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World War One findings on display

By ashley ball, Wombwell/Dearne Reporter Sunday 9th February 2014
Wombwell Heritage Group's George Horner with the display.

The first findings of the Wombwell Heritage Group's World War 1 project have been put on display.

 

The display was on show at a community event held at the town's Operatic Society centre.

 

The first story is that of Private Joseph Parsons.

 

He wrote a letter home to Myers Street in 1914 talking about his new job as a bomb thrower.

 

Joseph, who was in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment, was awarded a Croix de Guerre, a medal awarded by the French to foreign allies, similar to being mentioned in despatches.

 

He was eventually killed on the Western Front.

 

Mary Taylor, from the Society, has been looking through newspaper articles of the time to piece together more stories from soldiers from Wombwell and the surrounding area.

 

Anyone who has researched their ancestor's war time activities is encouraged to contact her on 755517.

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Posted by Mrs M I Sun 9th Feb 2014 at 2:12pm

My great great grandad William Tate Lowther served in World War 1 being awarded DCM and MM and after was prominent figure in British Legion and helped set up football team for discharged and demobilised soldiers and sailors. Sadly he died on stage at Wombwell Station Rd WMC and we did find article in newspaper stating around 100 people attended his funeral.