VILLAGE STORIES AND HISTORY

The parish council invite the residents of Bramley to write their own versions of the history of the village, which will then be considered for publication on the website.

Did you know that Bramley had, and still has the a Second World War bombing decoy site?  Follow the link below:

http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1468499&sort=2&type=DECOY%20SITE%20SHELTER&rational=a&class1=None&period=None&county=None&district=None&parish=None&place=&recordsperpage=10&source=text&rtype=&rnumber=&p=5&move=p&nor=73&recfc=0#aSt

The layout was situated in the Stockyard restaurant area at Hellaby, but the control bunker/shelter is still in-situ and is situated just off Lidget Lane on the way to Bramley Tip.

 

War memorials within Bramley:

http://rotherhamwarmemorials.weebly.com/bramley-old-wesleyan-methodist-chapel.html

 

Please send in your own stories of Bramley to the Clerk to the Parish Council.


 

BRAMLEY ROLL OF HONOUR WORLD WAR ONE 1914 TO 1918

 

Private Ernest Asbery - 11698

Age 25

York and Lancaster Regt - 1/5th ( T.F ) Battalion

Enlisted 28/8/14 in Rotherham

Killed in Action - 11/4/18   Posted to France 13/7/15

Buried - Caberet Rouge British Cemetery - Souchez 

Plot XX -Row B (4)

Son of Mrs A.E Asbery - 7 Shaftsbury Sq - Rotherham

Lived on Wadsworth Rd - Born Bramley

Had 4 Brothers and 5 Sisters

Worked in Colliery as Pony Driver and Filler

Awarded 15 Star and British War and Victory Medals 

His Mother received his identity disc in 1925

 

Private Earnest Bizby - 34219

Age 39

Northumberland Fusiliers - 26th Battalion

                                            Tyneside Irish

Enlisted in Rotherham

Killed in Action 21/12/16

Buried - Ration Farm Military Cemetery 

              La Chapelle - D,Armentieres

Son of George and Jane Bizby - Laughton - Rotherham 

Lived at the Ball Inn - Bramley 

Worked as Colliery Labourer 

Brother Frank also  served 

Brother of Charles and to Florrie Roebuck

                                         Landlady at the Ball Inn

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals 

 

Albert Bradbury

No known information

Private Alfred Brown - 2238

Age - 23

York and Lancaster Regt- 1st / 5th Battalion

Died of Wounds 18/12/15 

Buried - Bard Cottage Cemetery 

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals

Son of Mr George Brown - 2 Providence St - Parkgate 

                                                                        Rotherham

Brother to George

Worked as Pony Driver in Coal Mine

 

Corporal Harold Bucktrout - 240144

Age - 24

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - 1st/5th Battalion 

Killed in Action - 5/7/16  Enlisted 13/4/15

Buried -A.I.F Burial Ground -Grass Lane - Flers- X11.A.3

Born in Castleford

Worked as a Coal Miner

Had 6 Siblings

Awarded - 14/15 Star & British War and Victory Medals

 

Private Harry Brown - M2/139077

Age -27

Army Service Corps

Died - 27/2/18

Buried - Guilford Cemetery 

Son of Mr and Mrs H Brown - Bramley

Husband of Rose Brown - Eastwood

 

Private Robert Wilfred Baker - 46996

Age - 19

Enlisted aged 16 - 8/6/15 in Kings Royal Rifles-15th Batt

Discharged 3/7/16 as Underage( Claimed he was 19)

Rejoined - Leicester Regt - C Company - 7th Battalion

Killed in Action - 22/3/18 - St Quentin

Commemorated - Panel 29/30 - Pozieres Memorial

Son of Edwin & Elizabeth Baker -34 Westfield Rd

Had Five Elder Brothers who also served

Born in Leeds

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals

 

JAMES CARNEY

No known information

PRIVATE JACK GRATTON - 14058

Age -22

York & Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion- Enlisted 2/9/14

Killed in Action - 1/7/16 - 1st Day - Battle of the Somme

Commemorated - Pier 14a/Face 14b -Thiepval Memorial

Son of Fred & Alice Gratton -7 Howard Rd- Bramley

Had 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters

Worked as Pony Driver Underground

Came from Laughton

Awarded 14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

Private Samuel Guest - 81775

Age - 19. Born in Clay Cross

Durham Light Infantry - 22nd Battalion( Pontefract)

