Sunday, 20 April 2014

War Memorial Gravestones in Darton Churchyard and 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.

Darton War Memorial is unusual in that it is inscribed with no names of the fallen men of the area.  We have found a list of men that the church warden thought should have been on the memorial and are searching the churchyard and cemetery for any more clues.

In the list below, where the name is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information.


 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Photograph
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Alec R Braithwaite

Royal Garrison Artillery

6 June 1918
*
Norman Shaw

KOYLI

2 April 1917
*
George Urquhart MM

York and Lancaster Rgt

11 August 1916
*
George Bostwick

Manchester Regt

30 June 1917
*
*
Henry Vivian Braithwaite

Durham Light Infantry

25 June 1942
*
*
James General Dyson

York and Lancaster Rgt

25 April 1918
*
*
George Ibberson

York and Lancaster

11 October 1917
*
*
Ernest Ives

York and Lancaster

1 July 1916
*
*
Cyril Maples

Royal Navy

11 August 1942
*
*
John Taylor Mellor

Royal Garrison Artillery

15 March 1918
*
*
Horace Pickering

Machine Gun Corps

 24 March 1918
*
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Samuel Lake Proctor

York and Lancaster Rgt

11 July 1916
*
*
Wilfred Sanderson

10th Hussars

11 April 1917
*
*
Royce Thompson

Royal Field Artillery


22 December 1917
*
Austin Turton

York and Lancaster Rgt

 1 July 1916
*
Benjamin Gerald Wagstaff

Army Service Corps

 20 December 1916
*
*
Charles Milton Ledger

York and Lancaster

9 April 1916
*
*
John Arthur Williams

York and Lancaster Rgt

27 Nov 1917
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