Friday, 29 August 2014

About this Project

Barnsley, unlike some other towns and cities around the country, has no central Roll of Honour to remember the Fallen of World War One, and so this project was begun to provide a co-ordinating hub for the recording and preservation of the information on all of the War Memorials in the Barnsley area.

It is recognised that many of the memorials in our area have already been recorded and researched by dedicated volunteers.  Some of this work has been deposited in paper form in Barnsley Archives, some has been published in book form.  However until now there has been no one point of contact for all of this information.

It was agreed that, in recognition of the forthcoming Centenary of the First World War, the first part of the Project would concentrate on gathering information on the casualties of that war although information collected in the process concerning the Second World War and subsequent conflicts would be safely collated for the later stages of the Project.  

For the purpose of our Project a name will be included in the Roll of Honour if the person was born in Barnsley, lived in Barnsley at the time of enlistment or start of their war service, or is listed on any memorial in the Barnsley MBC area.

The Imperial War Museum's definition of a War Memorial used to be on their War Memorials Archives (1) site and is now on the UK War Memorials (2) hub set up by the government.  The wording is slightly different.
1. We consider a war memorial to be 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.
2. War memorials can be any tangible object which has been erected or dedicated to commemorate war, conflict, victory or peace; or casualties who served in, were affected by or killed as a result of war, conflict or peacekeeping; or those who died as a result of accident or disease whilst engaged in military service.
Here is an article about some of the different kinds of memorial we are researching.

Information collated as a result of the Barnsley War Memorials Project will be submitted to the Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Archives and much of their existing information was used as the starting point of this project.

The War Memorials Archive records:
1. memorials located in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
2. memorials to conflicts from any point in history to the present day
3. memorials that commemorate the impact or acts of war, conflict or victory
4. memorials that record thanksgiving for the safe return of individuals, the coming of peace or the prevention of war
5. dedications that have been added to other gravestones which commemorate a war casualty buried elsewhere
6. memorials that commemorate the service, return or death of military personnel during war, conflict or peacetime irrespective of the cause of death, as well as deaths after the end of the conflict as a result of wounds or the effects of war
7. memorials that commemorate the wartime service or death of civilians serving in non-combatant organisations
8. memorials that commemorate civilians, including refugees and internees who suffered or died as a result of enemy action or in a war related accident as well as a consequence of war or conflict
9. memorials to the service, suffering and death of animals during wartime
This Project was formally constituted on 19 March 2014.  A copy of our constitution can be requested. Between May 2014 and October 2016 we published a monthly newsletter, all back issues can be downloaded via the Newsletters tab above.

A list of other memorials which have been or are being researched in-depth can be found on the Research in Progress page.

For more information please contact us via bwmp2015@gmail.com

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Our continuing thanks to Barnsley Archives for all their help and assistance with this project.

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