Doncaster War Memorials

The War Memorials of Doncaster.

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The Soldier 

If I should die, think only this of me; that there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England. There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed; a dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, gave ,once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam. A body of England’s breathing English air, washed by the rivers, blest by sons of home. –  Rupert Brooke 1887-1915.

Throughout the entire town of Doncaster young men and sometimes boys were joining the British Army and going away to fight. A great many thousand of these men sacrificed their lives for their country. We have been having a look at just some of the war memorials that celebrate this, a few of which are listed below:

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Sprotbrough (St Mary’s Churchyard)

” To the memory of  the men of Sprotborough who gave their lives in the great war 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. May they rest in peace”.

  • Harry Gator
  • Thomas Deakin
  • Ernest Bennett
  • William Crosley
  • Redvers Lionel Bewicke Copley
  • Hubert Francis Foljambe
  • George Tyrell
  • Thomas Sydney Smith
  • William Griffiths
  • Joseph Harvey
  • Arthur Vincent
  • C. Atkin
  • T. Dawkes
  • H. D. Deeks
  • W. H. Burton
  • M. Bywater
  • P. T. Hardy
  • Richard Graham Atkinson
  • J. Gunthorpe
  • J. Goulden
  • G. Mellor
  • H. S. Smith
  • Bernard Coope
  • Philip Warren
  • John Sharpe
  • L. Hatfield
  • Dennis Cartlidge

On the ground-stone:

  • A. Shay
  • P. Palmer

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Warmsworth (Guest Lane Cemetery)

” The Great War 1914-1918, to the glory of God and the sacred memory of:”

  • G. R. Adams – RFA
  • G. H. Castle-RE
  • F. M. Cross-KOYLI
  • H. Dickinson-Y&L
  • B. English-RND
  • A. Fowler-MF
  • O. Harrison-WY
  • W. H. Hewitt-MGC
  • J. Kendall-ASC
  • A. Lewis-KOYLI
  • O. Lewis-RE
  • H. Panks-RFA
  • A. Porter-Y&L
  • H. G. H. Thorp-KOYLI

On Plinth: “Erected in grateful recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by the above named men of this parish”

1939-1945

  • G. Ashurst-RAF
  • E. Ball-Y&L
  • A. Chester-RAF
  • G. H. Colbear-RAF
  • L. A. Dudhill-RA
  • H. Holmes-RN
  • K. B. Hodkinson-RE
  • T. A. Lewis-RAF
  • W. S. Rose-RAC
  • J. H. Sharp-RA
  • E. Tyas-DLI
  • H. Williams-REME
  • R. A. Willis-RAF

27th February 1942

“Died in Warmsworth on return from a successful mission over Germany. The crew of a Hampden aircraft”

  • H. E. Aspey
  • R. A. Bland
  • J. A. Eves
  • J. B. Gray

“Per Ardua Ad Astra”

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Balby (St John the Evangelist Churchyard)g w wyatt vc

“To the glory of God in memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914-1919”

