Saturday 24 July 2021

Barnsley Cemetery Frank Armitage

Armitage Family Gravestone, Barnsley Cemetery
Photo taken 21 August 2020

Foot of the above Gravestone
Photo taken 21 August 2020


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photographs above by Wayne Bywater (with our grateful thanks)

Frank Armitage is NOT buried in Barnsley Cemetery, but he is remembered by an inscription on the gravestone of his parents and other family members. His widow is remembered on the base of the gravestone. The stone has broken from its base and was partially buried (you can see the line indicating the burial level just under Joseph & Ellen's names). 

Family members supplied the photo on the right which we believe dates to shortly after Marion's death, so we knew there was an inscription to Frank. 

The stone was uncovered, recorded and returned to the position in which it was found. 

Grave Location and Inscription:
Section M  Grave No. 1114

Loving Memory
The beloved daughter of
Joseph & Ellen Armitage,
Who died December 16th 1904
Aged 8 years
Also Frank, son of the above
& husband of Marian Armitage
Who Fell in Action Sept 28th 1916,
Aged 28 years.
Also the above named,
Joseph Armitage,
Who died Nov. 15th 1931,
Aged 77 years.
Also the above named,
Ellen Armitage,
Who died January 21st 1933,
Aged 66 years.
_ _ Remember But Hard To Fo _ _
Also the above named
Marion Armitage
Who died June 25th 1967, aged 78 years

Frank is not remembered on any other war memorial in Barnsley that we are aware of so this inscription is a very special tribute to his memory.

Frank was buried in Connaught Cemetery, near Thiepval and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  

Read more about Frank Armitage on A Barnsley Historian's View
(This post was written in 2013 and since then his gravestone has been discovered and recorded.)

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Tuesday 6 July 2021

Explanation of the Index and Background to its Progress

This list was initially based on the War Memorials listed on the Imperial War Museum's War Memorial Archive (now the War Memorials Register) for the Barnsley Area in November 2013.  At that time it contained 74 individual memorials.

By September 2014 there were over 400 on our list.
In November 2018 there were 806 memorials on the list.
The information to this point is reflected in the Roll of Honour for the Barnsley Borough published in November 2018, the BWMP drew to a close in 2091/2020.

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The project was continued under a new name from 21 November 2020. The search for memorials continued and as more local newspapers became available onine at the British Newspaper Archive and Find My Past more and more memorials, many lost (buildings demolished or changed use), or their status was unknown (probably in the building, but not photographed or seen by a volunteer). War memorials continue to be erected, benches are being regularly installed across the borough, a number of recent additions are artistic installations (temporary installations are included).

In November 2020 the number of war memorials for which we have evidence had increased to 814
By February 2021 there were 829 memorials on the list
At the end of April 2021 there were 884 memorials on the list.
At the beginning of June 2021 there were 904 memorials on the list.

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This page is a work in progress and will be updated on a regular basis.
Most memorials have their own individual page which contains a photo and a list of the names on the memorial. Simply select an area from the alphabetical list on the Index page to open the sub-index page.  Click on a memorial's own individual link to see more details.

Use the 'War Memorial Index' tab at the top of this site to return to the main Index at any time.

Summaries for War Memorials in Cemeteries can also be found via the 'War Memorial & CWGC Gravestones' tab above.   

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) mark the burial places or commemorate the missing in both World Wars.  Although the gravestones they have erected in our local cemeteries to mark the resting places of our soldiers are not War Memorials (as the man is actually buried there) the information on them was valuable to us as part of the creating the Barnsley Roll of Honour.  

As of early 2021 we began to add separate pages for CWGC burials to this website in order to link them to Find A Grave. This is very much a work in progress and given the large number in the Barnsley area (approx 430 at the last count) this will take a while.

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Thursday 1 July 2021

Barnsley, Old Mill, Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Roll of Honour

Source: @CavalierStamps on Twitter, 2 November 2016

Amongst the Readers Letters in the Memories of Barnsley magazine, Issue 41 - Spring 2017 there appeared a interesting article about the above postcard image. The author was an online vintage postcard dealer and had written in providing a transcription of the names.
The original of the image used above (which has been reduced in size for this website), which is still available on Twitter, is very large and clear and the details of the mens' names are easily read.

Where possible the full name of the man listed has been included in brackets and further information is linked if their name is shown in blue.
The main source of information, in brackets, for the names of those who survived was the 1918 Absent Voters' List for Barnsley.


Roll of Honour
Old Mill
Wesleyan Reform Chapel
[photos and names]
Members of the Bible Class
Who Have Served, Three of
Whom Made the Supreme Sacrifice
For Their Country During the
Great War 1914-19


Three of the names and photos, those in the centre, are of men who were killed:
F. Horbury (Frank Horbury)
T. H. Horbury (Thomas Hilton Horbury)
H. Kaye (Herbert Kaye)

The remainder of the names, across the top and around the edges:
J. Washington (could be Joseph Washington, in Twibell Street in 1911)
A. Gill   (could be Arthur Gill of 3 Clyde Street, Barnsley. Labour Corps)
H. Field  
R. Nuttall  (probably Roy Nuttall of 58 Wakefield Road, Smithies. 4th (Reserve) Y & L)
S. Ferrington (Samuel Ferrington, 20 Park Street, Barnsley. Royal Field Artillery)
T. Wiseman (Thomas Wiseman, Old Mill Cottage, Smithies. Royal Defence Corps)
F. Copley (Frank Copley, 7 Field Lane, Hunningley. Army Service Corps)
H. Trueman (Harry Trueman, 8 Crookes Street, Monk Bretton. Labour Corps)
H. Brown (could be Harry Brown, 6 Prince Arthur Street, Barnsley. Royal Warwick Rgt)
H. Cope (Henry Cope, 53 Pogmoor Road, Barnsley. Royal Army Medical Corps)
J. W. Cook  (John William Cook, Homestead, Carlton Road, Smithies. Training Reserve)
L. U. Ward  (Lloyed Ulysses Ward, 29 Burton Bank Road, Smithies. Y & L)
R. Senior  (probably Reginald Senior, 27 Mottram Street, Barnsley. Royal Horse Artillery)
C. Smith  (could be Charles Smith, 4 Dearne Terrace, Labour Corps or Charles Simm Smith, Peel Place, Smithies. Y & L)
F. Lockwood
J. Horbury
J. W. Ferrington (John William Ferrington, 6 Dearne Terrace, Smithies. Royal Field Artillery)
J. N. Ward
T. E. Ferrington (Thomas Ernest Ferrington, 6 Dearne Terrace, Smithies. Royal Garrison Artillery)
W. Waumsley  (William Waumsley, 11 Marlborough Terrace, Barnsley. Durham Light Infantry)
J. Ferrington  (James Arthur Ferrington, 6 Deane Terrace, Smithies. Royal Field Artillery)