Friday 21 October 2022

Cortonwood Wesleyan Methodist Roll of Honour

 * Please follow the link to the My Methodist History website for an image*


My Methodist History


There are some similarities between the names listed here and those on the Brampton Parish Hall Roll of Honour (the precise origin of which is not yet known), however there is insufficient correlation to be able to identify the Methodist Church as a source for that document.  

Some of the men named here are also listed on the memorial at Christ Church,  Brampton Bierlow, the Anglican parish church for the area.


Pte. Samuel Burrows     1977      York and Lancaster Regt.

Bdr. Mark Barker        831708   Royal Field Artillery

Pte. Albert Booth       16554    York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. George Boldy       479        York and Lancaster Regt.

Sgt. William Clarke      308      2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Rifl. James Crawford     467      King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Pte. Albert Crawford  31329       Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

Pte. George Dodds  [15537] King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Pte. Peter Harvey      [52087]    East Yorkshire Regt.

Pte. William Moorhouse     King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Sergt. John Moorhouse     182     York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. Henry Dean Moorhouse  23791  York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. Thomas O’Boyle    1805      York and Lancaster Regt.

Corpl. Harry Parsons  [12682]    York and Lancaster Regt.

Sergt. Albert Ryman   7419      1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regt.

Pte. Edward Scott            York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. Sidney Tomlinson   24019      York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. Alonzo Turner      12948       York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. George Wilks        [14244]    York and Lancaster Regt.

L Cpl. Bertram Wilkinson   14/1302   York and Lancaster Regt.

Pte. James Wright       22608      Lancashire Fusiliers


Tuesday 4 October 2022

Barnsley Cemetery - George Law


Law family gravestone in Barnsley Cemetery


War Memorials Register listing

Lives of the First World War

Find A Grave

Photograph by Wayne Bywater taken on 1 May 2018

Grave Location and Inscription: 

H 1258

In Loving Memory of
Mary Ann
The Beloved Wife of
Thomas Edwin Law
of Pogmoor
Who died July 7th 1911
Aged 53 years
Also George, son of the above
Killed in Action Octr 26th 1917
Aged 22 years
"Thy Will Be Done."

Father Thomas Edwin Law is also buried here, he died in 1939 in Beckett Hospital aged 82. Not named on the gravestone. This suggests the date of the inscription was between 1917 and 1939 or Thomas would have been included.

George Law is remembered at Tyne Cot and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

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Friday 23 September 2022

Barnsley, Heelis Street Wesleyan Methodist First World War memorial plaque


A brass rubbing of the plaque (click to enlarge),
shown as a negative image edited for colour and contrast
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)

The picture above was adapted from a brass rubbing of the plaque which was once displayed in the Heelis Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. The original, very large rubbing, which is in blue wax on a pale beige paper, is filed in Barnsley Archives under the Barnsley Pitt Street Chapel along with a number of other rubbings of old memorials to past clergy and distinguished members. See A-2-N/31/8/4/23 in the Barnsley Archives catalogue. Heelis Street Chapel's records are in A-2-N/22 in the same newly catalogued Nonconformist collection at the Archives. 

Note: As of 23 September 2022 I have not yet searched the records of this chapel for mentions of the plaque and its date of unveiling is unknown as no mention of it has been found in the newspapers currently available to me online. 

The chapel no longer exists, having been closed in the 1960s when the records were moved to the Pitt Street Chapel. The building was later demolished and, as can be seen in the image below (the chapel is central in the map snip), so has the terraced housing and close packed courts which used to surround it. The plot where the chapel once stood is still overgrown empty ground possibly because of its steep slope.

1930s map of Heelis Street and surrounding area v 2022 Google map image of the same place
(Map snip from Digimap - copyright for educational purposes only)

There is a picture of the back and side of the chapel on the Barnsley Council Yococo website here.


