The Barnsley Chronicle dated 1 July 1922 contains an appeal from the Mayor of Barnsley for funds to help build the War Memorial which stands outside the Town Hall. Included in this appeal is the following:
“It is proposed to have the names of the fallen inscribed on vellum and preserved with
the records of the Borough in the Town Hall.”
As far as we know, this proposal was never fulfilled, and the Barnsley War Memorials Project was formed to make the Roll of Honour, vellum excepted, a reality.
To be included here, a man or woman must be named on one of Barnsley’s War Memorials, be born within the Borough, or have lived in Barnsley at the time of enlistment or the start of their war service.
The Imperial War Museum defines a War Memorial as any tangible object which has been erected or dedicated to commemorate those killed as a result of war, conflict or peacekeeping; who served in war or conflict; or who died whilst engaged in military service. Consequently, the 3,785 names of men and women included have largely been gathered from memorials in churches and on village greens, but also many other sources such as places of work, schools, clubs and family gravestones.
Local newspapers and wartime periodicals have also been great sources of information, especially for photographs of which there are 1,990.
All our research has been done in good faith, and every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this Roll of Honour.
Every effort has been made to correctly acknowledge the sources of information and photographs and to ensure no copyright has been infringed.
Some of the men and women on the Roll of Honour are well known and documented, the vast majority are not.
WE HONOUR THEM ALL
Barnsley War Memorials Project 2018