War Memorial Gravestones

The Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Register 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.

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.

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 is valuable to us as part of the creating the Barnsley Roll of Honour.

The Dearne Memorial Group have a comprehensive database of burials in Barnsley's cemeteries available.  A search is free, but a small charge is made for details. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Barnsley's cemeteries. 

This page is an index to the cemeteries and churchyards in Barnsley where we have found War Memorial gravestones.  This is ongoing research, the date given is the last reported update, more memorial gravestones may yet be added to our lists. Click on the link (if present, it will be coloured blue) to go to a page with a list of names and thumbnail pictures of individual gravestones, and where available, further links to larger pictures and much more information about each man.

There is a Community page on the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War website for the Barnsley men who have War Memorial Gravestones. Unfortunately the Lives website was frozen and archived in Spring 1919 and cannot be added to or amended. 

This site will be updated as often as possible.

Ardsley Churchyard and Cemetery -  16 WW1 & 6 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 17 CWGC burials (9 July 2014)

Barnsley Cemetery - at least 154 WW1 & WW2 memorial gravestones (at July 2018 with grateful thanks to Wayne Bywater) plus 130 CWGC burials

Barnsley St George's Churchyard - 3 WW1 memorial gravestones

Bolton upon Dearne Cemetery - 18 WW1 & 10 WW2  memorial gravestones plus17 CWGC burials (Sept 2018)

Brierley Cemetery - 3 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 1 CWGC burial

Carlton Cemetery - 6 WW1 & 2 WW2  memorial gravestones plus 2 CWGC burials (21 April 2014) 

Cawthorne Churchyard and Cemetery - 2 WW1 & 1 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 2 CWGC burials (25 September 2014)

Cudworth Churchyard and Cemetery  - 22 memorial gravestones plus 28 CWGC burials (10 April 2014)

Darfield Churchyard and Cemetery - 24 memorial gravestones plus 19 CWGC burials (20 July 2014)

Darton Churchyard and Cemetery - 17 WW1 & 2 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 24 CWGC burials (10 June 2015)

Dodworth Churchyard and Cemetery - 3 memorial gravestones plus 5 CWGC burials (25 January 2015) 

Elsecar Churchyard and Cemetery - 9 WW1 & 3 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 3 CWGC burials (6 April 2015)

Gawber Churchyard -  2 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 4 CWGC burials (26 May 2014)

Great Houghton Cemetery

Grimethorpe Cemetery - 5 war memorial gravestones plus 12 CWGC burials (16 June 2014)

High Hoyland All Saints Churchyard - 3 WW1 & 1 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 1 CWGC burial

Hoyland Nether, St Peter's Churchyard extension - 1 pre WW1 & 17 WW1 war memorial gravestones plus 14 CWGC burials

Hoyland Nether Cemetery - 3 WW1, 2 WW2 and 1 civilian war memorial gravestone plus 13 CWGC burials

Hoyland, St Helen's Churchyard - 1 CWGC burial

Hoylandswaine St. John the Evangelist Churchyard - 3 memorial gravestones plus 1 CWGC gravestone (11 June 2014) 

Jump and Hemingfield Cemetery - 6 WW1 memorial gravestones plus 6 CWGC burials

Monk Bretton Cemetery - 13 WW1 & 8 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 21 CWGC burials (20 May 2014)

Penistone Stottercliffe Cemetery - 6 WW1 & 1 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 11 CWGC burials  (5 September 2015)

Royston Cemetery - 4 WW1 & 2 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 11 CWGC burials (21 April 2014)

Silkstone Churchyard and Cemetery - 6 WW1 & 2 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 4 CWGC burials (11 June 2014)

Staincross Churchyard - 1 WW1 & 6 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 3 CWGC burials (26 May 2014)

Tankersley St Peter's Churchyard - 2 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 5 CWGC burials

Thurgoland Churchyard & Cemetery - 1 WW1 memorial gravestone plus 3 CWGC burials

Thurnscoe Cemetery -  4 WW1 & 7 WW2 memorial gravestones plus 10 CWGC burials

Wath-upon-Dearne Cemetery (out of area, but for a man born in Barnsley) 1 WW1 memorial gravestone

Wombwell Cemetery - at least 63 (at September 2015) WW1 & WW2 memorial gravestones plus 31 CWGC burials

Worsborough St Mary's Church Burial Ground - 7 WW1 war memorial gravestones plus 7 CWGC burials (29 September 2015)

Worsbrough St Thomas Churchyard and Cemetery - 11 WW1 memorial gravestones plus 13 CWGC burials (1 June 2015) 

Wortley St Leonard's Churchyard - 3 CWGC burials  

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