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War graves uncovered by college students

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Saturday 7th December 2013
Uncovered: Students and staff at the site of the uncovered graves.

Barnsley College students have uncovered 15 graves, including three war graves, at a Worsbrough church.

 

Over the past two months eight 'learning for living and work' students have been helping the The War Graves Photographic Project (TWGPP) to uncover graves which have been hidden by overgrown grass, bushes and foliage.

 

Three were found at St Thomas's Church on Bank End Road. The graves include an RAF pilot, a Private who served in the army and one containing a family of three - a father and his two sons who were both killed in action during First World War.

 

Student Michelle Cooper said: "I am really enjoying working on this project. It has made us all think about the war and the sacrifices that people have made for this country."

 

The graves have now been photographed and will be added to the TWGPP's website where individual causalities can be searched.

 

The project works with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to record and provide photos or digital images of the graves or memorial listings of every service casualty since the outbreak of the First World War.

 

Geoff and Marsha Thorndike, of the TWGPP, added: "We didn't have the resources to uncover the war graves so the students have done a fantastic job and we wouldn't have been able to take any photos without their help."

 

Work at the church is continuing where more graves are expected to be found. Vicki Austin, student support worker for the learning for living and work department, said the group was excited by what else it might find.

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Posted by Tony Hewitt I Mon 16th Dec 2013 at 7:38pm

I'm delighted to see the cemetery being cleaned up and the youth are getting involved.after all these people were the backbone of britan.my grandparents and uncle are burried in the cemetery opposite.sadley most of the headstones in this cemetery have been removed.it would be nice to see a memorial wall erected with the names of those burried there on itso they are not forgotten .yours sincerely TonyHewitt ireland and Worsbrough dale