BARNSLEY'S ROYAL MARINES WW1

Contents of this page.

THE PLYMOUTH MARINES AT THE DARDANELLES 4/3/15.

No.4 Coy. Plymouth Battalion RMLI landing at Sedd-ul-Bahr 4/3/15. (RM Museum)

The Diary of Lt. C.R.W. Lamplough RMLI (age 19)

Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Plymouth Division RMLI

Barnsley men who enlisted for Long- service with the Plymouth Division RMLI

Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Chatham Division RMLI

Barnsley men enlisted for Long-service with the Chatham Division RMLI

Barnsley men enlisted for Long-service with the Portsmouth Division RMLI

Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Portsmouth Division RMLI

Barnsley men who served with the Royal Marine Artillery (Long-service)

Barnsley men who served with the Royal Marine Artillery (short service)

Barnsley men who served with the RM Medical Unit (short-service)

 

Barnsley's Coat of Arms (The Miner & the Glassblower).

 

THE PLYMOUTH MARINES AT THE DARDANELLES 4/3/15.

Barnsley Men at Sedd-ul-Bahr & Kum Kale.

RND's First Blood drawn in opposed landings.

It was during my research into Jack's two pals, Val Littlewood & Harold Benfell, that I discovered many men from Barnsley had enlisted for Short-service with the Plymouth Division RMLI.

The first 12 Barnsley recruits for the Plymouth Short-service Marines had originally enlisted with the KOYLI & were then transferred to the Plymouth Division RMLI 16/9/14. These men had all volunteered in early September 1914 in answer to Kitchener's call (see 'Kitchener's Marines' page). Their former comrades in the Kitchener's Army Battalions did not see active service until mid-1915 or on the Somme in 1916, whereas the Marines were first in action at the Dardanelles 4/3/15.

Two companies of the Plymouth Bn. landed at Kum Kale (No.3 Coy) & Sedd-ul-Bahr (No.4 Coy), on opposite sides of the entrance to the Dardanelles.

The Plymouth Bn. lost 25 killed or died of wounds (3 of No.4 Coy. & 22 of No.3 Coy).

Five of the Plymouth Battalion's ex-KOYLI's were killed: one of them a Barnsley Marine: PLY 178/S Pte. Alfred CASKEN, No.3 Coy, his body was not recovered. Another Barnsley Marine (PLY 664/S Pte. Horace LIVERSIDGE, No.3 Coy.) was severely wounded. The following are relevant extracts from the 'Barnsley Chronicle.'

Page 8, Saturday March 20th 1915

The many friends of Mr. Alfred Casken will regret to hear that he has been killed in the Dardanelles. Deceased was a nephew of Mr. John Smith, colliery proprietor, of Barnsley, & was well known in the district. Alfred responded to the call for men for the duration of war, & joined the Royal Marines at Plymouth. They left Plymouth for Malta last month, & arrived there on Feb. 15th, & after a brief stay there were sent to the Dardanelles. He was one of the party landed on March 4th, & was killed the same day during a battle with the Turks. He was a Gawber lad, & has three brothers in the Army. One was badly wounded in the Battle of Marne (Sgt. J.E. Casken), another (Cpl. J. Casken) has been out since the commencement of the war, & the other brother (A. Casken) has been in India about 10 years. Official news from the Admiralty of Alfred's death, was received the other day saying he was killed in action on March 4th 1915.

Alfred's three brothers were all pre-war regulars: -

52645 Cpl. (later BQMS) James E. Casken, 34th Bde. RFA, arrived in France 16/8/14.

T/16101 Dvr. (later A/Sgt.) John F. Casken, ASC, arrived in France 11/8/14.

49571 Gnr. Arthur Casken, RFA, POW Turkey (Siege of Kut-al-Amara) 30/4/16. Died a POW 26/8/16.

In March 1916 the KOYLI wrote to Alfred's brother, John Casken, to enquire (in their typically clumsy fashion) as to Alfred's whereabouts, for the purpose of disposal of his original KOYLI attestation papers to his present regiment:- Dear Sir, Excuse me taking the liberty of filling in your paper as my husband is serving with the colours in France, one of the first Expeditionary Force that landed in August 1914. My brother-in-law Alfred Casken were killed in the Dardanelles March 4th 1915. He enlisted Sept. 1914 landed at Malta Feb. 16th & expected going up the Dardanelles any day he said. The last letter I had from him were dated Feb. 27th 1915. I had official news of his death from the Admiralty also his Lieut. saying he were shot through the head. Death being instantaneous. I remain yours obediently Mrs J.F. Casken, 35 Schofield Crescent, Model Village, Maltby, Nr. Rotherham."

 

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 11/12/15.

OUR SOLDIERS' LETTERS

BARNSLEY MAN'S ESCAPE FROM DEATH

A REMARKABLE AFFAIR

STRUCK BY BULLET WHICH KILLED A COMRADE

How a Barnsley man miraculously escaped death has just been reported to us. His name is Private Horace Liversidge, RMLI, Plymouth Battalion, RND, & whose home is at 11, Saville Terrace, Agnes Rd., Barnsley. He enlisted on November 17th, 1914, & after 16 weeks' service he was wounded in action at Kum Kale. He was with the first landing party in the operations at the Dardanelles. Private Liversidge was taken on board HMS Irresistible & was transferred to the Hospital Ship Soudan only a few days before the former was torpedoed & sunk. After being in the Base Hospital at Malta & later at Plymouth Royal Naval Hospital he was conveyed to England on April 8th last. Private Liversidge's remarkable escape is best explained in the following paragraph which appeared in the "Western Herald":

AN EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE FROM DEATH

Today's arrivals include about 70 men who were wounded in the operations at the Dardanelles. The majority are the victims of shrapnel, but some have been wounded through rifle fire. One man, a Marine, had a very narrow escape. He was in a landing party from one of the Battleships & as the boat approached the shore, & the broken water, he was directed to sit on the knee of a sergeant to aid in steadying the little craft. A few minutes later a bullet struck him & penetrated his chest, touching the lungs, & the apex of his heart after which it came out of his back & entered the body of Sergeant Minns, killing him instantly. The Private was operated on & is now well on the way to recovery. Private Liversidge has now been discharged "invalided" & is receiving a pension of 10s. a week. He has lost the use of his left arm.

 


 

No.4 Coy. Plymouth Battalion RMLI landing at Sedd-ul-Bahr 4/3/15. (RM Museum)

One of a series taken by Lt. C.R.W. Lamplough RMLI, No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn. & developed in the Purser's Cabin on board the HMT "Braemar Castle" 5/4/15. Note that the Marines are wearing their cap comforters, not their Sun/Pith Helmets, resembling the WW2 RM Commandos. The Pith Helmet was fine, until the wearer laid down to fire his rifle & the rear of the helmet touched his back, tipping it over the eyes or falling off. The Seaman & Marines of the RND discarded their helmets in favour of the cap comforter or standard peaked cap. Unfortunately this caused many incidents of casualties from 'friendly fire' as the cap comforter resembled the Turkish headgear; most notably from the French troops on the right flank of the RND at "Third Krithia" 4/6/15. Many of the Collingwood Bn. were killed or wounded by French bullets as they fell back from the captured Turkish trenches. Also note that No.4 Coy's. landing was unopposed (unlike No.3 Coy's. landing at Kum-Kale). Lamplough was able to stand on shore & take photographs of his men landing.


 

The Diary of Lt. C.R.W. Lamplough RMLI (age 19), Platoon Commander, No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn. 4/3/15.

"Well this has been the day of my life. We were called at 5am. I had breakfast at 6.30am and got onto the destroyers at 7am and sailed off at 18 knots. When we got just off Sedd ul Bahr the fleet started bombarding like blazes. It looked very nice and as if we should have no opposition. Well, we got into our cutters and finally got ashore and everything looked in our favour. The patrols got out and went up the cliff. One went to the top through the fort and the others straight up. When they got to the top they got it thick - Poor old Baldwin was very soon caught. He got one through the head and died a little time after. Then we had a good deal of firing. I finally found we could not get up there as they were in the ruined houses sniping us, so we found where they were. I came down to the beach and signalled which houses we wanted shelling and they let them have it. Then I took my patrol up and we did not have much opposition. Dickinson got hit in the leg and had to be taken off but he is alright - but Jones of 14 Platoon was killed and also Dyter of 13 Platoon. We had quite a nice little scrap and then they sent a lot of shrapnel over, but they did not get us. A sniper killed one man in the picket boat. We found several Turks, some dead and one wounded, and sent for a stretcher party. The old fool flung himself off the stretcher down the cliff - he died on the way to the Braemar. We got back about 3.30pm having had nothing to eat since 6.15am… I quite enjoyed the day although we were lucky to get out as we did, three dead and one wounded." (Diary courtesy of Matthew Little, RM Museum).

The man mentioned killed in the picket boat was:- 189635(Chatham) PO Wm. John Eagle Newland RN, Cutters Crew, HMS "Lord Nelson." Buried at Sea 5/3/15. Lt Lamplough was awarded the DSC for Zeebrugge, April 1918. "Was in the Marine storming party. In spite of great difficulties, showed the greatest dash and determination in leading his men. He covered the retirement with great resource."

 

 

Two Barnsley Marines wrote of their experiences at Sedd-ul-Bahr & Kum Kale. In the listing below see PLY/610/S Pte. C.H. BENFELL (one of our Jack's pals) & PLY/663/S Pte. Ben SINFIELD.


Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Plymouth Division RMLI (39)

(Names in red denote 'Died on war service').

 

PLY/29/S Pte. Fred TURTON ex-16300 Pte. KOYLI. 19/10/14: Discharged: Invalided at RN Hosp. Plymouth for "Hypermetropia, R.eye."
A Miner. b. Darfield, Barnsley 31/10/1879.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Wife, Lilly, 40 Queen St. New Scarboro, Wombwell, Barnsley.
(Father, George, Mother, Eliza)
In September 1915 the KOYLI wrote to Mrs Turton asking for details of her husbands service, for the disposal of his documents. Fred wrote back: "I have not had any pay out of the King's Own yet....... discharged - 19/10/1914...... reason - with right eye....... from - Plymouth Stonehouse, and willing to go again and have a try." Address now 29 Queen St.
Married Miss Lily Rowe (spinster) at Darfield Parish Church 25/12/1899. Had 4 sons & 1 daughter: Dennis Sorteridge, b. Darfield 12/2/1902, Margaret, b. Darfield 18/10/1904, Sam, b. Darfield 14/6/1909, George, b. Darfield 20/1/1911 and Arthur, b. Darfield 4/3/1914. Buried at Wombwell.


PLY/30/S Pte. Thomas Richard PEARCE ex-16285 Pte. KOYLI. (brother of PLY 34/S Wm. Pearce) KIA Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli, 4/7/15 (Shrapnel Shell in Rest Camp, Cape Helles).
A Miner. b. Tipton, Staffs, 9/9/1881.
Next of Kin: Wife, Hannah Maria, 74 Stonyford Rd., Wombwell, Barnsley.
Married Miss Hannah Maria Granger (spinster) at Tipton 14/1/1906. Had 2 sons: Joseph Henry, b. Tipton 13/5/1906 & Thomas Richard, b. Tipton 3/1/1908.
In March 1916 the KOYLI wrote to Mrs Pearce asking for information regarding her husbands present address and service details, for the purpose of forwarding his documents to his regiment. Mrs Pearce replied: "His last letter was dated June 30th.......Sir I regret to inform you my husband was killed along with Private J. Lotwick at Gallipoli on the 4th of July."


PLY/31/S Pte. Joseph LOTWICK ex-16299 Pte. KOYLI. KIA Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli, 4/7/15 (Shrapnel Shell in Rest Camp, Cape Helles).
A Miner. b. Tipton, Staffs, 9/9/1886.
Next of Kin: Wife, Phoebe, 57 George St., Low Valley, Wombwell, Barnsley - later - 74 Stonyford Rd., Wombwell. (see PLY 30/S above)
Married Miss Phoebe Williams (spinster) at Dudley RO 1/10/13 and had a son, James Solomon, born Tipton, Staffs 15/4/14.
In March 1916 the KOYLI wrote to Mrs Lotwick asking for information of her husbands present address and service details for the purpose of forwarding his documents to his regiment. Mrs Lotwick replied "Last letter dated June 30th........Sir I don't know if you are aware of the death of my husband but I regret to inform you that he was killed in Gallipoli on the 4th of July."

 

Above right: "Kitchener's Royal Marine Pals" pictured in mid 1914, four of the KOYLI transfers to Plymouth RMLI. Left back: Fred Turton. Right back: Joseph Lotwick. Front left: Thomas Pearce. Front right: William Pearce. Thomas Pearce and Joseph Lotwick were killed by the same shell at Gallipoli 4th July 1915.


PLY/33/S Pte. Reuben BUSH ex-16284 Pte. KOYLI. (Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli 25/4/15-10/5/15 BW R.Arm) Discharged 2/11/18: Returned to Coal Mining employment.
A Miner. b. Darfield, Barnsley 9/7/1883.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Mother, Thulya (Thirza died March/April 1915 age 64), 3 College Terrace, Darfield - later - Brother, John, 16 College Terrace, Snape Hill, Darfield, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Thomas died Sept/Dec. 1912 age 70) Place of residence on discharge: 31 Edward St. Darfield, Nr. Barnsley.

Did not marry - buried by the British Legion.

Mexborough & Swinton Times 10/7/15 page 7,

A MEMORABLE LANDING

Darfield Soldier's Story of a Fierce Ordeal.

Mr. W. Penaluwan [Penaluna], of Snape Hill, Darfield, has received an interesting letter from Pte. R. Bush, of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, who was wounded in the arm by an explosive bullet during an engagement with the Turks on the Gallipoli Peninsula. He is now in hospital at Plymouth. Bush's mother, who lived at College Terrace, Darfield, has died since he enlisted. In his letter, Pte. Bush says: "No artist can ever paint a picture that would disclose the true horrors of that memorable landing of our troops under a perfect torrent of fire from forts & trenches hidden from our view, with enemy snipers covering us & sending our gallant lads to their doom whenever we showed ourselves for a moment. The terrible scenes will forever live in the memory of all who took part in this fierce engagement. Our biggest reverse was in landing from the boats to a shell & bullet swept shore. While we were doing our utmost to overcome the wire entanglements, the enemy poured bullets into our midst at a fearful rate, accounting for a great number of our lads, who dropped back into the sea lifeless, without even setting foot on shore. From nowhere, it seemed to us, they picked us off, while shrapnel burst in the heavens, & when at last we landed on the beach, which was devoid of cover, we were simply facing death. Eventually we got a footing & from that time we did nothing but advance into the territory that had been won at such terrible cost."

Reuben's letter was also published on the front page of the Barnsley Chronicle the same day (10/7/15) entitled "FACING DEATH AT GALLIPOLI, DARFIELD SOLDIER'S STORY." Reuben was not describing his own experience of the Marines landing at 'Y' Beach, which was totally unopposed, but a general view of the landings made on other beaches that day, i.e. 'V' 'W'& 'X' beaches.


PLY/34/S Pte. William PEARCE ex-16286 Pte. KOYLI. (brother of PLY/30/S T.R. Pearce) (Plymouth/RND HQ Gallipoli 1915 & 2RM 1917). Discharged Invalided 25/7/18: GSW L.Thigh, 2RM Passchendaele 26/10/17.
A Miner. b. Princes End,Tipton, Staffs 9/9/1889.
Next of Kin: Wife, Mary, 57 George St., Low Valley, Wombwell, Barnsley. (Father, Joseph, Mother, Nancy)
Married Mary Hall (spinster) at Coreley Parish Church 3/1/1909 and had a daughter, Ethel, b. 15/5/1909.
William returned to coal mining at Wath Colliery and Darfield Main Colliery until retiring. He died in 1960 age 71 and is buried in Brampton Cemetery, Wath-on-Dearne. Had a son, Joseph, KIA at Dunkirk 1940.


