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


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.
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

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


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)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Eustace Edmund Marshall Taylor 1893 - 1917

Eustace Edmund Marshall Taylor Barnsley Independent 13th January 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born:  19th September 1893

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 169th Coy
Service number and rank:  15/1436 Lieutenant
Entered Theatre of War: 30th June 1916 - France
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal

Death:  1st January 1917   
Buried at: Military Cemetery Rue-du-Bacquerot, Lavente Calais, France
Grave Reference:  11.K.16

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Mary E. Taylor of Glenside, Woodall Spa, Lincolnshire and the late John Henry Taylor of Jordan Hill, Barnsley Yorkshire.
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial.
St Peters Church Memorial Plaque Doncaster Road Barnsley
St Pauls Church Old Town Barnsley WW1 Memorial

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

Every Man Remembered Wall of Remembrance 

NB: St Paul's Church Old Town is the daughter church of St. Marys Church Barnsley. (St Marys being the Mother Church of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council)

On the 1st January 1917 563 soldiers were killed whilst in action.dd Image