Thursday, 25 August 2016

John Derbyshire 1892 - 1917

Barnsley Independent 2 February 1918
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: In Q2 1892 in Barnsley.

Son of:
Unknown father
His mother was Catherine Derbyshire born abt. 1877 in Wigan, Lancashire; she married John Harrison on 14th August 1897 at St George’s Church, Wigan, Lancs.

Position in family: The youngest of 6 children.
1    John Derbyshire b abt. 1894 in Wigan WW1 KILLED
2    Timothy Harrison born abt 1899 in Standish WW1 SERVICE
3    Margaret Harrison born abt. 1901 in Standish
4    Mary A Harrison born abt. 1903 in Wigan
5    James Harrison born abt. 1908 in Barnsley
6    Jessie Harrison born abt. 1910 in Barnsley

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 10 Heaton Street, Standish, Lancashire, age 7
1911: 42 Joseph Street age 17 Glass Hand Bottle Works

He married Mary Elizabeth Fletcher at St Nicholas, Cumberworth, Yorkshire on 24th May 1915.   
Children:     None

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, October 1914
Regiment and Battalion: Yorkshire Light Infantry
Service number and rank:  18532 Private
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster 10th Battalion attached to 63 T.M.B.
Service number and rank:  19740 Corporal
Awards: 15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Personal information:   Not Known

Death:     24th December 1917, age 23
Buried at:     Hooge Crater Cemetery
Grave Reference:    IXA. C. 7

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of James and Catherine Harrison, of Barnsley; husband of Mary Elizabeth Bailey (formerly Derbyshire), of 7, House, 5, Court, Joseph St., Barnsley.


Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet

St John's Church, Barnsley - Oak Memorial Tablet

Notes & Links:
Lives of the First World War

This biography was submitted to the Barnsley War Memorials Project by Peter West in August 2016.

Albert Bateman 1896 - 1916

Barnsley Chronicle 16 September 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: In Q3 1896 in Sculcoates, Hull.

Son of:
George William Bateman who was born about 1862 in Pollington, Yorkshire, England. He was killed in an accident, falling down the shaft, at Ryland’s Main Colliery in Barnsley on 03 Jun 1891 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. At the time he was employed as a Pit Setter and lived at 33 Waltham Street, Barnsley.
His mother was Sarah Ann Hunt, born in Jan 1863 in South Wales. She married George Bateman in Oct 1883 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire East Riding.
She married Robert Frank Nutting, son of James Nutting, on 08 Jan 1894 in Ardsley By Barnsley, York, England. He was born in 1869 in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Position in family: The second of 10 children.
1.    George Bateman was born about 1885 in Hull, Yorkshire.
2.    Albert Horace Bateman was born in Q3 1886 in Sculcoates, Hull, Yorkshire, East, Riding, Northumberland. He died on 18 Aug 1916 in France. WW1 KILLED.
3.    Maud Victoria Bateman was born on 14 Nov 1889 in Batley, Yorkshire.
4.    Charles Henry Bateman was born on Q2 1891 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He married Lily Waterfield, born about 1889 in Stockton On Fels, Durham, Q1 1909 in Barnsley, Yorkshire West Riding.
He had 6 step-siblings from his mother’s second marriage:
5.    Clarence Archibald Nutting was born about 1897 in Alloa, Scotland. He died on 19 Oct 1915 in France and Flanders. WW1 DIED
6.    Florence M Nutting was born about 1899 in Alloa.
7.    James Percy Nutting was born on 10 Aug 1900 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He died in Dec 1975 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
8.    Robert Norman Nutting was born about 1903 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
9.    Sarah Hellen Nutting was born about 1907 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
10.    Frank Harold Nutting was born on Q4 1894 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 33 Waltham Street, Barnsley, age 4.
1901: 6 Beevor Street, Barnsley, age 14, Glass Bottle Maker Apprentice.
1911: 5 Back Canning Street, Barnsley, age 24, Glass Hand Labourer.

He married Gertrude Barnes, born about 1888 in Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
on 16 May 1908 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire. 

1.    Annie Elizabeth Bateman was born about 1910 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England.

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, August 1914
Regiment and Battalion:     King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 6th Bn
Service number and rank:  16202 Serjeant
Awards: 15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:         18 August 1916
Buried at:     Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval
Grave Reference:    XXIX G 1

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of George Arthur and Sarah Bateman, of Hoyle Mill, Barnsley; husband of Gertrude Horbury (formerly Bateman), of 43, Prospect St., Barnsley.


Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet
Barnsley, St Mary's Church Combined Memorial

Hoyle Mill Scholars, Bethel Chapel, Pontefract Road, Hoyle Mill 
Ardsley, Christ Church, Christ Church Parishioners - WW1 Plaque

Notes & Links:
Lives of the First World War
KOYLI War diary 6 battalion casualty return
Source Citation:
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95
Source Information UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

This biography was submitted to the Barnsley War Memorials Project by Peter West in August 2016.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Harold Bradley born Barnsley 1898

Memories from Anne Griffiths (nee Bradley)

Harold was my father and I understand he left the Army as a Lance Corporal, though the 1918 AVL shows him still as a Private.  

Ward    PD    No    Surname    Forenames    Street    House No    Service No    Rank    Battalion    Regiment
West    13P    3996    Bradley    Harold      Keir Street    48              45322              Pte        18th           D L I

I understand he fought on the Somme and that he was shot through the leg. He also suffered some lung damage due to gas attack. 

Dad was typical of the WW1 veterans in that he spoke very little of his experiences. I do, however, clearly remember (late 1950s) asking him what had caused a small scar on his shin and he told me he'd been shot whilst trying to escape the Germans.... finding himself (as a Lance Corporal) the most senior ranking, it was his duty to lead a small group of soldiers in an escape attempt.  He showed me the scar higher up and at the back of his leg.... it seems the bullet travelled clean through! And, as a result, that leg was 3/4" shorter than the other, so he had his suits made to measure to accommodate the difference, and he didn't have a limp.

The only other information I could glean from him was that he was in the Durham Light Infantry and that he'd had the most awful time, spending "36 hours up to the armpits in freezing mud". He also experienced mustard gas attacks, which left him with a slight, permanent, impairment.

I remember seeing a rolled-up  poster advertising a concert; I was told it was from his time as a POW and he was very proud of it because his name was on it, together with that of Maurice Chevalier (playing a much more starring role than my Dad of course). No-one left in the family remembers ever seeing this, and the lack of evidence of his being a POW was making me doubt my own memory. So it's particularly good to have confirmation of this from you. Having googled Maurice Chevalier, I found evidence of him being a POW in Alten Grabow camp but it appears that may have been in WW2. Perhaps, now that I've managed to trace my father's regt number and POW number, I just might manage to get to the bottom of this too.

My father was a member of a concert party, in Barnsley after the war. He sang and played piano and cello. It's possible there will be other cuttings about him in the Barnsley Chronicle, particularly as I remember my Mum & Dad attending the Royal Garden Party in 1947. Having left school at the age of 10, he worked for the BBCS as an errand boy, working his way up to be Traffic Manager, in charge of travelling shops, delivery wagons, taxis, funeral and wedding cars and coaches. 

I have very few photos of my parents (the family album being dispersed amongst my older siblings) so I must make some time to visit Barnsley and trawl through the Chronicle Archives to see if there is any more evidence I can hand on to my grand children.

Anne gave us permission to share her memories following an exchange of emails on 1 May 2016, for which we are grateful.

Harold Bradley's Lives of the First World War entry

This was the information we were able to give Anne; according to our index to the Barnsley Chronicle his name appears at least three times in the Barnsley Chronicle in August 1918:
10/08/1918    4    Bradley    Harold    DLI    Pte    Local Casualties - POW in Germany, aged 19, wounded, mother Mrs Bradley, 48 Keir St, Barnsley.
17/08/1918    4    Bradley    H     45322 18th DLI    Pte    POW - 48 Keir St, Barnsley 
24/08/1918    4    Bradley    H    18th DLI    Pte 45322    POW List. 35408, SP Stargard.  48 Keir St, Barnsley.

He may appear in other issues, but Anne will need to go to Barnsley Archives to check our index (we do hope to make it available online eventually) and then use the digitised Barnsley Chronicle to access the full articles.  Printouts of any interesting pieces can be made for a small fee.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

William Poskitt 1896-1916

Barnsley Chronicle 4 November 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
8 Oct 1896 Barnsley

Son of:
William Poskitt b.1865 Allerton Bywater d.1907 28 Mill Street, buried Barnsley Cemetery

In 1901: Afflicted, Blind, Not at Work, previously Collier
married at St George's Barnsley on 21 September 1885
Rose Ann Price b.1867 Sheffield (Factory Hand at marriage, dau of Isaac Price)
She remarries on 22 January 1921 to John Land, a widower, at St George's, Barnsley and dies in January 1947. Buried in Barnsley Cemetery with her second husband.