PLY/80/S Pte. Henry LEGG ex-16237 Pte. KOYLI. Discharged Invalided 13/11/15 at RN Hosp. Ply. for BW R.shoulder, fracture humerus (in action).(Plymouth Bn. GSW R.Shldr. 'Y' Beach, Gallipoli 26/4/15).
A Labourer. b. Salford, Lancs 8/9/1881.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, Henry, 19 Fitzwilliam St., Barnsley. (Mother, deceased)
In March 1916 the KOYLI Records Office at York wrote to Mr Legg asking for information regarding his son's present address and service details, for the purpose of forwarding his documents to his regiment. Mr Legg replied: (on form) formerly in RMLI; Ply. Bn.; No. S 80; address 19 Fitzwilliam St., Barnsley; now at home; 17/3/16 Sir, Form herewith enclosed as requested. My son was discharged invalided from Royal Marine Barracks Plymouth on the 27th day of October 1915 with fractured shoulder received at Dardanelles. yours obediently H. Legg.
No trace of his death 1915-24.


PLY/81/S Pte. William Henry TAYLOR ex-16200 Pte. KOYLI. (Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli 1915 & 2RM 1917) KIA 2RM 20/8/17.
A Miner. b. Barry, South Wales. 6/6/1888.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Brother, George Thomas Taylor, 37 Boothroyd Lane, Dewsbury ; later: Brother, Ernest, 6 Peel St. off Jeremy Lane, Heckmondwike, Yorks. ; Wife, Clara, 57 South St., Mill Bridge, Liversedge, Yorks.

Barnsley Chronicle Front page 15/9/17. with photo.

AFTER THREE YEARS IN THE WAR
EX-BARNSLEY MAN FALLS

A former resident of Stocks Lane, Barnsley, in the person of Pte. W.H. Taylor, has made the supreme sacrifice for his King & country. The deceased's home was at 57, South St., Liversedge, & in Sept. 1914, he joined the RMLI, going out to the Dardanelles in Feb. the following year. In May 1915, he was wounded, & after going to Egypt he was transferred to France, being home on sick leave in Jan. last.
He is officially reported to have fallen in action on August 20th at the age of 30 years. Pte. Taylor was a married man & when resident in Barnsley he worked at the Stanhope Silkstone Colliery.
Mrs Taylor has received the following letter from Chaplain W. Whitehead:- "I am very sorry to inform you that your husband was killed in action on August 20th, & he has been buried in a separate grave in a soldiers' Cemetery behind the trenches. The church burial service was said, & on his grave the Bn. has placed a wooden cross with his name & Regt. so that when the war is over there should be no difficulty in finding the place. Where it is you will be informed in the course of time by the War Office. Please accept the deep sympathy of us all & may God comfort you in your great sorrow."


PLY/116/S (PLY/19626) L/Cpl. Stanley JACKSON ex-16305 Pte. KOYLI. (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli) Discharged: 29/6/17, re-enlisted for RMLI long service as PLY/19626 Pte. S. Jackson at Blandford 30/6/17. 6/12/19: Discharged on compassionate grounds.
A Railwayman. b. Barnsley 3/3/1893.
Next of Kin: Father, George, 51 King St., Barnsley. (Mother, Sarah Elizabeth)
Pay address on discharge: 32 Keresforth Hill Rd., Kingstone, Barnsley.
Sister, Mrs Edith Habeshen, 13 Middlesex St. Barnsley.


PLY/159/S Pte. Thomas JONES MM ex-Pte. KOYLI. (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli, 2RM 1916-18 & 1RM 1918). MM: 2RM Aveluy Wood, April 1918. Demobilized: 18/12/18.
A Miner. b. Goldbourne, Wigan, Lancs. 22/6/1893.
Home add., NOK on enl. & add. on dis: Father, Thomas, Brookfield House, Carlton, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Esther A.)


 

PLY/160/S Pte. John SHAW ex-16241 Pte. KOYLI. KIA No.3 Coy. Plymouth Bn. 'Y' Beach 26/4/15.
A Miner. b. Monk Bretton, Barnsley 28/1/1895.
Home add. & NOK on enl: Father, Herbert, 1 Quarry St., Smithies, Barnsley. (Mother, Elizabeth)
15/3/16 the KOYLI wrote to Mr Shaw asking for information of her son's present address and service details for the purpose of forwarding his documents to his regiment. Mrs Shaw replied: "RMLI, 3rd Coy. Plymouth Bn. ; His last letter was dated March 26th. 1915, Don't know (his address) been missing since May 13th 1915 near the Dardanelles."

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 15th July 1916. MISSING-NOW REPORTED DEAD.
Pte. Jack Shaw, of the RMLI, whose home was at 1, Quarry St., Smithies, was reported missing on May 13th of last year, & now official information has been received that he is reported dead. He was 21 years of age & prior to enlisting in Sept. 1914, he worked at Wharncliffe Colliery. The deceased was well known & highly esteemed. He was a regular worshipper at Buckley St. Chapel.


PLY/178/S Pte. Alfred CASKEN ex-13872 Pte. KOYLI. KIA No.3 Coy. Plymouth Bn, Kum Kale, Dardanelles 4/3/15.
A
Miner. b. Middlesboro, Yorks. 7/4/1881.
Home address: c/o Mr John Casken, 35 Schofield Crescent, Maltby. Brothers: Robert, John, Arthur, James ; Sisters: Emily, Minnie.
Next of Kin (ADM159): Brother: John Casken, 35 Schofield Crescent, Maltby, (on card index) Sister in Law: Sarah Casken same address, amended to Mrs J. Pearce, 13 Mount St., Ardsley, Nr. Barnsley, Yorks.
In March 1916 the KOYLI wrote to Mr John Casken asking for information regarding his brother's present address and service details, for the purpose of forwarding his documents to his regiment: details supplied: No.3 Coy. Ply Bn., last letter 27/2/15. Sarah Casken wrote: 10/3/16, Dear Sir, Excuse me taking the liberty of filling in your paper as my husband is serving with the colours in France one of the first Expeditionary Force that landed in August 1914. My brother-in-law Alfred Casken were killed in the Dardanelles March 4th 1915. He enlisted Sept. 1914 landed at Malta Feb. 16th & expected going up the Dardanelles any day he said. The last letter I had from him were dated Feb. 27th 1915. I had official news of his death from the Admiralty also his Lieut. saying he were shot through the head. Death being instantaneous. I remain yours obediently Mrs J.F. Casken, 35 Schofield Crescent, Model Village, Maltby, Nr. Rotherham.
Named with his brother Arthur on the Gawber War Memorial, Gawber Churchyard, Barnsley.

Barnsley Chronicle Page 8. Saturday March 20th 1915
The many friends of Mr. Alfred Casken will regret to hear that he has been killed in the Dardanelles. Deceased was a nephew of Mr. John Smith, colliery proprietor, of Barnsley, & was well known in the district. Alfred responded to the call for men for the duration of war, & joined the Royal Marines at Plymouth. They left Plymouth for Malta last month, & arrived there on Feb. 15th, & after a brief stay there were sent to the Dardanelles. He was one of the party landed on March 4th, & was killed the same day during a battle with the Turks. He was a Gawber lad, & has three brothers in the Army. One was badly wounded in the Battle of Marne (Sgt. J.E. Casken), another (Cpl. J. Casken) has been out since the commencement of the war, & the other brother (A. Casken) has been in India about 10 years. Official news from the Admiralty of Alfred's death, was received the other day saying he was killed in action on March 4th 1915.
Brothers: 49571 Gunner Arthur Casken, RFA, POW Turkey (Kut) 30/4/16. 1st Theatre of War: 5(a) Asiatic 29/9/15, died as POW 26/8/16.
52645 Cpl. (later BQMS) James E. Casken, 34 Bde. RFA, 1st Theatre of War: France 16/8/14 (14St. & Bar).
Post War No. 1023405 RA, LSGC issued 1927.
T/16101 Dvr. (later A/Sgt.) John F. Casken, ASC, 1st Theatre of War: France 11/8/14 (14St.)


Edward Skidmore pictured around 1910. (Photos by Ian Leech, Royston , Barnsley).

PLY/205/S Pte. Edward Peter SKIDMORE ex-17336 Pte. KOYLI. (No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn./2RM Gallipoli). Died of Enteric aboard HS "Aquitania" at Mudros 16/9/15 & buried at sea.

Edward was a keen Diarist. His thoughts & feelings were recorded & sent home. Transcripts of his diary (14/4/15 - 25/7/15) are included in the appendices of my book.
A Miner. b. Hoyland, Barnsley 15/10/1887.
Next of Kin - Wife, Nellie, 8 Victoria St., Tanshelf, Pontefract. Married Nellie Tomlinson (widow) at Pontefract, date unknown.
Children: George Dobson, Cyril, Ethel, Wilfred & Doris.


PLY/566/S (PO/740/S) Pte. James SANSOM (Portsmouth Bn, Gallipoli & 2RM 1916-17) Discharged Invalided 28/2/18 (GSW L.Foot, 2RM Miraumont 17/2/17)
A Collier. b. Barnsley, 16/8/1892.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Sister, Mary Sansom, High St. Worsborodale, Barnsley.
Next of Kin 20/7/16 & place of intended residence on discharge: Mother, Jemima, 9 Robert St., Worsboro Bridge, Nr. Barnsley. (Father: Samuel)


PLY/567/S (PO/741/S) Pte. Samuel PEARCE Discharged Invalided 2/4/16 (Shrapnel wnd. L.Ankle, Portsmouth Bn, Anzac Beach, 1/5/15)
A Collier. b. Cudworth, Barnsley 19/10/1888.
Next of Kin: Mother, Harriet, 126 Wellbeck St., Creswell, Mansfield, Nr. Derby. (Father: deceased)
Place of intended residence on discharge: 69 Snydale Rd., Cudworth, Nr. Barnsley.

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page Saturday 13th November 1915.
CUDWORTH LAD'S THANKS
THE SIGHTS OF THE BATTLEFIELD

Private 741 S. Pearce, Portsmouth Battalion RMLI, who is at the Dardanelles, writes to his relations at 69, Snydale Rd., Cudworth, stating that the secretary of the Grimethorpe Colliery Club had sent him a parcel of cigarettes, tobacco & a lighter, for which he was very thankful.
"The war cannot last forever. We keep clearing off the Turks & I expect there will be some rejoicing when peace is declared. I expect you would hear about the big battle. The Turks fell like skittles."
Private Pearce, it appears, had been wounded in the foot with a piece of shell, but has recovered after an operation. He further describes the last advance his Regiment made. "It was terrible, the dead & wounded being all around. Talk about bloodshed on the battlefield. I have seen more than I want to see again."


PLY 610/S L/Cpl. Charles Harold BENFELL (No.4 Coy. Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915) Demobilised 13/6/19.
A Labourer, Colliery. b. Dodworth, Barnsley, 19/6/1892.
Next of Kin: Father, Joseph, later amended to Mother, Annie, 206E St., Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
Pay address and place of intended residence on demobilization - 2 Prospect St., Barnsley.

Harold Benfell was one of three Barnsley lads who enlisted with Jack at Manchester 10/11/14.

Harold's account of the action at Sedd-ul-Bahr 4/3/15, from the Barnsley Chronicle, front page 10/6/16:-

WITH THE ROYAL MARINES
BARNSLEY LAD'S TRYING EXPERIENCES
"On March 4th 1915, our company landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular to demolish the forts and I was one of the first to put a foot on the shore. I led the way to the entrance to the forts at Sud-el-Bar and within ten minutes of the time I received two bullets - one through the top left pocket and another under my right arm. For a second I stood gazing around to see where the man was that fired but he was concealed quite safe in some little place made for the purpose. Previous to that I signalled back to the OC that all was quite clear, the place seeming to be forsaken and quite dead; but we found it very much alive. More bullets came across and I made my way inside the forts for cover, though very little was to be found. I was followed there by two other men out of my section and we considered ourselves cut off from all communication. An hour passed away before we could get out of this place and the three of us lay there on the ruined wall which had been blown down by our ship's gun. The bullets were whizzing around us and I can assure you we had a very warm time and a lively experience. We were just cooling down when a line of heads was observed above a mound 25 yards in the rear. We three thought our time had come when just at the critical moment good luck favoured us, for instead of it being the enemy it turned out to be the remainder of our platoon, and the relief was too great for words! We managed to get back safely. After that day we went to Port Said, Egypt, and awaited the great landing on the 25th of April when we again were engaged in one of the most trying positions of the Peninsular. We numbered about 1,100, and after a struggle up the high cliff at Y Beach we began a hard fight with the Turks. All that night I had my work cut out carrying ammunition and it was then when Pte. Hitchin fell."
(see Pte. Hitchen below)


 

PLY/613/S Pte. Samuel HITCHEN KIA No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn. 'Y' Beach, Gallipoli 25/4/15.

Sam Hitchen was one of three Barnsley lads who enlisted with Jack at Manchester 10/11/14.
A Collier. b. Royston, Barnsley, 19/4/1893.
Address on enlistment: Foster's Gardens, Midland Rd. Royston.
NOK: Father, David, 15 Strawberry Gardens, Royston, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Caroline)

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 19/6/15 with photo.

THE WAR VICTIMS BARNSLEY AND ROYSTON MEN WHO HAVE FALLEN.

Pte. Samuel Hitchen, whose home was at Foster's Gardens, Midland Rd, Royston, enlisted in the Royal Marines on the 6th Nov. last, & was in the Plymouth Bn. About three months ago he was sent to the Dardanelles where he has been killed. His commander wrote to the deceased soldier's parents as follows: "It is with the deepest regret that I write to you concerning the death of your son, Pte. Samuel Hitchen, who was under my command. You will be consoled in the knowledge that your son displayed the greatest bravery in all the fighting in which our Bn. was engaged. Whilst our firing line was being severely attacked by the enemy, an urgent call came from our front line for further ammunition. Volunteers were called for from our men to take the ammunition forward & a few brave men - your son amongst them - answered the call & carried up ammunition in face of a hail of bullets. It was whilst engaged in this work that your son was struck by a bullet & killed instantaneously. I can scarcely find words to express my regret at the loss of such a splendid man, & wish to offer you my deepest sympathy in your terrible loss. I can only trust you may find consolation in the knowledge that your son died most heroically in the service of his country. - Yours truly, T.L. Edwards.


 

PLY/614/S Pte. Albert Robinson DUCKWORTH MID (MID: 'Y' Beach 26/4/15) KIA No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn, Cape Helles 13/5/15 (HE Shell in Rest Camp, Cape Helles).

Albert Duckworth was one of three Barnsley lads who enlisted with Jack at Manchester 10/11/14.
A Signalman, Railway. b. Leeds, Yorks. 16/4/1890.
Resided with his brother, R.C. Duckworth at Cudworth prior to enlistment.
Next of Kin: Brother, Wilfred H., 57 Brierly St., Bury, E.Lancs.

From the 12th of May until the 26th the Plymouth Bn. was supposedly 'resting' at Cape Helles, but were found employment in digging communication trenches & building roads. On the 13/5/15 while in the process of constructing a makeshift bath in the so-called 'Rest Camp' at Cape Helles, a Turkish shell fell on a section of No.4 Coy. Plymouth Bn, wounding several & killing PLY 614/S Pte. Albert Duckworth. Pte. Duckworth, of Cudworth, had distinguished himself at 'Y' Beach during the withdrawal & was rewarded with a 'Mention in Despatches'. Pte. Horace Bruckshaw, No.4 Coy, wrote of the fatal incident 13/5/15:- "Soon after we had completed our rough & ready toilet a big shell dropped right in amongst us knocking out seven or eight. Duckworth, the man who did such good work in the landing was blown to atoms."

Harold Benfell, in his letter to the Barnsley Chronicle 10/6/16, also wrote of 'Y' Beach & his comrades, Hitchen & Duckworth:- "Pte. R. Duckworth, of Cudworth, and Pte. S. Hitching, of Royston were both in my section. Both of them met their fate while close to my side. …we went to Port Said, Egypt, and awaited the great landing on the 25th of April when we again were engaged in one of the most trying positions of the Peninsular. We numbered about 1,100, and after a struggle up the high cliff at Y Beach we began a hard fight with the Turks. All that night I had my work cut out carrying ammunition and it was then when Pte. Hitchin fell."

