Penistone War Graves

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bookFacebook 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:

IMG_0800Ernest Vaughton died 24th January 1917

IMG_0808Joseph Arnold Buckley died 27th November 1918

IMG_0809Thomas Hill died 27th April 1919

IMG_0802Arnold Hustler died 21st May 1941

IMG_0798Frederick Crossland died 2nd July 1941

IMG_0796Walter Gooding died 1st November 1941


IMG_0806William McBurney Died 21st July 1942

IMG_0804Norman Booth died 9th March 1943

IMG_0801Ronald Senior died 16th September 1944
IMG_0803Joseph Helliwell died 12th February 1945
IMG_0807Dorothy Booth died 24th March 1945

And the two memorials I found on gravestones whilst researching this both come from the First World War:

IMG_0799Pte Thomas Ford died 28th September 1916
IMG_0797Pte C C Hinchliffe died 19th June 1917

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.

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Wayne Chadburn

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