Died of Wounds - 8/6/18 ( Missing 30/5/18)

Buried - Sissonne British Cemetery 

Son of Jack & Mary Elizabeth Guest- 21 Howard Rd

Brother to Alfred,Herbert and Emma Guest

Awarded British War and Victory Medals Recd(10/12/21)

Worked as a Pony Driver in colliery

 

LANCE CORPORAL FRANK HOLMES - 15131

Age - 23 Born Hoyland

York & Lancaster Regt - 10th Battalion 

Died of Wounds - 11/3/17 ( No 18 General Hospital)

Buried - Etaples Military Cemetery - Part 1V

Husband of Elizabeth Holmes - Bramley/Braithwell

Son of Robert S and Frances M Holmes

Brother to Edward,Walter ,Elizabeth and Nora

Awards - British War and Victory Medals

Worked as Colliery Labourer - Thurcroft Pit

 

Corporal Samuel Humphries - 13499

Age - 28

York and Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion

Killed in Action - 8/6/17  Posted to France 27/8/15

Commemorated - Ypres Menin Gate - Panel 36 & 55

Born in Rowley -Staffordshire - Enlisted in Rotherham

Awarded - 15 Star and British War & Victory Medals

Son of Henry & Julia Humphries

Brother to Edward,Henry,John,Jemima,Julie & Isabella

Lived at Fairfield Terrace Bramley (1911)

Worked as a Coal Hewer 

 

Private Alfred Jackson - 3/31/01

Age - 19

York and Lancaster Regt - 6th Battalion

Killed in Action - 18/11/15 ( 2 months abroad )

Buried - Hill 10 Cemetery - Gallipoli - Turkey

Son of Alfred & Sarah Jackson-9 Moorlands - Ravenfield

Enlisted in Rotherham - 11/8/14

Born in Birmingham

Had 6 Sisters and one Brother

Awarded 14/15 Star and British War and Victory  Medals

 

Joseph Locke

No known information

Able Seaman Thomas Limb - Z/3709

AGE - 21 

Royal Navy Division - Anson Battalion- R.N.V.R

Died of Wounds - 28/4/17

Commemorated - Areas Memorial - MR 201

Son of Samuel Robinson Limb- 19 Wadsworth Rd

Enlisted - 29/1/15

Wounded - 25/8/16 - Rejoined Regt - 25/11/16

Worked as a Miner

 

Marcus Locke

No known information 

Private Enoch Millns - 3232

Age - 19

Connaught Rangers - 3rd Battalion

Killed in Action - 7/12/15

Commemorated - Dorian Memorial -Salonica - Greece

Son of Mrs Betsy Millns -7 School St -Eastwood View

Brother to George,John,Joe and Betsy Milns

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals

 

Private Ronald Lubbock- 14087

Age - 26

York and Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion

Died - 1/7/16 - Ist day of the battle of the Somme

Buried - Blighty Valley Cemetery - Authville Wood

Husband of Ann Lubbock - 5 Tudor St - Canterbury

Brother to Robert and Agnes Lubbock

Son of Robert and Laura Lubbock

Enlisted in Rotherham - 2/9/14

Born - Norwich -Tunstead

Lodged at 74 Kelvin St - Dalton( 1911)

Worked as a Blacksmiths Striker - Above Ground

Awarded -14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

Private Charles Mangham - 240223

Age - 21

York and  Lancaster Regt - 1st/5th Battalion(T.F)

Killed in Action - 1/7/16 - Ist day of Battle of the Somme 

Posted to France - 19/8/15

Commemorated - Thieval Memorial - Pier/Face

                                                            14A/14B

Son of Robert and Jane Mangham- 111 Main St

Army Reserve - 7/3/12 (No 1812)

Awarded -14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

Worked as a Miner

 

Private Harry Metcalfe - 14437

York and Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion

Died - 17/6/16

Brother of Margeret Sharp and James Metcalfe

Lived at - 13 Cross St - Bramley

Buried-Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension - Somme

 

Private John William Mowbray - 25067

Age - 19

York and Lancaster Regt - 9th Battalion

Enlisted - 19/1/16 - France 21/7/16

Killed in Action - 2/10/16

Commemorated - Thiepval Memorial

Son of Thomas and Mary Annie Mowbray

Brother of Hannah Wadsworth - 26 Westfield Rd

Born in Bramley - Lived at 130 Main St - Bramley

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals 

Worked as Farm Labourer

 