  • J. Ansbro
  • G. W. Ashby
  • W. Atack
  • F. Banks
  • W. Beastall
  • F. Beaumont
  • H. Beresford
  • A. Berry
  • M. H. Bigham
  • H. Booth
  • T. E. Bradley
  • F. Bratley
  • A. Brain
  • A. Broughton
  • S. Carr
  • J. Cawthorne
  • G. Chevins
  • C. W. Craxton
  • F. Curtis
  • H. Cutts
  • J. W. Dove
  • E. R. Eales
  • W. Ellis
  • W. E. Elson
  • W. Fairall
  • C. Fear
  • F. Fellows
  • H. Frost
  • F. Gardon
  • A. D. Green
  • W. Hall
  • L. Hallam
  • H. Hallgate
  • S. Hargreaves
  • A. Harrison
  • T. W. Harrison
  • W. L. Hartley
  • H. Hill
  • J. Hodgson
  • G. H. Hinde
  • J. Holdom
  • H. Holmes
  • C. Howson
  • P. Ireson
  • S. B. Jackson
  • C. Jacques
  • J. E. Jeffries
  • F. Kelsey
  • A. Kennington
  • J. R. King
  • F. H. Kirtland
  • R. T. Lightley
  • E. Lilley
  • H. A. Lee
  • J. W. Lindley
  • W. Lindley
  • C. H. Mallinson
  • A. J. W. Marsden
  • J. S. May
  • W. H. Middleton
  • G. H. Miles
  • W. H. Mobbs
  • J. Moss
  • J. Murray
  • H. Naylor
  • J. Needham
  • E. Newell
  • A. Ogden
  • J. Ogden
  • H. Pacey
  • H. Parker
  • N. Pearce
  • H. Pettitt
  • S. H. Porter
  • W. C. Richards
  • F. L. Riley
  • G. H. Riley
  • G. Robinson
  • S. Robinson
  • F. Ryder
  • W. Shakeshaft
  • A. Shaw
  • J. W. Shaw
  • L. Shaw
  • H. Shimmelds
  • A. Simmons
  • Herbert Smith
  • H. C. Smith
  • H. Smith
  • F. Stansfield
  • J. W. Stott
  • P. Swords
  • G. W. Tatham
  • C. H. Thwaites
  • H. Tomlinson
  • W. Tomlinson
  • T. Walkinson
  • J. H. Ward
  • G. H. Watkins
  • G. H. Watson
  • H. Watson
  • L. E. Watson
  • T. A. Watson
  • T. I. Weetman
  • J. H. West
  • F. White
  • E. Whitfield
  • T. Wilkinson
  • H. Williams
  • H. Wood
  • J. W. Wood

On plinth:

  • J.G.S. Adam
  • W. Bradley
  • T. H. Hutton
  • W. Holton
  • F. Masters
  • C. H. Frow

On reverse:

  • Unveiled by Sergt G. W. Wyatt, VC and consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield – 27th November 1920.

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Hexthorpe (St Jude’s Churchyard)

“To the glory of God and in memory of the Hexthorpe men who gave their lives for their country in the Great Wars 1914-1919 & 1939-1945”

Infantry:

  • Leiut F. Leach
  • Q. M. Sergt (QMS) H. Heaton
  • QMS W. Bradley
  • QMS E. Ellis
  • QMS R. Fuller
  • QMS W. Gleadhall
  • QMS A. W. Hunt
  • QMS G. E. Hufton
  • QMS S. B. Wells
  • QMS S. R. Wilson
  • QMS W. E. Ratcliffe
  • Corpl A. Pearce
  • Corpl A. Kennington
  • L/Corpl C. Torr
  • L/Corpl J. Windsor
  • L/Corpl A. Walton
  • L/Corpl C. H. Keates
  • L/Corpl C. H. Kennington
  • Pte. T. Andrews
  • Pte. J. Allison
  • Pte. C. Attewell
  • Pte. W. F. Beauchamp
  • Pte. A. Blackburn
  • Pte. T. Battle
  • Pte. H. Brooks
  • Pte. M. Burton
  • Pte. W. H. Botterill
  • Pte. H. Cutts
  • Pte. F. Colpus
  • Pte. B. Coupe
  • Pte. G. W. Chadwick
  • Pte. W. G. Danby
  • Pte. O. Eastgate
  • Pte. T. F. Featon
  • Pte. G. P. Franks
  • Pte. T. P. Firth
  • Pte. J. Goodwin
  • Pte. A. E. Greenham
  • Pte. R. Hopkinson
  • Pte. G. E. Hawksworth
  • Pte. J. R. Hempstock
  • Pte. C. Jacques
  • Pte. S. B. Jackson
  • Pte. H. S. Johnson
  • Pte. J. Knighton
  • Pte. H. Kirtland
  • Pte. J. Robinson
  • Pte. F. Reasbeck
  • Pte. A. Stables
  • Pte. P. Soan
  • Pte. J. Seton
  • Pte. G. Skinner
  • Pte. T. Snow
  • Pte. E. Stocks
  • Pte. C. Thompson
  • Pte. W. Uffindall
  • Pte. P. Waite
  • Pte. H. Whittle
  • Pte. A. Windsor
  • Pte. T. H. Whitley
  • Pte. J. H. Whitley
  • Pte. A. Wall
  • Pte. H. Williams