War Memorials Register listing


To the Glory of God
And in Grateful Memory of

Frederick Barman
Rev Arthur Rose
Albert Benn
Albert H Rose
John Derbyshire         
George Ryan
John J Guest
Albert Salmon
Henry Hudson
Charles Schofield
Arthur Ogley
Ernest Wainwright

 Who Laid Down Their Lives in the
Great War 1914 - 1918

More information:
Most of the men named above were also remembered on the St John's Barebones war memorial. It seems that people often belonged to both the Anglican and Wesleyan congregations in the area.

Two sisters and a brother from the Ogley family
remembered in Barnsley Cemetery

Arthur Ogley was not remembered at St John's, however he was commemorated on his sisters' gravestone in Barnsley Cemetery, as were George Ryan and Ernest Wainwright on their families gravestones.  Those two men WERE both remembered at St John's. 

An inscription like this -

'Also of my dear son / Private Arthur Ogley / who was killed in action in Belgium / July 22nd 1917, aged 37 years'

- on a gravestone where a man is NOT buried makes that gravestone a war memorial in its own right. 

Most of the 157 war memorial gravestones in Barnsley Cemetery can be found listed here.  The page is a work in progress, with thanks to Wayne Bywater for many of the photographs. Both George Ryan and Ernest Wainwright also have individual pages, created by Mary Lipscombe, (which have been linked to their names here in blue) which include photos of their gravestones. 

The Rev. Arthur Rose appears to have just graduated with his BA from the Wesley College in Winnipeg, Canada before he enlisted in 1916. This, as the name suggests, was a college which trained Wesleyan Methodist clergy. He does not appear to be remembered on any other surviving or recorded memorial in Barnsley, although he may be the A. Rose named on the Barnsley Pitt Street Wesleyan Roll of Honour. His photograph appears on the Canadian Virtual Roll of Honour.

Albert H. Rose was also remembered on the Barnsley British Co-operative war memorial and Roll of Honour, and at St John's.

Albert Salmon was also remembered at St Edward's Kingstone. According to his obituary (22 December 1917 in the Barnsley Independent) he had been a teacher at the Heelis Street Wesleyan Sunday School when he enlisted. He married Sarah Ann Barman, who appears to be the sister of Frederick Barman also remembered at Heelis Street, at Pitt Street Wesleyan on 1 January 1916 shortly after attesting for army service. He went out to France in April 1916 as part of a draft from the reserve battalion, 15th York and Lancaster Regiment, and joined the 14th (2nd Barnsley Pals) Battalion York and Lancaster on arrival. More details about Albert can be found in the book 'Kingstone Remembers The Great War 1914-1918' by Gill Brookes.

Charles Schofield was not remembered anywhere else in Barnsley, possibly as he had moved away for work before the war. When he enlisted in 1915 his address was Clyde Terrace, Spennymoor, County Durham, where he was a boot shop manager. His next of kin was his father who still lived in Barnsley at 3 Lingard Street, off Huddersfield Road. His army service records noted that his religious affiliation was Wesleyan.


Gawber, Intake Lane Methodist, Herbert Kellett Plaque


Postcard image of Herbert Kellett's memorial plaque
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
The image above is cropped and edited from item A-2-N/57/8/31 at Barnsley Archives in the newly catalogued Nonconformist collection. The original is a postcard sized sepia image. With grateful thanks to all at the Archives.


War Memorials Register listing


 Sacred to the Memory
Gnr. Herbert Kellett, R.G.A.
Who fell in the Great War July 10th 1917
in his 26th year.
For many years Organist and a devoted worker of this church
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condem,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will Remember Them

Further Research:
The records at Barnsley Archives also include a book of Trustees' Meeting Minutes which record two brief mentions of Herbert Kellett. (A-2-N/57/3/1/1)

12 Jan 1918 - 'Resolved that Mr W Picard be appointed Organist and Choir Master in succession to Mr Herbert Kellett who had fallen in action in the past year.'

