Sunday 15 March 2015

War Memorial Gravestones in Hoyland Nether, Kirk Balk 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.

Hoyland Nether, Kirk Balk Cemetery contains thirteen Commonwealth War Graves from the Second World War.

The majority of the photographs from the Hoyland Nether St Peter's Churchyard Extension and the Hoyland Nether, Kirk Balk Cemetery are by Brian Yarham and have been shared with the Barnsley War Memorials Project with his permission.

In the list below, where the name 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
Leonard Wright

East Yorkshire Regt

6 October 1918
Norman Edward Clegg

Royal Navy

26 September 1942
William Burt Naylor

Royal Air Force Volunteer Res

13 September 1944
Charles Henry Newby


6 December 1942

Alfred Utley

Border Regiment

10 April 1918
Albert Moody
East Lancs Regt
22 March 1918

Robert Moody
4 November 1918


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