Wednesday 9 April 2014

War Memorial Gravestones in Cudworth Cemetery

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.

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.

The Memorial Inscriptions of Cudworth Cemetery are available online from the Barnsley Family History Society.   A search through them has, so far, produced over twenty inscriptions which include the kind of wording described above.  Further information has been provided where the name is coloured blue, click to follow the link.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
ASE 2 12
Frank Bonds


5 July 1916

remembered on his brother
William's CWGC stone 
 AS 2 5
 Jabez Benjamin Clare


5 July 1916
 AS 4 9
Orlando Goulding
1st Y&L

21 July 1917
A 2 3
Bernard Jaques Joyner

Black Watch

30 July 1916
 ASE 1 4
Harold Porter  


10 October 1917
 C 12 8
Richard Wealthall  

West Riding Rgt

24 October 1918
 B Porch 3 1a
Arthur Ogley

MG Sec 14th Y&L

12 April 1918
 B 7 24
Albert Hart

Lancashire Fusiliers

12 October 1918
 B 1 7
William Henry Wright

Leicestershire Rgt

30 October 1917
 A 1 30
Arthur Lister Goddard

Coldstream Guards

19 June 1916
 AE 2 10
Herbert Straker

5th West Yorks Rgt

11 November 1918
 AE 3 11
Reuben Davies

South Staffordshire Rgt

30 May 1918
 AS 5 5
1st/5th Y&L

6 July 1916
C 1 5
Arnold Blackburn
2nd/4th Y&L
5 May 1917

Hugh Blackburn
West Yorkshire Regiment
22 September 1917
 H 7 12
Cyril Ernest Hewitt

4th Y&L

1 July 1917

 D 2 5
Walter Ward

Royal Garrison Artillery

9 August 1918
E 3 5
Clifford Dunhill
6th Y & L Rgt

29 January 1944
LCPL Clifford Dunhill
F 3 17
Cyril Barraclough

3 November 1943
C 12 26
Herbert Harry Littlewood
West Riding Rgt

18 July 1944
 C 10 3
Ernest Race

27 July 1944

 C 7 23
Royal Scots Greys

30 July 1944
 C 7 6
George E Whiteley
1st Rgt Royal Horse Artillery

14 December 1941
D 7 18
Wilfred Eversedge
Royal Engineers

4 May 1944

Please contact us if you know of any other memorial gravestones in this or any other cemetery in the Barnsley area.


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