Thursday, 8 December 2016

Joseph Crossland 1894 - 1916

Joseph Crossland Barnsley Chronicle 16th December 1916.
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1894

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion:  York and Lancs 14th Battalion
Service number and rank: 14/1030
Awards: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal

Death: 1st July 1916 aged 22 
CWGC Remembered:Thiepval Memorial 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 14A and 14B

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Mrs. Clara Jane Crossland of 9 Manor Castle Yard, Pontefract Road Barnsley and husband of Hettie Thompson, formerly Crossland, Clyde Street, Barnsley. 
  
Remembered: St Marys Church Barnsley combined War Memorial
Barnsley, Somme Centenary Art, Barnsley Town Hall 

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

From the Barnsley Chronicle 9 December 1916 with thanks to Barnsley Archives
BARNSLEY BROTHERS MISSING
Information has come to hand that Private Joseph Crossland, 2nd Barnsley Battalion has been missing since July 1st.  He is a married man, who resided in Clyde Street, Barnsley. Twenty four years of age, he worked at Furnace Main before enlisting. His brother, George Crossland, 1/5 Y and L., is likewise reported missing as from 7th July. He formerly worked at Church Lane Colliery, was 23 years of age and lived with his parents at 34 Summer Street, Barnsley. 
Enquiries made through the Red Cross Society has elicited a reply, that as far as George was concerned, Private George Branner ,of 4 Sovereign Yard, Westgate, Barnsley a stretcher bearer had informed them that George had been hit in the face in front of Thiepval. Branner bandaged him up and went on to deal with other wounded. George was in the German front line at the time.  Private W. Hewitt 1/5th Y. and L., has written to say that "it is quite possible that he has been captured by the Germans and is a prisoner of war. He was seen to be wounded slightly but he stuck by his post with another pal called Britain."

Roland Brindley 1877 - 1916

Roland Brindley 20th May 1916 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1877 Wolstanton, Staffordshire

Military Service:
Enlisted: August 1914
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment. 
Service number and Rank: 3265  Private
and then
Regiment and Battalion: The Royal Engineers - 177 Tunnelling Company
Service number and Rank: 147525  Sapper / Corporal
Theatre of War: France 24 January 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death:  28th April 1916 age 39 
CWGC Remembered: R E Grave, Railway Wood Belgium
Grave Reference: not applicable

Remembered: 
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Royal Engineers Grave Railway Wood West Vlanndren (see below)

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

Roland Brindley served in two regiments, therefore he had two service numbers, which was the usual practice


From De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour on Ancestry.co.uk

"Roland Brindley, Corporal No 147525 was born in Wolstanton in the county of Stafford on 26th September 1877; he was educated at Public Schools there; he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards  on the 31st July 1895; served in South African War 1899-1902. He was awarded the Queen's Medal with six clasps and the King's Medal with clasps.  He obtained his discharge on the 30th July, 1907 and became a miner: he re-enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment in August 1914, after the outbreak of war; transferred to the Royal Engineers: served with Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the 24th January 1915, and was killed in action on the 28 April 1916. He was married at Barnsley 26th August 1904 to Florence (13 Bridge Street, Barnsley), who was the daughter of Thomas Bedford and had two children: Leonard, born 19th May 1905 and Winifred born April 15th April, 1913, she died on the 3rd September 1914."


Royal Engineers Grave/Memorial The R.E. Grave marks the spot where eight Royal Engineers of the 177th Tunnelling Company and four attached infantrymen were killed in action underground during the defence of Ypres between November 1915 and August 1917. The grave takes the form of a small enclosure with a Cross of Sacrifice bearing a dedicatory inscription and the names of those buried there. The grave was designed by A. J. H. Holde


Wikipedia - Underground Tunnelling Casualties
When 177th Tunnelling Company arrived at Hooge in November 1915, underground warfare in the area was at its height. One of the busiest areas for the miners on both sides was Railway Wood, an area at Hooge where the old Ypres-Roeselare railway crossed the Ypres-Menen road. Aerial photographs clearly show the proliferation of mine warfare in the Railway Wood sector during the unit's presence there, with craters lying almost exclusively in no man's land between the British and German trenches. With both sides trying to undermine their enemy, much of the unit's activity at Railway Wood consisted of creating and maintaining a shallow fighting system with camouflets, a deeper defensive system as well as offensive galleries from an underground shaft. The 177th Tunnelling Company continued mining in the Hooge sector until August 1917. Fighting in the area continued until 1918, with the craters (being strategically important in relatively flat countryside) frequently changing sides.