Position in family: in 1911 Rose Ann reports 11 children, 2 of whom had died
1. Walter Poskitt b.1885 Barnsley 
WW1 KILLED served in 14th Y&L (2nd Barnsley Pals)
2. Priscilla Poskitt b. 1887 Higham m.1908 to Edwin Betony WW1 KILLED
3. Mary Poskitt b.1890 Pontefract
4. Thomas Poskitt b.1891 Pogmoor d.1948 buried Barnsley Cemetery with his father
5. Annie Poskitt b. April 1892 d. October 1892 buried Barnsley Cemetery
6. Frances Poskitt b.1893 Barnsley
7. William Poskitt b.1896 WW1 KILLED
8. George Ernest Poskitt b. April 1899 d. March 1900 buried Monk Bretton
9. George Poskitt b.27 March 1901 Monk Bretton

*after the death of William snr*
10. Florence Barraclough Poskitt b.1909
11. Emily B Poskitt b.1910

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 55 Cresswell Street, Pogmoor (before William was born)

1901: 3 Day's Court, Old Mill, Barnsley aged 4
1911: 22 Allatt Street, Barnsley aged 14, Pony Driver in Coal Mine
1914: 22 Allatt Street, Barnsley age 17  Coal miner at Grimethorpe Colliery

Marriage: William was unmarried.

Military Service:
Enlisted:  August 1914 aged 17
Regiment and Battalion:    York and Lancaster Regiment 6th Battalion
Service number and rank:  3/2926 Private

Entered Theatre of War: Egypt  18 September 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal

Death:     29 September 1916 aged 21

CWGC Remembered:  Theipval Memorial, Pier & Face 14A & B

Barnsley, St John's Church, Barebones (Oak Tablet lost when church demolished, replacement memorial soon to be placed in St Peter's Church, Doncaster Road, Barnsley)


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A report of William and his brother Walter's deaths' appears in the Barnsley Chronicle on 4 November 1916.

"Barnsley Brothers Killed - A Mother's Heavy Bereavement
Official news has been received that Private William Poskitt, 6th Y. and L. Regiment, has fallen in action, and following this intimation comes the announcement of the fact that his brother  Lance-Corporal Walter Poskitt, 2nd Barnsley Battalion, has been killed. They are both Barnsley lads, their distressed mother residing at 2, Lower Joseph Street. William joined the army at the outbreak of war, at which time he worked at Grimethorpe Colliery, but Walter served 16 years in the army  and was an employee at Monckton Colliery."

Both brothers' pictures appear in the newspaper.  Walter is remembered on the War Memorial at St John's Church, Cudworth. 

A brief biography of William appears in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.  Volume 4, p.160.
Available on Ancestry.

"Poskitt, William, Private No. 3/2926, 6th (Service) Battn, The York and Lancaster Regt., s. of William Poskitt, Miner, by his wife, Rose Ann; b. Barnsley, co. York, 8 October 1896; edcu. St John's School there; was a Miner; enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regt. in Aug. 1914; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles; proceeded to Egypt; returned to England, after which he served with the Expeditionary Force in France and was killed in action 29 Sept. 1916. Buried where he fell. Lieut. Wedgwood wrote: "Your son was killed by a shell on Sept. 29th 1916. In a successful attach on a German trench he fell with several of his companions. I hope your grief at his loss will be softened by your pride in him as a soldier." Unm."

Photographs of William's medals appear on an Online Tree on Ancestry and have been used with permission of the owner.

This image shows the backs of William's 1914/15 Star and his Victory Medal. 

A close up of the engraving on the back of the Star clearly shows William's details.