11 Feb 1924 - ' ... that permission be given to erect a marble tablet in the Chapel for the late Herbert Kellett.'

There was no further mention of the plaque in the book referenced above. Nothing was found about this memorial in a search of the Barnsley Chronicle 1914 to 1930 or in the newspapers currently available through the British Newspaper Archive online. 

Herbert Kellett:
His obituary was printed in the Barnsley Chronicle on 21 July 1917, on p.8 and in the Barnsley Independent, with a photograph, on 28 July 1917. The following notes include information and quotes from these obituaries.

Herbert Kellet from the Barnsley
Independent 28 July 1917
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Herbert was the son of Frank Kellett and Amelia (nee Walker) of 34 Southwell Street, Barnsley. He was baptised at St Thomas Church, Gawber on Christmas Day 1891.  He had an older sister, Alice and an older brother William James.

Before the war Herbert 'was employed in the furniture trade by Mr Drake of Sheffield Road'. He was the 'organist at the Pogmoor and Gawber Wesleyan Chapel, and the Gawber Wesleyan Church, and a member of the Gawber Adult School'. He became the organist at the Sunday School in 1906 and the Chapel organist in 1909 when he was only 18 years old.

He served in the Royal Garrison Artillery and 'went out to France in October 1916'. When he was killed he was attached to the 94th Siege Battery. Herbert went out with a group of volunteers who were attempting to recover the body of an officer who had been killed when his observation post was hit by artillery fire. Sadly the group was also hit by an exploding shell  which killed two men, including Herbert, and wounding several others. Herbert's officer, Lieutenant R.A. Somerville wrote to Amelia Kellett explaining that he 'died suddenly, being hit on the head'. 

Herbert was buried at Ramscappelle Road Military Cemtery, Belgium and is recorded on the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission website . He was also remembered on the war memorial at Gawber Church, which was unveiled on Sunday 15 June 1924.

Herbert's parents died in 1943 and 1958 and are both buried in the churchyard at St Thomas' Gawber.


Tuesday 12 July 2022

Felkirk St Peter's Church - John Fraser Hoyland memorial plaque

Memorial Plaque to Captain John Fraser Hoyland

 Photographed by Wayne Bywater in July 2022


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

St Peter's Church, Finsthwaite, War Memorial (on War Memorials Online)
On the above page it notes that there is also a memorial bell for Captain John Fraser Hoyland in the church at Finsthwaite. 

Clock and Bells at St Peter's Church, Finsthwaite (on the IWM's War Memorials Register)


In Ever Honoured Memory Of / John Fraser Hoyland / Captain 4th Batt Lancashire / Fusiliers Only Child of Clement / Edward & Louisa Eddie Hoyland / of Stock Park Finsthwaite Co / Lancs & Only Grandchild of  / John & Mary Anne Hoyland / of Brierley

He Fell in Action at Mocquet / Farm Thiepval France on / Sept 26 1916 aged 21 Years

Dominus Dedit Dominus Abstulit / Sit Nomen Domini Benedictum*

Where further information has been discovered for this man it will be linked to another page on this site or to an external site (look for a blue link).  In this way we try to avoid duplication and encroaching on the research of other groups and individuals.

John Fraser Hoyland

Captain Hoyland is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France, and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  

Malvern College First World War Casualty - Captain John Fraser Hoyland

John Fraser Hoyland on the Wakefield Family History Sharing Blog


*The Latin text translates as, 'The Lord has given, the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord'. (according to Google Translate)


Felkirk Churchyard - Edwin Kemp


Kemp family gravestone in Felkirk Churchyard

Enlarged inscription to Edwin Kemp (click for larger image)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Find A Grave

Photograph by Wayne Bywater on 10 July 2022

Monumental Inscription:

In Loving Memory of / Benjamin / The Beloved Husband of / Bridget Agnes Kemp, / of South Hiendley,  / Who died August 6th 1900 / Aged 31 years. / Gone But Not Forgotten.
Also the Above Named, / Bridget Agnes Kemp,  / Who Died August 13th 1902 / Aged 35 years. / Our Loved Ones Have Passed Away.
Also Henry Kemp, / The Beloved Son of the Above / Who Died March 4th 1911, / Aged 17 years. / Better Now.
Also Pte. Edwin Kemp, / The Beloved Son of the Above, / Who Died of Wounds Received in Action / December 7th 1917, aged ? Years.