From Harold's statement we can see that Sam Hitchen was killed whilst bringing up ammunition at 'Y' Beach; a job much cursed & commented on by other Marines. This proves that he definitely fell on the first day of the landings at Gallipoli; a Battle Honour of great distinction for the Marines of the Plymouth Bn. (but unfortunately not for the Corps of Royal Marines, as the landing at 'Y' Beach was considered a lost opportunity, with their failure to exploit an unopposed landing & then an embarrassing withdrawal). Battle Honours are not much good to those who died, but for their descendants & Royal Marine historians it is a subject of pride, honour & remembrance for the brave men who died at 'Y' Beach, 25th & 26th of April 1915.

Unfortunately, the records kept by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) are hopelessly inaccurate with regard to the correct dates of death for Plymouth Bn. Marines. The CWGC records would have us believe that only 5 Plymouth Marines died at 'Y' Beach 25-26/4/15 & that 45 died on 3/5/15, with 4 more on the 13/5/15. Sam Hitchen is recorded as having died 13/5/15 & from the information in Harold's letter & others in the "Barnsley Chronicle" this is clearly in error. However, the CWGC are not guilty of making the errors, just of perpetuating them.

The root of the problem lies with the DHQ Adjutant aboard the HMT "Franconia" in early May 1915. Such was the chaos after 'Y' Beach & the initial landings generally, that it was not until the 4th of May that the DHQ were able to attend to the Plymouth Battalion's records. An inspection of the AFB.103s for the 49 Marines in question shows one common denominator; the Adjutant did not bother with an exact date, due to lack of time, information, witnesses & the great volume of work, so he used the catch all phrase "about the 3rd of May 1915". With this small expedience, the Adjutant drew a veil over the true date of death for 49 of the Marines killed at 'Y' Beach.


PLY/634/S Pte. Arthur PEMBERTON (Deal/1RM Gallipoli 1915 & HMS 'Orion' 1916-19) Demobilised 26/3/19.
A Shop Assistant. b. Barnsley 20/2/1895.
Absent voters list 1/10/18: 115 Doncaster Rd. (HMS Orion) - also Bro: 36448 Pte. Wilfred Pemberton Y&L (KIA 14/4/18 1/4th KOYLI, formerly 40798 Y&L).
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother,Sarah, 115 Doncaster Rd., Barnsley. (Father, Joseph)


 

PLY/635/S Pte. Charles Leonard HAITHWAITE DOW Deal Bn. 24/5/15 (GSW Throat, Cape Helles 22/5/15).
A Shop Assistant. b. Castleford, Leeds, 22/9/1893.
Mother, Mary, 12 Wilby Lane, Barnsley. Later of 30 Cemetery Rd., Barnsley. (Father, Leonard)
(brother Frederick, b. 23/10/1898, KIA 23/10/1918 9th KOYLI)

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 12/6/15.

Mr & Mrs. Haithwaite, 12, Wilby Lane, Barnsley, received an official intimation on Friday afternoon that their son Pte. Charles Leonard Haithwaite, had died from wounds received in action in the Dardanelles. Accompanying the sad news was a letter of sympathy from His Majesty King George. From subsequent information which the bereaved family have received, it appears that Pte. Haithwaite was wounded on June 1st & succumbed on June 3rd. Pte. Haithwaite, who would have been 22 years of age in Sept., resided with his parents in Wilby Lane. He was formerly employed by the Barnsley British Co-operative Society, for whom he had worked for 8 years. Latterly he had been in the furnishing Dept., & amongst all his colleagues was a very popular young fellow. In company with several other employees of the Co-operative Society he enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on Nov. 13th, for the duration of the war, & left England for service in the Dardanelles on Feb. 27th. He was attached to the Deal Bn. with the RM Bde. of the RND. Several interesting communications had been received from Pte. Haithwaite by his family. On a postcard dated May 5th, he wrote "We have been in action now nearly a week. I am all right, & so is Archie [PLY/634/S Pte. Archie Pemberton, Deal Bn.]. We lost our Col. & Major the 2nd day we were here, but then, it is all in a lifetime." [written at ANZAC Beachhead May 1915] Pte. Haithwaite was born at Castleford, but he has spent practically all his life in Barnsley. The news of the death of Pte. Haithwaite was received with the greatest regret by his fellow employees & by his very big circle of friends. At one time he played cricket for the Ardsley Club, & in that phase of life made many acquaintances. He was a popular young man, who had a very promising future, & those who knew him realised that the motives that prompted him to join His Majesty's Forces were of the highest & most commendable type. The deceased soldier's first & last letter home to his parents was dated May 17th, 1915, & read as follows: "I am all right. This is the first letter I have been allowed to write, or I would have written sooner. Since we left England I think we have been nearly all over the globe. The first month on board ship was A1 - nothing to do all day but look at the sea. Then we had a fortnight under canvas, which was OK, as we were allowed to go into town (no name) every night. It was very different to the old place though. I have met a few old pals from other Bns. I met Jim Sampson the other day [PO/740/S Pte. James Sansom, Portsmouth Bn.] the first time since we left Plymouth. Thank Mr. Wilby for sending me the photos of the Pal's Bns. I picked out one or two chaps I know. Archie, Frank Martin & Hodgson wish to be remembered to you." [PLY/634/S Pte. Archie Pemberton, PLY/673/S Pte. Frank Martin & PLY/672/S Pte. George Wm. Hodgson, all Deal Bn.] On Sunday morning a special memorial service will be held at the Buckley St. Church, with which he was identified.


Pte. Jim Murphy at Plymouth Barracks in 1914.
Original photo with reworked copy. Don't throw them damaged piccys away!

PLY/662/S L/Cpl. (Pte.) James MURPHY (Plymouth/RND Mining Coy. Gallipoli 1915-16; 2RM France 1916-17) Discharged Invalided 13/9/18 (Amputation L.Leg, 2RM Miraumont 13/2/17)
A Collier. b. Wigan, Lancs 13/12/1893.
Next of Kin and intended residence on discharge: Mother, Annie, 19 Brickyard, Jump, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Patrick)
Died 1966 buried at Hoyland Cemetery.

Jim Murphy & Ben Sinfield (see below) both from Jump, Barnsley, were the greatest of pals. They enlisted together & served together in No.3 Coy. Plymouth Bn. & the RND Mining Coy. from 8/7/15 until Ben went sick with Dysentery in Sept. 1915 & was invalided home. Jim continued to serve for the remainder of the Gallipoli Campaign & earned his ticket home with Val Littlewood aboard the HMT "Olympic" 26/2/16. Jim rejoined 2RM in France 6/6/16. At the Battle of the Ancre 13/11/16 he was wounded in both legs & spent a month in hospital before rejoining 2RM again 22/12/16. Ben had rejoined 2RM 26/11/16 from the 4th Entrenching Bn. (Reserve Bn.). Jim & Ben were reunited once again. In early Feb. 1917, whilst carrying rations up to the line, Jim was severely wounded in the left leg. He reportedly lay undiscovered for some considerable time & when they found him, his leg was frozen to the ground. His leg was later amputated at No.9 General Hospital, Rouen. Ben met his own misfortune in April 1917; taken POW at Gavrelle, along with 175 other Marines from 2RM (of which two more were Barnsley Marines). When Ben was repatriated after the war they were reunited once again in Barnsley & remained friends the rest of their lives. Jim died in 1966. Ben died in 1980.


 

PLY/663/S Pte. Ben SINFIELD (Plymouth/RND Mining Coy. Gallipoli 1915; 2RM France 1916-17) Missing at Gavrelle 28/4/17: POW Germany. Demobilised 1/4/19.
A Collier at Barrow Colliery. b. Winfield, Chesterfield, Derby 7/11/1896.
8/7/16 at Blandford Camp
(i) Drunk in Camp at 9.30pm
(ii) Creating a disturbance in Camp about 9.30pm
(iii) Violently resisting the escort and damaging false teeth of Pte. J. Binns - 7 days CB.
Next of Kin and intended residence on discharge: Mother, Martha, 12 Queens Cottages, Jump, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Benjamin)
Re-enlisted - 10/7/19 as 29075 - No. changed to 2648365, L/Cpl. Ben Sinfield, 1st Bn. Coldstream Guards.
Appointed L/Cpl. (paid) 12/11/19. Served until at least 20/3/20.....Regular Service 3 years with the colours, & 9 yrs in reserve. Returned to mining. Died of Pneumonia 30/9/80 buried at Jump Cemetery, Barnsley.
(Bros. Richard see RMA/281/S & Sidney K.W/836 AB RNVR)

Ben Sinfield described his experience at Kum-Kale with No.3 Coy. Plymouth Bn:- [4/3/15] "was the day selected to go ashore, the previous night the Braemar Castle lay sheltered under the Isle of Imbros, which was uninhabited, at Dawn we was lowered into small boats and rowed out to land. We had a little opposition and a few casualties before landing, but after it got hotter as there were about half a dozen Wind-Mills which was full of snipers so it held up our job, until they signalled back to the Navy who concentrated their fire on them and up they went like skittles, the best bit of firing I saw during the whole War. Our job completed we was brought off at night fall and put on Warships for the night, also a change of clothing as ours was wet through." This extract is from Ben's War Memoirs written in the mid 1970s. His complete text is reproduced in the appendices of my book.


PLY/664/S Pte. Horace LIVERSIDGE Discharged Invalided 27/10/15 (GSW L.Chest, Kum Kale, Dardanelles 4/3/15).
A Collier. b. Barnsley 5/4/1895.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Frances, 11 Saville Terrace, off Agnes Rd, Barnsley. (Father, Ernest)

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 11th December 1915:-

OUR SOLDIERS' LETTERS
BARNSLEY MAN'S ESCAPE FROM DEATH
A REMARKABLE AFFAIR
STRUCK BY BULLET WHICH KILLED A COMRADE

How a Barnsley man miraculously death has just been reported to us. His name is Private Horace Liversidge, RMLI, Plymouth Battalion, RND, & whose home is at 11, Saville Terrace, Agnes Rd., Barnsley. He enlisted on November 17th, 1914,& after 16 weeks' service he was wounded in action at Kum Kale. He was with the first landing party in the operations at the Dardanelles. Private Liversidge was taken on board HMS Irresistible & was transferred to the Hospital Ship Soudan only a few days before the former was torpedoed & sunk.
After being in the Base Hospital at Malta & later at Plymouth Royal Naval Hospital he was conveyed to England on April 8th last.
Private Liversidge's remarkable escape is best explained in the following paragraph which appeared in the "Western Herald":
AN EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE FROM DEATH
Today's arrivals include about 70 men who were wounded in the operations at the Dardanelles. The majority are the victims of shrapnel, but some have been wounded through rifle fire. One man, a Marine, had a very narrow escape. He was in a landing party from one of the Battleships & as the boat approached the shore, & the broken water, he was directed to sit on the knee of a sergeant to aid in steadying the little craft. A few minutes later a bullet struck him & penetrated his chest, touching the lungs, & the apex of his heart after which it came out of his back & entered the body of Sergeant Minns, killing him instantly. The Private was operated on & is now well on the way to recovery.
Private Liversidge has now been discharged "invalided" & is receiving a pension of 10s. a week. He has lost the use of his left arm.


PLY/672/S Pte. George William HODGSON (Deal/1RM Gallipoli) DOW 1RM attd. 188th LTMB, Beaumont Hamel 15/11/16 (GSW Head).
A Shop Assistant. b. Carlisle, Cumberland 25/5/1893.
Next of Kin: Mother, Mary Jane, 5 Broad St. Carlisle, Cumberland.
Worked in Barnsley prior to enlistment, at the Co-op. Society, see Charles Haithwaite PLY/635/S.


PLY/673/S Pte. Francis Patrick MARTIN (Deal Bn. Gallipoli 1915) Demobilised 26/2/19.
A Shop Assistant. b. Worsborough, Barnsley 9/3/1895.
Next of Kin and intended residence on discharge: Mother, Winifred (was Frances on ADM/159), 2 Blackburn St., Worsboro Bridge, Nr. Barnsley (Father, William)
Wife, Mrs. D. Martin, 27 Staddin Terrace, North Rd. Plymouth.
Pay address 29/1/1919: 11 Bayswater Terrace, Albert Rd. Plymouth.


PLY/674/S Pte. Voltaire LITTLEWOOD (Deal/1RM Gallipoli & France 1915-16 & 2RM 1917-18) Demobilised 11/2/19.
A Collier. b. Worsborough, Barnsley, 31/7/1893.
NOK & Add. on Dis: Mother, Frances, (Father: Herbert) 22 School St., Westgate, Barnsley.


PLY/698/S A/Cpl. (Pte.) Alfred HOTCHKISS (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France 1916) Discharged Invalided 27/7/17 (Neurasthenia, 2RM Beaumont Hamel 13/11/16).
A Collier. b. Mapplewell, Barnsley 6/2/1895.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Hannah, Wentworth Rd., Mapplewell. Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Frederick)


PLY/712/S Pte. Charles HORBURY (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915 & 1RM 1917) Demobilized 2/4/19.
A Riveter (Boiler). b. Barnsley 5/12/1891.
Next of Kin & intended residence on discharge: Mother, Charlotte, 6 Blenheim Rd. Barnsley. (Father, Richard)


PLY/742/S Pte. John William GUY (Plymouth/2RM/1RM Gallipoli 1915 & France 1916-18) Demobilized 10/2/19.
A Coal Miner. b. Normanton, Yorks 29/10/1892.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, William, Shafton Two Gates, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, deceased)


PLY/743/S Pte. Harold (Smiler) SPURR (Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli & 2RM 1916-17. Missing 2RM Gavrelle 28/4/17. POW Germany. Demobilised 13/3/19.
A Coal Miner. b. Barnsley 24/2/1893.
Next of Kin & residence on discharge: Mother, Mary, Church St., Gawber, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Joseph)
Enlisted in Pioneer Corps 10/5/40 Service No.13024998
Buried in Gawber Chuchyard.
Brother, 240099 Pte. Clifford Spurr MM, 'C' Coy. 1/5 Y&L (TF) DOW 4/1/18 age 24.

Barnsley Chronicle Mid 1917.
A well-known resident of Gawber, Pte. Harold Spurr (better known as "Smiler" Spurr), whose home was in Church St., is reported missing as from April 28th. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the Royal Marines & went out to the Dardanelles early in 1915, being wounded in June of that year. He came home & after recovering from the injuries he was sent back to the Dardanelles & thence to France.
He is a single man, 21 years of age, & before the war worked at Church Lane Colliery. He has two other brothers in France - one in the Y.& L. & another in the RFA.

Barnsley Chronicle Sat. 19th June 1948. PIT ROOF FALL KILLED FITTER.
The view that if a safety hat had been worn, the danger of receiving injury would have been minimised, was expressed at a Wakefield Inquest on Tuesday when a verdict of "Death from Misadventure" was returned on Harold Spurr (53) of 23 Mawfield Rd., Redbrook, Darton. A fitter at North Gawber Colliery, he died in Hospital after a fall of roof in the pit. Gordon Heatherbed a Deputy, of Valley Rd. Staincross, said the timbering rules had been observed & everything appeared safe when he inspected the place before the fall.
Answering Mr. J.W. Ryan, H.M. Inspector of Mines, he agreed that it would have been safer, if sprags had been set to the coal face.
Dr. J. O'Connor agreed with Mr. Ryan that if Spurr had been wearing a steel hat his chances of receiving serious injury would have been reduced. Mr. Ryan recommended that when men were getting coal they should set sprags & withdraw it by sprags.

Died Friday 11th of June 1948. Daughter Olga, son in law Ronald.


