Facebook has a habit of sending you flashes from the past. Yesterday it pointed me to some pictures I’d taken two years ago at the memorial of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 at Stottercliff Cemetery in Penistone. I’d remembered posting a blogpost on those from the Penistone area who fell in both world wars and are buried at Stottercliff. I thought I’d re-post this now on my new blog. This post was posted originally on 31st July 2014…
I recently bought a copy of the fantastic new book, “The Stories Behind the Names – Penistone War Memorial 1914-1919” produced through extensive work by Janet and Rex Dyson of the Penistone Archive. At £10 it really is a worthwhile purchase for anyone with the remotest interest in the history of the local area. You can buy it at Clarks Chemist (where I got mine), the library and a couple of other places in Penistone also – really is well worth it.
Not all the names on the memorial are buried in France or Belgium (or commemorated on one of the many memorials there because they have no known grave). Some are buried in Stottercliffe Cemetery. Doing a little more research, I discovered there are actually 11 graves in Stottercliffe Cemetery that are registered with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The First World War is a particular interest of mine because of family connections, so I thought I would try to track down these graves. Some have the noticeable white headstones, common in the many in all Commonwealth cemeteries scattered across the globe. These were very easy to find and are in generally good repair – some have been clearly renovated recently. Others however are buried in family plots and so do not have the distinctive headstones, but rather family memorials. Some of these sadly are not in such good condition and maybe we as a community should do something about this.
Only three originate from the First World War, the other eight from the Second World War. I also found two stones (there may be more) with memorials to those killed.
In chronological order:
And the two memorials I found on gravestones whilst researching this both come from the First World War:
We owe it to the memory of these brave people to look after their graves and commemorate their memory.
There is a memorial service at Stottercliffe Cemetery on 3rd August at 11am to commemorate those who lie in the cemetery who gave their tomorrows so we can have our todays.
They shall not grow old as we who are left 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.