Barnsley Civic war memorial in front of Barnsley Town Hall

Country: England

Region (County/State / Province): South Yorkshire


Contact: Linda Hutton

Study Description 

The study concerns Barnsley’s contribution to the First World War and the effect of the First World War on Barnsley people. I am particularly interested in commemoration and remembrance, that is war memorials (outdoor or indoor), rolls of honour which name men and women who served in the war, commemorative plaques, windows, benches plus any memorabilia concerning men who lost their lives (eg mourning cards or pictures or documents), souvenirs (commemorative medals issued by employers or community organisations, ceramic mugs given to children on Peace Day, printed notices or plaques (BUT PLEASE NOT the war time service medals of individual men unless you know they were specifically associated with Barnsley), photos, parish magazines that mention the war, church programmes covering the unveiling of war memorials, diaries, letters, and finally family stories concerning men who went to fight or the lives of their parents, wives, children during and after the war. I am especially interested in why a large number of Barnsley born men and women (n=583 at the last count) who lost their lives in the First World War were not commemorated on any of the Borough war memorials. If anyone knows WHY their Barnsley born great-uncle or grandfather was omitted from any war memorial I would be delighted to communicate with you with a view to including your information in my research (with all proper credit given of course).(


1914 to 1939


In 1911 the population of the Barnsley District (according to Vision of Britain) was 176,442. In 1921 it was 191,624.

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