Remembering this week….


Remembering Poolsbrook miner, Private Mervyn Lovick, 64685, 1/6th Bn., Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment) who died on 7 November 1918 aged 23


and Private Charles N Jervis, 100919, 15th Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died on 8 November 1918 and who is buried at Staveley Cemetery.


Remembering Private Arthur Fowkes


Remembering Private Albert Cartledge Fowkes 335368, 8th Bn., Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) who died on 6th November 1918, age 29.

Albert was born at “Staveley Works Yard.” He served in Scotland and died during the influenza pandemic of 1918.

Read his story here

Remembering Joseph Rooney and Ernest Parry

Remembering Private Joseph Rooney  (a.k.a. Ruane), 2/6th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbys Regiment) who died on 4th November aged 23.

Joseph was wounded at  the Battle of Polygon Wood  in September 1917 and suffered aeroplane bomb wounds and multiple fractures. 2 months after his medical discharge in 1918, Joseph died of influenza. 

 Joseph did not qualify for a Commonwealth War Grave as he was no longer a serving soldier and his death could not be attributed to his military service. He is buried in an unmarked plot in the Roman Catholic section of Staveley Cemetery.  Read his story here

and remembering  miner Private Ernest Parry, 5659, 2nd Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) who died of wounds on 4th November 1918, aged 20. Ernest had served just 20 days on the front when he received a gunshot wound to his back. Read his story here

Act of Remembrance

(from Barrow Hill Community Trust) As trustees, we are honoured to be the custodians of Barrow Hill Memorial Hall, the legacy to the communities of Barrow Hill and Hollingwood in memory of those who lived, fought and died in the Great War.

Please join us at the war memorial for a simple Act of Remembrance led by Sergeant Taylor, Coldstream Guards, followed by the laying of wreaths by local community representatives and tokens of respect from other members of the public.

If your group or organisation would like to lay a wreath, or if anyone is willing to help as a steward for the road closure, tidy the memorial garden or make refreshments on the day, please contact us.

An exhibition about local casualties will include displays and artefacts and will be open after the Act of Remembrance and remain open until 3pm.

Remembering ….

Remembering two local lads who both died on 14th October 1918.

Private John Reynolds, 49080, 1st Bn., Leicestershire Regiment . John lived at Railway Cottages, Staveley, and was an apprentice fitter at Bryan Donkins before the war.



Private Wilfred Longmate ,37368, 1st Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers. Wilfred lived at Laburnum Cottage on Hollingwood Common.

Read his story here