Pte W Poskitt
York & Lanc R

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cyril Joseph Smith 1898-1917

Cyril Joseph Smith (photo from Janice Fox)
Born: Cagthorpe, Horncastle, Lincolnshire in 1898
Son of:
Daniel Burling Smith b.1854 Needlingworth, Huntingdonshire d.1927
1911: Gardener (Domestic) Common Lane, Royston, Yorks
married (1) at York in 1883 to Julia Roux d.1893

married (2) at Lincoln in 1894 to
Annie Raynor b.1871 Mexborough, Yorkshire d.1924 

Position in family: 
Eighth of eleven brothers and sisters including half siblings from his father’s first marriage.
1. Marrie Smith b.1885

2. George Smith b.1886
3. Lillian Smith b.1889

4. Annie Smith b.1890
5. Eric Raynor Smith b.1893  WW1 SERVED Royal Navy & Royal Air Force
6. Claude B Smith b.1895
7. Lionel G Smith b.1897
8. Cyril Joseph Smith b.1898  WW1 KILLED
9. Gladys I M Smith b.1900
10. Noel H Smith b. 1902
11. Audrey I N Smith b.1904

Home address, age and occupation:
27 Prospect Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire aged 2
1911: Common Lane, Royston aged 12

Marriage: He was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: 22 December 1916 at the age of 18 years

Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment
Service number and rank: 39235
Regiment and Battalion:    Manchester Regiment 2nd/7th Battalion

Service number and rank:  42837 Private
Served in France from: 5 June 1917
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Death:     8 October 1917 aged 19
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial

Royston War Memorial

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Information in this post has mainly been sent to us from Janice Fox (nee Smith). Cyril was her great uncle.  Janice has a website remembering the men
who served in WW1 from the village of Saxlingham in Norfolk, where she now lives. It can be found here.  The following is additional information she has supplied.


By 1910 the family were living in Common Lane Royston. Daniel worked as a gardener for the Yardley family, who lived at The Grove, Station Road, Royston. This is where the community centre is now situated.  Cyril went to school in Royston and worked at Messrs. Pickles, Clothiers, in Wakefield.

(Based on the 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment war diaries)
On 6 October the Manchester Regiment were sent to the front lines east of Ypres in Zonnebeke-Staden. Throughout that day the lines were heavily shelled. At 5pm on 7 October their headquarters were blown up by the Germans. The 7th Battalion then attacked the German lines resulting in a heavy loss of men. The situation was made worse by a shortage of rations and water. The weather was described as being bad. Cyril was killed on 8th October 1917 during this fighting.

He was originally buried north of Zonnebeke but at the end of the war his grave could not be found. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial at Zonnebeke Ieper.

There is an entry for Cyril Joseph Smith in the De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914- 1919. 

There is also a photograph of him alongside the entry.  The family provided some of the information for the entry. It reads as follows:-

Smith, Cyril Joseph, Private, No. 42837, 7th (Territorial), Battn. The Manchester Regt., s. of Daniel Burling Smith, of Common Lane, Royston, co. York, Gardener, by his wife, Annie, dau. Of George Raynor; b. Cagthorpe, Horncastle, co. Lincoln; educ. Royston aforesaid; was employed by Messrs. Pickles, Clothiers, Wakefield; enlisted 22 Dec. 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 5 June 1917, and was killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge 8 Oct. following. Buried north of Zonnebeke, north- east of Ypres. An officer wrote:” I was on leave at the time, or I should have written to you before to express not only my sympathy to you , but the respect and admiration I felt for your son. He has won the respect of us all, and we have lost a gallant soldier. My brother was killed two days ago. This will tell you that my sympathy is real, however much my words fail to express it. I feel proud of every man in my company, and your son was worthy of it” and another: “Your son has not been with us a long time, but I soon realized what a sound and reliable soldier he was, and made him my platoon runner and had marked him for promotion.”  Unm

Cyril Joseph Smith (photo from Janice Fox)

His father received his effects which amounted to his back pay in September 1919. An entry can be seen in UK, Army Registers of Soldiers Effects, 1901-1929.

Members of his family continued to live in the same house in Common Lane until the 1970s, although my grandfather, Claude Burling Smith died in 1953.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Albert Harry Rose 1897-1917

Albert Harry Rose
26 July 1897

Son of:
Harry (Henry) Rose born abt 1859, doctor's collector of 61 Cope Street
married at St John's on 16 August 1894
Alice Charlesworth, born abt 1864

Position in family: The middle of 3 children

1. Agnes Woodruff Rose  born 1895, died 1938.
2. Albert Harry Rose WW1 KILLED
3. Gertrude Winifred Charlesworth Rose born 1900. died 1984

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 61 Cope Street age 3
1911: 61 Cope Street age 13
1915: 61 Cope Street Age 17 worked at Co-operative 

Marriage: He was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: 1915 aged 17
Regiment and Battalion: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)  6th Battalion
Service number and rank: 266250  Corporal
Awards: Victory and British medals

Death: 21 October 1917, aged 20
CWGC Remembered: Arras Memorial  Bay no.6

St John's Barebones WW1 memorial plaque and the Co-operative memorial plaque

More information is available about this man on request

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Arthur Hepworth 1890-1916

Arthur Hepworth Barnsley Chronicle 17 June 1916
(thanks to Barnsley Archives)

12th February 1890
Baptised 12th March 1890 at St. Mary’s Church, Barnsley.

