Monday, 26 January 2015

Absent Voters in St Mary's Parish 1918

Streets in St Mary's parish from a 1949 map (click to enlarge)
The War Memorial in St Mary's Church lists 197 men and one woman who lost their lives in the First World War.  Within the boundaries of the parish - the oldest in Barnsley - are many non-conformist churches and chapels which also contain war memorials and rolls of honour.  Please refer to our index page for a full list of these.

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 250-300 names. Due to the mismatch between Polling Districts and parish boundaries only streets in the area of St Mary'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 pt 1A, pt 2B, 3C
Pt.2 Polling District 4D
Pt 3 Polling Districts pt 11M, pt 13P
Pt 4 Polling Districts pt 14Q, pt 15R

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.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

War Memorial Gravestones in Dodworth 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.

Dodworth St John's Churchyard contains 2 CWGC burials and Dodworth Cemetery contains 3 CWGC burials.

In the list below, where the names 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
Photograph
C 9
William Alexander Thomson

Shangani Patrol

3 Dec 1893
C 73
Harry Cole

Loyal North Lancs Regt

25 September 1916
G 93
Frank Baines

Royal Artillery

8 August 1944
*
*
*
*
*
*


BWMP #DDW03

Monday, 19 January 2015

Absent Voters in St George's Parish

Streets in St George's Parish from a 1949 map (click to enlarge)
The War Memorial in St George's Church appears to have consisted of wooden panelling in a chapel within the church.  Unfortunately we only have a photo of the centre of the panel, the remainder appears to have been lost when the church was demolished.  We do have a list of names, however, from a contemporary newspaper article, which we have reproduced on the page linked above.  Within St George's parish, the second oldest in Barnsley, are many non-conformist chapels.  For a full list please consult our index page.

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 250-300 names. Due to the mismatch between Polling Districts and parish boundaries only streets in the area of St George'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 5E & pt 6F

Pt.2 Polling District 11M
Pt.3 Polling Districts 13P & 14Q
Pt.4 Polling District 15R 

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.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Grimethorpe Cemetery Tom Johnson 1898-1916

Tom is remembered on his brother's gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing


Lives of the First World War

Photograph by BarnsleyHistorian

Grave Location and Inscription:

K 72

In Loving Memory of / John Wilfred Johnson / Died June 28th 1926 / Aged 25 years / Also of Tom Johnson / Killed in Action, Sept 15th 1916 / aged 18 years / Dear beloved sons of / Tom and Sarah Johnson / Also the above named Sarah / Beloved wife of Henry Hick / who died July 14th 1931 / aged 60 years / "After Weariness, Rest".

Tom does not appear to be remembered on any other memorial in the Barnsley area.  However his family was from North Yorkshire so he may appear on a memorial there.

Tom remembered Thiepval Memorial in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. 



BWMP #GRM02/4

Grimethorpe Cemetery Albert Waltham 1895-1916

Albert is remembered on his parents' gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by BarnsleyHistorian

Grave Location and Inscription: 

C 501
In Loving Memory of Elizabeth / Beloved wife of John P Waltham / who died Feb 3rd 1938, aged 71 years / "Rest After Weariness" / Also the above named John Pooles Waltham / who died July 12th 1943, aged 86 years / "Re-United" / Also Pte A. Waltham, their son / Killed in Action July 1st 1916 / Aged 22 years.

Albert is also remembered on the Ryhill & Havercroft War Memorial.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  



BWMP #GRM02/3

Monk Bretton Cemetery Rowland Jones 1895-1918

Rowland is remembered on his parents' gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Nigel Croft

Monumental Inscription by the Barnsley Family History Society


Grave Location and Inscription:
C088

SEMPER FIDELIS / In proud memory of / SAM JONES J. P. / one time Mayor of this Town / who died Sept 1st 1935, aged 66 years. / A good name endureth / but a good life endureth for ever. / Also ROWLAND JONES / killed in action 1918, / and JESSIE, who died in infancy. / Also ANNIE, beloved wife of the above / who died Nov. 15th 1942, aged 74 years. // 

He is also remembered on the Barnsley, St Mary's Church, Combined Memorial
 
He is buried in the Rocqueigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.