 

PLY/751/S Pte. John Fred DENTON (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France 1916-17) KIA at Miraumont 2RM 19/2/17.
A Blacksmith's Striker. b. Darton, Barnsley 23/12/1895.
Next of Kin: Mother, Rebecca, Mount Pleasant, Blacker Rd, Staincross, Nr. Barnsley.

Barnsley Chronicle March 1917.

A STAINCROSS HERO.

Information has been received of the death in action in France of Pte. J.F. Denton, RMLI, the youngest son of Mr. E. Denton, of Mount Pleasant, Staincross. The deceased, who was 20 years of age, joined the Army in Jan. 1915. Going out to the Dardanelles in the following May he was very soon wounded. Later he went to Salonica, from thence to France, & was home on leave about 6 months ago. Pte. Denton worked at the Woolley Colliery at the time he enlisted.

Barnsley Independent page 8, 24/3/17.

Barnsley Marine Killed.

Private J. F. Denton, Royal Marine Light Infantry, the youngest son of Mr. E. Denton, of Mount Pleasant, Staincross, has been killed in action. Deceased was 20 years of age, and was wounded in the Dardanelles Campaign in May 1915. He later went to Salonica, then to France, where he has fallen.


 

PLY/752/S Pte. Brice FISHER (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France) DOW 2RM 3/6/16 (Shell-fire whilst dismounting from GS Wagon, Aix-Noulette).
A Miner. b. Dewsbury, Yorks 12/11/1895.
Next of Kin: Father, John, 25 Henry St. Low Valley, Wombwell, Nr. Barnsley - later - 48 Grove St. Barnsley.

Brice was the first Barnsley Marine to be killed in France. A member of 'D' Coy. 2RM, he died on Saturday 3/6/16. Ordinarily, the precise circumstances of a man's death are unknown. However, the "Diaries of Pte. Horace Bruckshaw" record exactly how Brice met his end: "…fall in at 7pm for work up at the line. We went up to Aix Noulettes in G.S. Wagons. While going up a hill into Aix Noulettes the Germans must have spotted us for as yet it was quite light. They opened up with big shells at the road & we had a very uncomfortable time. Near the centre of the place we got out of the wagons & went forward through the village on foot. Here we were heavily shelled with high explosives & shrapnel. The section in the wagon just behind us got a shell just as they jumped down, killing one man & wounding three. Fisher, one of the wounded, died soon after.

Barnsley Chronicle Saturday June 3rd 1916, "Patriotic Pars" Page 8. the last entry in the paper. (Printed the day Brice was killed).
Only occasionally since the war broke out have we received communications from local marines and sailors. Last night's post brought along a letter which bears the signatures of the following Barnsley lads: Corporals A. Hodgkiss (Staincross), C. Alvey (Jump), Privates Brice Fisher (Barnsley), J. Guy (Cudworth), R. Stanyon (Barnsley), H. Spurr (Gawber), C. Horbury (Barnsley), F. Denton (Staincross), and Goodall (Barnsley). The letter is written by Private 752 Fisher, D Co., R.M.L.I., 2nd Royal Marine Brigade, Royal Naval Division, Eastern Med. Squadron, c/o G.P.O., London, and he says: "There are several men out here who hail from the Barnsley District and who are doing well at present. Most of us have been out here since May of last year, and though we do not get the 'Barnsley Chronicle' regularly it is very acceptable when we do. I have received one of the Tobacco parcels for which I sincerely thank you. There are several boys in the Barnsley Pals' Battalion I should like to write to but I don't know where they are. The boys who have signed this letter have been through 'the Dardanelles little lot' ".

 

Barnsley Chronicle Front page Saturday 17th June 1916.

COMRADES FALL TOGETHER
VICTIMS OF ENEMY SHELLS

Mr & Mrs J. Fisher, of 25 Henry St., Low Valley, have received official intimation to the effect that their son, Pte. Brice Fisher, RND, has been killed. The deceased & his parents formerly resided in Barnsley, & Brice enlisted in the Royal Marines in January 1915, at which time he was working at Barnsley Main Colliery. The Rev. C.W.G. Moore, Chaplain, wrote to the bereaved parents extending his deepest sympathy with them. "Part of the Coy. to which your son belonged were proceeding by motor lorry to a spot where they were to go forward to & assist in the trenches. Their movements were observed by the enemy who immediately shelled them. Your son & two of his comrades were killed & a few others wounded. Mercifully your brave son was spared much suffering as his death was almost instantaneous. I laid the body to rest in a peaceful little cemetery about a mile from the spot where he was killed. We placed a small wooden cross on his grave & I can assure you care is being taken to keep these cemeteries from neglect. From experience I know how splendidly the men of the old R.M. Brigade have faced the hardships of this war. We all hoped that before going into action again our brave comrades would have got a glimpse of their homes, but it has been ruled otherwise. Please accept my warm sympathy with you & yours in the great loss you have to bear, though one feels that such sacrifices will not be in vain, even though the end is not yet in sight."

In Brice Fisher's obituary (above), the RM Bde. Chaplain, the Reverend C.W.G. Moore, remarks on the sterling service of the "old RM Brigade" & infers that he personally thought they should all have been given home leave by now; also indicating that the 'powers that be' had refused it. John Page's obituary (below) is far more obviously disgruntled; no doubt the thoughts & feelings of his parents were behind the headline. He had left England 9/5/15 & had been serving continuously for nearly 13 months with the Plymouth/2RM Bn.


PLY/753/S Pte. Sidney GEE (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli) DOW 2RM Cape Helles, Gallipoli, 5/1/16 (Shell wnd. R.Side abdomen).
A Blacksmith's Striker. b. Darton, Barnsley, 25/12/1895.
Next of Kin: Father, Arthur, Spark Lane, Mapplewell.


PLY/756/S Pte. Robert STANYON (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France 1916) Discharged Invalided 16/8/16 (GSW L.Eye 21/6/16).
A Collier. b. Peterboro, Northants 21/8/1890.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, Robert, 24 Osbourne St., Barnsley. (Mother, Elizabeth)


PLY/788/S Pte. John BALL Plymouth Bn. DOW at Port Said 16/8/15 (GSW Both Feet, Cape Helles 15/7/15 & subsequent Dysentery).
A Collier. Born: Barnsley 12/1/1896.
NOK: Mother, Mary Ann, 39 Magnus Yard, Platts Common, Hoyland, Barnsley - later - Father, Charles, 20 Milton Rd., Jump, Nr. Barnsley.


 

PLY/793/S A/Cpl. (Pte.) John William PAGE (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France) DOW 2RM 22/6/16 (GSW L.Leg & Fracture L.Arm 21/6/16).
A Collier. b. Wombwell, Barnsley, 2/2/1891.
Next of Kin: Mother, Elizabeth, 47 King's Crescent, Edlington, Doncaster - later 70 Whinney Hill, Nr. Rotherham.

South Yorkshire Times 8th July 1916.

WOMBWELL YOUTH KILLED, NEVER HAD A HOME LEAVE.

Cpl. J.W. Page RMLI age 25, formerly of Station Rd. Wombwell, died 22nd June of wounds received the previous day in France. His parents live at 7, Whinny Hill, Rotherham. His father Mr F. Page was discharged from the Army last March after serving 179 days in the Labour Bn. of the Royal Engineers. Nineteen weeks of his service was in France. Cpl. Page enlisted in Jan. 1915 & after 10 weeks training was drafted to the Dardanelles. Subsequently he had three months rest in Egypt & was then transferred to France, where he met his death as stated. A distressing feature of this casualty is that the unhappy youth had never had a home leave after enlistment.


PLY/806/S Pte. George GOODALL (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915 & HMS 'Benbow' 1916-19) Demobilized 20/3/19.
A Collier. b. Barnsley 4/5/1895.
Next of Kin & add. on dis: Mother, Harriet, 25 Ivy Terrace, off Doncaster Rd., Barnsley. (Father, Fred)
Twice married, had one son by his 1st wife, Fred, who died age 11.


 

PLY/825/S Sgt. (Lt. RM) Colin ALVEY (Portsmouth/2RM Gallipoli & France 1916-17) Discharged 30/7/18 Granted Temp. Commission, 2/Lt. RM.
A Miner. b. Wombwell 24/5/1896.
Next of Kin: Father, George Henry, 21 East View, Jump, Barnsley. (Mother,Sarah) (14/15 Star, BWM & Vic. issued early 1920's)

Colin Alvey, pictured as a Sgt. (left) & newly commissioned 2/Lt. RM (right). Colin was an outstanding young man. Although he was amongst the last to enlist (23/3/15), he was still under-age at only 18. He joined the Portsmouth Bn. at Gallipoli 18/7/15 & transferred to 'B' Coy. of the new 2nd RM Bn. two weeks later (27/7/15). By the end of 1915 he was an Acting Corporal. On the day before the Battle of the Ancre, Lance-Sgt. Alvey was "wounded, Shell-shock" but rejoined 2RM the next day, in battle, being promoted Acting Sgt. 14/11/16. At Gavrelle in April 1917 Sgt. Alvey (promoted substantive Sgt. 7/4/17) with his No.5 Platoon of 'B' Coy. 2RM, took & held the Windmill against fierce counter-attacks, saving the day for the Marines & their reputation. His Platoon Commander, Lt. Newling, was awarded the Military Cross. Colin was rewarded with acceptance of a Commission as 2/LT. RM, & left France for 'Blighty' 18/8/17. A fine example of what Barnsley could produce for the Royal Marines & a real credit to the Corps.

Sgt. Alvey RMLI, sitting on ground front right, with Senior NCO's 'B' Coy. 2nd RM Battn. 1916-17.

Married Dora Kelley at St. Andrew's Church, Hoyland, Barnsley and in December 1920 his only son was born. Colin's records state that he re-enlisted for three years in the "Yorkshire Hussars" (TA) 24/2/1921, Army No.541479.
In 1925 the family moved from South Yorkshire to Keighley in West Riding.
In 1939/40 at the beginning of the Second World War he helped to raise the Keighley Company LDV, shortly to be renamed the Home Guard. In 1941 he obtained a temporary commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment and early in 1943 he was seconded to the Indian Army in the Indian Army Service Corps as a training officer. His service with the IASC was at Bangalore and finally at Multan in Northern India, by which time he had achieved the rank of Major IASC. After the partition of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan, Colin returned to England and civilian life. He did not claim his WW2 medals,
which must at the very least be: 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence & War Medal.
Colin had seen service in two world wars and in four different Corps/Regiments, he had survived Gallipoli and the Ancre and Arras battles in France, luckily only wounded once. He lived to see his son granted a regular commission in the Royal Marines in 1941, the Corps in which he himself was proud to have served. Not only is Colin a shining example of the high calibre of Barnsley men in the Royal Marines, being one of only two commissioned from the ranks, his services in the 2nd RM Bn. at Gavrelle, when so many Marines were lost but still won the day, were a great credit to him and the Corps.
He will be remembered as being amongst the finest of the Hostilities Only men ever enlisted into the Corps of Royal Marines. Colin died in 1978 age 82 and is buried at Keighley Cemetery.
His WW1 medals are, thankfully, with his family.


 

PLY/826/S Pte. Arthur WILKINSON (Plymouth/2RM Gallipoli & France 1916-17) KIA 2RM at Gavrelle 28/4/17.
A Newsagent. b. Castleford, Normanton,Yorks 11/8/1894.
Next of Kin: Father, Eliahja, a Glass-blower, 35 Spencer St., Barnsley - later - Wife, Mrs. A. Wilkinson. c/o W. Harrison, Carlton Green, Carlton, Nr. Barnsley.

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 4/8/17. CARLTON GREEN SOLDIER MISSING
Mrs Arthur Wilkinson, of Carlton Green, near Barnsley, would welcome any news concerning her husband, Private A. Wilkinson, Ply 826 S RMLI, who is reported missing since April 28th of this year. Pte. Wilkinson went to the Dardanelles in July of 1915, thence to France last year, and was home on leave in February. Before the war he worked for Messrs. J. Lodge & Sons. Ltd. Barnsley.

BARNSLEY INDEPENDENT 29th December 1917 page 8.
A STAINCROSS HERO.
Several months ago Arthur Wilkinson, Royal Naval Marines, of Staincross, & formerly of Stairfoot, was reported missing & his wife has now been officially notified of his death. The deceased had served in Gallipoli, & later in France. He was about 23 years of age & was for many years an assistant to Messrs. J. Lodge & Sons, wholesale newsagents etc., Barnsley.


PLY/843/S Pte. Clifford Charles BRAMLEY (RM Cyclists Coy. Gallipoli, 2RM 1916-17 & 188th Bde. HQ 1917-18) Demobilized 8/2/19.
An Engine Cleaner, Colliery. b. Barnsley 27/3/1896.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Sister, Mrs Fanny Eliza Audin, Bloomfield Rd., Darton, Nr. Barnsley.

 


 

Barnsley men enlisted for Long- service with the Plymouth Division RMLI (11)

PLY/14665 Pte. Herbert Harry LEE (Plymouth Bn. at Antwerp 1914, Gallipoli 1915, HMS 'Powerful 1916-19) Discharged 1920 Time Expired.
A Labourer, Iron Foundry. b. St. Mary's Barnsley 6/5/1890. Enlisted: York 16/9/1908 age 18.
Enrolled in RFR as Ply/B/1549 16/9/20 for 5 years. Discharged RFR 30/5/21 "In receipt of Disability Pension"
Next of Kin on enlistment: Mother, Mary Brocklesbury, 68 Copper St., Barnsley - later amended to 3 Rockingham Sq., Foundry St., Barnsley - Again amended to Wife, 80 Castlereagh St., Barnsley.


PLY/16969 Pte. James Dawson HAYES (RND Divl. Train, Alexandria 1915-16, France 1916) Discharged Invalided 30/5/17 (Pulmonary Tubercle).
A Collier. b. Barnsley, Yorks. 16/9/1895.
8/1/15 Breaking from guard, striking guard CO, & threatening with a knife two Naval Police - 42 days detention at Portsmouth.
Next of Kin & intended residence on discharge: Grandmother, J., 143 Doncaster Rd., Barnsley. (Father, John, Mother, Marion) ; No trace in UK Civil Deaths 1917-24.


PLY/17666 Pte. Richard JAGGER (2RM Gallipoli 1915, France 1916-17) Discharged Invalided 5/11/19 (Heart Disease)
A Collier. b. Worsborough, Barnsley 4/2/1897.
Next of Kin and intended residence on discharge: Father, William Henry, (Mother, Martha) 10 West St., Worsborodale, Nr. Barnsley.
Returned to Mining, at Wharncliffe Woodhouse Colliery 1,2,3. Involved in pit accident.
Lt. Home Guard WW2 Burton Grange, Monk Bretton.
Wife, Winifred Mary, Had 3 Sons, Alvin KIA RE Poland, Colin & Stanley.
Died 22/8/1980 & interred at Monk Bretton Cemetery.


PLY/17698 Pte. Frank MARKHAM (2RM Gallipoli 1915) Discharged Invalided 13/3/16 (Heart Disease)
A Shop Assistant. Born: Barnsley 12/4/1897.
Next of Kin and intended residence on discharge: Father, Gervaise, 16 Honeywell St., Barnsley. (Mother, Annie Sophia)


 

PLY/17703 A/Cpl. (Pte.) Harry HIGHAM (HMS 'Valiant' 1916-18 & 1RM France 1918-19) Discharged 24/9/22 with Bonus on Reduction.
A Collier. b. Barnsley 1/5/1898.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Father, Fred, 3 Sunderland Terrace, Barnsley.

At the end of May 1918 L/Cpl. Harry Higham arrived at the RND Base Depot, Calais. L/Cpl. Higham had been posted to the new battleship HMS "Valiant" 13/1/16-20/1/18; part of the 5th Battle Squadron at Jutland 31/5/16. His sea-service was chequered with minor offences. In two years aboard "Valiant" he accumulated 65 days FP No.10, was deprived his 1st GCB & 14 days pay, finishing with 10 days in cells & 30 days FP No.14, 7/1/18, when found drunk in one of the 6" gun casemates, celebrating his imminent draft ashore. The majority of Barnsley's sea-service Marines seemed unhappy with their lot & most incurred offences attempting to relieve the boredom of shipboard life.