With thanks to Wikipedia.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Walter Heath 1888 - 1916

Walter Heath 16th September 1916 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1888 in Barnsley

Military Service: 
Enlisted: 14th May 1908
Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st Battalion
Service number and rank: 9189 Corporal
Entered Theatre of War: France 15 January 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, Victory Medal, the British War Medal

Death:  3 September 1916 age 28 
Buried at:  Barnsley Cemetery, Barnsley, Yorkshire.
Plot no:  (d) 591
  
Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War
Walter is not remembered on the CWGC website - probably because he was discharged from the Army before his death. 

From the Barnsley Chronicle 9 September 1916. With thanks to Barnsley Archives.

MILITARY FUNERAL AT BARNSLEY - LARGE CONCOURSE OF SYMPATHISERS.  
After a period of seven years and 292 days of faithful service in the Army, Corporal W. Heath 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, has died at his home where he has been an invalid about six months. He resided with his parents at 1 Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley. Corporal Heath who was only 28 years of age, was seriously wounded at St. Julian in 1915 and was transferred to Woking Hospital, Surrey.  At the outbreak of war, he was in India with his regiment. A full military funeral was accorded the soldier on Wednesday afternoon and this was witnessed by a tremendous crowd of sympathisers.  On route the blinds of residences and businesses were reverently lowered as the solemn cortege wended its way to the cemetery headed by the Reservists Band, which discoursed the Dead March. At the graveyard the scene was a touching one as the mortal remains of the hero were laid in their final resting place.  A contingent of soldiers of soldiers were present from Silkstone Camp and after the firing party had discharged their function, the Last Post was sounded.


1891 CENSUS 5th April 1891 with thanks to Ancestry.co.uk

Walter is living with his parents and brother in the home of his grandmother in Blucher Street, Barnsley, 
Elizabeth  Timperley aged 52 born in Woodford, Cheshire. Also in the house are two aunts, Sarah and Florence Barnes,who both work at the Down Clothing Factory.
His father William is a Coal Miner, born in Golden Hill Staffordshire. His mother Emma was born in Painton, Cheshire and is a Cotton Drawer.

ARMY SERVICE 1908 - 1916

Walter Heath enlisted on 14 May 1908.
He served in India between 4 January 1910 and 18 November 1914.
He served in France between 15 January 1915 and 5 May 1915.
He suffered a shrapnel wound to the left side in France and was later operated on for an abscess of the liver. His lungs became infected and he "has been gradually wasting and is not likely to get better". He was discharged in February 1916 as permanently disabled. He died in September 1916 in Barnsley.

Additional research by Linda Hutton from Walter's page on Lives of the First World War.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Edward Norton 1895 - 1916

Edward Norton 27th May 1916 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: 
1895


Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster, 14th Battalion (2nd Barnsley Pals)
Service number and rank: 14/389 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death:    13th May 1916 
Buried at:  Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Grave Reference:  I. B. 5
  
Remembered: 
St. Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Edward Norton lived at 20 Prospect Street, Barnsley. he was a coal carter by trade.
He was the son of William and Mary Ellen Norton who also lived at 20 Prospect Street, Barnsley.
His siblings were Sarah Ellen Norton
George Arthur Norton
Betruce Norton
Stanley Norton
Ancestry. co.uk



Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Norman Jones 1895 - 1916

Norman Jones Barnsley Chronicle 27th May 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born:  1895, Heckmondwike, Yorkshire

Military Service:

Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment, D Company, 13th Battalion (1st Barnsley Pals)
Service number and rank: 13/527 Lance Corporal
Awards: The British War Medal, The Victory Medal

Death:  6th May 1916 age 21
Buried at:  Sucrerie Military Cemetery Colincamps, Somme, France
Grave Reference:  I.G.27

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

The son of Mrs. Ellen Jones, who lived at 70 Old Bridge Street, Barnsley. 
  
Remembered: 
St. Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 4 November 2016

Reginald Hardcastle 1894 - 1916

Pte. Reginald Hardcastle 20th May 1916 Barnsley Chronicle, with thanks to
Barnsley Archives
                            
Born: 4th November 1893

Military Service:

Enlisted: 1914 
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 14th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 14/961 Private
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death:   28th April 1916 age 22

Buried at: Sucrerie Military Cemetery Colinchamps
Grave Reference:  I. I. 102

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Reginald Hardcastle  was the son of Mrs. Charlotte (Lottie) Hardcastle 7 Westville Road Barnsley.