Royal Field Artillery

  • Gunner H. Bisby
  • Gunner R. N. Hardy
  • Gunner P. Ireson
  • Gunner A. Senior
  • Gunner W. Reeve
  • Gunner H. B. Shimelds

Royal Navy

  • !st Class PO H. D. Hall
  • !st Class STR G. A. Seaman
  • Signlr P. C. Pitchforth
  • ABS E. C. Burns
  • ABS A. Elwis
  • ABS A. Holt
  • ABS T. C. Petch
  • ABS H. Raynor
  • ABS L. S. Slack
  • ABS E. Smith
  • ABS E. L. Wheatley
  • Ship Std S. W. Atkinson

Royal Engineers

  • Sapper H. Atkinson
  • Sapper J. Bates
  • Sapper F. Burdass
  • Sapper A. T. Cowling
  • Sapper H. S. Howse
  • Sapper A. List
  • Sapper F. E. Neale
  • Pioneer W. Belk

On plinth:

1939-1945 Army

  • Lieut T. S. Beastall REME
  • Bdr R. Flinders RA
  • L/Cpl C. Horsfield ASH
  • Trp E. Collins RAC
  • Trp R. Simmonds RAC
  • Trp E. K. Gilvray RAC
  • Trp C. P. Pepper 4th QOH
  • Trp C. Higham Horse Guards
  • Gnr T. Flinders RA
  • Gnr R. Branton RA
  • Gnr S. C. Burton RA
  • Gnr J. Madner
  • Gnr C. Holmes RA
  • Gnr J. Boyd RA
  • Spr A. W. Maile RE
  • Spr S. D. Reid RE
  • Pte. G. H. Terry KOSB
  • Pte. A. Fone KOYLI
  • Pte. A. McGlore DOW
  • Pte. F. J. Knott
  • Pte. A. B. Laurence
  • Pte. H. Ledger
  • Pte. G. H. Marsh MM
  • Pte. B. A. Metcalf
  • Pte. G. H. Meanwell
  • Pte. G. Pashley
  • Pte. P. P. Pease
  • Pte H. Pease
  • Pte. W. Pearson
  • Pte. S. Pinkerton
  • Pte. H. Pinder
  • Pte. H. H. Potter
  • Pte. J. Riley

Royal Navy

  • PO B. B. Crocker
  • AB A. J. Denny
  • Teleg V. R. Dawson
  • AB G. Howlett
  • PO R. C. Western

Royal Air Force

  • PO W. Wells
  • F/Sgt C. Adams
  • Sgt F. R. Scargall
  • Sgt C. Harlington
  • WOpAC C. L. Crowcroft
  • ACL E. Round

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Arksey (New Cemetery)

“In memory of civilian war dead – 1939 1945”

  • Rowland John Smith
  • Winifred Smith
  • Douglas Smith
  • James Veater
  • Doris Wyatt
  • Roy Ellis Windle
  • Peter Albert Whittles
  • Abraham Wheat
  • Elsie Buttery
  • Henry John Jones
  • Henry John Jones Jnr
  • Pamela Doreen Jones
  • Lilian Emily Windle
  • George William Windle

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Highfields Clock Tower

“To the glory of God. This clock tower is erected to the sacred memory of the under named who gave their lives in the service of their country during the great war 1914-1919”.

