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.

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

Marriage:
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.

Remembered: 

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.

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


Children:    
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.


Remembered: 

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
Ancestry.com. UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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.
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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.