Grave Location:
Go through the Lychgate and there is a holly bush ten yards in front of you on the right hand side of the path. The grave is to the right of the holly bush.

Private Edwin Kemp is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. 

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Sunday 24 April 2022

Tankersley St Peter's Churchyard Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) recognises the burials of men and women who fell in the First and Second World Wars.  Where a men or women has no known grave they are remembered on CWGC memorials around the world, usually close to the place that they fell.

The most common CWGC gravestone is made of Portland Stone. This is bright white when new and very conspicuous in a churchyard or cemetery even when a little darkened by age.  The size and style of the stones was designed to be the similar for everyone, no matter what rank, regiment, class, religion or nationality.  See this section on the CWGC website for background information.

Each stone has a rounded top, some have the crest or badge of a regiment and/or a religious symbol. There is an inscription giving rank, name, regiment and date of death, sometimes age is included.  At the foot of the stone is a space for a family dedication.

When the burial of a serviceman or women is within a family plot, their details are often recorded on a family gravestone.  This can be quite confusing as other family gravestones in the same churchyard bearing similar inscriptions are memorials to men or women NOT buried there. It is only when a burial has taken place that the site is recorded by the CWGC.

There are 5 CWGC burials in Tankersley Churchyard. Two are First World War, three are Second World War.

Joseph Allen Walton has a family gravestone, rather than a CWGC style stone, but his burial is, of course, recognised by that organisation.  Follow the link on his name to reach the CWGC website.

There are also 5 war memorial gravestones in Tankersley churchyard.  Click here for more information.  

Note: If the photos below are overlapping the table and covering text try turning your phone or tablet landscape. Links on the names are to the CWGC website. The FindAGrave links will take you to a webpage which usually contains a transcription and a larger photo.

Find A Grave link
Name / Regiment / Date of Death
Thumbnail Photo
East border

O. 47.

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Ben Elliott

York & Lancaster Regt

9 December 1916
In South East corner


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Joseph Allen Walton

York & Lancaster Regt

4 January 1919


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Raymond Athol Bruck

Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve

22 December 1944


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Frank Chambers

Royal New Zealand
Air Force

9 December 1942


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Thomas Arthur Howe

Pioneer Corps

14 January 1945


Tankersley St Peter's Churchyard War Memorial Gravestones

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' Archive 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. 

Tankersley churchyard contains 5 war memorial gravestones that we are aware of, but as one was only recorded very recently (April 2022) we can never claim to have found every memorial.

Gravestones which are situated on the site of the burial of a casualty, such as Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC), are NOT War Memorials, however the Barnsley War Memorials Project collected their details for inclusion in the Barnsley Roll of Honour. Tankersley churchyard contains 5 CWGC burials and there is a dedicated page for them here

In the list below, where the name is blue click to follow the link to a page with a larger photograph and more information. We recently added links to the Find A Grave website (with thanks to Pete Schofield) where more photos of the graves and transcriptions of the inscriptions can be found.

 Gravestone Location
Section Row No.
B&DWM code
Find A Grave
Soldier's Name & Regiment
Date of Death
Thumbnail Photograph


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Raymond Cave

Royal Air Force

12 September 1944


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James Albert Marsh

Royal Artillery

8 July 1944


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Alfred A Ellis

King’s Own Yorkshire
Light Infantry

2 May 1915


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Charlie Mallinson

Northumberland Fusiliers

6 June 1917


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Leonard White

York & Lancaster Regt

9 or 10 October 1917


Tuesday 1 February 2022

Barnsley Cemetery Joseph Swift

Joseph is remembered on his parents' gravestone


Find A Grave

War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph taken by Wayne Bywater in April 2018

Grave Location and Inscription: 