Remembered:  

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial and the St Pauls Church WW1 Memorial Old Town Barnsley
St Mary's Church is the Mother Church of Barnsley, it is used for council ceremonies.  St Paul's Church, Old Town, Barnsley is the "daughter" Church of St. Mary's Church.  On some occasions these two churches combine.

Links & Notes:



Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Reginald Hardcastle was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom in 1893 to Charlotte and George Hardcastle.

 His father George K Hardcastle was buried in Barnsley Cemetery on the 19th February 1917 


Reginald's siblings were:- Brother: George William Hardcastle was born 1890 Brother: Charles Henry Hardcastle was born 1895 Brother: Norman Hardcastle was born 1900 Brother: John Hardcastle was born 1902 Brother: Harold Hardcastle was born 1907 Sister: Clara Hardcastle was born 1891 Sister: Olga Hardcastle was born 1896 Sister: Florence Hardcastle was born 1898 


Ancestry.co.uk



Monday, 31 October 2016

Charles Waldegrave Wood 1883 - 1915

Charles Waldegrave Wood Barnsley Chronicle 18th March 1916
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
1883

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: Durham Light Infantry 1/8 Battalion
Service number and Rank: 2920 Private
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star

Death:    26th April 1914  age 32
Remembered: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium
Panel Reference: Panel 36 and 38

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Charles Waldegrave Wood was the son of Joseph Matthias and Sarah Ann Wood of 70 Gawber Road Barnsley

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Monk Bretton War Memorial Cross Street Monk Bretton
Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Tablet 
Monk Bretton, St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Book   
Barnsley Grammar School Old Boys WW1
St Paul's Old Town WW1

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Waldegrave Wood was a school master who lived in Marske on Sea, when he joined the army.
Ancestry.co.uk




Thursday, 27 October 2016

Vernon (Whitfield) Cawthorne 1895 - 1915

Vernon Cawthorne Barnsley Chronicle 22 January 1916
with thanks to
Barnsley Archives
Born:  19 February 1895

Military Service:
Enlisted: 15th January 1915 age 20
Regiment and Battalion  York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion
Service number and rank:  3562 Private
Entered Theatre of War: France 19 August 1915
Awards: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1915 Star

Death:  19th December 1915 aged 20
Buried at: Bard Cottage Cemetery
Grave Reference: 1.1.11

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Vernon Cawthorne was the son of Walter and Harriet Elizabeth (nee Pell) Cawthorne of 15 Prince Arthur Street, Barnsley

Remembered: 

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial he is also remembered at St. Paul's Church, Old Town.  St. Paul's Church is the "daughter" church of St. Mary's Church, Barnsley, they have close ties.

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War 
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vernon Whitfield Cawthorne was born on February 19, 1895, in Barnsley, Yorkshire, his father, Walter, was 38 and his mother, Harriet Elizabeth, nee Pell was 32. He had six brothers and five sisters. He was killed in action in 1915 at the age of 20.  

Vernon Whitfield's brother Edward Lancelot was born on November 15, 1896, in Barnsley, Yorkshire when Vernon Whitfield was one year old.  Birth of Sister

Vernon Whitfield's sister Peggy Primrose was born on April 26, 1899, in Barnsley, Yorkshire when Vernon Whitfield was 4 years old. 
Vernon Whitfield's brother Arthur Clifford died on December 10, 1900, in Barnsley, Yorkshire when Vernon Whitfield was 5 years old. 
Vernon Whitfield's brother Edward Lancelot was born on November 15, 1896, in Barnsley, Yorkshire when Vernon Whitfield was one year old. 

Vernon's full name was Vernon Whitfield Cawthorne

Ancestry.co.uk



Archibald Hanson 1896 - 1916


Archibald Hanson Barnsley Chronicle 17th June 1917
with thanks to
Barnsley Archives
Born: 1896

Military Service:

Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment, 14th (2nd Barnsley) Battalion
Service number and Rank:  14/636 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death: 31st May 1916 age 19
Buried: Sucriere Military Cemetery Colincamps France
Grave Reference: I. F. 44

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Archibald Hanson was the son of Mr & Mrs John Hanson of 43 Somerset Street, Barnsley

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War

Albert Greasley 1891 - 1915

Albert Greasley 22nd January 1916 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1891

Military Service:

Enlisted: 7th August 1915
Regiment and Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment 1/5 Battalion
Service number and rank: 2136
Entered Theatre of War: France 13th April 1915
Awards: The British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1915 Star

Death: 19th December 1915 age 24
Buried at: Bard Cottage Cemetery
Grave Reference I.L.3

