Great Sacrifice: The Old Boys of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School in the First World War by Jane Ainsworth (Paperback, 2016)
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- DescriptionJane Ainsworth's Memorial Book tells the stories of the 76 Old Boys of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School who died as a result of their involvement in the First World War. It also includes a history of the grammar school, its headmaster and extracts from Alumnus magazine. Barnsley Holgate Grammar School was prestigious and its first headmaster, Reverend Charles Stokes Butler, was inspirational. The Old Boys felt a strong loyalty and affection for their school and this feeling was reciprocated by the teachers and other pupils. During the First World War, details of all those serving their country were recorded in the Old Boys' Association magazine Alumnus , which was sent to men fighting at the front along with copies of the Barnsley Chronicle. Many of the men in the forces visited their old school when home on their precious leave and some contributed articles and letters about their experiences, which have been reproduced in this book. Jane was determined to create a Memorial Book that was different from others and the breadth of her research clearly demonstrates how she has achieved this.She has told the men's life stories in as much detail as possible, concentrating on their family and personal development as well as experiences during the war. It is important to remember that 42 additional brothers served and five of these died, as did three brothers-in-law. The invaluable contributions from Alumnus and many obituaries from newspapers allow us to get to kw these men as real people. Jane's aim is for these young men to be remembered as individuals, who could have achieved so much more if they had survived the sacrifice of their valuable lives for their country. Attending the Holgate encouraged the majority to go on to achieve their potential after school, with a lot becoming teachers. It instilled in them the values that led to early enlistment and rapid promotion in the forces. This is what united them - t the disparate resting places for their bodies, whether buried in a foreign grave or just a name on a War Memorial overseas. They were all much loved as sons, brothers, friends, colleagues, Old Boys of various educational establishments, husbands and fathers.
- Author BiographyJane Ainsworth was born in Hoyland in South Yorkshire, but spent most of her life living elsewhere until she and husband Paul decided to return to Barnsley for their (early) retirement. Jane was brought up in Chorley, Lancashire, then went to York University, where she obtained a BA degree in English and Related Literature. She then worked for many years in the Housing and Social Services Departments of Councils in the Cambridge area. Jane's passionate interest in family history research has developed over the last 13 years with a growing fascination for local history and the First World War. When Jane decided to research the Barnsley Holgate Grammar School War Memorial for the Centenary, she had no idea how difficult it would be to identify then research the lives of 76 strangers. However, she was determined to pay tribute to these brave young men by finding out as much as possible about them all. Although she has written a number of published articles on various subjects, this Memorial Book is Jane's first book and it is the result of more than two years' dedicated and almost all-consuming research. These men and their relations so far discovered now feel like Jane's own extended family.
- Author(s)Jane Ainsworth
- PublisherHelion & Company
- Date of Publication31/03/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationSolihull
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelion & Company
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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