Son of:
John Hepworth b.1863 Barnsley d. 1927 Barnsley
1911:  9, Court 4, Church Street,  Barnsley. Stonemason’s labourer for Corporation.
Married at St. Mary’s Church, Barnsley on 29th December 1883.
Miriam Annie (maiden name Carbutt) b. 1862 in Rotherham  d. 1945 in Barnsley

Position in family:  The fourth child of six
Frances Ann     b. 1884   d. 1955
George Henry  b. 1886   d. 1968
Elizabeth          b. 1887    d. 1962
Arthur               b. 1890    d. 1916  WW1 DIED
Ernest               b. 1892    d. 1977
Jeanette           b. 1898    d. 1969

Home address, age and occupation
1891:  9, Court 4, Church Street, Barnsley,   age 1
1901:  9, Court 4, Church Street, Barnsley,   age 11  Schoolboy
1911:  9, Court 4, Church Street, Barnsley,   age 21  Coal leader
1914:  9, Court 4, Church Street, Barnsley,   age 24  worked for F.C. Browne

Arthur was unmarried.  No children

Military Service:
Enlisted:  28th September 1914 aged 24 at Public Hall
Regiment and Battalion: 13th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, ‘Barnsley Pals’
Service number and rank: 13/505 Private
Training camps 24th September 1914 – 27th December 1915 at Silkstone, Rugeley, Ripon and Salisbury. 
10th to 30th October 1915 in Fovant Hospital, Wiltshire with pleurisy.
28th December 1915 to 10th March 1916, Egypt
11th March to 4th June 1916 France and Flanders (wounded 27th May 1916)
Awards:  British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal Information:  5 ft 6 ins. Tall, chest 34 ins. Weight, 129 lbs, brown eyes, fresh complexion, black hair
Religion: Church of England

Death:  4th June 1916
Buried:  Beauval Community Cemetery, France
Beauval was the 4th Casualty Station from June 1915 to October 1916
Grave reference:  E 32

Information from Commonwealth War Graves:
Son of Mrs. Miriam A. Hepworth, of 4, Cass Yard, St Mary’s Place, Barnsley

Barnsley, St. Mary’s Church, Combined Memorial
Panel on St Mary's Memorial showing Barnsley Battalion names
Arthur's name on the War Memorial in St Mary's Church (photo by ML)

Arthur’s death was reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 17th June 1916.
First Barnsley Battalion Lad - Dies in Hospital from Wounds
Yesterday information came to hand that Private A. Hepworth, of the 13th Y and L Regiment, has died in hospital from would received in action.  He was 26 years of age and the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hepworth, of 4, Cass's Yard, Barnsley.  Before joining the Battalion he worked at Mr. F.C. Browne's works.

The Rev. T. B. W. Denison, Chaplain, wrote to the sorrowing parents: "It is with deep regret that I have to report that your son of whose serious wounds I have told you died in hospital this morning (June 4th).  He had been slowly sinking for the last two days and in spite of everything possible having been done for him he passed peacefully away in the early hours this morning.  I shall bury him this afternoon in the cemetery where he will be with many of his comrades.  May he rest in peace, and my God comfort and console you in your sad bereavement."
 Arthur’s death also mentioned in an article in Barnsley Pals by John Cooksey
The eye witness account does not match his Active service record which states that he died from wounds after being injured on the battle field.
A photo is included – identical to the one in the Chronicle.


This story was sent into the Barnsley War Memorials Project by ML who visited Barnsley in 2015 to research Arthur in Barnsley Archives.  We were able to help her find Arthur in the digitised Barnsley Chronicle and showed her his name on our listings of Barnsley War Memorials.  ML then visited St Mary's Church to take her own photos of the memorial.   We are very grateful for the thorough and complete account she submitted to us.  Thank you!