In September 1918, at the Battle of the Canal -du-Nord, Harry received a bayonet wound to his right foot. He was evacuated to hospital but later rejoined 1RM. The nature of L/Cpl. Higham's wound sounds a bit odd; was it an accident? Did he tread on a bayonet? Usually the reason would never be known. However Harry Higham's son, Alan, remembered what his father told him of this incident.

Harry was searching a line of German prisoners in a captured trench, with his mate covering them with his rifle. When halfway down the line, a German near the end of the line grabbed a rifle with fixed bayonet from a pile of salvaged weapons lying nearby & came running at Harry to do him in. Harry's mate shot the German but as Harry was hurriedly backing-up, the falling German put his bayonet into Harry's boot. This was recounted to his son many years later, still bearing the bayonet scar on his right foot & pointing out from a group photo (since lost) the mate who had saved his life that day, adding that he was killed later in the war. Harry expressed his disbelief that the German Prisoner, although he had no chance of escape & knowing he would be shot down, still went ahead & tried to bayonet him. He then warned his son, "Let that be a lesson to you, never to trust a German."


PLY/17704 Pte. Cyril LEATHER Discharged Invalided 20/4/15 at Deal Recruit Depot (eyesight). Cyril was not discouraged. He re-enlisted with 12th York & Lancs. (Sheffield Pals) & was posted to the 13th York & Lancs. (1st Barnsley Pals). He died at Wimereux 17/7/16, from wounds received in action at Serre 1/7/16.
A Collier. b. Wombwell, Barnsley 12/5/1897. Before the war he worked at Wombwell Main Colliery.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Elizabeth Elson, Pearsons Field, Wombwell, Barnsley. (Father, Isaiah)


PLY/17831 Pte. (RFR B/1655 Mne.) George Henry STEEPLES (HMS 'Fox' 1915-18) Discharged 'Free' 25/2/22 (RFR until 1936)
A Collier. b. Gawber, Barnsley 17/4/1896.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Father, E., Poplar House Yard, Church St., Gawber, Nr. Barnsley - later changed to Miss A. Allott,
Cooperators Terrace, Gawber, Nr. Barnsley. Ht. on Discharge: 5ft. 5 & 3/4ins.
Next of Kin on discharge: Wife, Lily, 36 Clayton's Yard, Northumberland St. Huddersfield, Yorks.
Address on discharge: Father's address seen above.

Awarded RFR LSGC 17/9/30. Discharged from RFR Class 'B' 16/4/36 "attained age of 40 years" £100 gratuity awarded.


PLY/17832 Pte. (RMA/15923 Gnr. & PO/215923 Mne.) James Stevens DUNCAN (HMS 'Valiant' 1916-17, RMA Siege Train France 1918)
An Engine Driver, Colliery. b. Stairfoot, Barnsley 25/1/1897.
Enlisted RMLI: Manchester 4/1/15 age 17. 26/9/17 - Transferred to RMA as RMA/15923 Gunner 2nd Class.
Rank changed to Marine & No. to PO/215923 from 22/6/23.
Awarded RN LSGC & paid £20 LSGC Gratuity 1/4/30.

Discharged 4/5/43 Medically Unfit.
NOK: (on enlistment in RM's) Uncle, Mr T. Duncan, 242 Sheffield Rd., Barnsley, (on transfer to RMA) - Brother: Irvine, 24 Kasifrall Rd., Kingstone Place, Barnsley; 9/3/1921 Wife, Gladys, 55 Mion Rd., Milton; Sept 1939, Wife, Gladys, 29 Bramsbury Rd., Milton, Portsmouth.

RM Pensioner 12991 - DD 1/3/1971.


PLY/18324 Pte. Lewis PRIESTLEY (HMS 'Glorious 1916-19) Discharged Invalided 20/11/19 (Varicocele Left.)
A Collier. b. Barnsley 24/7/1898. Enlisted: Manchester 13/8/15 age 17.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Stepfather, Walter Silvester, Courtill Views, Carlton, Nr. Barnsley - later and intended residence on discharge: Mother, Clegg's Terrace, Spark Lane, Mapplewell.


PLY/18342 Pte. (Mne.) George SHARP (brother of PO/15555 J.W. Sharp) (3rd RM Bn. Mudros 1916-19) A Labourer (Colliery). b. Gainsborough, Lincs. 20/3/1898. Enl: Manchester 1/11/15 age 17.
NOK on enl: Parents: Fred'k & Eliza, 82 Princess St., Barnsley.
29/6/33: NOK & Home add: Wife, Lily, 97 Princess St., Barnsley.
10/7/31 Awarded RN LSGC.
NOK July 1945: Wife, Lily, 5 Grosvenor Terrace, Warmsworth Rd., Balby, Doncaster.

Discharged 29/9/45 Released to Class 'A'.


 

PLY/18561(RFR/B/1630) Pte. Frank MAKINGS (HMS 'Lion' 1917-19) Discharged "Free" 4/2/22. (RFR until KIA HMS 'Courageous' 17/9/39)

Frank Makings was a 17 year old Miner at the Carlton Main Colliery, Grimethorpe in 1915. He enlisted at Manchester 25/10/15, & served with HMS "Lion" 1/1/17 - 30/9/19. In 1920 he joined HMS "Colleen" the RM Guard at Haulbowline, Queenstown, Ireland. He was unhappy in Ireland & incurred some displeasure: -

12/7/20 Neglect of Duty as Sentry. (i) Was lounging about on his post. (ii) Did "present arms" in a slovenly manner. (iii) Was dirty and unshaved on Sentry Duty: 3 days No.15.

13/7/20 Did willfully disobey an order given to him by PLY 11080 Clr. Sgt. P.H. Witts RMLI to fall in for extra drill: 7 days in cells & forfeits 1st GCB.

11/8/20 (i) Did make use of insubordinate language towards PLY 16706 Cpl. F.S. Paull DSM MID RMLI. (ii) Did make use of obscene language towards the said Cpl. Paull: 21 days Detention. (His 1st GCB was restored 9/3/21).

He returned to the UK in Feb. 1922 & was Discharged "Free." He immediately enrolled in the RFR, & then returned home to Hawthorne Cottage, Grimethorpe, Nr. Barnsley. Just before the outbreak of WW2, Frank was still with the RFR & was mobilised to Plymouth; joining the Aircraft Carrier HMS "Courageous" 1/8/39. He was lost when the ship was torpedoed 17/9/39.

NOK (August 1939): Wife, Annie Elizabeth, 3 Vaughan Terrace, Great Houghton, Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Times Sat. Sept. 23 1939.

GREAT HOUGHTON CASUALTY

LOST IN SINKING OF H.M.S. COURAGEOUS

THROUGH GREAT WAR WITHOUT A SCRATCH

A telegram reached Mrs Annie Makings on Wednesday at dinner time from the War Office, stating that her husband, Mr. Frank Makings, had gone down in the Aircraft Carrier "Courageous," which was torpedoed on Sunday. The telegram stated "Deeply regret to report death of your husband from War service. Marines, Plymouth." The message dashed the hopes of Mrs Makings, & her three daughters & two sons, who had held out hope of Mr. Makings' survival, since they saw the name of "Frank Meakin" amongst the list of survivors on the "Courageous." They thought this was a misprint for "Makings." Mr Frank Makings, who was 41 & resided at Vaughan Terrace, Great Houghton, was attached to the Royal Marines, & went through the Great War without receiving a scratch. He saw service on HMS Lion & HMS Furious. When war broke out he was called up with the Reservists, & his wife received a letter from him on Monday morning. He was of a very cheerful disposition & well known at Great Houghton, where he was a member of Great Houghton Working Men's Club. He worked at Grimethorpe Colliery. Last week he wrote a letter to his daughter, Miss Olive Makings, who is engaged in domestic service, & asked her to look after her mother. She is the eldest daughter of a family of three daughters & two sons. Mr Makings was the first man in the District known to have actually been engaged in action during the war as yet.


 

Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Chatham Division RMLI (2)

 

Left: Isaac Parr ; Right: Jackson Parr.

CH/1372/S L/Cpl. Jackson Webster PARR (1RM France 1916-17) Commisioned 2/Lt. KOYLI 24/9/17. DOW 2/4th KOYLI 29/3/18 (GSW Abdomen).
A Miner. b. Staincross 6/8/1898. Next of Kin: Father, Richard, Mount Pleasant, Blacker Rd., Staincross, Nr. Barnsley.

Jackson Parr had left 1RM in March 1917 for a temporary commission with the regular army. He joined 'C' Coy. 2/4th Bn. KOYLI in France 16/12/17 & died at No.3 Canadian CCS, Gezaincourt, from a bullet wound penetrating his abdomen, received in action at Hebuterne. 2/Lt. Parr's brother, CH 1373/S Pte. Isaac Vernon Parr was serving in 1RM at this time, only a few miles south of where his younger brother was mortally wounded.

Barnsley Chronicle 13/4/18 page 4.

LATEST CASUALTIES. STAINCROSS OFFICER FALLS. SECOND-LIEUT. J.W. PARR.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Parr, of Mount Pleasant, Blacker Road, Staincross, have received the sad intimation that their son, Second-Lieut. J.W. Parr, M.C., K.O.Y.L.I., died of wounds received in action on Good Friday. The deceased, who was 19 years of age - 20 in August next - was a gallant and promising officer who had been commissioned from the ranks. He had evidently won the distinction of M.C. (Military Cross) just prior to his death, as the first intimation of it was in the official notification of his death. Lieut. Parr was an enthusiastic young soldier. As a youth, he was keenly devoted to the Boy Scout movement at Mapplewell. On January 1st 1916, he and his brother, Isaac Vernon Parr, together joined the Royal Marine light Infantry. The two brothers trained together, went out to France at the same time, and served in the trenches together. Subsequently the young soldier who has now fallen was transferred to the Army Transport, and was given a commission with the "Koylies". He returned to France as Sec.-Lieut., in December last, and up to the time he was fatally wounded had come through without a scratch. Prior to joining the Forces he was a clerk in the offices of the West Riding Miners' Permanent Relief Fund, Church Street, Barnsley, and also at the Mottram Wood Colliery, Harbro' Hills Road. His brother Vernon was wounded on February the 18th last year, and is still on service with the Marine Light Infantry, whilst another brother, the eldest, William Longley Parr, was badly wounded at Ypres in May, 1915, and has been discharged. Company Sergt.-Major R. Jones, of Barnsley, an old Territorial who served in the Boer War, is a son in law of Mr Parr, and is with the local Battalions on the Western Front.

The CWGC record Jackson Parr as having been awarded the MC (in error) & his grave at Gezaincourt reads 2/Lt. J.W. Parr MC.

Next of Kin: Father, Richard (age 57), Mount Pleasant, Blacker Rd. Staincross, Nr. Barnsley. Mother, Mary Ann (age 50) ;
3 Sisters: Ann (age 26), Elizabeth (age 18), Laura (age 16) ; 2 Brothers: Isaac Vernon, Thomas (age 14) and Nephew: Eric Godfrey (age 7). Possible lady friend: Edith Baraclough, Grammar School House Royston, Nr. Barnsley: (Letter to WO on behalf of family 2/4/1918) When the War Office wrote to Richard Parr informing him of his son's death, an error was made by the Lady Clerk, in that she wrote the letters MC after his name. This caused complications in that Mr Parr wrote asking for confirmation that his son had been awarded an MC and for the matter to be taken up with the C. in C. He also wrote asking if an error had been made, as he had read in a Leeds Newspaper that a 2nd Lt. J.W. Barr of the 5th Bn the Black Watch had been KIA 24/3/1918.This coupled with the fact that the WO had lost his Will, made for an unnecessarily long series of correspondence with the WO. It was 26/6/1918 before the WO wrote apologising for their secretarial mistake indicating the award of an MC. Meanwhile the WO had continued to use MC in correspondence when referring to Lt. Parr. Eventually in Nov. 1918 the WO agreed to pay the sum of £63 to Mrs Mary Ann Parr.


 

CH/1373/S L/Cpl. Isaac Vernon PARR (1RM France 1916-18) Demobilized 17/2/19.
A Miner. b. Staincross 27/10/1895.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, Richard, Mount Pleasant, Blacker Rd., Staincross, Nr. Barnsley.
Isaac returned to mining after the war, married a nurse, Louise, and went to live at Goldthorpe.
Louise died and Isaac remarried, Jane, and moved to Thurnscoe. He worked at Hickleton Pit, between Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe.
He died in 1968/69 and is buried in Thurnscoe Cemetery, Nr Barnsley.


 

Barnsley men enlisted for Long-service with the Chatham Division RMLI (11)

 

CH/19037 Pte. (Mne.) George THEWLIS (HMS 'Ebro' 1915-18) Discharged Invalided 4/11/25.
A Junior Clerk. b. Stairfoot ,Barnsley 13/2/1895.
Next of Kin: Sister: E., 25 Doncaster Rd., Barnsley - later & address on dicharge: Wife, Estelle, 12 Kaye St., Saville Town, Dewsbury, Yorks.


CH/19115 (CH/3496/S) Pte. William GOULDING (Scapa Flow Shore Batteries 1915-16, HMS 'Marshal Soult' 1917-18) 8/3/1920 Demobilized.
A Coal Miner. b. Barnsley 2/3/1896.
Next of Kin: Aunt: Mrs Riley, Primrose Cottage, Coupland Rd., Garforth, Nr. Leeds.
Next of Kin & address on Discharge: Aunt, Mrs Riley, 78 Sturton Terrace, East Garforth, Nr. Leeds.

Men that were connected with the Wesleyan Reform Church, Hunningley Lane, Stairfoot, and who served their country in The Great War. (All 250 Names were copied from the War Memorial housed within the church). The memorial was unveiled on Saturday, March 9th, 1918, by Sir Joseph
Walton Bart.
The inscription carved in wood above the memorial reads as follows:-
MEN CONNECTED WITH THIS CHURCH WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR.
GOULDING, William. Royal Marine L.I. Private.


CH/19266 Pte. Horace Francis OWEN (HMS 'Russell' 1915-16, 3rd RM Bn. Mudros 1916-18, 1RM France 1918) Discharged on Compassionate Grounds 15/11/19.
A Collier. b. Walsaw, Stafford. 19/6/1896.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Father, Frank, 23 Albion Rd., Stairfoot, Nr. Barnsley (Mother, Elizabeth)
Next of Kin on discharge: Wife, Lavinia, same address.
Brother, 53034 Pte. Harold Ernest Owen, 2nd Bn. West Yorks. Regt. DD 28/3/18 age 19.


CH/19316 Pte. Arthur William GARFORTH (HMS 'Fiona' 1915-17, 1RM France 1918) Demobilized 6/2/19.
A Coal Miner (New Monckton Colliery). b. Cudworth 3/7/1895.

Next of Kin: Father, Richard C., 14 Charles St., Cudworth, Nr. Barnsley (Mother, Emily).
Address on discharge: 86 Swan Lane, Lockwood, Huddersfield.


CH/19317 Pte. Charles Edward WASSELL Chatham/1RM Bn. Gallipoli. DOW 1RM 4/9/15 (BW Skull, Cape Helles 3/9/15).
A Coal Miner (New Monckton Colliery). b. Allerton, Bywater, Leeds 11/7/1896.
Next of Kin: Father, S.J., 18 Charles St. Cudworth, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Elizabeth)

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page 9/10/15.

CUDWORTH SOLDIER VICTIMS PRIVATE C.E. WASSELL, R.M.L.I.

