Barnsley, unlike many other towns and cities across the UK, has no single Roll of Honour to remember the fallen of the First World War, and no names are listed on the main memorial in front of Barnsley Town Hall. Barnsley War Memorials Project was therefore formed to remedy this omission.
The project members have worked long and hard to record and research the men on 649 memorials in Barnsley’s many parishes, villages and townships, as well as Working Men’s Clubs, workplaces, schools and many other places. They have researched newspapers and local records to unearth a further 800 men who are not on any memorial at all. We have been well supported in this by Barnsley Archives and The Barnsley Chronicle. In total there are currently 3,793 names on our records, all of whom should be honoured by inclusion in a formal Roll of Honour. Some individual memorials have been well researched by others, and information is lodged in Barnsley Archives, published in book form, and recorded on the Imperial War Museum’s War Memorial Register. For the past three years the War Memorials Project has provided a hub of information fed by these sources.
The Project hopes to produce the Roll of Honour in the form of a book by November 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War. A name will be included if the person was born in Barnsley, lived in Barnsley at the time of enlistment or is on any memorial in Barnsley. Following this, files will be placed in Barnsley Archives with further information and a website produced.
Barnsley War Memorials Project is extremely grateful to CAMRA for being made its charity of 2017/18.