In St Mary's, Barnsley Parish Church, South Yorkshire.
William Potter 2nd Coldstream Guards John Clitheroe 2nd Coldstream Guards John Longley 1st West Yorkshire Regiment Henry Jaques 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers Francis W. Perry Army Service Corps W. Holler King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry George Bell 2nd York & Lancs. Regiment (Volunteers) S. Stubbs "York & Lancashire Regiment" T. Meakin......................" A. Marshall...................." H. Smith........................" W. Swift........................." J. Hartley......................." W. G. Strachan.............."
A letter has been received from Corporal John Clitheroe, of the 2nd Coldstream Guards, now with Lord Methuen's column going to the relief of Kimberley. Clitheroe, who is a member of the Barnsley Police Force, is a member of a family long resident in the ancient borough. After serving seven years with the colours he returned to Clitheroe, and three years ago joined the police force. The letter referred to has been received by Mrs. Clitheroe at Barnsley. In it he says: - "We have travelled about 600 miles up the country, and are going up to the front. We have just passed about three miles of horses and troops on the line of march for the front. There were hundreds of horses and waggons. We have heard that one of the Boer generals was seriously wounded or killed. There are a great many troops coming up the country just now. I am in the best of health and spirits. The climate is very warm in the daytime and cold at night. There are troops all along the railway, guarding the bridges, etc. This morning we had breakfast at De Aar Station.....I am coming up here with a good heart and the best of spirits, and 'God speed' to me and the British flag that flies high over the British empire." The writer concludes by wishing all his friends a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Burnley Express, Wednesday 13th December 1899
LETTER FROM A CLITHEROE CORPORAL.
Another letter has been received from Corporal J. Clitheroe, 2nd Coldstream Guards, by his wife at Barnsley. Corporal Clitheroe is a member of the Barnsley Police Force and prior to joining that force resided in Clitheroe, of which place he is a native. The letter is written from Belmont Camp, on November 24th. He says: - "No doubt you will have seen by the papers before you receive this letter that the brigade of Guards and several other regiments were in action yesterday, the 23rd instant. We had to attack about 11,000 of the enemy, and I must say they got a severe defeat. Our battalion, the 2nd Coldstream Guards, captured one of the enemy's camps. They were taken by surprise, and left everything behind them, ammunition, rifles, revolvers, and all other articles used in Camp. It was all taken and brought to our camp. We also captured a herd of cattle and all the horses and waggons. We also captured a lot of tobacco, which our troops did enjoy. I got some of the spoil. A farm close by was searched, and a magazine full of ammunition was found, which was blown up during the night by our artillery. We captured about 40 Boer prisoners, and as I am writing five more are being brought in by our mounted infantry." The writer adds that he was in good health and spirits.
Burnley Express, Wednesday 27th December 1899
CLITHEROE MAN DIES AT MODDER RIVER.
Lance-Corporal J. Clitheroe, of the 2nd Coldstream Guards, who died of enteric fever at Modder River on the 9th inst., was a native of Clitheroe, where his parents and relatives reside. After completing his service with the colours he returned to Clitheroe, and joined the Barnsley Police Force about three years ago. He was called up with the reserves, and left his wife behind him at Barnsley.
Burnley Express, Saturday 13th January 1900
A DEAD SOLDIER'S LETTER.
In the last letter to hand to his wife at Barnsley, Lance-Corporal J. Clitheroe, of the 2nd Coldstream Guards, whose death was reported from Modder River last Tuesday, stated that so far he was all right. Continuing, he said: - "We have advanced from Belmont to Graspan, where we had a battle, and from there to Modder River, where we had a severe battle, and fighting lasted about 17 hours. Our losses were not so great as at Belmont; at Graspan we lost none. At the battle of Modder River our company lost eight men, one killed and seven wounded. There was one young fellow from Clitheroe wounded in the same battle (Private Frank Strickland, 2nd Coldstream Guards), and there was a young fellow from Barnsley wounded in the battle at Belmont; his name was Smith. We have heard that the Boer losses on each occasion were very heavy. They retired about dusk, and we saw nothing of them next morning. The troops are in camp at Modder River, but we do not know our next move. I have heard we go to the relief of Kimberley, but there are so many rumours about. We had some troops come from the town; one of the men told us that all the talk was about the gallant victories of the Coldstream Guards at Belmont and elsewhere. I am very pleased to say that I have got through all right so far; in fact, without a single scratch. I am in the best of health, and hope you are the same at home." Enclosed with the letter was a Christmas card, bearing the regimental badge on the frontispiece, and on the inside pages are the Coldstreams at home and abroad in the regimental uniform and in the kharki.
djb wrote: I used to work for a while near Barnsley so I wonder if I ever drove past that church without knowing what was inside?
Possibly. It's in the town centre, near the old town hall, but is up a side street, and easily missed. I do enjoy visiting South Yorkshire, even though it's not very easy to get access to many of the churches (other than on Sunday mornings), not being a tourist area.
For the attention of the Original Poster BereniceUK.
The photos you have posted under the location St Peter the Apostle, in Barnsley, are actually in St Mary's Church. It sounds like you have the correct building - near to the town hall, but you have got the saints name wrong. Here is a post from my website in 2014 that shows the memorial.
Linda (aka BarnsleyHistorian)