  • William Brough
  • William Barsby
  • John Albert Bellaby
  • Thomas Buffey
  • Arthur Byron
  • Robert Clark
  • William Clark
  • Robert Calow
  • John Robert Cowlishaw
  • Frederick Dean
  • William Elliott
  • John Fraggart
  • Edward Hammond
  • John Hagan
  • Alfred Harper
  • Richard Harper
  • Clarence Houseley
  • James Lyth
  • Oliver Marshall
  • Patrick Maughan
  • George Morton
  • Albert Edwin Morton
  • Arthur Neale
  • Thomas Noble
  • Joseph Rattigan
  • Samuel Randall
  • Edward Sagar
  • Charles Shaw
  • George Shaw
  • Edward Sidlow
  • Thomas Arthur Spencer
  • Edmund Yorke

Lest We Forget

1939-45 War.

  • Donald Whitnall
  • William Cole DCM
  • Thomas Patterson
  • Frank Curl
  • James Arthur Skellam
  • George Pegg
  • Cyril Grice
  • Frank Burrows
  • Albert Clayworth
  • Joseph Lakin
  • George William Drabble
  • Colin Rout
  • John Thomas Heath

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Tribute to the Royal Engineers (Doncaster’s Own) at the Mansion House

Along top:

  • Loos
  • Somme
  • Villiers Plouich
  • Bourlon Wood

Left edge:

  • Bac
  • Bullecourt

Right edge:

  • 2nd Armentiers
  • St. Maur

Bottom edge:

  • Roubaix
  • Lille
  • Warcoing
  • Pecq

“In ever grateful recognition of the splendid patriotism and heroic self-sacrifice of the officers and men of the 40th Divisional Royal Engineers (Doncaster’s Own), who gave their lives for the empire in her great struggle for liberty, truth and justice”.

Lieut:

  • C. Carr M.C.
  • W. Nicholson
  • W. W. Peacock

2nd Lieut:

  • J. C. McShane

Sergt:

  • G. Berry
  • A. Cooper
  • Craske
  • E. Crowther

Corpl:

  • R. Andrews
  • Drinkall
  • W. Fairall
  • R. Lightly
  • A. Munro
  • A. Waterlow

Lt Corpl:

  • H. Ashmore
  • W. Clegg
  • H. Hanby
  • J. T. Ogden
  • J. Powell
  • V. Robinson
  • C. E. Rolfe
  • C. A. Slack
  • H. C. Smith
  • B. H. Tyler M.M.
  • A. G. Wield
  • N. Windle

Spr:

  • T. Asquith
  • H. Atkinson
  • A. Boothman
  • E. G. Brooke
  • A. Brooks
  • P. Carr
  • L. Colbridge
  • A. F. Cowling
  • J. Dickenson
  • J. W. Dove
  • H. Elvidge
  • E. A. Farrow
  • C. Fear
  • S. Foster
  • W. Gill
  • W. Green
  • H. W. Greenfield
  • A. Haines
  • S. Hesselgrove
  • T. Ogley
  • J. Panks
  • W. Pidduck
  • J. Poppleton
  • J. Proctor
  • T. Quinn
  • E. A. Schofield
  • N. Sharples
  • C. Slack
  • A. Stafford
  • A. Swaby
  • R. W. Tomkinson
  • G. H. Tuplin
  • A. F. Wilkinson
  • J. Williamson
  • J. Worral
  • B. Yates

Dvr:

  • W. Burrows
  • G. A. Elton
  • E. L. Illingworth
  • W. Pearson
  • F. Shaw

Pnr:

  • J. Allen
  • A. Batty
  • C. Copley
  • J. M. Dew
  • J. A. Hardwick
  • J. Jackson
  • R. Machin
  • J. S. Ogden
  • E. J. Ryder
  • J. W. Stott
  • B. Williams

Centre Wreath:

  • August 1915 – November 1918

The crest of King George followed by:

  • This tablet was erected by counlr S. Balmforth J. P. Mayor of Doncaster 1915 – 1916. Elected Hon. Col. of the 40th Divnl R. E.

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