Rifleman James Parker

Kings Royal Rifles

Howard Rd  Bramley

 

Lance Corporal Sam Parker - 13463

Age - 23

York and Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion

Enlisted - 1/9/14 in Rotherham

Died - 1/7/16 - 1st day of the Battle of the Somme

Buried - Grave xxx1xF8- Serre Rd Cemetery - No 2

Born in Rawmarsh

Worked as a Miner

Awarded - 14/15 Star

Brother to Earnest (Dalton),Edgar and Ethel

 

Alfred Parry

No known information

Lance Corporal Fred Purseglove -R40087

Age - 24

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry 0

Royal Army Service Corps

Died - 16/9/19

Buried - Bramley Burial Ground - 19/9/19 - Grave C58

Son of John and Emma Purseglove- 39 Park Grove

                                                                Bramley

Husband of Annie ( Beresford) 

Brother of Alfred who also died

 

Willie Palmer

No known information 

Private Percy Thomas Robinson - 13148

Age - 21

York and Lancaster Regt - 8th Battalion

Enlisted - 2/9/14

Wounded - 1915

Killed in Action -1/7/16 -Ist Day - Battle of the Somme

Commemorated -Pier/Face -14A/14B-Thiepval Memorial

Son of Herbert and Elizabeth Robinson - 136 Main St

                                                                         Bramley

Had 5 Sisters and was born in Williamswood- Warsop

Awarded -14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

Worked as a Miner

 

Ldg Seaman John Lakin Rodgers-KW/25

Age - 28

R.N.V.R Drake Battalion ( Ex York and Lancaster Regt )

Enlisted - 2/9/14

Wounded - Twice in 1915

Killed in Action - 26/5/18

Buried -Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension-111.E.15

Husband of Rose Rodgers - 18 Church Lane - Bramley

Worked as Mining Mechanic - Rothervale Colliery 

Born at Hoyland Common

 

Private Harry Edmond Ross - 44589

Age - 28

Machine Gun Corps-35th Company.    (25/7/16)                          Ex York and Lancaster Regt- 25953

Enlisted - 15/11/15

Killed in Action - 30/11/17- Posted to France - 4/3/17

Commemorated in France

Son of Joseph and Kate Ross - Rock Villa - Bramley

Brother to George Ernest and Gertrude Ross

Awarded- British War and Victory Medals 

Worked as a Labourer at Colliery

 

Private Horace Sayles - 23763

Age - 28

York and Lancaster  Regt - 2nd Battalion

Died of Wounds - 29/4/16 - Posted to France - 2/2/16

Buried - Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery - Belgium 

Son of Arthur and Anne Elizabeth Sayles - 82 Main St

                                                                     Bramley

 

A Schofield

No known information 

Corporal Herbert Seneschall - 6136

Age - 32

Lincolnshire Regt - 1st Battalion

Enlisted in Sheffield 

Killed in Action - 23/10/18 - Battle of Selle 

Commemorated - Panel 4 - Vis en Artois Memorial 

                                             Pas de Calais - France

Married Pattie Laura Fletcher - 1905

Father to Herbert Kenneth and Ivy Seneschall

Born in Newport - Lincoln 

Lived in Bramley

 

Corporal Ernest Seston - 12861

Age - 21

Sherwood Forresters-Notts & Derbyshire Regt- 10th Batt

Enlisted - Worksop

Died of Wounds - 2/11/16

Buried - Grove Town Cemetery - Meaulte

Son of George and Emma Seston - No 2 Bungalow 

                                                         Ravenfield Common

Born at Kiveton Park

Awarded -14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

 

Private John Thomas Short - 18890

Age - 29

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - 8th Battalion

Enlisted in Wakefield

Died - 1/10/16

Commemorated-Pier/Face-11C&12A-Thiepval Memorial 

Son of Joseph and Maria Short- 157 Main St - Bramley

Born Wakefield

Lived Old Hall Cottages - 1911

Had 5 Brothers and 2 Sisters

 

Private Arthur Smith - 40974

Age - 19

South Wales Borderers - 2nd Battalion

Enlisted in Mexborough

Killed in Action - 11/4/18

Buried-Crois de Bac-British Military Cemetery 

                                  Steenwerck - Grave 1vc13

Born in Nottingham

 