Information has come to hand from the Record Office, Royal Naval Division, London, that Pte. C.E. Wassell, who resided with his mother at 18, Charles St., Cudworth, died from wounds received in action on the Gallipoli Peninsular, on September 4th last. The deceased was formerly a member of the Cudworth Boys' Life Brigade, under Captain Curry, & played one of the side drums. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Chatham Batt. 1st RM Batt. 2nd Brigade, RND. It will be noted that he & Pte. J. Hann, whose death is also announced in this issue resided in the same house at Cudworth. A letter of sympathy from the Admiralty, signed by the Right Hon. Arthur J. Balfour, has been received by his mother. A memorial service has been held in Cudworth Church a few days ago, when the present members of the Boys' Brigade attended as a mark of respect.


CH/19403 Pte. John CLEGG (RM Cyclist Coy. Gallipoli 1915-16, 1RM France 1916) DOW 1RM Beaumont Hamel 13/11/16.


 

Private Hoyle at Deal Recruit Depot in 1914. (back row far right with satchel & poor focus).

CH/19444 Cpl. (A/Sgt.) George Henry HOYLE (HMS 'Africa' 1915-18)
Discharged Invalided 13/7/21.
A Railway Porter. b. Elland, Halifax, Yorks 28/3/1895.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Emily, 36 James St., Barnsley.

Private Hoyle in 1918 (left) & Corporal Hoyle at Malta in 1919 (HMS "Bryony")


CH/19450 Cpl. Richard DIXON (HMS 'Yarmouth 1915-18, HMS 'Biarritz' 1918-19) Discharged in order to return to former civil employment with the Strafford Collieries near Barnsley. 10/3/19.

Born Kimberley S. Africa 11/9/1896 (to England age 9 months). Left school age 13 & worked for 5 years at Strafford Colliery (Rob Royd). NOK: Mother, Lucy Ann, 5 Dodworth Bottom, Barnsley (Father, Richard). HMS "Yarmouth" (Gunlayer) Battle of Jutland 31/5/16.

13/7/18 Promoted Cpl.

Address on discharge: 1 Pilly Hill, Dodworth, Barnsley (The Miners Inn). He married Emily Senior in 1919 & moved to a small terraced house in Silver St., Dodworth. Emily worked as a Farmhand at Water-Royd Farm, Dodworth, prior to her marriage & family of 10 children: 5 boys & 5 girls. Richard worked at the Wentworth Silkstone Collieries, Dodworth until 1922, when he lost a son age 18 months from meningitis. This led him towards religion & he qualified as a Preacher at the Rosehill Wesleyan Reform Chapel. He died age 42 from asthma 2/2/1939 & was buried in Dodworth Churchyard.

Richard Dixon, front right, with pipe & accordian.

Richard & Emily.

Reverse of Richard Dixon's 14-15 Star.


CH/19670 Pte. George WALSH (HMS 'King Edward VII' 1915-16, HMS 'Royal Oak' 1916-18) Discharged Invalided 1/4/19 (Seborrhoea of Scalp).
A Collier. b. Outwood, Wakefield, Yorks. 17/12/1897.
Next of Kin: Father, John W., 25 Willies Rd., Old Carlton, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Deceased)
Address on discharge: 6 The Avenue, Royston, Nr. Barnsley.


CH/19686 Pte. William HIRST (HMS 'Sir Thomas Picton' 1915-19) Discharged on compassionate grounds 22/11/19.
A Glass Blower. Born: Barnsley 17/6/1897.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Father, J.C., 5 Wellington Rd., Hoyle Mill, Barnsley - on discharge: Mother, Ada, same address.


CH/20217 Pte. Joseph WHITTAKER (HMS 'Indomitable' 1916-20) Discharged " Free" 21/1/20.
A Collier (Earl Fitzwilliams Elsecar Main Colliery). b. Sheffield,Yorks 9/6/1898.
NOK & address on dicharge: Aunt: Mrs. C., 5 Lily Terrace, Jump, Nr. Barnsley.
Enrolled in RFR for 5 years, No. CH/ B/2521, 22/1/1920.
Discharged RFR 9/11/24, re-enlisted at Manchester for Long Service, Chat. Div. 10/11/24 New No. CH/24429.
Home add: as before & unmarried.
30/6/28 - Discharged at Devonport, Auckland N.Z. 30/6/28 "At own request on payment of the Regulated amount of £24". Parents both deceased.
NOK & add. on Dis: Wife, Annie Elizabeth Jane, 130 Victoria St. (West), City, Auckland, NZ.


 

Barnsley men enlisted for Long-service with the Portsmouth Division RMLI (20)

 

PO/15555 Pte. John William SHARP (brother of PLY/18342 G. Sharp) (Portsmouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915-16, France 1916-17). 5/6/22 Discharged to Pension on reduction (with advance Bonus of £25). Address on Dis: 86 Princess St., Barnsley.
A Boiler Maker. b. Littlegate, Grantham, Lincoln 1/3/1892.
NOK on enlistment 1909: Father, Frederick, 59 Coultham St., Lincoln - from 9/1939 wife, Minnie, 63 Princess St., Barnsley.
Ports. Div. UK (Mobilisation) 28/9/38-21/9/39.
Emb: HMS Royal Arthur 22/9/39-5/4/45.
Ports. Div. UK 6/4/45-10/7/45 released with indefinite exemption from recall.
Add: 63 Princess St., Barnsley.


PO/17296 Pte. John Reginald Binns HELLEWELL (Portsmouth Bn. Antwerp 1914, Gallipoli 1915) Discharged Invalided 8/3/16 (GSW L.Hand, Anzac Beachhead 3/5/15)
A Messenger. b. Ardsley, Barnsley 17/11/1895.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Agnes, 44 Foster St., Stairfoot, Nr. Barnsley. (Father: S. Hellewell, deceased)


PO/17305 Pte. Henry EAMES (Portsmouth/2RM Dunkirk 1914, Gallipoli 1915-16, France 1916) Discharged Invalided 21/7/19 (Papula Eczema).
A Pony Driver (Coal Miner) b. Castleford, Yorks. 16/7/1895.
Next of Kin 14/6/1917 and address on discharge: Father, James, 45 Church St., Royston, Barnsley. (Mother deceased)


PO/17645 Pte. Arthur BEAUMONT (HMS 'Royalist' 1915, HMS 'Avoca' 1916-17) 20/4/17 Run. Not to be claimed for further service in Royal Marines.
A Collier. b. Darton, Barnsley 17/5/1894.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Father, Samuel, Woodlands, Darton, Barnsley - later from 12/3/16 - Mother, Clara, 1 Dearne St., Darton, Nr. Barnsley. (14/15 Star, BWM & Vic. Forfeited by Desertion)

20/4/17 - Run, Deserted at Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada, in company with two other Marines, PO/17548 Pte. Benjamin HILL & PO/16723 Pte. Albert Percival WEBB.

Married twice, 1st wife had one daughter then died ; 1928 2nd wife, Alice, had 3 more kids, 2 girls & 1 boy ; died 1977 just before 83rd birthday at Kexborough, buried at Darton Churchyard.


PO/17945 Pte. Herbert HESKETH (RM Garrison Cromarty 1915-18, 1RM France 1918) Discharged 29/10/21 having paid the Regulation amount of £24.
A Weaver, Cotton Mill. b. Barnoldswick, Yorks. 3/2/1896.
NOK on enl: Father, 8 Pendle View, Higham, Barnsley - from 8/5/18 & Add. on Dis: Wife, Ivy, 28 Bright St., Colne, Lancs.
Absent voters list 1/10/18: Higham, Barugh Polling District. (Pte. RND).
Enrolled in RFR Class 'B' for a period of 5 years 30/10/21 No. PO/B/1992.
Jan 1930 awarded RFR LSGC.


PO/18044 Pte. Edward Lennard MATTHEWS (HMS 'Princess Margaret 1915-19) Discharged "Free" 11/5/20.
A Collier. b. Bamford, Derbyshire 20/12/1893.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Mary Ann, Milners Court, Old Mill, Barnsley.


PO/18045 Pte. Harold PARKIN (2RM Gallipoli 1915, HMS 'Renown' 1916-19) Discharged "Free" 6/2/20.
A Roperunner, Coal Pit. b. Hoyle Mill, Barnsley 15/12/1896.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Elizabeth,12 Lord St., Hoyle Mill, Barnsley.


PO/18046 Pte. Frank HIRST (HMS 'Hindustan' 1915-16, HMS Royal Sovereign' 1916-18) Discharged on compassionate grounds 29/11/19.
A Machine Fitter. b. Measboro Dyke, Barnsley 27/1/1897.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Father, G.W., 1 King St., Stairfoot, Nr. Barnsley - from 15/9/1915, Mother, Harriet, same address.
Address on discharge (& now mother's address): 29 Field Lane, Stairfoot, Barnsley.


PO/18081 Pte. Thomas HUME (HMS 'Barham' 1915-16, 3rd RM Bn. Mudros 1916-18, 1RM France 1918) KIA 1RM 27/9/18.
A Pony Driver, North Gawber Colliery. b. Gawber, Barnsley 4/8/1897.
Next of Kin: Father, George, 19 Jackson's Yard, Gawber, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Elizabeth)
Thomas was the eldest of four brothers, Harry, Frank & Wilfred, with a sister, Alice b. 1914.
His BWM & Vic. were issued to his Legatee in the early 1920's, however the 14/15 Star to which Pte. Hume was entitled is noted on the Medal Roll as being "Found on Stock" and returned to the Mint).


PO/18119 Pte. Eli ROBINSON (HMS 'Iron Duke' 1915-20) Discharged "Free" 12/4/20.
A Glass Blower b. Barnsley 2/5/1896.
Next of Kin: Father, J., 6 Richard St., Racecommon Rd., Barnsley - from 6/11/1918 - Mother, 3 Richard St., Dodworth Rd., Barnsley.
Add. on dis: 3 Richards St., Racecommon Rd., Barnsley.


PO/18373 Pte. Frank BUTLER (HMS 'Hercules' 1915-20) Discharged "Free" 28/1/22.
A Glass Button Maker. b. Barnsley 19/11/1897.
Next of Kin & add. on dis: Mother, Mrs. T. Longbottom or Minnie Ada, 34 Sherwood St., Barnsley.
Enrolled in RM Reserve Class B. as PO/B/2025 for a period of 5 years 29/1/22.


PO/18374 Pte. Robert John PINKNEY (2RM Gallipoli 1915, HMS 'Renown 1916-17, HMS Glory 1917-18) 24/9/1919 Dis. on compassionate grounds.
A Collier. b. Barnsley 4/7/1897.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Alice, 31 Sycamore St., Barnsley. (Father, Robert)

Barnsley Chronicle 17th June 1916.
From a training camp we have received the following: "June 12th - Sir, - would you kindly do me a favour by trying to find Mrs Sykes, of Wombwell, near Barnsley, & ask her if she will kindly let me know the whereabouts of her son, Pte. J. Sykes, of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. He is a good pal of mine. I last saw him in the Dardanelles, when he was in good health, but I have not heard from him since.
I would like his mother to send me his address to Pte. R.F. Pinkney. 18374 RMLI, 26 Room, F. Coy. Forton Barracks, Gosport, Hants."


PO/18420 Pte. Joseph SYKES (2RM Gallipoli 1915-16, France 1916) 15/11/1917 Discharged Invalided from RN Hosp. Haslar for Traumatic Neurasthenia. (Beaumont Hamel 13/11/16)
A Collier. b. Wombwell, Barnsley 26/12/1896.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Lydia Vaughan, 12 Myrtle Rd., Wombwell, Barnsley. (Father, deceased)


PO/18421 Pte. Matthew PICKERING (2RM Gallipoli 1915, HMS 'Renown' 1916-17, HMS 'Mersey' 1917-18) Discharged Invalided 9/10/19 Thrombosis of left leg, Seq. Influenza.
A Collier. b. Dodworth, Barnsley 7/2/1897.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Sarah Elizabeth, 112 Water Royd Farm, Dodworth, Barnsley. (Father, Harry)


PO/18448 Pte. Alfred BRIGHTMAN (HMS 'Queen Elizabeth' 1916) Discharged Invalided 18/10/16 (Paresis of R.Arm & Leg.).
A Collier. b. Worsley, Barnsley 22/11/1897.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Laura B., Barnsley Rd., Birdwell, Barnsley. (Father: Deceased)


PO/18474 Pte. Leonard BEAUMONT (2RM Gallipoli 1915, France 1916-17) POW 2RM Gavrelle 28/4/17. Transferred to RN as SS/122349 A/Stoker 1st Class 28/6/19. 19/2/20 Free discharge.
A Miner. b. Hemmingfield, Nr. Barnsley 28/6/1896.
Next of Kin: Mother, Olive, Cemetery Rd., Hemmingfield, Nr. Barnsley.


PO/18478 Pte. Francis BOYLE (HMS 'Neptune' 1915-19, HMS 'Odin' 1919-1920) Discharged "Free" 12/4/20.
A Miner. b. Wigan, Lancs. 5/12/1897.
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Catherine, 14 Browns Square, Hemmingfield, Nr. Barnsley.
Enrolled in the RFR as PO/B/1934 for a period of 5 years 13/4/20.
Awarded Africa Gen. Service Medal with clasp "Somaliland 1920" (HMS Odin) 11/11/21.
Awarded RFR LSGC March 1931.


PO/18878 Pte. Fred CLAYTON (HMS 'Canada' 1916-19) Discharged "Free" 3/6/20.
A Miner. b. Staincross, Barnsley 8/8/1897.
Run - deserted 21/3/19 - 1/4/19.
1/4/19 - Did desert from HMS Canada, Noon March 21st, Was apprehended in plain clothes by civil police at Barnsley & brought on board 9am 1st April in uniform - 60 days detention. 10 days detention remitted for GC, Mjr. E.P. Buchanan, Superintendent Detention Bks., Stirling.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Hannah, Co-operative Buildings, Mapplewell, Nr. Barnsley.
(BWM & Vic. Forfeited by Desertion)


PO/19018 (RFR PO B/1982 Mne.) Pte. Lawrence KENWORTHY (RM Garrison Cromarty 1916-21) Discharged 9/7/21 having paid £36. (RFR Jap POW 1941-45)

A Miner. b. Barnsley 29/10/1897. Enlisted: Manchester 25/10/15 age 17.
NOK: Father, Alfred, 3 High St, Grimethorpe, Nr. Barnsley.

Pte. Kenworthy was one of the last Barnsley men to enlist for 12 years Long-service. He did not serve overseas in WW1, & spent the whole of the war with the RM Garrison at Cromarty Firth. He purchased his discharge in 1921 & returned to his wife, Rose, at 3 High St, Grimethorpe, Nr. Barnsley. However, he enrolled in the RFR immediately on discharge from the RMLI. At the beginning of WW2, Lawrence was still with the RFR & was mobilised to Portsmouth. He wound up in Hong Kong & was captured by the invading Japanese 12/12/41. He was liberated in August 1945 & repatriated. He was discharged invalided 3/6/46 for "Poor eyesight & seq. malnutrition." Lawrence was permanently affected by the inhumane & cruel treatment in the Jap POW Camp & suffered both mentally & physically for the rest of his life. Buried in Grimethorpe Cemetery.


PO/19916 Pte. Harold BELLAMY (1RM France 1918) Discharged invalided 14/8/19 (Meningocele skull)
A Locomotive Cleaner. b. Rockley Woodhouse, Barnsley 8/6/1899.
Next of Kin (4/4/18): Mother, Mary, (Father, James) 2 Edmunds Rd., Worsboro, Barnsley.
Add. on dis: 4 Back Waltham St., Barnsley.


 

Barnsley men enlisted for Short-service with the Portsmouth Division RMLI (13)

 

PO/592/S Pte. George Hukin WOODYATT KIA Portsmouth Bn. Anzac Beachhead, Gallipoli 3/5/15.
A Coal Miner. b. Darfield, Barnsley 14/12/1891.
Next of Kin: Father, Thomas, 24 Victoria St. Darfield, Barnsley. (Mother, Mary Ann)

Mexborough & Swinton Times Sat. 5/6/15 with photo.

