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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