Tuesday 23 December 2014

Absent Voters in St John's Parish 1918

Streets in St John's Parish from a 1949 map
The War Memorial in St John's Church was lost when the church was demolished in the early 1960s, but the names of the 140 men who were commemorated can be seen on our web page for the memorial.

We are very lucky that in Barnsley there survives a list of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses who were serving abroad in late 1917, early 1918 in the form of the 1918 Absent Voters' List.  This was compiled following the changes in electoral franchise extending the vote to all men over 21 and to women over 30 who fulfilled certain property requirements.  So all servicemen who were over 21 or who would be 21 by the forthcoming General Election in 1918 were registered to vote.

The Absent Voters tab above will return you to the index page for these lists which contains more information.

The sections of the list are in a downloadable.pdf file and each file contains around 250 names. Due to the mismatch between Polling Districts and parish boundaries only streets in the area of St John's parish (see map above) have been transcribed.  Other streets and parts of streets will be transcribed as part of neighbouring parishes.

Pt.1 Polling Districts 6F & 7G
Pt.2 Polling Districts 8H & pt9K
Pt.3 Polling District pt9K   (it's a very large, crowded district!)
Pt.4 Polling Districts pt9K & 10L

These pages have been transcribed by our volunteers and all mistakes are our own.  Please let us know if you spot anything glaringly wrong and we will make ever effort to correct it.  Note that abbreviations and spellings are transcribed as seen.


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