H 339
In Loving Memory / of  / Mary Ann / The beloved wife of / Joseph Swift / Who died June 15th 1902, / Aged 49 years. / Also Ernest / Son of the above,  / who died February 26th 1886 / Aged 7 months. / Also of the above named / Joseph Swift / Who died March 10th 1929, / aged 80 years. / Also of Joseph their son, / Husband of Agnes Swift, / Who was Killed in Action / In France May 27th 1918, / Aged 34 years. / Peace Perfect Peace //

Read more about Joseph on Barnsley Soldiers Remembered

Joseph is remembered on the Soissons Memorial in France and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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Tuesday 25 January 2022

Penistone Railway Workers, Penistone Station

Memorial Tablet at Penistone Station (photo taken 24 September 2021)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing


Photographed by Sally Jowitt and Carol Gude

Transcribed by BarnsleyHistorian

An article from the Barnsley Chronicle on 24 September 2021, p. 13.

A plaque commemorating railway workers who lost their lives during the First World War has been installed at Penistone Station.
The newly-refurbished transport hub was revealed by Network Rail, with the plaque being the brainchild of its workers and the local community.
Coun. Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities, said: "It is great to see a new plaque recognising the sacrifices of the armed forces community in Penistone, creating a space for families to come together and reflect.
Thank you to National Rail and community partners for their work on this. The plaque is another great way to recognise the sacrifices they, and their families, have made."

Article on the Community Rail Network website

South Yorkshire’s Penistone Line Partnership has unveiled a commemorative plaque at Penistone Station. A heartfelt dedication was led by Fr. David Hopkin, St John the Baptist Church, Penistone at 11am Monday 15 November 2021.

Penistone Mayor, Cllr. Andrew Millner laid a wreath in memory of local railway workers from the Penistone area, who gave their lives in the first world war.

The event was attended by members of Penistone Line Partnership, Community Rail Network, deputy mayor Gill Millner, members of the British Legion and guests from the local community.

Penistone Line Partnership would like to thank everyone who attended, and give special thanks to Fred Evans, JF Evans Monumental Masons, for making and gifting the partnership with the memorial. A big thank you was also extended to Network Rail, incorporating the plaque into the newly re-built wall at Penistone Station, and to the staff at Penistone Paramount for hosting refreshments after the event.


1914 - 1918
In Memory Of The Following Railway
Workers From The Penistone Area Who
Gave Their Lives During The First World War

Where further information has been discovered for any of these men it will be linked (look for names underlined and in blue) to a page on this site or to an external site.  In this way we try to avoid duplication and encroaching on the research of other groups and individuals.

Joseph Bailey
George Henry Beever
Charles Richard Calcutt
Radford Hawes
     George Neaverson Hoyland
Horace Micklethwaite
George Alfred Mitchell
Walter Dickinson Nall
Fred Singleton
Charles Edward Swift
Albert Webster
Harry Wood

York & Lancs
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
York & Lancs
Royal Engineers
Royal Horse Guards
Royal Field Artillery
York & Lancs
York & Lances
West Yorkshire Regiment
York & Lancs
York & Lancs
Royal Navy


Wednesday 12 January 2022

Barnsley Cemetery Tom Lindsey


Tom Lindsey is remembered on his parents' gravestone
(photo taken 4 June 2018)


War Memorials Register listing

War Memorials Online listing

Lives of the First World War

Photograph by Wayne Bywater

Grave Location and Inscription:

S 588

In Loving Memory of / Our Dear Father & Mother / George and Phyllis Lindsey / Died April 4th 1943, aged 70 years / And Jan 4th 1945, aged 71 years / Also Tom, son of the above / Killed in Action in France April 29th 1918 / Also Walter, son of the above / Who died in Infancy. / Also Muriel Cooper, granddaughter of the above / Died Dec 9th 1925, aged 1 year & 9 months.

He is not commemorated on any other war memorial in Barnsley that we are aware of.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial  and commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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