Friday 19 August 2016

Barnsley, Silkstone to Somme plaque, Cooper Memorial Gardens

Photo taken on 11 August 2016

War Memorials Archive listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photograph shared on Twitter by Councillor Joe Hayward

[York and Lancaster Regiment Badge]

13th & 14th Battalions / York and Lancaster Regiment / Barnsley Pals / From Silkstone to the Somme //


Saturday 13 August 2016

War Memorial Gravestones in St George's Churchyard, Barnsley

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' Register 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.

St George's Churchyard, Barnsley contains 3 WW1 memorial gravestones

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
Plot 113 George Donald Gray

York & Lancaster Regiment

5 May 1917

Plot 2
Percival Reynolds

West Yorkshire Regiment

19 September 1918 
Plot 11Alfred Jaques

West Riding Regiment

10 April 1918