Wednesday, 21 September 2016

All Saints, Barlby

The daylight was beginning to fade by the time I visited this church, but having visited on other occasions I knew of the presence of a couple of war graves here.

However, I was not aware of one of them, due to not previously knowing of the existence of dark grey granite headstones on these graves.


The extant burials are -

T3/031317 Driver McCarthy, W.
Army Service Corps
30th May 1916

14120986 Driver Graves, Albert
Royal Corps of Signals
15th May 1947. Age 20

950321 Cpl Tomlinson, A.E.,
Royal Air Force
7th March 1944. Age 25

S/93598 Cpl Milner, H.,
Royal Army Service Corps
17-18th April 1942. Age 29

25146681 Pte Carlton, Jamie
Royal Logistic Corps
20th December 2004. Age 19



This one really had a sobering effect on me. Most of the war graves ive documented are from the world wars or small post war conflicts. They in many ways are quite distant. This isnt, his time in service would overlap that of many of the ex-forces people I now work with.

Current Survey Status

So far in this survey, I have visited roughly two thirds of the churches and cemeteries I know of within Selby District,



In doing so, over one hundred and fifty war graves have been identified and recorded on this survey, plus a number of other graves of interest.

On the above map, those marked blue have been visited and recorded. Those marked in green remain to be visited. The few in yellow are outside of the boundary.

Selby Abbey, Selby

There are no War Graves in the churchyard of the Abbey.

Inside there are a number of memorials and monuments. The abbey itself is open to the public and is very much worth a visit. The church ladies run a tea room inside and gift shop. See my other blogs for details of our radio special event station from the Abbey.


St. James the Apostle, Selby

Another town center church, with very small grounds.
No Wargraves Extant


St. Marys, Selby

Only one single ancient headstone is present in the extremely small yard of this church.
No Wargraves Extant


St. Marys Catholic Church, and village Cemetery, Carlton

There is one war grave in the churchyard of St. Marys Catholic Church

1213919 Sgt Pierson, R.T.,
Royal Air Force
30th June 1942. Age 21


Likewise, only one war grave is extant in the village Cemetery

23866974 WO2 (SQMS) O' Neill, M.,
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
31st May 1981. Age 34

It is of note that the above headstone differs from the standard CWGC design in that it has rebated corners, and is of dark grey granite.



St. Marys parish Church, Carlton

Confusingly, there are two churches in Carlton, both called St. Mary's. I will deal with the other and the cemetery in the next post.

No Extant War Graves