Tuesday, 22 July 2014

War Memorial Gravestones in Barnsley 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.

Barnsley Cemetery contains 128 Commonwealth War Graves.

Friends of Barnsley Cemetery aim to promote the preservation, care and improvement of the Cemetery as a place of historic and ecological interest and as a burial ground.  They work with other agencies and interested parties to achieve those aims.  Via their web page you can request a search of their database and even order a photograph of a gravestone!

Barnsley Cemetery is very large, with over 80,000 people buried there.  It might take us a while to find all the War Memorial gravestones, especially as some of them are in a very poor state of repair.  Please be patient with us.  Thanks!

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
E 272 David Maurice Rowlands

Notts & Derby Regt

12 March 1915

J 333 Harold Allemby

14th York & Lancaster Regt

1 July 1916
B 5 George William Heptinstall

Royal Scots Fusiliers

3 July 1916
X 1196 Herbert Kaye

York & Lancaster Regt

7 October 1917
P 11 Foster Lindley
East Yorks Regt
5 September 1918

Frank Marcus Lindley
Lancaster Fusiliers
23 July 1917

Claude Scott
East Yorks Regt
13 November 1916
H 239 Harry Scargill

13th York & Lancs Regt

1 July 1916
K 126 George Henry Simms

1st/5th York & Lancs Regt

7 July 1916
M 27 Crossland Barraclough

14th York & Lancs Regt

2 May 1918
L 14 William Kenworthy

9th York & Lancs Regt

1 July 1916
H 13 Gilbert Harry Edwards

2nd York & Lancs Regt

19 September 1918
Q 1018 Tom Gomersall

6th York & Lancs Regt

18 November 1915
E 599
George Smith


15 August 1918

E 175 Tom Jaques

2nd/5th York & Lancs Regt

3 May 1917
G 67 Ernest Calvert Blackburn

1/5 York & Lancs Rgt

24 May 1915
G 112 Francis Henry Laister
21 October 1917

Henry Wilkinson Brown
Royal Navy
5 November 1915
G 127 Harry Watson Robinson
Highland Light Infantry
25 August 1916

Benjamin Robinson
2nd York & Lancs Regt
4 March 1917
G 131 Joseph Walker

York & Lancs Regt

11 September 1916
G 225
John Betchetti

Black Watch

1 August 1916
G 245 Horace Ryder

Royal Engineers

 22 September 1917
G 310 Francis John Potter
14th York & Lancs Regt
1 July 1916

Edwin Dalton Potter
Notts & Derby Regt
17 July 1918
G 338 Arthur White

2/5 York & Lancs Regt

3 May 1917
G 341 Ernest Wainwright

Royal Scots Fusiliers

10 July 1918

G 371 Albert Bennett

13th York & Lancs Regt

22 December 1916
G 372 Eli Royston

14th York & Lancs Regt

 1 July 1916
G 373 Edwin Bower
 8th York & Lancs Regt
1 July 1916

Tom Bower
10th West Yorkshire Regt
10 September 1918
G 499 George Armitage

14th York & Lancs Regt

9 May 1917
 E 204 Herbert Milthorpe

14th York & Lancs Regt

1 July 1916
E 182 John Arthur Williamson

Northumberland Fusiliers

11 April 1918
(a) 605 William Ford
 13th York & Lancs Regt
2 July 1916

George Ryan
1/5 York & Lancs Regt
7 July 1916
T 835 Thomas William Halton

Lancashire Fusiliers

24 April 1918
E 458 Harold Raymond Oldham

York and Lancaster Regt

7 June 1917
E 547 John Kenny

York and Lancaster Regt

8 May 1917
E 621 Frank Leslie Bailey

York and Lancaster Regt

1 July 1916
E 662 Sidney Nicholson

King's Royal Rifle Corps

7 October 1916
E 671 Arthur Foster

York and Lancaster Regt

12 October 1917
E 681 Leonard Micklethwaite

Black Watch

31 July 1916
E 761 Joseph White


26 August 1916
G 1017 Robert Mark Richardson

West Riding Regt

29 October 1917
G 829 Edwin Fieldsend

South Wales Borderers

18 August 1918
G 711 Ronald Stanwix

Royal Navy

7 May 1941
F 11 Wilfred Leadbeater

Royal Field Artillery

28 July 1916
F 130 Uriah Tetlow
South African Infantry
23 July 1916

Harold Tetlow
Machine Gun Corps
12 October 1918
C 50 James Burford Clark

South Lancashire Regt

2 September 1918
 C 59 Harry Tock

West Riding Regiment

4 November 1918
C 69 Arthur Crossley

Royal Engineers

30 September 1918
C 137 William Wood


9 September 1943
C 235 George Wainwright


25 March 1945
C 286 James Kenneth Walton

Royal Navy

10 December 1941
C 288 Robert Hurd

Royal Engineers

31 March 1943
G 644 Arthur Edon
 York and Lancaster Regt
11 May 1917

James Willie Edon
York and Lancaster
21 July 1918
J 821 William Arthur Bird

West Yorkshire Regt

20 July 1918

* Cyril George Bayford

York and Lancaster

28 June 1917
* Harry Liddall Bambridge

East Yorkshire Regt

31 March 1918
* Eric George Smith

Northumberland Fusliers

5 June 1917
* Frank Bakel

Cecil Herbert Thompson

Arthur Henry Thompson
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