Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Frederick Swaine 1888-1917

Barnsley Chronicle 26 May 1917 (with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Born:
Frederick Swaine was born Q4 1888 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Son of:
Elijah Swaine was born Q2 1861 in Darton, Yorkshire, died in 1912 aged 52 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
In the 1911 census he was a Joiner living at 6 Vernon Street, Barnsley.
He was married in Barnsley, St John the Baptist on 20 May 1882 to Edith Truelove who was born abt. 1861 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, she died in Q4 1891 in Barnsley aged 31.

Second marriage Emmeline Wordsworth in Barnsley Q4 1893, m2. John T Rigby in 1916

Position in family: The 4th of 6 children (plus 3 half-siblings)
1. Florence Swaine born about 1883 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. m. Edgar Sidebottom 1905

2. John William Swaine born on Q4 1885 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He married Elizabeth Jane Anderson who born about 1889 in Seaham Harbour, Durham, in Jul 1908 in Easington, Durham. 
3. Alice Ann Swaine born about 1887 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. m. Harry Jones 1915
4. Frederick Swaine born in Oct 1888 in Barnsley, Yorkshire Died 09 Apr 1917 WW1 KILLED
5. Annie Swaine born 1890 Barnsley
6. Ethel Swaine born 4 Nov 1891 (living with grandparents 1901) married George A Midgley in Q4 1938 in Barnsley.
Half Siblings
6. Eleanor Swaine born 1896 Barnsley
7. Maude Swaine born 1898 Barnsley. m. Isaac Wainwright 1917
8. Doris Swaine born 1903 Barnsley m. Fred Harding 1925 d.1937
 

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 2 Beckett Street, Barnsley, age 2
1901: 6 Vernon Street, Barnsley, age 12
1911: No census record found

1911 at marriage: 31 John Edward Street, age 23, Machine Blower

Marriage:

He married Clara Hardcastle, born about 1891, on 20 September 1911 at St Mary's Church in Barnsley, Yorkshire.  

Clara remarried in Q3 1919 to John Jackson.

Children:    
1.  Annie Swaine was born in Jan 1912 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. She married Norman Mason, born about 1912, on 01 Jan 1935 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire. 
2.  Leonard Swaine was born in Jan 1914 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Died 1997.

Military Service:
Enlisted: Estimated from war gratuity payment, February 1915, age 27. 
Regiment and Battalion:  York and Lancaster Regiment 14th Battalion
Service number and rank:  495 Private
Regiment and Battalion:  Northumberland Fusiliers 21st (Tyneside Scottish) battalion (1)
Service number and rank:  389824 Private
Awards: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death: 9th April 1917, age 29
Buried at: Roclincourt Valley Cemetery (2)
Grave Reference: IV. A. 15

Remembered:

Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet
Barnsley, St Mary's Combined War Memorial
Barnsley Redfearn Brothers Roll of Honour

Notes and Links:
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
 
(1) The 21st Battalion was part of 102nd Brigade in the 34th Division.  Fred was killed on the first day of the battle of the Scarpe; part of the Arras offensive in 1917.
(2) He was originally buried nearer the front line but later re-buried in 1919. 



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

Walter Newsome 1877-1917

In Memoriam Notice Barnsley Chronicle 7 December 1918
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Born: 
Walter Newsome was born abt. Q1 1877 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Son of:
James Newsome who was born abt. 1855 in Heckmondwike, Yorkshire and died in Q2 1911 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
In the 1911 census he was a Coal Miner, Hewer living at 44 Rock Street, Barnsley.
He was married in Barnsley in Q4 1876 to Frances Witham who was born abt. 1855 in Dodworth, Yorkshire, she died Q3 1903 in Barnsley.

Position in family:
The oldest of 6 surviving children in 1911.
1.    Walter Newsome was born in Jan 1877 in Barnsley, Yorks. He died on 01 Dec 1917 in Palestine. WW1 DIED
2.    George Newsome was born about 1881 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He married Emma Goldsby. She was born about 1883 in Sandal, Yorkshire.
3.    Harry Newsome was born about 1885 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
4.    Lily Newsome was born in Oct 1887 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. She married Arthur Winterbottom, child of William Winterbottom and Mary, on 15 Apr 1911 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire. Arthur was born about 1885 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
5.    Frank Newsome was born about 1891 in Barnsley Silkstone, Yorkshire.
6.    Sidney Newsome was born about 1894 in Barnsley Silkstone, Yorkshire. He married Florence Bailey on 25 Dec 1913 in Ardsley. WW1 SERVICE
 

Home address, age and occupation:
1881: 36 Slack Hills, Barnsley, age 4. 
1891: 52 Rock Street, Barnsley, age 14, Glass Bottle Hand.
1901: 44 Rock Street, Barnsley, age 24, Glass Bottle Maker
1911: 48 Summer Street, Barnsley, age 34, Bottle Blower. 

Marriage:
He married Annie Hartshorne on 30 Mar 1902 in Barnsley, St George, Yorkshire. She was born about 1884 in Denaby, Yorkshire.   

