thomas Cole,
Joseph Cotterill,
Albert Crossland,
J E Davies,
John Darbyshire,
Ernest Denton,
Andrew Dolan,
Frank Drury,
Thomas Dryden,
George Dunk,
John Ellis,
W Etherington,
Percy Fairham,
Duncan Fairley,
Harry Field,
Fred Firth,
Herbert Fishwick,
William Ford,
Tom Foster,
Charles H France,
Harry Gay,
Albert Gelder,
George Glassby,
T Gomersall,  (Thomas Gomersall)
Benjamin Green,
John R Griffiths,
John Guest,
Tom Guest, (Thomas Heald Guest)
Harry Haigh,
N Hanby,
Alfred Harper,
George Harrison,
F Haithwaite,
C Heppinstall,
George H Hewitt, (George Henry Hewitt)
Lazarus Hewitt,
Richard Hill,
W Hinchliffe,
Elijah Hobson,
T W Holdsworth,
Henry Hudson,
Hewitt Huggard,
Lewis D R Huggard,
Thomas Hyde,
George Jackson,
Walter Jackson,
Arthur Johnson,
Edward Jones,
Harry Jones,
Edward Jordan,  (Ephriam Jordan)
Joseph Kenny,
Charles H Kirby,
Frank Laister,
Walter Law,
W Leadbeater,  (Wilfred Leadbeater)
S Lee,
Wilfred Leng,
Matthew Lucas,
Richard Mason,
Herbert Miller,
S Mitchell,
Frank Moore,
Ernest Morgan,
James A Noble,
Walter Ogden,
James Parsons,
Jabez Patmore,
William Poskitt,
Edwin D Potter,
Francis J Potter,
Walter H Raley,
W Henry G Raley,
William Richardson,
Harry Riley,
Sidney Roberts,
J H Robinson,
Albert H Rose,  (Albert Harry Rose)
John Rose,
Arthur Royston,
George Ryan,
Enoch Sanderson,
Ronald J Saville,
D C Scarborough,
James Seddon,
John Shepherd,
George W Smeaton,
Charles Smith,
John R Smith,
William Smith,
William J Smith,
Stanley Spencer,
George Stathers,
Thomas J Stones,
Arthur Storrs,
Ernest Styran,
Benjamin Sumner,
Norman Theaker,
James W Thornley,
William P Tindall,
Harold Tingle,
Luke Townend,
Joseph H Turner,
Hubert Wade,
Ernest Wainwright,
James A Warden,
Walter Watkin,
Arthur White,
Louis Whitaker,
Charles Wood,
Clarence Wood,
John Wood,
William Wood,
Joseph Woodcock,
G Worstenholme,
Alec Wyke.



Sandra said...

My grandfather Joseph Batty's name is on this tablet, he died on 17th July 1916, and is buried in France. When the Church was demolished in 1964, the tablet was removed and was placed in Heeley Street Church for a temporary period, from there I do not know what happened to it in that Heeley Street Church has also been demolished. If anyone can help me trace this tablet it would be so much appreciated by me.
Many thanks,
Sandra Birkinshaw

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Thanks Sandra,
That's given me hope that it may have survived. We know it didn't go to St Peter's, so we must make sure to check all the other non-conformist chapels, as well as the C of E churches. It could be hidden in a corner, a staircase or an upstairs room - we've seen this with other memorials.

It would be wonderful if it has survived, some of my own husband's relatives are on the list!

Mel theaker said...

Hello.. my great uncle is shown on that list (Norman theaker. Any thoughts why there was a memorial in two churches ..

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Ah, yes, he's on St John's and St George's. They are adjacent parishes and it is quite likely that some members of his family lived in one parish and some in another. Was he married? If so where did he marry? Where did his family live in 1911?

This duplication is one of the reasons creating a Roll of Honour isn't going to be a straightforward task - we need to positively identify each name (hard when there's only an initial instead of a forename) on each memorial then whittle the list down to just one record for each man, retaining the mention of each memorial they are listed on. Of course sometimes two identical names can be two different men! I have a Walter Jackson on three memorials - two are the same man and one is a completely different chap.

Glad to see you found some useful info Mel!

Carolyn Padley Sidebotom said...

First, let me say you are doing great work with this project!

In researching something entirely different (I was searching for a photo of St. Luke's Church in Worsborough Common) I happened on a name I recognized, William Padley Tindall, in their War Memorial site. Now, "Padley" is not a rare name in England, but it is uncommon enough that I take notice when I run across it! William Padley Tindall was the oldest son of my grandfather's half-brother, George Tindall.

I know that William Padley Tindall lived in the St. John's Parish area of Barnsley. He was married at St John's in 1903, and I realize that the church has been demolished. I also know that he perished in France in 1916. I was not expecting to find evidence on a memorial, so imagine my surprise when I found him on two!

I believe W P Tindall never lived in Worsborough Common, but his brother, James Arthur Tindall, did, and was married at St. Luke's. James Arthur barely survived the war, but returned home after being seriously wounded for the third time. I believe he and his family would have been responsible for adding William Padley Tindall to the St. Luke's Memorial.

It is nice to know that William P's own church memorial may have survived and is waiting to be discovered.

Thank you for your dedicated work,
Carolyn Padley Sidebottom
Minnesota, USA