A DARFIELD VICTIM
KILLED IN THE DARDANELLES

Mr Tom Woodyatt of Victoria St. Darfield, received the sad news on Thursday night that his son Pte. George Woodyatt had been killed on the Gallipoli Peninsular, where he was serving with the Portsmouth RMLI Battalion. Pte. Woodyatt was very well known & respected in the Darfield District. He was a prominent player of the Darfield United Football Club. Up to the time of enlisting he was employed in the 'Melton Field Seam' at the Houghton Main Colliery. In October last Woodyatt joined the Royal Marines & was almost immediately dispatched to Portsmouth. He was only 23 years of age. He was a good hearted lad & will long be remembered by his pals in the district. Considerable sympathy will be extended to Mr Tom Woodyatt & family in their great loss of one who has died for King & country.


PO/647/S Pte. Harold BURNHAM (Portsmouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915-16, France 1916-18, 1RM from April 1918) KIA 1RM Beaumont Hamel 3/6/18.
A Farm Labourer. b. Oulton, Leeds 4/9/1893.
Next of Kin: Father, George Ralph, Spring Gardens, Staincross Hill, Nr. Barnsley - later - C/O Johnson, Guisley Cottages, Royston, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Elizabeth).


PO/653/S Temp.Cpl. (Pte.) Charles Bradlaugh "Brad" BROWN KIA Portsmouth Bn. Cape Helles 7/6/15.
A Miner. b. Stairfoot, Barnsley 25/5/1893.
Next of Kin: Father, Benjamin, Stairfoot, Barnsley - later - Mother, Rose, 212 Doncaster Rd., Barnsley - from 9/3/17 - 41 Bright St., Springfield, Dewsbury.

Barnsley Independent 3/7/15 Page 5.

BARNSLEY MARINE KILLED.
In the Dardanelles.
A Prominent Local Athlete.
CORPORAL CHARLES BRADLAUGH BROWN

Mrs. Brown, of Doncaster Rd, Barnsley, has received the sad intimation that her son, Corporal Charles Bradlaugh Brown has been killed in action in the Dardanelles on June 7th.
Corporal Brown was a single man, 22 years of age. About two months after the commencement of the war he enlisted in the Portsmouth Battalion of the Royal Marines, & was serving in that regiment when he fell. He gained his two stripes whilst fighting in the Dardanelles.
Deceased was well known in sporting circles. He was a promising boxer, & a good swimmer & footballer. Prior to enlisting he was engaged on the Great Central Railway at Stairfoot. He had also worked at Messrs. Rylands' Glass Works.


PO/832/S Pte. Jonathan PARKIN (Portsmouth/2RM Gallipoli 1915-16, 2RM France 1916-17, HMS 'Malaya' 1918). Demobilized 24/2/19.
A Miner.
b. Wombwell, Barnsley 4/1/1896. Enlisted: Nottingham 5/1/15 age 19.
NOK & address on discharge: Mother, Cora, 3 Barnsley Rd., Wombwell, Nr. Barnsley (Father, George).
Joined Portsmouth Bn. 30/5/15. Gunshot wound R.arm, L.hand & face with 2RM at Gavrelle 28/4/17.

Mexborough & Swinton Times 15/5/15. page 7 with photos.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

Seaman Edgar Parkin, Wombwell. H.M.S. Natal.

Pte. Jonathan Parkin, Denaby Main, R.A.M.C.(?)

The brothers Edgar & Jonathan Parkin, are sons of Mr. & Mrs. George Parkin, of 3 Barnsley Rd, Wombwell, & they have both enlisted since the outbreak of the war. Edgar joined the navy, & is now aboard HMS "Natal." In the first place however, he was attached to HMS "Andromache," & the greater part of his seafaring life he has been engaged in the perilous task of minesweeping in the North Sea. Prior to enlisting, he was well known in local sporting circles. His brother Jonathan enlisted in January in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, & after being stationed for some months at Gosport he has now gone to the Dardanelles with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. In a letter home he describes an aeroplane accident at Gosport, in which one man was killed & another injured. He says he was actually watching the machine when it fell, & it was a sight which he will never forget.


PO/843/S Pte. Frank HARRIS (ex-Portsmouth Bn. Gallipoli 1915) Discharged Invalided 11/12/15 (Goitre Exophthalmic, GSW R.Hip Cape Helles 24/6/15). (brother of PO/2821/S Pte. Herbert Harris).
A Miner. b. Hoyland, Barnsley 2/8/1895.

Next of Kin & add on dis: Father, George (Mother, Mary Ann), 29 Milner St., Platts Common, Nr. Barnsley.
Brother: 16003 Cpl. Albert Harris 9th Bn. KOYLI KIA 1/7/16 1st Day of the Somme, age 28.


PO/1046/S Pte. Albert FRYER (1RM Mudros 1916, France 1916) Discharged 20/9/16 Mis-statement as to age.
A Pony Driver at the Monckton Main Colliery.
b. Stanley, Doncaster 13/12/1895. (Albert Baden Fryer b. Dewsbury June 1/4 1900).
Enlisted: York 17/8/15 age 19 (True age 15)
Next of Kin and address on discharge: Mother, Annie,(Father, Richard) 14 Monckton Row, Royston, Nr. Barnsley.


L/Cpl. Charles Bridgewater (photo dated 12/9/18, by Albert Ormond of Barnsley).
Note the two'Wound Stripes' on his left sleeve.

PO/1047/S L/Cpl. (Pte.) Charles Gregory BRIDGEWATER (1RM Mudros 1916, France 1916-17) Demobilized 22/4/19.
A Blacksmith's Striker at the Monckton Main Colliery. b. Royston, Barnsley 2/3/1895. Enlisted: York 17/8/15 age 20.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Mary J., (Father,Thomas) 26 Monckton Row, Royston, Nr. Barnsley.


PO/1048/S Pte. Albert Edward BETTLEY (1RM Mudros 1916, France 1916-17) KIA 1RM Gavrelle 28/4/17.
A Pit Pony Driver at the Monckton Main Colliery. b. Cudworth, Barnsley 15/3/1898.
Enlisted: York 17/8/15 age 19 (True age 17).
Next of kin: Mother, Agnes, 16 Monckton Row, Royston, Nr. Barnsley.

Barnsley Chronicle Front Page Saturday 29/9/17.

A ROYSTON MARINE
BODY FOUND AFTER VIGILANT SEARCH

Pte. Albert Edward Bettley, RMLI, previously reported missing is now officially reported as having been killed in action on April 28th at the age of 19 years. He was the son of Mrs. Bettley, of 16, Monckton Row, Royston, & worked at Monckton Main Colliery before joining the Marines. Under date Sept. 16th, Chaplain W. Whitehead writes:- "Dear Mrs. Bettley, - I write to inform you that the body of Pte. A.E. Bettley has been found on the battlefield & buried by some officers & men of his Bn., the church burial being said by me. It would seem that he was killed by Machine Gun fire in the attack of April 28th. You will understand, I am sure, that the delay in finding the body has been due to the fact that a thorough search has been difficult owing to the enemy observation. The place of burial will be communicated to you in the course of time by the War Office. Please accept the deep sympathy of us all & may God comfort you in your great sorrow."


PO/1052/S L/Cpl. William Ernest LAMBLEY (2RM Mudros 1916, France 1916-17) Discharged Invalided 19/9/18 (Burns of R.hand, Sh.Wnds. Belgium 22/12/17)
A Miner at the Monckton Main Colliery. b. Bingham, Nottingham 9/1/1893.
Enlisted: York 17/8/1915 age 22.
Next of Kin: Father, James, 118 Minerva St., Bulwell, Notts. (Mother deceased).
Address on discharge: 16 Monckton Row, Royston, Nr. Barnsley, (Bettley's Home Add.)

PO/1046/S Albert Fryer, PO/1047/S Charles Bridgewater, PO/1048/S Albert Bettley & PO 1052/S William Lambley were (as their service numbers suggest) all pals from the same street: Monckton Row, Royston, Barnsley. All four worked as Miners at the Monckton Main Colliery & enlisted in the Portsmouth Div. RMLI 17/8/15.

Ptes. Fryer & Bettley were both under age: Bettley was only 17 & Fryer just 15. Wm. Lambley resided with Albert Bettley's family.

During the period 12/7/16-17/8/16 there was a 'combing out' of under-age boys in the Marines. No doubt this was the case in all branches of the services. The motivation was the massive casualties suffered on the Somme. Local Newspapers all over England were brimming with photos of the dead & missing, & hundreds of mothers were spurred to action.

Ptes. Albert Fryer (now age 16) & Albert Bettley (now age 18) were caught out. Both had joined 1RM at Stavros from the HMT "Olympic" draft 28/2/16. Pte. Fryer was well under-age at 16 & was withdrawn to the UK, leaving France 19/8/16. He was discharged from the Marines at Forton Barracks 20/9/16 for "Mis-statement as to age." Despite being under-age for the duration of his 6 months active service with 'B' Coy, 1RM at Stavros, Mudros & in France, the Marines honoured his contribution to the war effort with the issue of his two war medals in the early 1920's.

Fryer was fortunate in that he joined 1RM during their quietest period. Service at Stavros & Mudros was a mere picnic & for only three months (from his arrival in France), would he have seen anything of the carnage & drudgery of trench warfare, never having had to go "over the top."

Pte. Bettley, at age 18, was not old enough for front line service but sufficient for his retention in France. He was sent for employment at the Base Depot, Etaples until his 19th birthday, 15/3/17, after which he could (& did) rejoin his battalion. Pte. Bettley rejoined 1RM in late March 1917 from the Base Depot, having achieved his 19th birthday 15/3/17, only to be killed in his first action; Gavrelle.


PO/1059/S Pte. Frederick ABSON (RND Base Mudros 1916, 2RM 1916-18, 3RM Corfu & Mudros 1918-19) Demobilized 5/9/19.
A Miner. b. Churchfield, Barnsley 13/7/1880.
Enlisted: Nottingham 19/8/15 age 35.
Next of kin & address on discharge: Mother, Lavinia Denton, (Father, Walter, deceased) 9 New St., Dodworth, Nr. Barnsley.


PO/1113/S Pte. William Leonard BEALE (Ireland 1916, 190th Brigade Machine Gun Coy. RND 1916-17) Discharged 4/1/19 In order to return to former civil employment with Barnsley Main Colliery Co.
A Miner. b. Hoyle Mill, Barnsley 6/12/1896.
Enlisted: Manchester 25/10/15 age 18.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, George, 48 Jubilee Terrace, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley. (Mother deceased)


PO/2649/S Pte. Thomas DOWN
A Collier. b. Barnsley 2/11/1899.
Enlisted: Manchester 27/2/18 age 18.
NOK & address on discharge: Mother, Racheal, 91 Cherrytree St., Elsecar, Barnsley. (Father, deceased).
Ply. Div. UK (under training) 27/2/18-4/5/18. Depot Deal 5/5/18-16/8/18.
Ports. Div. UK 17/8/18-18/11/18 Discharged "In order to return to Civil Employment with the Hoyland Silkstone Collieries Co."


PO/2821/S Pte. Herbert HARRIS (1RM 1918) Demobilized 10/2/19. (brother of PO/843/S Pte. Frank Harris).
A Miner. b. Platts Common, Yorks. 9/4/1895.
Next of Kin & address on attestation & discharge: Father, George, 29 Milner St., Platts Common, Nr. Barnsley. (Mother, Mary Ann)


PO/2822/S Pte. James HARRISON (1RM 1918) Demobilized 10/2/19.
A Coal Miner. b. Dodworth, Yorks. 22/3/1897.
Next of Kin: Father, James, Mother, Sarah Emily, 6 Station Rd., Dodworth, Barnsley.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Wife, Olive, 16 Church Hill, Dodworth, Nr. Barnsley.
Married Olive Ibbotson, spinster, at Shevelstone 23/12/16.


 

Barnsley men who served with the Royal Marine Artillery (Long-service) (5)

RMA/11732 Gnr. John Barnard SWIFT (HMS 'Marlborough' 1914-15, Scapa Flow Shore Batteries 1915-19) Discharged 15/3/19 Time Expired.
A Glassblower. b. Selby, York 30/3/1887.
Employed by Messrs. Redfearn (Bros) Glass Manufacturers from Nov. 1901 to Sept. 1903 & was living at
60 Corporation St., Barnsley.
Enlisted: York 30/4/1906 age 19.
NOK on enl: Mother, Elizabeth, Court 3, House 2, Summer Lane, Barnsley - later - 37 Somerset St. & 13 Somerset St.
Add. on Dis: C/O J. Johnston, Alfred St., Stromness, Orkneys.
Enrolled in RFR 13/4/19 as RMA/B/41407.
7/4/31 discharged from RFR- Med. Unfit.


RMA/13500 Cpl. (PLY/ 21780 Clr.Sgt. & A/Temp.CSM (Pensioner) MID) Harold HILLABY (HMS 'Hannibal' 1914-15, HMS 'Valiant' 1916-18, HMS 'Brittania' 1918) Dis. to Class 'A' 22/8/45.
A Plumber. b. Wakefield, Yorks. 21/9/1894. Enlisted: York 12/6/13 age 18.
NOK (on enl.) Mother, Jane, 2 Middlesex St., Barnsley. (Father: Henry)
Absent voters list 1/10/18: 5 Hawthorne St., Park Grove, Barnsley - Cpl. HMS Valiant.
21/9/23 transferred to Plymouth Div: new no. PLY/21780
30/5/32 Promoted Clr. Sgt.
1/12/32 Married Ellen Mary at Lancaster.
11/6/34 Discharged "Termination of his 2nd period of engagement" Pension No.23494.
Mobilised to Ply. Div. UK 29/8/39-16/12/39.
4/10/40 Mentioned in Despatches.
12/3/41 Promoted A/Temp.QMS
NOK (11/1944) Wife, Ellen Mary, Glenaber, Maengenyn St., Tawyn, N.Wales.
Add. on Dis: 40 St. Davids Hill, Exeter, Devon.


RMA/14373 (RMA/3805/S) A/Bdr. Percy Edward BURTON
A Miner. b. Elsecar, Barnsley 10/10/1893.
Employed at the The Elsecar Main Colliery Coy, Elsecar, Nr. Rotherham, from Sept. 1909 to Sept. 1914. Enlisted: Nottingham 11/9/14 age 20.
HMS Inflexible 14/5/15-15/3/18 (Battle of Jutland 31/5/16).
4th RM Bn. 2/4/18-6/5/18.
22nd to the 23rd April 1918, took part in attack on Zeebrugge, Belgium. Participated in ballot for award of VC for operations against Zeebrugge & Ostend on the night 22nd to 23rd April 1918 - London Gazette 23/7/18.
HMS Superb 22/6/18-26/4/19. 10/7/19 Discharged to enlist for hostilities only as RMA 3805/S. Demobilized 9/8/19. Gen. Character: VG.
Next of Kin & address on enlistment & discharge: Mother, Elizabeth, 8 Wentworth Rd., Elsecar , Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/14529 Gnr. William James JONES (HMS 'Africa' 1916, HMS 'Canada' 1916-17, HMS 'Inflexible' 1917-19) 29/4/19 Discharged to Mining.
A Coal Cutter. b. Rotherham, Sheffield 16/8/1896.
Next of Kin on enlistment: Father, William, 8 Grays Rd., Carlton, Nr. Barnsley, (mother, Hannah)
Next of Kin & intended residence on discharge: Wife, Winifred Helena, First Avenue, Royston, Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/16830 Pte. George Albert SHAW (J.89555 OS RN enl: 27/4/18, HMS 'Resolution' 1918-19, transferred to RMA 12/2/1919) 27/11/19 Discharged "Free".
A Glass Founder with Messrs. Dobson & Nall. b. 4 Oak Row, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley 8/8/1900.
Parents: John & Eliza, 24 Oak Row, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley.
Absent voters list 1920: 24 Pontefract Rd, Hoyle Mill.


