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The purpose of this blog is to remember the fallen heroes of the Great War, whose names are recorded on the memorial plaque situated in St Barnabas Church, New Whittington, Chesterfield.

To mark the centenary of World War 1 I aim to research all of the men on the memorial. I hope to ensure that the brave men who gave their lives for their country 100 years ago are remembered and each man's story told.

I would love to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the men; photos, letters or passed down memories. Any descendents are most welcome to contact me and I will provide copies of the research that I have undertaken.

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them"

For The Fallen,
Laurence Binyon September 1914.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


100 years from the onset of World War 1, The Great War, the War that would end all wars...... WE REMEMBER THEM.

As we know the war as experienced by our ancestors 100 years ago today did not quite go as anticipated; It wasn't over by Christmas for sure. 

By telling each mans story on the 100 year anniversary of their death I hope that not only will we remember them but we will also follow the highs and lows of the war as it dragged on from year to year.  We will gain an insight into how our ancestors lived life at that time, how they carried on at home, how marriages and births also figured highly in these years not only death.  The war altered life's path for many, many lives from soldiers venturing into foreign fields that they would have only read about before to children left fatherless with so many questions never to be answered. 

Only now 100 years on can we begin to unearth all of the resources that are available to tell the story of our fallen heroes.  Hopefully by piecing together these documents we can remember them with true honour and respect.

The St Barnabas Memorial Roll Call
Harry Adams
John Arthur Andrews
John Henry Belfitt
William Arthur Belfitt
George Henry Bennison
James Bennison
Ernest Booth
Joseph Booth
Edward Henry Burton
Arnold Calliss
Tom Clewley
John Collins
Ambrose Cooke
Ernest Cooper
Albert Cox
Arthur Cox
James Craig
David Cresswell
George Crossdale
Norman Crossdill / Sweeting
Arthur Crossdale / Croysdale
Leonard William Davidson
Amos Briscoe Freeman
Walter Furness
William Gardner
Ernest Gilberthorpe
Arthur Goodwin
William Gower
Harry Green
Harry Griffin
John William Hall
Arthur Heeley
John Ernest Holroyd
William Bamford Houston
William Husband
William Ewart Jacklin
John James Kirk
Wilfred Cecil Kirk
John Patrick Leeson
Harry Alfred Letts
William Henry Lockett
James Clement Longden
John William Longmate
George Martin
Francis Maskery
George Henry Mears
Harry Millband
Bernard Millington
Arthur James Mitchell
Frederick Mitchell
William Percy Morley
Frederick William Musgrove
Walter Musgrove
William Needham
John William Nurse
Thomas O'Brien
Walter Parkin
Arthur Cornelius Perks
George Edward Pratt
Arnold Purkiss
Thomas Henry Roberts
Victor Roberts
Norman Edward Rose
John Rushe
Abraham Savage
Frederick Arthur Sharman
Harry Ernest Skevington
Walter Elliott Skevington
James Smith
Harry Straw
John Edward Straw
Denis Redfern Stuart
Harry Tart
William Henry Tolley
Jonathan Vaughan
Jack Wardell / Wardle
Arthur Warren
Henry Warren
William Warren
Arthur Wedgwood
Frederick Arthur Whithorn
B Wilson *
William Wood
Thomas William Yates
Harry Young

* Possibly Bertram Wilson - further research needed for this name. 

Please contact me if you are connected to any of these families as I would love to hear from you.

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