BWMP #MNK01/8

Monk Bretton Cemetery Robert Craven 1888-1917

Robert is remembered on his parents' gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Nigel Croft

Monumental Inscription by the Barnsley Family History Society

Grave Location and Inscription:
 

G069
In / loving / memory of / THOMAS CRAVEN, / died March 19th 1913, / aged 49 years. / Also ELLEN CRAVEN, / wife of the above / died April 9th 1933, aged 72 years. / Also WALTER HAWKSWORTH, / grandson of the above / died Nov.1st 1913, aged 2 years. / Dearly loved. / Also ROBERT CRAVEN, / the dearly loved son of the above / died in France Jan. 22nd 1917, in his 28th year. / Sweet rest. / Also JOHN THOMAS CRAVEN, / died Jan. 17th 1965, aged 78 years. / Loved and remembered. //

Robert is also remembered on the following memorials:

Ardsley, Christ Church, Ardsley United Methodists - WW1 Roll of Honour 
Ardsley, Christ Church, Ardsley United Methodists - WW1 Plaque  
Ardsley, Christ Church, Christ Church Parishioners - WW1 Plaque

He is buried in the Pont-Remy British Cemetery in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.



BWMP #MNK01/11

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Monk Bretton Cemetery Herbert and Thomas Musgreave

Two Musgreave soldier brothers are remembered
on the family gravestone in Monk Bretton Cemetery
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War - Herbert - Thomas

Photograph by Nigel Croft

Monumental Inscription by Barnsley Family History Society

Grave Location and Inscription: 

G014
IHS In loving memory of / the beloved sons of / THOMAS & ANNIE MUSGREAVE / of Monk-Bretton. / WALTER MUSGREAVE, who was / drowned at Witt, U. S. A. whilst bathing / June 15th 1910, aged 22 years. / Also HERBERT MUSGREAVE / who was killed in France in the / ‘Great War’ Octr 28th 1916, aged 30 years. / Also THOMAS, the beloved husband of / ELLEN MUSGREAVE / who was killed in France in the / ‘Great War’ April 9th 1917, aged 35 years. / Also ARTHUR, / the beloved husband of / ELIZA MUSGREAVE / who died July 28th 1921 / aged 27 years. / “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, / blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1.21. / Also ANNIE, the beloved wife of / THOMAS MUSGREAVE and mother of the above named sons / who died March 13th 1929 / aged 74 years. / “For ever with the Lord.” / Also the above named / THOMAS MUSGREAVE / who died June 1st 1933 / aged 83 years. / Re-united. //

Herbert is also remembered on the following memorials as Musgrave.

Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Book
Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Tablet  
Monk Bretton War Memorial, Cross Street, Monk Bretton
 
Herbert is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


Thomas is buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  

 
BWMP #MNK01/10

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Monk Bretton Cemetery John W Heath

John Heath is remembered on his parents' gravestone
Links:
War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Nigel Croft

Monumental Inscription by Barnsley Family History Society

Grave Location and Inscription:
A036

In / loving / memory of / WILLIAM, / the beloved husband of / EMMA HEATH, / who died June 10th 1909, / aged 59 years. / Thy will be done. / Also the above named / EMMA HEATH, / who died Novr 16th 1917, / aged 64 years. / Peace perfect peace. / Also Pte JOHN W. HEATH / A.S.C. / the beloved son of the above, / who lost his life whilst / crossing the Mediterranean sea / Jany 8th 1916, aged 38 years. / In the midst of life we are in death. / Lord hear us when we call to thee / for those in peril on the sea. //

John does not appear to be remembered on any other memorials in the Barnsley area.


He is remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


BWMP #MNK01/3

Monk Bretton Cemetery Thomas William Victory

Thomas is remembered on his sister's gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Nigel Croft

Monumental Inscription by Barnsley Family History Society

Grave Location and Inscription: 

E004
In loving memory of / SARAH ANN, / the beloved wife of / ALBERT BATES, / who fell asleep Oct. 12th 1937 / aged 72 years. / “Worthy of everlasting remembrance.” / Also MARTIN, / beloved son of the above / who died August 19th 1942 / aged 52 years. / “At rest.” / Also the above named / ALBERT BATES, / who died March 9th 1950, / aged 84 years. / “Re-united.” / Also THOMAS WILLIAM VICTORY / brother of the above / Killed in Action July 1st 1916 / aged 39 years. / “His name shall live for evermore.” //

Thomas is also remembered on the 

Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Book 
Great Houghton, St Michael and All Angels, Memorial Tablet  
Great Houghton, Miners' Welfare Hall, Memorial Plaque 
Great Houghton, Wesleyan Chapel, WW1 Memorial Tablet  
Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Tablet
Monk Bretton War Memorial, Cross Street, Monk Bretton  

He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. 



