Tuesday 23 December 2014

Absent Voters in St Peter's Parish 1918

St Peter's Parish from a 1949 map
The War Memorial in St Peter's Church on Doncaster Road lists 160 men who gave their lives in the First World War.  There are a couple of non-conformist chapels within the parish which may also contain or have contained memorials.  Barnsley Cemetery contains a large number of Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials and war memorial gravestones.

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 200 names. Due to the mismatch between Polling Districts and parish boundaries only streets in the area of St Peter'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 District 1A
Pt. 2 Polling District 2B
Pt. 3 Polling District 7G
Pt. 4 Polling District 8H

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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