Private Sidney Smith - 42264

Age -19

Kings Own Yorkshire  Light Infantry - 10th Battalion

Enlisted in Mexborough 

Died of Wounds - 15/4/17

Buried - Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension 

Son of Mr&Mrs George Smith - Manor Farm - Morthen 

Born in Lerrington Yorkshire

 

Private Albert Taylor - 19569

York and Lancaster Regt - 9th Battalion

Enlisted in Doncaster

Killed in Action - 1/7/16 - 1st Day - Battle of the Somme

Commemorated - Pier&Face -14A&14 B- Thiepval Meml 

Born in Doncaster

 

Private Albert Taylor - 19569

York and Lancaster Regt - 9th Battalion

Enlisted in Doncaster

Killed in Action - 1/7/16 - 1st Day - Battle of the Somme

Commemorated - Pier&Face -14A&14 B- Thiepval Meml 

Born in Doncaster

 

William Taylor

No known information

Private Arthur Teale - 9544

West Yorkshire Regt - 1st Battalion 

Died of Wounds - 6/11/14

 

G Thornton

No known information 

Private Percy Thorpe - 34095

Age - 22

York and Lancaster Regt - 10th Battalion

Enlisted in Sheffield - 18/6/15

Killed in Action - 15/11/16( Posted to France - 14/7/16)

Commemorated -Thiepval Memorial-Pier&Face14A&14b

Husband of Gertrude Thorpe- 80 Main St - Bramley

Father of Maggie and Frederick William Thorpe

 

Private Frank Trotter - 3/2016

Age - 29

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - 6th Battalion 

Enlisted in Pontefract

Killed in Action - 13/7/16

Buried - Faubourg de Amiens Cemetery - Areas

Born in Sheffield 

Son of Walter and Sarah Trotter

Awarded  - 15 Star and British War and Victory Medals

 

Private Willis Walker -23183

Age -29

Enlisted - 23/8/15

York and  Lancaster Regt - 2nd Battalion

Killed in Action - 22/8/16

Buried- Euston Rd Cemetery,Colincamps- V.N.6

Son of John Walker - 6 Westfield Rd/ 203 Clifton View

Brother to Francis,Edith,Herbert,George,Edric,Millicent

Mother was Louise Walker

Lived at 195 Grange View - Bramley

Awarded - British War and Victory Medals

Worked as a Labourer for Rotherham District Council

 

S Waltch

No known information 

C.Q.M.Sergeant Herbert Williams- 14757

Age - 20

York and Lancaster Regt - 9th Battalion

Died of Wounds - 19/10/16

Buried - Railway Dugout Burial Ground - Transit Farm

                                                                  Grave V1015

Son of William and Mary Williams - 10 Wadsworth Rd 

                                                              Bramley

Brother to Edith,Bertha,Tom,Harry,Ruth,Mary&Sarah

Born - Tangerwick Burton, Buckinghamshire.

Awarded- 14/15 Star and British War and Victory Medals 

Worked at 14 years old in Colliery yard (1911)

 

Driver Alfred Purseglove - 297247

Age - 19

Royal Field Artillery - 56th Battery- 34th Brigade

Died - 9/10/19 ( Brighton -Sussex)

Buried - Bramley Burial Ground - Grave C58(13/10/19)

Son of John and Emma Purseglove - 39 Park Grove

                                                             Bramley

Brother of Fred Purseglove

 

Alfred Ernest Cakebread

Alfred was born in Wandsworth London in 1897 to William and Rose Cakebread. The family moved to Rotherham in 1910 and lived at Quarryfields Wickersley where William worked as a Plate Layer (above ground). 

In Dec 1915 Alfred enlisted in the 1/8th battalion Prince of Wales Own ( West Yorks) Regiment aged 18 his occupation was shown as Haulage Hand (Pit). The family were then living at 10 Wadsworth Road Bramley.

He landed in France on 27th Nov 1917 and joined his unit on 3rd Dec 1917.

On 7th Jan 1918 he was amongst a group recovering Stokes mortar bombs in Retaliation trench near Ypres. As they were carrying the crates of bombs there was an explosion and  7 of the group were wounded and 1 killed instantly. Alfred died of his wounds on 7th Jan 1918 and was buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery.  He had served just 42 days.

He was awarded the British War medal and Victory medal which were sent to his parents at 177 Fairfield Terrace , Bawtry Road Bramley.