 

Barnsley men who served with the Royal Marine Artillery (short service) (10)

 

RMA/281/S Gnr. Richard SINFIELD (RMA AA Bde. France 1915-16, 3RM Bn. Mudros 1916-19) 2/4/19 - Demobilized.
A Miner at the Earl Fitzwilliam's Elsecar Main Colliery. b. Wingfield, Derby 3/9/1894.
Enlisted: Manchester 4/1/15 age 20.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Father, Benjamin - later Mother, Martha, 12 Queens Cottages, Cemetery Rd., Jump, Nr. Barnsley.
(see also brothers Ben PLY/663/S RMLI & Sidney K.W/836 RNVR)


RMA/282/S Gnr. Samuel Vincent HICK (RMA AA Bde. France 1915-17, RMA Howitzer Bde. France 1917-18) 24/1/19 - Demobilized.
A Blacksmith's Striker. b. Staincross, Barnsley 9/6/1895.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Ada, Spark Lane, Mapplewell, Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/283/S Gnr. Walter STORRS (RM Garrison Cromarty 1915-18, 528 Siege Train RGA France 1918-19) 16/2/19 - Demobilized.
A Coal Miner. b. Staincross, Barnsley 6/9/1895.
Enlisted: Manchester 4/1/15 age 19. Served with the RM Garrison at Cromarty Firth 12/6/15-22/3/18.
NOK : Wife Martha Alice, Wentworth Rd, Mapplewell, Nr. Barnsley.
Walter's WW1 medals were stolen in a burglary in 1997.

RMA/283/S Gunner Walter Storrs, the sole photographic representative of the 15 Barnsley men in the RMA. PLY/663/S Pte. Ben Sinfield's brother, Richard, joined the RMA short-service with Walter Storrs & three other Barnsley lads. The RMA provided sections of heavy artillery (RMA Howitzer Bde.) & anti-aircraft guns (RMA AA Bde.) on the Western Front from mid-1915 on. They did not see service with the RND.


RMA/284/S Gnr. Herbert EARNSHAW (RM Garrison Cromarty 1915-19) 26/2/19 - Demobilized.
A Blacksmiths Striker at the North Gawber Colliery. b. Woolly, Barnsley, Yorks 29/8/1895.
Enlisted Manchester 4/1/15 age 19.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Caroline, Barnsley Rd., Staincross, Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/285/S Gnr. Henry WASHINGTON (RM Garrison Cromarty 1915-18) 15/1/19 - Demobilized.
A Miner. b. Worsborough, Barnsley 14/12/1891.

Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Annie, 11 Wentworth Rd., Blacker Hill, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, James)


RMA/318/S Gnr. Fred GILLOTT (brother of KP/199 AB Wm. GILLOTT RNVR Anson Bn. KIA 4/6/15) (Scapa Flow Shore Batteries 1915-18, RMA Howitzer Bde. France 1918-19) 10/2/19 - Demobilized.
A Miner. b. Hoyland, Barnsley 15/1/1895.
Enlisted: Nottingham 11/1/15 age 19.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother Alice, 36 Wombwell Rd., Platts Common, Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/320/S Gnr. William Henry SYMONS (RM Garrison Cromarty 1915-18) 29/1/19 - Demobilized.
A Miner. b. Hoyland, Barnsley 11/12/1892.
Enlisted: Nottingham 11/1/15 age 22.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Mary, 21 Wombwell Rd., Platts Common, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, William)

Brother, 14/984 L/Cpl. Fred Symons 14th Bn. Y&L DD 1/7/16.


RMA/336/S Bomb. Theodore ILLINGSWORTH (RMA Howitzer Bde. France 1915-18) 24/1/19 - Demobilized.
A Collier. b. Barnsley 1/1/1896.
Enlisted: Manchester 12/1/15 age 19.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother Edith., 4 Milner St., Platts Common, Nr. Barnsley. (Father, Albert)
Brother: KP/190 AB Lawrence Illingsworth RNVR - Anson Bn. - KIA 19/5/15.


RMA/849/S Gnr. Walter Frost ATKINS (RMA AA Bde. France 1915-17, RMA AA Guns UK 1917-18) 20/2/19 Demobilized.
A Police Constable b. Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, 9/12/1893.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Mother, Alice, Main Rd., Mapplewell, Nr. Barnsley.


RMA/858/S Gnr. Thomas BAYLEY (RMA AA Bde. France 1915-17, RMA AA Guns UK 1917-18) 6/5/19 - Demobilized.
A Butcher. b. St. Mary's, Barnsley 26/4/1890.
Enlisted: Nottingham 3/5/15 age 25.
Next of Kin: Mother, A, 24 School St., West Gate, Barnsley.
Address on discharge: 31 Pym Rd., Mexboro, Yorks.
Younger brother 38658 Pte. George Herbert Bayley 2/6th Bn. The Lancashire Fusiliers, DOW 11/10/17 age 19.


 

Barnsley men who served with the RM Medical Unit (short-service)

Deal/3181/S Pte. Robert William HOBSON (attd. Plymouth Bn. Gallipoli 1915, France 1916) 28/3/1917 - Discharged to Mining.
A Coal Miner. b. Higham, Barnsley 18/2/1877
Enlisted: York (recruit for RAMC) 31/12/14 age 37.
Next of Kin & address on discharge: Wife, Sarah Ann, 114 South St., Highfields, Nr. Doncaster. (Father, Abram, Mother, Alice)

Barnsley Independent 28/8/15 Page 5. Former Cudworth Soldier's Distinction.
It will be of interest to the inhabitants of Cudworth & district to learn that Corporal R.W. Hobson, one of their late ambulance men, now of Brodworth, who volunteered & went out to the front last January, has been sufficiently courageous & loyal to duty on the battlefield as to make himself worthy of mention in despatches by his commanding officer. Corporal Hobson, who is attached to the Plymouth Battalion Royal Naval Division & is serving with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in the Dardanelles, has written to his friends at home, enclosing his notification of the honour conferred upon him for his zeal & devotion to duty while on active service. Corporal Hobson, previous to enlisting, resided at Highfields, Brodsworth, about four years, & during that period he was interested in the boy scout's movement, rifle club, & ambulance work. At present he is in hospital with dysentery, but is improving satisfactorily.


Deal 4048/S Pte. Robert BRAND (2nd FA Mudros 1916, 3rd FA France 1916) Discharged Invalided 22/2/19 Medically Unfit (Defective Vision).
A Bookstall Manager. Born: Driffield, Yorks 15/3/1894.
Next of Kin : Father, John Robert, 19 St. George's Rd., Barnsley (Mother, Alice).
1/6/17 amended to Wife, Marion Ida, C/O Kilverts & Sons, Trafford Park, Manchester - address on discharge: 19 St. George's Rd., Barnsley.


 

Barnsley men who served with the RM Divisional Train (short-service)

Deal/2083/S Pte. Alfred HOPES (ex-Tyneside Z/1408 AB RNVR & later CH/14334/S Sgt. RMLC, Gallipoli & France 1915-17) Discharged 14/9/18 (Surplus to Naval Req.)
A Miner. Born: Barnsley 25/2/1890.
Enlisted in Tyneside Division RNVR: 12/11/14 - TZ/1408 Able Seaman A. Hopes age 24.
Place of residence on enlistment in RNVR: 139 Vine St., Wallsend-on-Tyne, but on re-enlistment in RM: Orphan, no fixed abode.
Volunteered for transfer to RM Divisional Train, Re-enlisted Crystal Palace, London 11/3/15 - Deal/2083/S Pte. A. Hopes RM.
18/12/17 transferred from 63rd RN Divisional Train Reserves to No.1 Coy. Home Service RM Labour Corps at Chatham - CH/14334/S Pte. A. Hopes RMLC.
Next of Kin & intended residence on discharge: Brother, George, 15 Buckley St., Barnsley. (Parents deceased). Employer after discharge: Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery Co., Carlton, Nr. Barnsley.


Deal/2645/S Pte. Walter HECKINGBOTTOM
A Motor Mechanic. b. 7/8/1890. Enlisted as Tyneside Z/9246 RNVR 21/1/16.
NoK & H/A: Mother, Mrs. Eliza Heckingbottom, 122 Doncaster Rd., Darfield, Barnsley.
May 1916 attd. 2nd Drake Bn., HQ Staff.
31/7/16 Trans. to Divl. Train for duty.
10/10/16 Trans. to RM Divl. Train as a Farrier.


 

Barnsley man who served as an Officer with the RM

T/Lt. Thomas WESTBY MC MID RM (190th Brigade Machine Gun Coy. RND France 1917, MC Passchendaele 26/10/17) KIA 30/12/17 Welch Ridge.
b. Wathe-on-Dearne 24/8/1895.
Eldest son of Francis Wasing Westby, educated at Rothwell, Leeds and the Holgate Grammar School, Barnsley. Pre-war worked on the staff of the Union of London and Smith's Bank.
Joined the Inns of Court OTC early 1915 age 19.
Granted a Temporary Commission as 2nd Lt. RM 10/11/1915.
Awarded the Military Cross 30/11/1917, London Gazette 18/1/1918, for gallantry at Passchendaele 26/10/1917 whilst in charge of four mobile machine guns, after making a reconnaissance under heavy fire, disposed them with such skill that he achieved his task with negligible casualties.
Mentioned in Despatch of Field Marshal, Commander-in-Chief, the British Armies in France, for gallant service & devotion to duty, London Gazette 7/12/1917.
Next of Kin: Father, Francis Wasing Westby, The White House, Dodworth, Barnsley.

 

Barnsley Chronicle with photo 12/1/18.

A DODWORTH OFFICER KILLED.

LIEUTENANT T. WESTBY, M.C.

We deeply regret to announce the death in action of Lieut. Thomas Westby, the eldest son of Mr. F. W. Westby and Mrs. Westby, of White House, Dodworth, the sad intelligence, by a melancholy coincidence, following upon the official announcement that the deceased Officer had been awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the field.

In the Barnsley and Dodworth districts where the family are so well-known and highly esteemed the profoundest sorrow has been expressed, and the late officer's father, who is manager of the Old Silkstone Colliery (Church Lane Pit) has received innumerable letters of sympathy from all parts. Lieut. Westby was in charge of a Machine Gun Corps attached to the Royal Naval Division, and, as the appended communications from the front show he died a hero at his post.

Lieut. Westby, before the war, was on the staff of the Union of London and Smith's Bank, Church Street, Barnsley, but prior to that was in the service of the same Company at their Batley branch, and at both banks he had won the esteem of all his colleagues. He joined the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps in the early part of 1915-when 20 years of age-and after quickly gaining a Commission he went to various training centres in England, being finally drafted to the Machine Gun Corps at Grantham, departing to France just a year ago, where he was attached to the Royal Naval Division. Since then he has been in the thickest of the fighting on the Western Front, his last leave being in September last.

On November 27th, on the occasion of a great advance, he was 'mentioned' in Sir Douglas Haig's dispatches, this being preceded by the winning of the Military Cross. This pleasing intelligence had barely become circulated amongst his friends at home when the sad news came along that the gallant officer had been killed on December 30th. Lieut. Westby was born at Wath-on-Dearne and received his education at Rothwell (Leeds) and the Barnsley Grammar School.

Writing to the bereaved parents on Dec. 31st, 1917, Lieut. Lightbody said:- "Dear Mr. Westby,-It is with the very greatest regret that I have to tell you of the death of your son, Thomas. Yesterday morning (30th), at about 6.30 your son was standing by his guns directing their fire on an enemy attack when he was hit. I was at once informed and as soon as I heard I hurried to the spot, but to my great regret on arriving at his gun positions I found that he had died shortly before. Everything possible had been done for him before I arrived-medical aid sent for-but it appears that he succumbed to his wounds shortly after being hit. His body has been removed behind the lines and will be quietly interred. I should wish to be present but owing to the present exigencies I do not think I shall be able. At any rate, rest assured that all that can be done is being done. I may say that your son was loved by all officers, N.C.O.'s and men with whom he came in contact. It is a sad blow for Major McCreedy, his O.C., of whom you have doubtless heard, and it is a still greater loss to the Company as a whole which will miss his cheerful disposition and his frank and open manner. I may say that personally, although I have known your son for a comparatively short time, I have always regarded him as a personal friend and a splendid soldier. I cannot express how deeply I feel this terrible loss and my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family."

Major E. R. McCreedy wrote: "Dear Mr. Westby,-I cannot tell you how it grieves me to write to inform you of the death of your son, Lieut. T. Westby, R.N., who was killed in action on the morning of December 30th and was buried at -- Cemetery at 2.45 p.m. on the 1st inst. By the Rev. H.G. South, Chaplain of the Bedfords, in the presence of us all. I cannot tell you my feelings towards your son. I have known him for a very long time-first at Plymouth, then Tavistock, and for nearly twelve months out here. A few weeks ago he won the Military Cross at Passchendaele, more recently he was 'mentioned,' and there is no doubt that if he had survived he would have obtained many more honours. Your son was the bravest, most fearless and loveable fellow I have ever met, and I can assure you that is the opinion of every officer, N.C.O. and man of the Company. We shall miss him terribly. To me he was a very dear friend. I cannot hope to console you or those he leaves behind, but I trust that it may be some consolation for you to know that he died a death any soldier would choose and for the great cause which he and I believe to be just. Again I offer you my deepest and heartfelt sympathy."

 


 

Barnsley men who served with the RM Engineers (short-service) (5)

RME/969/S Pte. Alfred ELLIS (ex-14/1010 Pte. 14th Y.& L, No.3 Coy. Chatham RME 1918) 22/11/18 Demobilised.
A Miner. b. Wakefield, Yorks. 21/10/1875.
Formerly 14/1010 Pte. 'B' Coy. 14th Bn. York & Lancs. 2nd Barnsley Pals. Enl: 6/4/15.
To Army Res. Class 'W' 26/6/17. Discharged 4/12/17 GSW Head (France), no longer physically fit for war service.
Enlisted RME: Manchester 3/4/18 age 42.
NOK: Wife, Annette, 38 Albion Rd., Stairfoot, Barnsley. (Parents deceased)


RME/1218/S Pte. Ben ASTINGTON (Chatham & Southwick RME 1918) 21/1/19 Demobilised.
A Carpenter & Joiner. b. St. Thomas, Stockport, Cheshire 30/3/1875.
Attested to Army Class 'B' Reserve at Worcester 1/2/17, add: 75 Astwood Rd, Worcester, later: 3 Rainbow Hill Parade, Worcester.
Enlisted RME: York 6/4/18 age 43.
NOK: Wife, Florence Ellen, 49 Victoria Crescent, Barnsley.
Married: Birmingham 20/7/17. (Mother: Elizabeth)


RME/2333/S Pte. George Ernest SMITH (RME No.20 Port Construction Coy. France 1918-19) 11/1/19 Demobilised.
A Storekeeper, Engineers. b. Barnsley 20/8/1884.
Enlisted RME: Manchester 15/4/18 age 33.
NOK: Wife, Mary, 14 Gold St., Barnsley. (Parents: John Wm. & Rebecca)


RME/2927/S Pte. Harvey Elliott MATTHEWMAN (RME Dunkirk 1918-19) 20/2/19 Demobilised.
A Joiner. b. Barnsley 6/9/1883.
Enlisted RME: Manchester 18/4/18 age 34.
NOK: Wife, Rhoda Annie, 37 Blenheim Rd., Barnsley. Parents: Joseph & Elizabeth.


RME/3508/S Pte. William MICKLETHWAITE (RME Bedmenham 1918) 27/12/18 Discharged, Services No Longer Required (Naughty Man).
A Gardener. b. Middlesboro, Yorks. 19/10/1874.
Enlisted RME: Manchester 22/4/18 age 43.
NOK: Mother, Ann, 1 New Hall Lane, Ardsley, Barnsley. (Father, deceased)
Absent voters list 1/10/18: 1 New Hall Lane, Ardsley. (No.80 RME)
Add. on Dis: 11 Tott's Grove Place, Rastrick Brighouse, Yorks.


 

 

"Where are the Boys of the Old Brigade, who fought with us side by side,

Shoulder to shoulder & blade by blade, fought till they fell & died...