BWMP #MNK01/9

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Cudworth Cemetery Arthur Ogley

Arthur is remembered on his brother's gravestone
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photograph by BarnsleyHistorian

Monumental Inscription by the Barnsley Family History Society

B 11 
In loving memory of / Ernest. / The dearly beloved son of / William & Emma Ogley / of Cudworth / who was accidentally killed / at the Brierley Colliery / Novr. 24th 1915 / in his 18th year / a loving son and brother / also Cpl. Arthur Ogley / M.G. Sec. 14th Y & L Regt. / the beloved son of the above / who fell in France / April 12th 1918 / aged 24 years / also the above named / William Ogley / who died July 29th 1923 / aged 62 years / R.I.P. / also the above named Emma Ogley / who died August 19th 1937 aged 76 years / "Re-united"

Grave Location: 

B Porch 3 1a
 
Arthur is also remembered on the
Felkirk St Peter's Lychgate WW1 Memorial Tablet and the Cudworth War Memorial, St John's Church, Cudworth

The Cudworth Local History and Heritage Group's book, Lest Cudworth Forgets, includes more information on him.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website




BWMP #CDW01/7

Felkirk St Peter's Lychgate WW1 & WW2 Memorial Tablets

Lychgate at Felkirk Church
Bronze plaque inside Lychgate for WW1 Fallen
Second bronze plaque for WW2 Fallen

Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Genuki listing

Lives of the First World War Community

Second World War - Barnsley War Memorials
Researched by MAC


Blog post about this War Memorial


Information about the men on this memorial and many photographs can be found on the Local Stuff for Local People Facebook page. 

A number of the men on this memorial were from nearbly Shafton or Cudworth, or other places inside the modern Barnsley MBC boundary - indicated below by *

Transcribed and photographed by BarnsleyHistorian

Inscription:
 
The legend "1914 may they rest in peace 1918" is carved in raised letters onto the beam above the gate. 
 
Names:
Where further information on a name has been researched by our volunteers it will be linked here  (look for the names in blue) to a page on this site or to an external site.


1914 - 1918
A E Bettney*
A Bowen*
M B P Boyd
N Bradbury
G Burton
R Davis* (Reuben Davies)
T O Dunhill
J Elliott
J Fenn
W H Garner
G Gartenfeld
H Gartenfeld
H Garton
L Godley
S Goodchild
B Govier*
J Harwood
W R Hayton*
J Holmes
J A Hunt
W Johnson
E W Litherland*
C Miles
W Owen
A Ogley* (Arthur Ogley)
J A Parkinson
F Peckett*
C Pickard*
P Sendall
E Taylor
W Taylor
F Teal*
A Torr
T Webb
H Wilkinson
G W Woodward

1939 - 1945
F Barraclough
H Bird
A Brook
R E Butterwood
D Collins
C Cooper
W Davenport
F Davis
W Flynn
C Fretwell
H Goften
H Roberts
H Hopkinson
R Jackson
W King
A Lillward
R Moore
G Needham
J Nichols
A E Oldroyd
T A Oliver
E Pashley
H Richards
M Rose
J Smith
J E Smith
L Steele
J Taylor
F I Tibble
R Thorpe
A Ward
Margaret Wardle
R A Whittlestone
R B Wilson
D Livett




BWMP #FEL02 & #FEL03

Darfield Churchyard Albert Greenhow

Albert Greenhow is remembered on a kerbstone in Darfield Churchyard
Links:

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photograph by Fay Polson

Grave Location and Inscription:
(this gravestone is on the far side of the churchyard from the entrance, Letter Q on the Friends of Darfield Churchyard's map which can be downloaded as a .pdf file here.)
 

*Albert's parents are buried in this cemetery judging by the burial records, however the  inscription on part of this grave was difficult to read*
Also Albert Greenhow / Killed in Action October 3rd 1918 aged 29 years / There is a corner in some foreign field / That is to me forever England. 
Also Hollingsworth Gittins / who died March 8th 1902 / aged 41 years

He is also remembered on the Darfield Church Hall, Greenhow Memorial Table and the Wombwell Working Men's Club and Institute, WW2 Memorial Tablet, Station Road and the  Wombwell War Memorial, St Mary's Church, Wombwell  

 
Albert is buried in the Queant Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website



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