Sunday, 27 August 2017

John William Dewsnap 1893 - 1917

John Dewsnap from the Barnsley Independent 8 September 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1893

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion attached 254th Company Royal Engineers
Service Number and Rank: 24590 Private

Awards: The Victory Medal, the British War Medal

Death: 12th August 1917 aged 24
Buried at: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium
Grave Reference: XVII. F. 8.

Additional Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Son of George Dewsnap who lived at 44 Henry Street Worsborough Bridge, Barnsley.

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War
Everyone Remembered

John William Dewsnap died in 17 Casualty Clearing Station, nr Lijssenthoek, Belgium in 1917, and died of wounds.

Obituary and Death Notice from the Barnsley Chronicle 25 August 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives


A Barnsley Soldier's Fate
Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Dewsnap, of 14, Prospect Street, Barnsley, in the loss they have sustained by the death in action of their son, Private John W. Dewsnap. He was 23 (24) years of age and at the time of enlistment in the Yorkshire Regt. he worked at Victoria Colliery. He was a pony handler. His parents received a letter from him on August 10th stating that he would be home on leave at Barnsley Feast, but this communication was followed by a letter from the War Office on Saturday announcing that the man had been killed on August 12th.

DEWSNAP -  In ever loving memory of my beloved son, Private J. W.  died in action in France, August 12th, 1917 aged 24 years.
Far away from home and loved ones, laid to rest in a far-off land,
Some time our eyes will behold him, some day when we clasp hand to hand.
- From father, mother, sisters and brothers.




Note: Barnsley Feast "Week was always the last complete week in August, all the factories closed and the workers were given a well deserved holiday."  Those families who could afford it, usually spent this week in Blackpool, it was the favourite venue.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Robert Chapman 1883 - 1914


East Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge


Born: 1883

Military Service:
Enlisted: 1914
Regiment and Battalion: East Yorkshire Regiment 1st Battalion
Service number and rank : 7876 Private
Entered Theatre of War: 8 September 1914
Awards: 1914 Star with clasp, The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death: Missing presumed dead 20 October 1914 aged 31
CWGC Remembered: Ploegsteert Memorial
Panel Reference: 4

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Husband of Florence Chapman who lived at 23 Summer Lane Barnsley

 
Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
 

Links & Notes:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War
Everyone Remembered

From the Sheffield Evening Telegraph 5 May 1916 with thanks to Find My Past

BARNSLEY AND DISTRICT CASUALTIES.
Robert Chapman, of Summer Lane, Barnsley, who served with the East Yorks Regt., missing since October, 1914, is now reported by the War Office as believed to be dead.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Albert Pickering 1890 - 1917

Albert Pickering Barnsley Chronicle 17 November 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 
1890

Military Service:

Regiment and Battalion : York and Lancs 1st/4th Battalion
Service number and Rank:  22081 Private
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death: 9th October 1917  aged 27

CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial  
Panel Reference: 125 to 128 

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:
Every One Remembered
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission




Harry Raymond Allden 1898 - 1917

Harry Raymond Allden Barnsley Chronicle 20 October 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives 
Born: 1898  

Military Service:  
Regiment and Battalion: West Yorkshire Regiment ( Prince of Wales Own)  
Service number and Rank: 42747 Private  
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal 

Death: 20th September 1917 age 19
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Reference: 42 to 47 and 162

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Harry Raymond Allden was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Allden

Remembered:
 
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Notes and Links:
Every One Remembered website
St Edwards, Barnsley Remembers website
Lives of the First World War

Stanley Pleasant 1896 - 1917

Stanley Pleasant 27th October 1917 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
1896

Military Service:

Enlisted: aged 19
Regiment and Battalion: East Yorkshire Regiment 8th Battalion 
Service number and Rank: 28890 Private
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal
 
Death: 26th September 1917 
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Reference: Panel 47-48 and 163A

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial 
Barnsley Radical and Liberal Club Memorial, (formerly) Market Street, Barnsley

Links & Notes:
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jesse Firth 1891 - 1917

Jesse Firth Barnsley Chronicle 2 June 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
1891

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 
Service Number and Rank: 5771 Private
Regiment and Battalion: Northumberland Fusiliers (24th Tyneside Irish Battalion )
Service number and Rank: 285101 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death: 28th April 1917 age 26  
CWGC Remembered: Arras Memorial
Panel Reference: 24th (Tyneside Irish) Addenda Panel

Remembered:

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

From the Barnsley Chronicle 26 May 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

AFTER THREE YEARS IN SERVICE
Another of Messrs. Pollitt's employees has paid the supreme sacrifice - Private Jesse Firth, Northumberland Fusiliers, whose home was at 6 Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley.  When in civilian life he was engaged in Messrs. Pollitt's bakery, having been employed there about six years and was a native of Idle, near Bradford, where he he was at one time a teacher at the Wesleyan School.  Twenty seven years of age, the deceased married a daughter of Mr and Mrs. Charles Dawson of Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley and she has received from the Platoon sergeant a letter of sympathy, in which he states that Private Firth was in a recent advance when he was killed instantaneously.  He is missed sadly by all my lads.  He was a bright and cheerful comrade.  He was also a hero and if heroes get crowns his ought to shine.  Your husband was always mentioning you when we were together; you were practically the last in his mind before going into action.

Links and Notes:
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Every One Remembered

Monday, 17 July 2017

Edward Percy Smith 1895 - 1917

Edward P. (Percy) Smith Barnsley Chronicle 10th November 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
1895

Military Service:
Enlisted: 1914
Regiment and Battalion : York and Lancaster Regiment 6th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 21712 Private
Entered Theatre of War: Egypt 20th September 1915
Awards: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1915 Star

Death: 9th October 1917 aged 22
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Reference: 125-128

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Edward Percy Smith was the son of Edward and Martha Ann Smith who lived at 63 Cemetery Road, Barnsley.

Remembered:
Edward P. Smith is remembered on the St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:
Lives of the First World War
Every One Remembered
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

From the Barnsley Chronicle 27 October 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

SMITH - In affectionate remembrance of Pte. Edward Percy Smith, Y & L. the beloved and only son of Edward and Martha Ann Smith, who was killed in action October 9th 1917 aged 22 years.

A devoted son, a faithful friend,
One of the best that God could lend;
He bravely answered duty's call,
His life he gave for one and all.
- From,father, mother and sisters.
63 Cemetery Road,
Barnsley,

SMITH - In loving memory of Private Edward Percy Smith, killed in action October 9th 1917 aged 22 years.

Be though my guardian and my guide, 
And hold me lest I fall;
Let not my slippery footstops slide. 
And hear me when I call.

- From sister and brother-in-law.