Friday 8 October 2021

Wath upon Dearne, All Saints, York and Lancaster Memorial


York and Lancaster Regiment Memorial


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Photographed by Nigel Croft 25 September 2021

Research by BarnsleyHistorian


To the Everlasting
Honour and
Glory of the
8,814 Officers
Officers and Men
of the
York & Lancaster
Regiment who Fell
in the Great War
1914 --------------1919

The bronze plaque is headed by a York and Lancester badge flanked by four more Yorkshire roses.
To the left of the first four lines of text there is a Columbus or Templar style cross. The whole is framed in white marble. 

Reported in the Mexborough and Swinton Times, 25 April 1915, p.8.
The unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday 18 April 1925. Identical plaques were to be have been unveiled by Lord Plumer that same weekend in Barnsley, Rotherham and Pontefract. However due to his illness the Wath plaque was unveiled by Mrs Mitchell, of Sandygate, Wath, and widow of Colonel Thomas W H Mitchell. The opportunity was also taken to 'lay up' the colours of the 2nd/5th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment in the church. 

The "Last Post" was sounded by the drums and bugles outside the church, and the colour of the 2nd/5th Battalion was then brought into the church by an escort, handed to Colonel Rhodes, who subsequently handed it to the Vicar, who placed it on the altar. 

The Battalion Colours in All Saints, Wath, bearing Honours for many
First World War battles such as Gallipoli, Passchendaele and Messines.


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