KILLAMARSH HERITAGE SOCIETY
Killamarsh Leisure Centre
Stanley Street, Killamarsh
From 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Crafts and new items
Refreshments will be available
So put the date in your diary
We Look Forward to Meeting You
Picture Postcard Railway Rambles
The Hope Valley Line – Sheffield to Edale
An Illustrated Slide Show Presentation by Stephen Gay
Monday 16th October 2017
The Parish Suite at Killamarsh Leisure Centre
Stanley Street, Killamarsh, S21 1EL
Doors Open at 7.00 pm – show will start at 7.30 pm
Entrance £3.00 on the door
Everyone most welcome. Refreshments available
This slide show presentation takes the traveller along the Hope Valley Line through the Peak District on a 20 mile journey from Sheffield to Edale. Breathtaking scenery is passed which inspired Britain’s first National Park. Using recently taken slides, the show will include historical information, a few poetry readings and many laughs along the way! Stephen’s faithful German Shepherd dog WRAWBY will not be present at this show but will appear on quite a few pictures shown. From luscious landscapes and moorland views, to riverside walks and tea room trails, all four seasons will feature, with the aim and challenge of capturing the route in a scenic and artistic composition. Please take your seat and settle down for Picture Postcard Railway Rambles – The Hope Valley Line.
The members of Killamarsh Charity Group would like to thank everyone who came along and joined us on Barbara’s Walk 2017.
Nearly 80 people joined us and helped raise £881.36 for the Weston Park Cancer Charity. We were really pleased to see members of Barbara’s family again who joined us for the walk as they do every year.
We really appreciate the support you give us for the walk and for the other events we hold during the year.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the weather kept dry.
Thank you so much to Ian and Dorothy and their staff at the West End pub who fed everyone after the walk.
Look out for details of Barbara’s Walk 2018 and come along and join us. We know you will enjoy it and raise funds for the charity as well.
Today we commemorate the centenary of the start of the battle known as Passchendaele.
Mr Jack Walker has asked if we could include on the website details of his uncle Joe Walker who was killed in action on 17th September 1917 – 100 years next month.
JOSEPH WALKER M.M.
Regiment: York and Lancaster
Service No: 313 745
Enlisted: 29 August 2014
Killed in Action: 17 September 1917 – Aged 23
Born in Killamarsh in 1894, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Walker, Joe lived at Highmoor and later at Norwood. The 1911 census shows that he was employed as a ‘Colliery pony driver underground’, probably at Norwood pit.
After the outbreak of war in 1914, Joe walked to Sheffield with his Killamarsh pals in order to ‘join up’.
He was enlisted into the York and Lancaster regiment on 29th August 1914. Joe was trained at Pontefract, Yorkshire with the 3rd (reserve battalion) York and Lancs.
Details of Joe Walker’s Service taken from army records:
13th July 1915
Posted to France with the 7th Battalion York and Lancs.
20th August 1915
Invalided home wounded, injury described as “bullet wound right arm severe”.
2nd January 1916
Returned to France posted to 8th Battalion York and Lancs.
23rd July 1916
Appointed Lance Corporal in the field.
2nd October 1916
Wounded and sent for treatment
10th October 1916
Rejoined the Battalion
20th October 1916
3rd December 1916
Awarded Military Medal
19th April 1917
Appointed Lance Sergeant
3rd June 1917
17th September 1917
Killed in Action
Joe survived the battle of the Somme, only to lose his life a year later in 1917.
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial at Passchendaele, Belgium on panels 125 to 128 in the south rotunda of the memorial.
For the fourth year running
Killamarsh Charity Group will be holding a
‘TIME FOR TEA’ party on
Saturday 10th of June, 2017
from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
in the Methodist Church Hall, Sheffield Road, Killamarsh
(entrance in the corner of the Aldi Car Park)
to raise funds for the
Weston Park Cancer Charity
Weston Park Cancer Charity exists to make a difference for people living with cancer by supporting cancer research and improving cancer treatment and care.
Everyone is touched by cancer, either themselves or a family member or friends and many people in the area need the services provided by Weston Park Hospital.
So come along and join us and help raise funds for this very worthwhile charity.
Thanks to all those who baked cakes for our previous events we were able to donate all the money we raised to the charity. If you would like to bake a cake for this year’s event or can’t make it on the day but would like to make a donation we would love to hear from you on 0114 2484812 or email email@example.com
For more information about the Weston Park Cancer Charity visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or telephone 0114 226 5373
We have received an email from Roslyn Tucker. If anyone can give Roslyn any information please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0114 2484812 and we will pass it on to her.
My Name is Roslyn Tucker and I live in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. My Mother was Edith Newton, she was married to John Fredrick Newton for some years before being divorced. I think Mum lived on Jubilee Cresent in the 30s ,40s. Mum was born in Sheffield 1917 , her parents Joe and Elizabeth Vardy. In the late 40s Mum moved away from Killamarsh to make Sydney Australia her home.She married again and had 3 children, I’m the daughter. Mum lived for the last 60 years in Australia before her death in 2013, aged 95.
I’m looking for some information on my Mum and her life in Killamarsh.
Looking forward to hearing from you
The following memories have been sent to us by Eric Morris, who was brought up and lived in Killamarsh and now lives in Kent.
We recently featured the article in the January issue of Doorsteppa.
After recently watching the T.V. programme – The Last Miners – about the closure of Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire, these are my thoughts prompted by the programme.
I worked at Westthorpe Colliery between 1967-1975 where I was an electrician – not a very good one – so I got out of the pit at the earliest opportunity. However, as the cliché goes – you can take the lad out of the pit – but not the pit out of the boy … He is still in there all these years later.
Back to the programme – I watched it out of curiosity because it’s over forty years since I left Westthorpe – but it bought back so many memories – thoughts and feelings I had taken for granted for many years.
The first point is that at Kellingley they were working in seams some 10-12 feet high – luxury! This is not to decry the Kellingley men – but it made me realise how hard it was to be working in the Flockton and Thorncliffe seams at best 5 feet high. Allowing for the face supports – this meant we crawled everywhere. The Thorncliiffe seam was also at about 45 degrees so we had to crawl backwards – slamming your battery and tools in someone’s face! Standing up was a luxury waiting in the main and tail gates.
Having said that, as an electrician I came and went on the face – not spending much time there – so I reflect back in awe at people like Harry Tongue who worked shift after shift on the face – working in perpetual dust and soggy knee pads from the water that was there to suppress the dust! I remember Harry ranting to the head fitter about having a choice of pneumoconiosis or arthritic knees – some choice. Harry had a way of getting his point across – and he was right.
Another point was that on the last shift I worked at Westthorpe I was waiting with some other colliers from the night shift when they struck up an impromptu tune and song – such fun, such camaraderie.
I was pleased to leave Westthorpe to go teacher training – such a contrast! But I did miss that camaraderie – but not the work. People ask me why I left – my reply is that it was dirty, dangerous and unhealthy work – and I was rubbish. Four good reasons [on their own] to leave.
But the Kellingley programme reminded me of that teamwork – that camaraderie – and sense of fun – it took the programme to remind me how important Westthorpe was in my life.
I like everyone to appreciate those special men who were miners at Westthorpe and High Moor – and everywhere.