Children:    
1.    James Newsome was born about 1903 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, baptised on 23 May 1907 in Barnsley, St Mary, West Yorkshire.
2.    Edith Newsome was born in Jan 1905 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, baptised on 23 May 1907 in Barnsley, St Mary, West Yorkshire.
3.    Lily Newsome was born about 1908 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
4.    Anne Newsome was born about 1909 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment (mobilisation) date estimated from gratuity payment, March 1915, age 38
Regiment and Battalion:  Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st/5th Battalion
Service number and rank:  241572 Private
Awards: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     1 December 1917, age 41
Buried at:      Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine
Grave Reference: H. 18.

Remembered:
Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet

Links and Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

He died in 32 Field Ambulance Palestine.


We can find no picture of this man in the Barnsley newspapers, or report of his death. The 'In Memoriam' notice shown above was published one year later.

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

Thursday, 15 September 2016

John Metcalfe 1895 - 1916

John Metcalfe Barnsley Chronicle 24 June 1916

Born: In Q1 1895 in Barnsley. He was 

Baptized: on 26 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St George, Yorkshire, England.

Son of:
John Metcalfe was born abt. 1859 in Ripon, Yorkshire, England and died in Q3 1906 in Barnsley, Yorkshire West Riding. 
In the 1901 census he was a Bobbin Maker living at 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley.
He was married in Barnsley, St Mary on 24 May 1884 to Sarah Jane Bexon who was born Q2 1864 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. She married John Greaves Smith born abt. 1864 in Lancashire, labourer, on 26 Dec 1907 in Barnsley.

Position in family: The 3rd of 5 natural siblings.
1    Ernest Metcalfe born 01 Feb 1889 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, baptised 10 Apr 1889 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire, England and died 14 Jul 1916 in France and Flanders WW1 KILLED
2    Jane Metcalfe born 05 Feb 1891 in Barnsley baptised 06 Sep 1891 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire, England
3    John Metcalfe born Q1 1895 in Barnsley baptised 26 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St George, died on 31 May 1916 in France WW1 KILLED
4    Thomas Bexon Metcalfe born abt. 1901 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
5    Martha Metcalfe born abt. 1897 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
 

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley, age 6. 
1911: Mount Vernon Road, Barnsley, age 16, Marble Maker.   

Marriage:  
  He was not married


Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, January 1915 age 20
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 14th service (2nd Barnsley Pals) Battalion
Service number and rank:  14/174 Private
Awards: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     31 May 1916 aged 21
Buried at:     Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps
Grave Reference: I.F. 48


Remembered: 
Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet
Worsborough Combined Memorial, St Thomas And St James Church, Worsborough Dale  

 
Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Extract from the War Diary for 14th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
In the Field 31st May:
Weather misty in morning, afterwards fine.
Enemy active with light guns & shrapnel over various parts of our sector, special attention being paid to the front line.
Enemby also very active with cannister bombs & rifle grenages.
Casualties 17 killed & 7 wounded.
Section of Trench Map showing area in front of Serre, where the 13th & 14th Y&L attacked on 1 July 1916
Blue lines are British trenches, Red lines are German trenches
This biography was submitted to the Barnsley War Memorials Project by Peter West in August 2016.

Ernest Metcalfe 1889 - 1916

Ernest Metcalfe Barnsley Chronicle 26 August 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: 01 Feb 1889 in Barnsley, Yorkshire
Baptised: 10 Apr 1889 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire.

Son of:
John Metcalfe was born abt. 1859 in Ripon, Yorkshire, England and died in Q3 1906 in Barnsley, Yorkshire West Riding. 
In the 1901 census he was a Bobbin Maker living at 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley.
He was married in Barnsley, St Mary on 24 May 1884 to Sarah Jane Bexon who was born Q2 1864 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. She married John Greaves Smith born abt. 1864 in Lancashire, labourer, on 26 Dec 1907 in Barnsley.

Position in family:
The oldest of 5 natural siblings.
1    Ernest Metcalfe born 01 Feb 1889 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, baptised 10 Apr 1889 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire and died 14 Jul 1916 in France and Flanders WW1 KILLED
2    Jane Metcalfe born 05 Feb 1891 in Barnsley baptised 06 Sep 1891 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire. 
3    John Metcalfe born Q1 1895 in Barnsley baptised 26 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St George, died on 31 May 1916 in France WW1 KILLED
4    Thomas Bexon Metcalfe born abt. 1901 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
5    Martha Metcalfe born abt. 1897 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. 
 

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 10 Pinfold Hill, Barnsley, age 2.
1901: 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley, age 12.
1911: Mount Vernon Road, Barnsley, age 22, Bottle maker. 

Marriage: He was not married

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, May 1915, age 26
Regiment and Battalion:  1st Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Battalion
Service number and rank:  18828 Private
Theatre of War: Balkans 15 November 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     14 July 1916, age 27
CWGC Remembered:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D.

