Thursday 30 September 2021

Wath upon Dearne, All Saints Church, Joseph Spencer Mitchell plaque


Joseph Spencer Mitchell plaque
(photographed 25 September 2021)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photographed by Nigel Croft

Newspaper research by BarnsleyHistorian


To the Glory of God
In Loving Memory of
Joseph Spencer
2nd Lieutenant R.F.C.
Only Son of Col. Thomas
Wilfred Howe Mitchell V.D.
& Ethel Spencer His Wife
Died 5th October 1916
of wounds accidentally
recived while flying
Aged 20
Buried in
Gezaincourt Cemetery

The erection of this plaque was reported in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph on 15 October 1917, p.7.  This was just over a year after the death of Joseph Spencer Mitchell.

At Wath Parish Church yesterday a mural tablet was unveiled, and dedicated by the Vicar, the Rev. W. Keble Martin. The tablet bears the badge and motto of the R.F.C., and is inscribed [the inscription above was then quoted].

Joseph Spencer Mitchell is also remembered by a window in St Mary's Church in Wombwell, on the First World War Memorial Plaque in All Saints Church, Wath upon Dearne. He was remembered by an endowed bed in Beckett Hospital in Barnsley, however any physical plaque connected to that commemoration has been lost.

Joseph Spencer Mitchell, as it says above, is buried in Gezaincourt Cemetery, Somme, France and his grave is marked by the Commonweath War Graves Commission

This photo of Joseph's grave was taken in 2020 by Paul Reed. Thank you for sharing this with us via Facebook Paul. 

More information about Joseph Spencer Mitchell can be found here.

Lives of the First World War (includes a photograph)

A Street Near You  

The War Graves Photographic Project


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