Thursday 9 January 2014

Worsborough Combined Memorial, St Thomas And St James Church, Worsborough Dale

War Memorial at St Thomas', Worsbrough Dale
The inscription on the Memorial at Worsbrough Dale


War Memorials Archive listing

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Lives of the First World War Community

Worsborough Local History Society had a transcription on their site, however this has since been taken down.

The society produced a book in autumn 2014 listing the men named on the memorial and an additional eleven men from the area who fell whom they discovered in the course of their research.

Photographed by BarnsleyHistorian

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.

Barnsley Chronicle 30 December 1922
(thanks to Barnsley Archives)

Tom Beaumont
Reginald Caunt
John Kelly

Frank Bennett
Henry W Brown
Ernest C Elmhirst
John Farmer
Frank Greenwood
James Lloyd
Cornelius Moors
William H. G. Raley
Walter H. Raley
Cyril Rylance
William Weldrick
Walter Whittlestone
Joseph E. Woodruff

Ernest Abrahams
John Almond
James Bailey
William Bellamy
Harry Booth
Owen Clegg
Thomas Clegg
John W. Craythorne
William Elmhirst
Peter Finan
Charles E. Firth
James H. Fletcher
George Galloway
Herbert Glover
James E. Gough
Charles Gregory
William Hague
William J. Hughes
Tom Irons (Thomas Irons)
Fred Johnson King
Sam Lee
George William Lee
William W Lewis
Ernest Metcalf
John Metcalf
William Morgan
Thomas O’Grady
Herbert Petty
Charles G. Petty
James Platt
Walter Rimmington
William Rodgers
Ernest Romans
George Rose
Samuel Rushforth
Charles E. Savage
George Scattergood
Henry Sharpe
Cyril Sharpe
George De Ville Smith
Edward Stott
John Swinmurn
Fred Symons
Montague Tompkins

Fk. Abrahams
Rowland C. Cope
Elijah Crossland
John W. Donner
Arthur Edon
Maurice P. Ellis
Richard S. Finan
Charles Firth
Fred Gardiner
Harold Gleave
George Gregory
Thomas Haynes
Lewis Howard
John A. Humphrey
Arthur Ibberson
Gilbert Jackson
Albert Kitchin
Arthur Littlewood
W. H. Metcalf
William Morris
Josiah Peace
John H. Rodgers
Oliver Roebuck
William H. Savage
Joe Silverwood
James W. Thompson
Frank Walker
William White

Sydney Ashmore
William Baker
Clifford Batty
Tom Firth
William Fleetwood
Herbert Gawthorpe
Charles W. Goodair
Gilbert Latchem
Herbert Harry Leach
Thomas Henry Scorah
John Shelton
John Shepherd
William Smith
Horace Smith
Richard Stanley
Fred Stansfield
Thomas Sutton
Frank Swift
Fred Swift
Laurence Taylor
Charles R. Whitelock
Charles E. Winder
Thomas Wraith

J. Haigh



Unknown said...

Charles Gregory was from Aspull near Wigan. He was staying with his Aunt and Uncle Henry & Mary Alstead at 1 Arthur St, Worsborough Bridge when he enlisted on 22nd March 1915. He was in the Yorks and Lancaster regiment, 2nd Barnsley Pals. He died on the 1st day of the battle of the Somme 1st July 1916. He was reported missing then later dead. He has no grave and his name is on the Thiepval monument. He had risen to the rank of Sergeant. He was 22 years old when he died. His mother and father were Ralph and Parthenia Gregory. He was their eldest son.i have a photograph of him in his uniform.

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Thanks for this detail on one of our fallen. Is he a family member of yours? We would love to create a Barnsley Soldiers Remembered page for him to link to his name on the memorial. We can be contacted via

Weldrick family historian said...

William Weldrick who died 1915 was the son of Joseph and Mary (nee Leese), born 1895 in Barnsley. Joseph was a miner and in the 1911 census William was a pit pony driver, working underground.

William joined up in October 1914 and embarked from Folkstone April 13 1915 to be drummer B Corp, Mons, 1st and 5th battallion, Yorks and Lancs. Appointed substantive drummer 15/5/1915.

Drummers were also trained in fife and bugle to sound regimental calls (reveille, last post, come to the cook house).Drummers were also used as runners and orderlies/stretcher bearers in the trenches. There were four drummers per company and they were paid an extra penny per day.

In 1916 William was killed in action at Mons, November 1916 (one year and 21 days service.)
He was awarded the British War Victory Medal and the 1914-1918 Star (for all who joined up before conscription 1915.)

Commonweath War Grave: In memory of William Weldrick Private 2526 B Company 1st/5th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment who died on Tuesday Nov 9 1916 age 20, son of Joseph and Mary Weldrick of 45 Vernon View, Cutting End, Worsborough Dale, near Barnsley. Buried Bard Cottage cemetery, Ypres (Ieper) Belgium.

William's father Joseph (Joseph II) was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Weldrick (nee Rennison). Two of Joseph II's brothers Matthew and Arthur were killed in WW1 in 1915.

Arthur had joined the regular army in 1905 and served in India. He was in the reservists, working as a tram conductor when the war broke out and died near Ypres.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Arthur Weldrick, Private 8351 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, died Thursday Feb 18 1915, age 30, son of Mr and Mrs Weldrick of 7 Castlereagh St, Barnsley. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert memorial, Belgium for those who have no known grave.

Matthew, born 1882, fought in the Boer War with the Royal Munster Fusiliers and was killed in 1915 fighting near the Australians at Lone Pine in Gallipoli.

Commonwealth War Graves: In memory of Matthew Weldrick, Private 2179 7th Batallion Royal Munster Fusiliers who died on Monday August 16 1915 age 34, husband of Sarah Ann Weldrick of 11 Castlereagh St, Barnsley. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula for all those who fell in the Gallipoli campaign and graves unknown or died/buried at sea.

And in 1918 the family lost another member - Matthew and Arthur's brother John Thomas - his son George born 1891, married with two young boys, a coal miner, enlisted in 1915 and was killed in action April 1918.

Commonwealth War Graves: In memory of George Weldrick, Private 14/923 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment who died on Saturday April 27 1918, age 25, husband of Edith Annie, of 66 West Street, Worsborough Bridge, near Barnsley. Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Would like to hear from anyone interested in the Weldrick/Weldrake/Wheldrake/drick surname - happy to share information.

BarnsleyHistorian said...

Thank you very much for this. Our Project has been adding information to the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War website. It would be really great if you could add the information you give above to these men's pages.

You can find William Weldrick's page, including a photo, here:

Arthur Weldrick's page, again with a photo, is here:

Matthew Weldrick's page, with a photo, is here:

George Weldrick's page, no photo yet I'm afraid, is here:

You also ask for people to contact you, if you contact us on, I would be happy to forward any information we receive about these men.

Jennifer said...

Cyril Sharpe (or Ceril on the birth record) was the first husband of my great grandma. He was born in 1893, they married in 1914 and he died in Ypres in 1916. I heard through family that my great Aunt has a medal of some sort with his name but I am not in contact with her. We did not know our great grandma was widowed and remarried until very recently. I presume that Henry Sharpe was his relative but I am still in researching mode.

Barnsley War Memorial Project said...

Hi Jennifer, Thanks for getting in touch & sharing this information about Cyril Sharpe with us. It is greatly appreciated. said...

Thanks for your hard work I am trying to find information about Albert Weldrick and his parents.