Remembered: 

Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet
Worsborough Combined Memorial, St Thomas And St James Church, Worsborough Dale 

Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are no casualties recorded in the 1/KOSB war diary for 14th July 1916 (although 20 deaths are recorded by the CWGC for the 14th) the 87th Brigade of which they were a part was out of the line for reorganisation and re-equipment from the 10th to the 16th.  It is therefore possible he was killed earlier in the month.


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

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Walter Jackson 1899 - 1918

Extract from Gazette showing Walter Jackson's Military Medal award (from The Gazette)
Born: Q3 1899 in Barnsley, Yorkshire

Son of: 

Edward Jackson who was born about 1869 in Wroot, Lincolnshire.  In the 1911 census he was a Blacksmith living at 5 Tower Street, Barnsley.
His mother was Harriet Platts Batley born Q1 1867 in Worsborough, Yorkshire.  She married Edward Jackson in Ardsley, Barnsley on 25 December 1890. 

Position in family: The 4th of 7 children still living in 1911.
1.    Ida Jackson was born about 1894 in Ardsley, Yorkshire, and was baptized on 12 Oct 1893 in Ardsley, Yorkshire.
2.    Ethel Jackson was born about 1895 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England and was baptized on 06 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
3.    Edward Jackson was born about 1898 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 26 Jan 1898 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
4.    Walter Jackson was born Q3 1899 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He died on 14 Sep 1918 in France and Flanders. WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS
5.    Frank Jackson was born on 05 Oct 1901 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 19 Mar 1902 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
6.    Frederick Jackson was born on 01 Jul 1904 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 10 Aug 1904 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
7.    Nora Batley Jackson was born on 07 Aug 1906 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 26 Sep 1906 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 5 Tower Street, Barnsley, age 1. 
1911: 5 Tower Street, Barnsley, age 11, School

Marriage: He was not married. 

Military Service:
Enlisted: Estimated from his gratuity payment as being less than 12 months from date of death.
Regiment and Battalion:     52 Graduated Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (formed on 27 October 1917)
Service number and rank:  TR/5/19863, Private
Regiment and Battalion:     Durham Light Infantry, 9th Battalion*
Service number and rank:  82159, Private
Awards: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:         19 September 1918
Buried at:     Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille
Grave Reference:        IV. A. 23.
Headstone Inscription: Peace Perfect Peace

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Edward and Harriet P. Jackson, of 5, Tower St., Barnsley, Yorks.

Remembered: 

Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet

Notes:
Lives of the First World War


* although the “UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920” records his battalion as being the 20th.
Soldiers Died in the Great War records he formerly served in the West Riding Regiment 32315
In the entry for the award of his Military Medal, he was listed as serving with the Durham Light Infantry.

The war diary of 9/DLI for 16th October 1918 records the award of his M.M. (Courtesy National Archives)
14th Sept
As B Coy withdrew at 4.0am to be clear of barrage of 2/20th London who attacked final objective. Attack was successful. A & B Coy in reestablishing this line took 2 officers & 49 OR prisoners. Very heavy shelling throughout the afternoon & evening. At dark C Coy came back KITTEN TRENCH & A Coy to YORKSHIRE BANK and B Coy was attached to 9th Duke of Wellingtons do Reserve Coy.
Casualties 2 OR killed & 2 wounded
This is the war diary entry for the 14th September when he was killed, this is during the battle of Havrincourt- the first time the Hindenburg Line was breached in this location.  However, the cemetery he is buried in is near Boulogne so it is probable he was wounded earlier and died in a Casualty Clearing Station or hospital.



William Feeley 1892 - 1916

William Feeley Barnsley Independent 8 July 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: In Q2 1892 in Barnsley.

Son of:
Unknown father
His mother was Ellen Feeley (nee Donohue) who was born abt. 1856 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. She is shown in the 1891 census as a widow, aged 36, employed as a Linen Weaver living at Freemans Yard, Barnsley.  She died in 1919.

Position in family: The youngest of 5 children.
1    Patrick Feeley Born Q2 1875
2    Thomas Feeley born Q1 1881
3    Sarah Feeley born Q3 1886
4    Joseph Feeley born Q2 1890
5    William Feeley born Q2 1892 WW1 KILLED
 

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 3 Court 4 Wilson Street, Barnsley age 8.
1911: Nelson Street, Barnsley, age 18, Glass Blower. 

Marriage:  He was not married


Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, September 1914 age 22
Regiment and Battalion: Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Battalion.
Service number and rank:  16272 Private
Awards: 15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     10th June 1916, age 24
Buried at:     Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt
Grave Reference: I.D. 37

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Husband of Mrs S. Nelson formerly Feeley of 3 Wilson Street, Barnsley

Remembered: 

Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet

Notes: 

Lives of the First World War 

Although the CWGC records him as being married to S. Nelson there is no evidence of this marriage.  The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 records his war gratuity was left to his sister Sarah Nelson on 7th September 1919… although his back pay had been granted to his mother Ellen as sole legatee in 1916.
Sarah Feeley married George Nelson in Q1 1917.


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