Sunday 30 March 2014

Jump, St Georges Church, R and H Caunt

Memorial Tablet for Reginald and Harold Caunt in St George's Church, Jump (thanks to SP)

St George's Church, Jump (from Google Maps)


War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photograph by Sue Parry

The plaque was proposed by Frederic Caunt, presumably a brother of the men, and others (not specified) on 4 October 1917 (date of Diocesan Faculty in Sheffield Archives) who asked for permission 'to erect an Alabaster Tablet on the North Wall of the Choir Stalls in St George's Church Wombwell'. He submitted a design which included a bronze cross in the upper left of the 18" x 12" tablet and also specified the inscription.

Reginald & Harold Caunt,
who fell asleep on the battlefield,
Nov.17.1915., & July 1, 1916.
"Greater love hath no man than this."

The final inscription, as seen in the image above, is slightly amended from that proposed, with all the wording in mixed case, the ampersand replace by 'and' and the dates displayed in a more formal manner, ie Nov. 17th 1915 rather than Nov.17.1915. The proposed bronze cross is visible although somewhat tarnished (I assume) over the years.

The Caunt brothers are both remembered on the Jump and Hemingfield War Memorial which was researched during the Centenary period (2014 onwards) by Sue Parry.  They are both listed on the war memorial outside St Mary's Church Wombwell and in the Book of Remembrance inside the same church. Their names were also included in the Jump WMC memorial which was displayed in the Club from 2015 onwards. 

Harold Caunt's name (no photo) was included in the Somme Centenary Artwork (on panel 29) originally installed in front of Barnsley Town Hall in July 2016 and later moved to Churchfields, just along the road. 

Reginald Caunt's name is listed on the memorial at St Thomas' Church in Worsborough Dale, although it is inscribed under 1914 rather than 1915.

Archival research by BarnsleyHistorian

The snip below is just part of a much longer piece in the Barnsley Chronicle relating the history of St George's Church at Jump on the occasion of its anniversary.


Barnsley Chronicle 25 April 1931 (thanks to Barnsley Archives)

Reginald Caunt
Harold Caunt

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