Wednesday 18 February 2015

Absent Voters in St Edward's Parish 1918

Streets in St Edward's Parish from a 1949 map

The War Memorial in St Edward the Confessor Church at Kingstone lists 45 who lost their lives in the First World War.  Within the boundaries of the parish were several non-conformist chapels and working men's clubs which also had memorials or rolls of honour. For example, Longcar Working Men's Club, on Racecommon Road.

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 Edward'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
Pt.2 Polling District 12N

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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