Son of William and the late Rachael Greasley and husband of Edith Greasley of 37 Bridge Street Barnsley

  
Remembered:
St Mary's Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial Albert Greasley is also remembered in Wombwell, Barnsley

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
 
Albert Greasley volunteered for foreign service and joined the 5th York and Lancaster Regt on the 7th August 1914 after the outbreak of war; served with Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the 13th April 1915.  He was killed in action at Ypres on the 19th December following.  Buried in the Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boisinghe.  Second Lieut.  J.R Handford wrote : He was always a keen worker and always cheerful.  It was a great shock to me and I always respected him as a really good soldier.  Albert married  Edith Fletcher at St. Mary's Church Barnsley on the 23rd August 1913.  Edith was the daughter of the late John Henry Fletcher and lived at 37 Bridge Street, Barnsley. Edith and Albert had a daughter Frances, born on the 5th May 1914


Information from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour  Ancestry.co.uk




Harold Wright 1888 - 1915

Harold Wright Barnsley Chronicle 1st January 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
3rd July 1888

Military Service:
Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment 1st/5th Battalion
Service Number and Rank: 2404 Drummer
Entered Theatre of War:  France 28 June 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death   16th December 1915 age 27
Buried at: Bard Cottage Cemetery, West Vlaanderen Belgium
Grave Reference: I.L.7
  
Remembered: Harold Wright is remembered on St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial and Farrar Street United Reform Church Barnsley Memorial Stone and  Barnsley British Cooperative Society Memorial Tablet  and Barnsley British Co-operative Society WW1 Roll of Honour


Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
British Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Barnsley Soldiers Remembered

From the Barnsley Chronicle 25 December 1915
 

"Week by week the death toll of the Barnsley Territorials becomes larger.  Drummer Harold Wright, whose home was at 3 Derby Street Barnsley, is the latest , having been killed in action last Thursday. The deceased soldier was well known in Barnsley and held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends.  He went out to France with the first draft of "Terriers" and has been in some tight corners, but up to Thursday of Thursday he escaped injury.  He was 27 years of age.  In civilian life Drummer Wright was an employee of the Barnsley British Co-operative Society, being for seven years at the Sackville Street branch and later at the Society's flour mill.  He was a keen football enthusiast and was a playing member of the Farrar Street Sunday School club.  News of his death was conveyed by a letter sent by his comrade, Private Wilmot I. Fearn, whose home is at 16 Hilton Street, Barnsley. "You have my deepest sympathy (he wrote) regarding the unfortunate death of your son Harold.  We were out together on the night of 16th December as a working party.  We were six yards from each other when the enemy's machine gun started and it was Harold's fate to be hit.  He died a soldier and a man and always did his duty."

From De Ruvigney's Roll of Honour (available on Ancestry)

A comrade wrote "Harold was a good chum and a fine comrade; all who knew him spoke well of him, for he had a smiling face and a cheerful word for everyone"

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Albert Edward Blackshaw 1886 - 1915

11th September 1915 Barnsley Chronicle with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1886

Military Service:

Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 5th Battalion
Service number and Rank: Sergeant - 351
Entered Theatre of War: France 13th April 1915
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal, 1915 Star & Territorial Efficiency Medal

Death:   10th July 1915 age 29
CWGC Remembered: Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium
Panel Reference: 36 & 55

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Son of Thomas P. Blackshaw and the late Emily Jane P. Blackshaw - 13 Caxton Street, Barnsley
  
Remembered:  
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

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

Albert Edward Blackshaw was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Blackshaw and Emily Jane Blackshaw.  He was educated at Eldon Street North School, Barnsley and was later employed in a warehouse. He joined the 5th York and Lancaster Regt in August 1914 after the outbreak of war: he served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders: reported wounded and missing after the fighting on 10th July 1915 and is now presumed to have been killed in action on that date. He was unmarried.

Information from De Ruvigney's Roll of Honour at Ancestry.co.uk

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Herbert Venables 1885 - 1915

Herbert Venables Barnsley Chronicle 9th October 1915 
with thanks to 
Barnsley Archives
Born:
1885

Military Service:
Regiment : King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 7th Battalion
Service number and rank:  16088 Private
Entered Theatre of War: France 22 July 1915
Awards:  The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1915 Star

Death:   Died of Wounds 16th September 1915 Age 30

Buried at: Sailly-Sur-La-Lys - Canadian Cemetery
Grave Reference: 11.G.153

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Pte Herbert Venables was a native of Bolton.
  
Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Herbert Venables was married to Liza Venables, they had a daughter Louesia Venables  Ancestry.co.uk