WW1 Memorial Trail
The Trail links the 7 known War Memorials� and plaques that commemorate those local individuals who fought and died in conflicts, including the Boer War, WW1 and WW2. It is easily accessible on foot or by car. It begins and ends at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Wombwell, S73 0DQ (see Map). A guided walk will arrange for access to the church interior where the Memorial window and other memorial tablets can be seen. For dates and times contact the Heritage Group.
On Wednesdays in Wombwell Cemetery, the Friends group will be on hand to offer directions and assistance to visitors seeking specific War Graves.
By extending the trail it is possible to take in the sites of the old collieries of the area, and there is an interesting and poignant memorial at the Hillies Golf Club close to the far end of the park, to 189 local men and boys who were killed in the terrible explosion at Lundhill Colliery in 1857.
Where to look for
facts & information
Much of the information that has enabled us to populate this site has been gleaned from a variety of sources, listed below. Personal information was offered by families as a result of appeals placed in the local Barnsley Chronicle. There may be a charge for some records:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Barnsley Archives and Local Studies: local records, local newspapers (microfilm):
War Memorials Trust:
How to include
This project aims to capture information from this era before it is lost forever along with the people from these generations.
Have you got information to share about how wars affected our local communities and individual people who lived here?
If you have, please submit it for publication as per the instuctions in the upload section and see your ancestors archived here.
2014 saw the first Centenary commemoration events of the First World War,
which devastated communities in Britain over the four years of its duration from 1914 to 1918.
Wombwell Heritage Group wanted to show what this meant to local families,
and devised a project that would bring home to people, especially the young,
what WW1 meant to families living and working in Wombwell and its surrounding villages.
To enable this to happen Wombwell Heritage Group managed to secure funding from the
Heritage Lottery Fund, which allows us to provide workshop materials for schools, an interpretive board
illustrating the trail, leaflets, and a launch event to encourage local people to use the trail
and the information as starting points for their own research into the local links to this national event.
It will also provided this website where the public will be able to read stories and see pictures linked
to the project, and to upload their own family stories related to WW1 memories and information.
The project also draws attention to the importance of the war memorials that were erected, often by
public subscription, which can be found in various places around the locality, to be reminders to later
generations of the sacrifices paid by local people in the service of their country and the freedoms
we enjoy today. We hope that this understanding will encourage respect for these tangible reminders,
and ensure their preservation.
Before the early 1900�s Memorials were often erected as symbols of �Victory�, examples are the
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, erected to celebrate the victories of Emperor Napoleon or in Britain Nelson�s
Column in London celebrating the victory at Trafalgar. Attitudes to Memorials changed with the
Boer War (1899 to 1902), when communities created memorials to the lower ranks of the Armed Forces