Picture of War Memorial at St. Thomas's Church

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Jarratts Men who died in World War 1 and World War 2

I have encountered the following men in my research who are connected with Jarratts Buildings. Some are listed on the war memorial at St Thomas' Church, Worsborough Dale. Others had moved away and will be included on memorials elsewhere. The last date for which I have details of all residents is the 1911 census. There may be men who moved to Jarratts after this point who I have not identified.

Several Jarratts men volunteered for military service in early October 1914 as part of the Barnsley PALS recruitment initiative and served with the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster regiment. These units were in the forefront of the attack on the Somme on 1st July 1916 and suffered many casualties.

Harry Booth 1916

Harry was a miner and enlisted as a regular soldier with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in September 1914, aged 35. He was serving with the Leicestershire Regiment when he was killed in action at Mesopotamia on 4th April 1916. He has no known grave.

John Heptinstall 1916

John was a joiner and enlisted on 11th December 1915, aged 35. He was mobilised and allocated to the Royal Engineers on 18th June 1916 but died of a duodenal ulcer on 25th June without seeing active service. He was buried at Ardsley Cemetery. He left a wife and a young son.

Thomas Clegg 1916

Thomas was a stone miner and a widower. He left three young children when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, aged 28. His body has not been found.

Peter Finan
Peter Finan

Peter Finan 1916

Peter, a miner, enlisted on 1st October 1914, aged 26. He was killed in action on the first day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, leaving a wife and young son. His body has not been found. This picture of Peter was part of a Somme Memorial Exhibition outside Barnsley Town Hall in 2016.

Fred Symons

Lance Corporal Fred Symons, a miner, enlisted in March 1915, aged 23. He was killed on the first day of the Somme, leaving a wife and baby son. His body has not been found.

Herbert Glover 1916

Herbert, a miner was 28 when he enlisted. He was killed in action on 25th July 1916 and is buried at Rue-du-Bacquerat No 1 Military Cemetery, Laventie, Pas de Calais. He left a wife and two young sons.

Thomas Fox 1916

Thomas was a member of the Machine Gun Corps. He was killed in action on 3rd September 1916, aged 21. His body has not been found.

Rowland Cope 1917

Rowland, a miner, enlisted on 2nd October 1914, aged 22. He was stationed at Etaples, France in September 1916. He was wounded in action on 20th May 1917, suffering a fractured skull. He died in hospital on 16th June and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Richard Stanley 1917

Richard, a miner before he enlisted, saw action on the Somme. After this he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He died of wounds on 28th August 1917 and was buried at Mendlinghem Military cemetery, Belgium. He was 33 years old.

Albert Kitching 1917

Albert had recently moved to Jarratts with his family. He volunteered for the regular army in August 1914 and died on 9th October 1917. He is buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Other Jarratts men who served in the Great War include

Silas Hartley

Joseph McQuillan

George McDonald who enlisted in 1918 aged 15 years 5 months and served in the British Expeditionary Force in 1919

World War 2

Thomas Glover, a miner in civilian life, was posted to the Royal Artillery (Field Branch) in 1940. He died of meningitis in London on 29th June 1942, aged 29. He is buried at St Thomas Church, Worsborough Dale.

Compiled by Denise Bates from various on-line military records and some local history publications