Sunday, 20 April 2014

War Memorial Gravestones & CWGC Gravestones in Darton Churchyard & 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.  

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 we have searched the churchyard and cemetery for any more clues.

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.

Gravestones which are situated on the site of the burial of a casualty, such as Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC), are NOT War Memorials, however the Barnsley War Memorials Project collected their details for inclusion in the Barnsley Roll of Honour. Most CWGC stones are made of Portland Stone and are the same shape and size - it had been decided to have uniform gravestones with no difference between rank, race, class or religion. However in cemeteries in the UK some families had their men buried in a plot that already had a family gravestone and then added an inscription - in which case it was NOT replaced by a standard CWGC one at the time.

In the lists below, where the name is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information. We recently added links to the Find A Grave website (with thanks to Pete Schofield) where more photos of the graves and transcriptions of the inscriptions can be found.

Darton Churchyard and Cemetery contains 24 CWGC burials:

Plot
Find A Grave link
Name / Regiment / Date of Death
Thumbnail Photo
A.H.27

Find A Grave
Ernest Robert Dore

York and Lancaster Regt

9 August 1917
D.10
Find A Grave
George Victor Field

Notts and Derbys Regt

17 November 1916
A.I.29

Find A Grave
Samuel Harrison

Royal Garrison Artillery

14 Mar 1918
*
Find A Grave
John William Jackson

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Joseph William Lister

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Thomas Overend

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
G Popplewell

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
A Shaw

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
M Simpson

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Charles Wilfred Truelove

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Alfred Braithwaite

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
James Henry Clayton

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
J Cocking

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Harold Bellin

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Ernest England

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Brian Fletcher

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
James Fretwell

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
James Reginald Jackson

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Albert Jones

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
George Margison

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Joseph Margison

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Edric Clifford Townend

*

*
*
*
Find A Grave
Irvin Hodgson Wild

*

*
*

Darton Churchyard and Cemetery contains 24 First World War and 3 Second World War memorial gravestones - the men named below are NOT buried in these plots. Follow the Find A Grave links to discover more information. In some cases there is a link on the man's name (it will be blue) that leads to further information either on a separate page on this site or on an external one.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Thumbnail Photograph
B.K.33

Alec R Braithwaite

Royal Garrison Artillery

6 June 1918
B.F.9

Norman Shaw

KOYLI

2 April 1917
A.H.17

George Urquhart MM

York and Lancaster Rgt

11 August 1916
B.K.22

Henry Vivian Braithwaite

Durham Light Infantry

25 June 1942
B.F.12

James General Dyson

York and Lancaster Rgt

25 April 1918
B.10

George Ibberson

York and Lancaster

11 October 1917
F.28

Ernest Ives

York and Lancaster

1 July 1916
D.E.24

Cyril Maples

Royal Navy

11 August 1942
F.17

John Taylor Mellor

Royal Garrison Artillery

15 March 1918
F.27

Horace Pickering

Machine Gun Corps

 24 March 1918
F.26

Samuel Lake Proctor

York and Lancaster Rgt

11 July 1916
B.B.11

Wilfred Sanderson

10th Hussars

11 April 1917
F.16

Royce Thompson

Royal Field Artillery


22 December 1917
C.16.17

Austin Turton

York and Lancaster Rgt

 1 July 1916
D.12

Benjamin Gerald Wagstaff

Army Service Corps

 20 December 1916
F.16

Charles Milton Ledger

York and Lancaster

9 April 1916
F.?

John Arthur Williams

York and Lancaster Rgt

27 Nov 1917
A.F.2

Cyril Burton Dixon

York and Lancaster Regt

14 November 1918
*
B.D.2

Gordon Gray

York and Lancaster Regt

27 May 1918
*
A.H.3

Claude Leatham

Royal Army Medical Corps

9 April 1917
*
A.O.18

Bernard Outram

Royal Armoured Corps

5 November 1944
*
C.22.10

Herbert Milner

York and Lancaster Regt

24 September 1918
*
*

Find A Grave
Joseph Leonard Challenger

West Riding Regt

1 July 1916
*
A.M.21

William Heeley

Royal Scots Fusiliers

29 September 1915
*
A.K.3

Richard Allott

Royal Field Artillery

8 October 1918
*
A.H.27

Find A Grave
Ernest Robert Dore

York and Lancaster Regt

9 August 1917
*
A.G.20

Find A Grave
Ernest Mark Simpson

West Yorkshire Regt

6 January 1918
*
*
Find A Grave
* *

 

BWMP #DTN03

No comments: