Wednesday, 31 May 2017

John Thomas White 1889 - 1917

John Thomas White Barnsley Chronicle 16th June 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:
1889

Military Service:

Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 10th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 22006 Private
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal

Death: 28th April 1917 aged 28  

Buried at: Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle, France
Grave Reference: Special Memorial C.2.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

John Thomas White was the son of Thomas William and Sarah White who lived at 21 Summer Lane, Barnsley.

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

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


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

John W. Sharpe 1897 - 1917

John Sharpe Barnsley Chronicle 27th October 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born:
1897

Military Service:
Regiment: 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Service number and rank: 36995 Private
Awards: The British War Medal, The Victory Medal

Death: 23 September 1917 aged 20
Buried at: Mendringham Military Cemetery in Belgium
Grave Reference:  VII.D.7

Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:


John W. Sharpe was the son of George Henry and Mary Annie Sharpe of 16 Berry Row, Westgate, Barnsley.

Remembered:

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Sharpe was also known as John W. Sharpe. It is interesting that my mother lived on Berry Row, Westgate, Barnsley.  It was sometimes called Back High Street.

Monday, 10 April 2017

William Scaife 1895 - 1917

William Scaife Barnsley Chronicle 16th June 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1895

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster 14th (Service) (2nd Barnsley) Battalion
Service number: 14/199 Private
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death: 13th April 1917 age 22
Buried at: Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension in France
Grave Reference: E. 32.

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War   
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Joseph Patrick Chambers 1880 - 1917

Joseph Patrick Chambers Barnsley Chronicle 5th January 1918
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: 1880

Military Service:
Enlisted: October 1914
Entered Theatre of War:  15th January 1915
Regiment and Battalion: Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Battalion  
Service number and rank:  3/2760 Lance Corporal

Awards:  The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1915 star.
Death: 20th October 1917 aged 37
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Reference: 108 to 111

Remembered:
St. Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A BARNSLEY LANCE - CORPORAL KILLED AFTER THIRD VISIT TO FRANCE.
Lance-Corporal Joseph P. Chambers K.O.Y.L.I. whose home was at 16 Westgate, Barnsley has fallen in action at the age of 37 years and he leaves a wife and three children. The deceased soldier enlisted in 1914 and had twice invalided home from France, the last time he returned being the latter end of July last.  Before the war Lce-Cpl., Chambers worked for Mr. Wm. Shaw, botanical brewer, of this town.

From the Barnsley Chronicle  with thanks to Barnsley Archives

CHAMBERS - In affectionate remembrance of Lce-Cpl Joseph Patrick K.O.Y.L.I., the beloved husband of Clara Chambers, who was killed in action October 20th 1917. aged 37 years.


From the Barnsley Chronicle 5th January 1918 with thanks to Barnsley Archives


  



Charles Frederick Barham 1886 - 1917

Charles Frederick Barham Barnsley Independent 28th April 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1886

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 8th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 31258 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death: 9th April 1917 age 31
Buried at : Cemetery Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport) Farm
Grave Reference: VII. L.18.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Charles Frederick was the son of Charles Robert and Elizabeth Barham and the husband of Eva Mary Barham of 8 Minden Street, Irlams-O'-th'-Height, Manchester.

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Barnsley Co-operative Funeral Care Memorial Tablet and the Barnsley Co-operative Funeral Care Roll of Honour 

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

From the Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917  with thanks to Barnsley Archives

WELL-KNOWN CO-OPERATIVE EMPLOYEE PRIVATE C.F. BARHAM KILLED.
The death in action on April 9th of Private Chas. F. Barham, aged 31 years is deeply deplored by his many friends in Barnsley and Ardsley.  He was the eldest son of Mr. C. R. Barham and before enlisting last year in the Y and L he had for nine years been engaged on the clerical staff of the Barnsley Co-operative Society's grocery distributing depot.  His wife was a daughter of Mr. J. H. Bagshaw of Stairfoot, the newly-appointed chairman of the Ardsley Urban District Council, and they resided at 64 Gawber Road, Barnsley.  Mrs. Barham has been the recipient of many tokens of condolence in her sad bereavement.  Captain and Adjutant H. Hind wrote " Dear Mrs. Barham - it is my painful duty to have to inform you of the death of your husband who was killed in action on 9th April, during an intense bombardment.  Death was caused by shellfire and was instantaneous  It may be some comfort  for you to know that the body was afforded a decent burial.  Sympathy, I know, will not alleviate your grief but I venture to offer it as a friend, having been in close touch with your husband as his Platoon Commander.  He was a splendid soldier and stuck to his post displaying the greatest courage and coolness despite the almost super human nerve strain I again, offer my sincerest condolences.

Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives



Monday, 3 April 2017

Frank Bakel 1892 - 1917

Frank Bakel  Barnsley Chronicle 2nd June 1917 
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1892

Military Service:
Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment 14th Battalion
Service number and rank:  No Service number due to rank  2nd Lieutenant.
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Death: 20th May 1917 aged 25
Buried at: Baileul Road East Cemetery St. Laurent Blangy, Calais.
Grave Reference: I.K.3

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
The husband of Constance Priscilla Bakel. who lived at "Oaklea", Westville Road, Barnsley. He was the son of widowed Robert Bakel.

Remembered:   
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
St Pauls Church Old Town Barnsley
Barnsley Holgate Grammar School Old Boys WW1

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

NB Lieutenant Frank Bakel's brother Walter served too, he survived.

Joseph Bly 1896 - 1917

Joseph Bly Barnsley Chronicle 24th November 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born 1896

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster 6th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 14/891 Private
Awards: The British War Medal, The Victory Medal

Death: 9th October 1917 age 21
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel reference: 125 - 128

Additional Information from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission:
Joseph Bly was the son of John and Susan Bly, 16 Old Mill Lane Barnsley.

Remembered:
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
York and Lancaster Regiment
Every Man Remembered

It is very sad to note that Joseph had a brother named Patrick, who fell a month before Joseph.  So very sad for their parents. Every Man Remembered





Thursday, 23 March 2017

Charles William Davidson 1869 - 1917

Charles W Davidson Barnsley Chronicle 3rd November 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born : 1869

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: 11th (Prince Albert's Own Hussars) 
Service number and rank: 513093 Corporal.
Awards: The British War Medal, The Victory Medal

Date of death: 11th October 1917 aged 48
Buried at: Malo-Les-Bains Communal Cemetery in France
Grave Reference:  I.A.26

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Richard and Rebecca Davidson, the husband of Charlotte Davidson of 38 Kingsbury Place Cwmaman, Aberdare, Glamorgan. He was born in Barnsley.

Remembered: 
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Barnsley, St Paul's Church, Old Town, WW1 memorial 

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

From the Barnsley Chronicle 3rd November 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

WELL-KNOWN BARNSLEY MAN KILLED

Corporal C.W. Davidson who was well-known in Barnsley, has given his life in the struggle for freedom.  Before the war, Cpl. Davidson was the caretaker of Barclay's Bank, Church Street, and prior to that he was the caretaker at the Beckett Hospital.  He was an old army man, having seen seen service in the South African campaign, and when the present war broke out he made several attempts to rejoin, being finally accepted in a Cavalry Regiment.  He leaves a wife and three children who reside at 25 Church Street and with whom much sympathy has been expressed.  Evidence of the esteem in which deceased was held in the service contained is a large number of letters which Mrs. Davidson has received, said below we were given extracts from some of them.

The Archdeacon of Lewes, the Rev. H.K Southwell, who is now the Assistant Chaplain General at the headquarters of the Fourth Army B.E.E. wrote under date date October 19th :-  "Dear Mrs. Davidson,- I am most deeply sorry that I have to send you this letter with news that you are unprepared for and I wish I could have done something to break it to you more gently, but if I hesitate about writing, the news must come to you from others.  I am grieved to say that your husband, Corporal Charles William Davidson was killed her last night by a bomb.  It may be a help to you to know he could not have suffered, as death must have been instantaneous.  He was with his horses when a bomb fell close by, wounding him in five places and he died immediately.  He has been a most faithful man and was respected by all here who knew him, and he died when he was about to do his duty.  I am laying him to rest tomorrow morning at 10.30 in the French Cemetery and we shall place a cross over his grave and in due time I hope to be able to send you a photograph of it.  We here are all sorry for you and the children and I pray that God may comfort and strengthen you in your great loss and sorrow.  No words can help much at such times as this, the sorrow seems too great for comfort, but God knows this and I am sure will give you strength and help you in your care of the children he has left to you".  The rev. gentleman two days later wrote informing Mrs. Davidson that the interment had been carried out as promised.  "The Army Commandant and his A.D.C's were present and the Camp Commandant and many of his own Regiment and other cavalrymen were the bearers and escort.  The grave is a single one and the cross will be up this week.  The Rev. T.H. Masters. C.F., assisted me at the service and all was as reverent as you would wish.  I will put flowers on his grave and it will be well cared for"  H. Rawlinson wrote from headquarters ex-pressing his sorrow and added " Corporal Davidson has been with me for so long and has always done his duty so exceedingly well that I feel his loss very deeply.  No one else at my headquarters was even wounded on that night and your husband was the only casualty.  The bomb fell some 30 or 40 yards away from him, but a fragment struck him in the chest and he died in a few moments.
Pte. W.H. Balch also sent a letter conveying the sympathy of himself and two comrades - Privates Brennan and Clarke.  "Your husband was liked and respected by all ranks,from the highest to the lowest and I can assure you that he is greatly missed.  I and a few more men were severely shaken but otherwise escaped injury and his old horse is going on quite well, though he was slightly wounded.  His children can always remember that their father died doing his duty for England and "home".

 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Edward Cecil Allott 1896 - 1917

Barnsley Independent 12th May 1917
Edward Cecil Allott With thanks to Barnsley Archives 


Born:1896

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: East Yorkshire Regiment 1st Battalion.
Service number and rank: 15954 Sergeant
Awards: 1914 -1915 Star The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death:14 April 1917 age 21
Buried at:  Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty in France
Grave Reference:  V11.G.7

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Mr. Edward Allott and Mrs Emily Gertrude Allott (formerly Goddard) of Barnsley.

Remembered
St. Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

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

Edward Cecil Allott was promoted from Private to Sergeant.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ernest Henry Allsop 1896 - 1917

Ernest Allott Barnsley Independent 26th May 1917
With thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born:  1896

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion :York and Lancaster 14th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 22324 Private
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death:   8th May 1917 aged 21
Buried at: Baillelur Road Cemetery, France
Grave Reference: I.H.19

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:-
He was the son of Mrs. Ellen Eaton (formerly Allsop) and the late John Allsop, of 44 Kier Street, Barnsley.

Remembered
St Georges Church Barnsley Memorial Plaque  
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

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

In Memory by (website) Pierre Vandevelden
UK De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour Ancestry.co.uk

Transcript from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
Ernest Henry Allsop. Private, No. 22494, 14th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Barnsley) The York and Lancaster Regt; yst. s. of John Henry Allsop of 44 Keir Street, Barnsley, Pit Bottom Engineman, by his wife, Ellen, dau. of John Phillips; and brother to L.- Cprpl, B. Allsop (qv) b. Barnsley co. York, 8th March 1896; educ. St. Mary's Schools; Barnsley, was employed at the Barugh Chemical Works ; enlisted in Feb. 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 1 June following, being attached to the Machine Gun Section of his battalion, and was killed in action at Arras, France, 8th May 1917.  Capt. W.C. Hankinson wrote " He was killed at his post in what was the most dangerous part of our line, but was spared all suffering.  He was killed instantaniously and was one of the best men in my company".  Unm


Ernest's second Christian name is not always used.



James Pilkington 1890 - 1917

James Pilkington Barnsley Chronicle 17th November 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1890


Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 240617 Private
Awards:  Military Medal, British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

Death: 9 October 1917 aged 28
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Panel Reference: Panel 125 to 128

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of the late George and Harriett Pilkington


Remembered
Redfearn Bros Glassworks and Aldham Works War Memorial Plaque and on St. Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial and on Redfearn Bros Ltd., Glassworks Roll of Honour

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

Barnsley Chronicle
17 November 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives
"Official news from the War Office has been received announcing the death in action on October 9th of Private James Pilkington, Y. and L., who formerly worked at Messrs. Redfearn's Glassworks. The deceased, who was 27 years of age, enlisted in the early days of the war. He was a son of Mrs. Pilkington, of 51, Honeywell Street, Barnsley."

More about James Pilkington on Barnsley Soldiers Remembered. 


James was posthumously awarded the Military Medal which was presented to his mother at a concert in aid of funds for the Barnsley Branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers in September 1918.

Friday, 10 February 2017

George Henry Frudd 1887 - 1917

The cap badge of the Royal Engineers - King George Vth

Born: 1887

Military Service:
Enlisted: 20th October 1915 aged 26
Regiment and Battalion Royal Engineers
Service number: 104567  
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Death:  31st July 1917 aged 28
Buried at: Cemetery Voormezeele Enclosures
Grave Reference: I.E. 26

Remembered:

St. Mary's Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Barnsley Plumbers Roll of Honour

Links & Notes:
Lives of the First World War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

George Henry Frudd was born in Barnsley, his parents were Emily and Isaac Frudd who lived at 7 Waterloo Road, Barnsley previously at Queen Street, Barnsley.
 

Death Notices from the Barnsley Chronicle 18 August 1917 & 10 August 1918
 

FRUDD - In loving memory of Sapper G. H. Frudd of Barnsley Royal Engineers, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Frudd of Waterloo Road, killed in action July 31st 1917, aged 30 years. "Fight the good fight with all thy might, Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right.  Lay hold on life and it shall be, thy joy and crown eternally." From Father and Mother and all the family.
 

FRUDD - In loving memory of our dear son, Sapper G.H. Frudd, killed in action July 31st 1917.  A day of remembrance sad to recall A dearly son, missed bu us all.
 

From the Barnsley Independent 27 March 1920 with thanks to Barnsley Archives


"Lest we Forget"  Barnsley Plumbers Roll of Honour

 At the Trades Club, Racecommon road, on Tuesday evening, a roll of honour, provided by the Barnsley Branch of the United Operative Plumbers, was unveiled in the full attendance of members.  The roll of honour is the work of Mr. Edwin Haigh of Barnsley, and is very tastefully designed.  It bears the names of 43 members who served with the Forces during the war.  Two of the number - Messrs. W.E. Exley and G.H. Frudd - made the supreme sacrifice and many were wounded or were prisoners for a time.  Councillor J. Broley who presided, said that last August the members entertained the members who had served, on their return home, and it was afterwards felt that there should be some permanent reminder of the services rendered by their members during the country's time of need.  He congratulated Messrs. E. Parker and J. Carr who had arranged the roll of honour.  The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mr. E. Parker, who in the course of a most appropriate speech, said that ourt of 60 odd members no fewer than 43 served with H. M. forces - a very creditable record.  Mr. Haigh had carried out the desires of the brance by a work of art which was worthy of the branch.  Mr. Parker said they owed a debt of gratitude to all who assisted to bring the terrible war to an end.  Only those who had served could realise the horrors of the war and the fierceness of the fighting.  Or shuddered to think what would have been the fated of women and children of this country, had the Germans been successful.  The roll of honour, added the speaker, spoke volumes for British pluck.  Mr. Parker then unveiled the roll of honour, all present reverently standing.  A musical programme was contributed by Messrs. G. Turner, T. Burton, C. Bishop, Walshaw, A. Potter and H. Deardon (accompanist).  Mr. A. Bray proposed "Success to the Operative Plumbers" and Mr. D.R.Snowden replied.  The toast of "Success to the Operative" was submitted by Mr. A. Brown and responded to by Mr. K. Roberts.  All four speakers referred to the good feeling between the employees and the employers in the trade.



Vernon Asquith 1871 - 1917

Vernon Asquith Barnsley Chronicle 15th September 1917
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1891

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: The Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment) 1/5th Battalion. Initially in the West Yorkshire Regiment.
Service number 242297
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal
Death: 5th August 1917 aged 26

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Vernon Asquith was the son of Joseph. E. Asquith and Helena Asquith of 10 Greenfoot Lane, Barnsley.
  
Remembered:
St. Pauls Church Memorial Plaque Old Town Barnsley
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial


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

From the Barnsley Chronicle  8 September 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

OLD TOWN SOLDIER KILLED - PRIVATE VERNON ASQUITH
Official news has been received of the death of Private Vernon Asquith of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment) 1/5th Battalion.  He was the son of Joseph. E. and Helena Asquith, who resided at 10 Greenfoot Lane, Old Town, Barnsley.
The deceased soldier, who enlisted in April of last year, was 26 years of age and before the war he worked at the Central Silkstone Colliery.  Sergt. H. Kenyon has written the following letter to Private Asquith's mother: "No doubt you will have already received the terrible news of your son's death in action.  He was killed by a piece of the enemy's shell and suffered no pain.  I cannot express  him".to the full, the sympathy lads of the Platoon send to you in your sad bereavement.  He was a favourite with all and no better worker was to be found.  We feel his loss deeply and shall find it difficult to replace the lad who was always joking.  Please accept our deepest sympathy.  "We shall never forget him".


George Crossland 1892 - 1916

George Crossland Barnsley Chronicle 16th December 1916.
With thanks to Barnsley Archives


Born: 1892

Military Service:
Enlisted: 14th May 1908
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion
Service Number: 240437
Awards: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal, the 1915 Star
Death: 7th July 1916 (missing, assumed dead on this date)
Buried at:  Serre Road Cemetery No. 1 Pas de Calais France
Grave Reference: V.H.9
  

Links & Notes:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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 the 1st July.  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 Banner a stretcher bearer of 4 Sovereign Yard, Westgate, Barnsley 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 William Hewitt 1/5th York and Lancs, has written to say that "it is quite possible that he had 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.


George's body was found after the war and identified by his disc, he was then re-interred in the Serre Road Cemetery. (information from CWGC additional documents)