Saturday, 27 February 2016

Howard Cyril Barrow 1894-1917

Lieut Howard Cyril Barrow Barnsley Chronicle 20th October 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1894

Military Service:
Enlisted: October 1915 aged 21
Regiment and Battalion: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Rank: Lieutenant
Entered Theatre of War: France & Belgium on 22 September 1916
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death:  Killed in Action on 20th September 1917 age 23
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 154-159 and 163A

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of George Richardson Barrow and Sarah Caroline Barrow, of 11, Gregory St., Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Combined War Memorial St Marys Church Barnsley

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

From the Nottingham Evening Post 8th October 1917 with thanks to  Find my Past
"Mr. George R. Barrow of Gregory Street, Loughborough has been informed of the death of his elder son, Lieut. Howard Cyril Barrow, Yorks and Lancashire Regiment, which occurred in action on Sept. 20th.  Lieut. Barrow was 23 years of age and joined the army two years ago, having previously been in Barclay's Bank at Barnsley."

From the Barnsley Chronicle 20th October 1917  With thanks to Barnsley Archives
News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Barrow of Gregory Street, Loughborough, that their eldest son Lieut. Howard Cyril Barrow of the York and Lancaster Regiment has been killed in action on September 20th.  Lieut. Barrow who was 23 years old , obtained his commission in October, 1915, joining from the Barnsley Branch of Messrs. Barclay and Co's Bank.  He became attached to a Machine Gun Corps, and was given charge of a battery and had been abroad over a year.  The letter conveying the sad news came from the O.C and said - Your son fell nobly doing his duty and I am sure he would not have wished to die better.  Up to the very last moment he was encouraging his men in their duties, and with his personal courage he was a great example to his men.  Please accept on my behalf and on the behalf of all of his brother officers, who deeply regret his loss, our most deep sympathy.  He was well-liked by his men who in losing him have lost a good comrade in danger."

BARCLAYS BANK ROLL OF HONOUR (found on Lives of the First World War)
A printed roll of honour was published by Barclays Bank in January 1919. The list is headed "Barclays Bank Limited. List of Local Directors and Members of the Staff killed in action, or who have died whilst serving with His Majesty's Forces. 1914-1918.".
Included on the printed list is the name H C Barrow, with rank/regiment of Lieut, York and Lancaster Regiment, and branch given as Barnsley. The date 20-9-17 is hand-written alongside the name, together with a code indicating that he originally worked for Barclays Bank (rather than their war-years acquisitions of London & Provincial Bank, London & South Western Bank, or United Counties Bank).

Friday, 26 February 2016

Harry Brunton Scuffham 1896 -1917

Harry Scuffham Barnsley Chronicle 5 May 1917 
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Enlisted: 18 January 1915
Service number and rank: Private M/033842
Entered Theatre of War: 26 July 1915
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal and the 1915 Star

Death: died from wounds 17 April 1917 age 21
Buried:  Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Grave Reference: II.E.71

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Sarah Ann Smith, of 23, Westgate, Barnsley, Yorks, and the late James William Scuffham.

St Marys Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes: 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War

A more detailed biography can be found on 
Barnsley Soldiers Remembered

Death notice from the Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Two weeks later further details of Harry's death were reported in the 12 May 1917 edition of the Barnsley Chronicle.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Smith, of 23, Westgate, Barnsley, have received several letters from the front in reference to the death in action of their son, Private H.B. Scuffham, A.S.C., which has already been announced in the "Chronicle".  It appears that death took place in the Clearing Station as a result of a shell wound of the head received the same day.  He is buried in the ____ cemetery and his grave bears a wooden cross inscribed with particulars to his memory.  At the time Pte. Scuffham was mortally wounded he and others were assisting the R.E. and were engaged in greasing their lorries when a shell burst nearby, striking him on the head.  The letters received describe the deceased as having been "a general favourite with everyone."

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Captain John (Jack) Normansell 1890 -1917

Captain John Normansell
Barnsley Chronicle 17 March 1917
With thanks to the Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Enlisted:  August 1914  aged 24
Regiment: Yorks and Lancs
Rank: Captain
Theatre of War:  Arrived Egypt in January 1916
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Death:     10 March 1917 aged 27
Buried at: 
Serre Road Cemetery No. 1

Grave Reference:  II. C. 30.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Normansell, of 7 Cavendish Rd., Barnsley..


Links & Notes:

Every Man Remembered
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War
National Archives

Above, the window and plaque, which are situated in St. Mary's Church donated by Captain John Normansell's sorrowing parents.
A report in a book by a local soldier suggests that Captain Normansell may have been shot by friendly fire.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Frederick (Fred) Denman 1875 - 1915

Fred Denman photo Barnsley Chronicle 28th October 1922.
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment - 1st Battalion
Service number and Rank: 3/4831 Private
Entered Theatre of War: France on 1st May 1915
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal and 1915 Star

Death:   Died of wounds 26 May 1915
Buried at: Hamburg Cemetery, Germany
Grave Reference:  1.C.11
St Marys Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:
Lives of the First World War
The National Archives

Extra Information from
Frederick Denman in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
He was a Prisoner of War, thus he was buried in Hamburg, Germany.

Extra Information from
Jane and Frederick Denman lived at No. 34 Dobie Street, Barnsley.

They were married on the 4th April 1899 at St. Johns Parish Church.

Extra Information from Lives of the First World War:
Spouse: Jane Taylor, m. 11th April 1899
Children: Jane Ann and Harriet

Site MenuBritish Army WWI Sice Recrds, 1914-1920 for Frederick Den


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

George Ogden 1873 -1914

George Ogden Barnsley Chronicle 5 Dec 1914
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)


Military Service:

Enlisted: *unknown*
Service and Ship:   Royal Navy HMS Bulwark
Service number and rank:  269671  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd class
Awards: *unknown*

Death:   Age 41
Killed by explosion on HMS Bulwark.

CWGC Remembered: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Panel Reference: 3

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of William and Sarah Ogden, of 36, Pontefract Rd., Barnsley, Yorkshire.
St Marys Combined War Memorial Barnsley Panel 6
St Peters Church Memoral Plaque Doncaster Road Barnsley

Links & Notes:

HMS Bulwark's going down was not war related, it was due to an accidental explosion.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War 

George Ogden is remembered on this website

More information on the sinking of HMS Bulwark

The Sinking of HMS Bulwark
Naval History Website

Seaman George Edward Wike who is also remembered on the St Mary's War Memorial was also killed in this Naval accident.