Sunday, 13 July 2014

War Memorial Gravestones in Ardsley 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.

Map of Ardsley Cemetery
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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.

There are two Commonweatlh War Graves Commission burials in Ardsley Churchyard and fifteen in Ardsley Cemetery in addition to the War Memorials gravestones listed below. 

Further information and a larger picture of the memorial 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
Richard Vere Potts

East Kent Regt

16 Jan 1917
Churchyard Extension
Arthur Wilkinson

West Yorkshire Regt

23 November 1917
Churchyard Extension
Herbert Carter

Royal Army Service Corps

18 December 1942 
U 815
Adam Blades

West Yorkshire Regiment

27 August 1918 
U 835
Thomas Francis Bellamy

1st/5th York & Lancs Regt

13 October 1915 
U 827
Albert Wordsworth Sayles


27 August 1918 
U 890
Melvin Clement Williamson

Royal Field Artillery

2 May 1918
U 843
Frederick Charles Morton


3 October 1918 
 U 872a
George Wilks

10th York & Lancs Regt

6 May 1917 
V 898
Fred Bramley

West Yorkshire Regt

17 September 1918 
V 940
Tom Bennett

Royal Armoured Corps

2 March 1945 

V 972
Richard Henry Myers

East Yorkshire Regt

24 October 1918 
E 225
James Edward Thompson

1st/5th York & Lancs Regt

9 October 1917 
F 255A
Leonard Lawrence

RAF Volunteer Reserve

22 June 1944 
F 291
Harry Shaw

6th York & Lancs Regt

1 October 1918 
 G 336
Frank Bird

8th Btn KOYLI

6 April 1916 
G 343/344
Joseph Binns

West Yorkshire Regt

3 September 1918 
H 547
William H Grant

King's Own Scottish Borderers

1 March 1918 
H 627
W W Harry Parkin

West Yorkshire Regt

28 March 1941 
P 217
Ernest Watson

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

4 June 1915 
J 652
James Hodnett

Green Howards 
(Yorkshire Regiment)

28 June 1944 
Y 109
John Edward Burley

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

11 June 1942 
R 534
Sam Barker

 York & Lancs Regt

13 June 1917 
D 166
George William Binns

York & Lancs Regt

30 September 1917 
D 189
George Mower

Drake Btn, RNVR

13 November 1916 
D 187
John Swinmurn

York & Lancs Regt

1 July 1916 


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