Sandal Wesleyan Church Organ
The organ has since been broken up and replaced but the brass plaque that was attached to it has survived and is now mounted on the south wall of the church. It reads: ‘This organ was dedicated on Feb. 8th 1922 to the Glory of God and as a memorial to the men of this Church who fell in the Great War and in thankfulness for those who returned’, It lists only six names.
This name appears four times in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s register. The listings include one of the original 'Old Contemptibles', 11084 Private Wilfred Blackburn, of the 2nd Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 31 October 1914 and is commemorated on Panel 31 of the Le Touret Memorial. Another possibility is 13716 Sgt Wilfred Blackburn who was serving in the 10th Bn, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment when he died on 29 July 1916. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial. The name ‘W. Blackburn’ also appears on the Sandal Magna School memorial.
Frederick Wm. Gill
Probably 15600 Private Frederick William Gill, 9th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 27 September 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs John Thomas Gill, of Bootham Cottage, York; husband of Doris Gill, of 43 Albert Villas, Major Street, Thornes, Wakefield. Another less likely possibility is 94878 Gunner Fred Gill, 265th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died on 11 October 1917. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s database says he was the son of John and Alice Gill, of 25 Johnston Street, Wakefield, and husband of Elizabeth Florence Gill, of 22 Home Street, Denby Dale Road. He is named on one of the panels at Tyne Cot Memorial, near Ypres.
Possibly 224962 Pioneer William Goodwin, Special Brigade Depot, Royal Engineers, who is buried at Wakefield Cemetery. He died on 17 August 1918; husband of Sylvia Goodwin, of Alpha Terrace, Elmtree Street, Belle Vue.
2549 Pte Frank Hollings, of the 1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was the son of Isaac and Emily Hollings, of 103 Haddingley Hill, Sandal. He died aged 20 on 20 December 1915 and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Only one person of the name appears in the CWGC register. He is 13990 Lance Corporal Gilbert Stubley, of the 95th Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died on 13 April 1918. He was the son of George Henry and Selina Stubley, of 2 Gladstone Square, Sparable Lane, Sandal, and his name also appears on the Sandal Magna School memorial. He is named on Panel 11 of the Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave. The memorial serves the area from the line Caestre-Dranoutre-Warneton to the north, to Haverskerque-Estaires-Fournes to the south, including the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood. Most of those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to the south. The majority were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere.
To see an image of Lance Cpl Stubley's memorial, click here
Probably KW/522 Able Seaman John Wigglesworth, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who served first in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry but transferred to Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division. He died on 6 May 1915 and is named on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli. The memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and a place of commemoration for many of those servicemen who died there and have no known grave. His name is also inscribed on Sandal Magna School’s memorial.