Friday 20 June 2014

New War Memorial for Bolton on Dearne and the Dearne Towns

Stonemasons at work in Bolton on Dearne cemetery (photo from Peter Davies)
Work has begun on the new memorial for the fallen of the Dearne towns.  The new memorial has been organised by the Peter Shields of the Dearne Memorial Group and Barnsley Cemeteries Project.  The project will cost between £25k and £30k.

Posters with lists of the names of the fallen have been distributed widely around the area asking for donations over the past year. 

Just one of the many posters appealing for donations
listing the names of the fallen of Bolton upon Dearne, Goldthorpe and Highgate
Click to enlarge
Mr Shields said: “The memorial is seven foot high. It consists of a five-sided obelisk made of Yorkshire stone with five black granite panels etched with gold lettering for WW1, WW2 and other conflicts. On the top of the obelisk is a bust of a soldier in reverse arms with head bowed.”

The memorial to 199 people from WW1 and 86 men from WW2 is being placed in Bolton-on-Dearne Cemetery and will be unveiled in August this year.

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Looking like a Memorial - the site at the beginning of June 2014 (photo from Peter Davies)

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