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During the First World War there were two substantial war hospitals in Sheffield, the Wharncliffe, in the Wadsley Asylum, and the 3rd Northern General, housed in 15 separate buildings. The city, a centre for war industry during the Second World War, suffered heavy enemy air-raids during the Blitz with 600 people killed in a single raid in December 1940.

Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery contains scattered war graves of both wars. Behind the Cross of Sacrifice in plot JJ is a Screen Wall commemorating those First World War casualties whose graves could not be marked by headstones, most of them buried in the plot of ground immediately in front of it. In front of the Screen Wall are a number of Special Memorial headstones for Second World War casualties buried elsewhere in the cemetery whose graves could not be marked.

In all, the cemetery contains 235 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 57 from the Second.

Five of the burials are those of soldiers who served with the Yorkshire Regiment; four of these burials are commemorated on the screen wall.

We are very grateful to Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>) for providing the photographs relating to this cemetery and the Yorkshire Regiment soldiers.

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Serjeant Harold Brown. 39382.
  Serjeant Harold Brown. 39382.
2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 24174 York & Lancs Regt.
Died at home 28 April 1918.
Born Barnsley (Yorks), Enlisted Diddington (Nr Rotherham).

Private John Martin. 3/7434..
  Private John William Martin. 3/7434.
2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
(Served as SMEDLEY). Son of John and Mary Martin; husband of Mrs. Nellie Bolton (formerly Martin), of 8, Mannel Terrace, Jobson Rd., Sheffield.
Died at home 21 June 1916. Aged 26.

Private George Revill. 22360.
  Private George Revill. 22360.
1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 22 August 1921. Aged 36.
Born Sheffield, Resided Sheffield.
CWGC record gives Regimental Number as 7195. But his Service Record exists and all references are to No 22360. Served at home from 1 March 1915 to 24 December 1915. Served in India from 19 January 1916 to discharge in 1919. Notes say that he suffered from "V D H" - vascular heart disease(?), from July 1915 onwards.

Private James Albert Wheeler. 19213.
  Private James Albert Wheeler. 19213.
2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Son of George and Amelia Wheeler; husband of the late Edith Wheeler.
Died at home 27 April 1918.
Born Sheffield, Enlisted Sheffield.

Sapper William Wilson, 258601 Royal Engineers.
  Sapper William Wilson, 258601 Royal Engineers.
F ormerly 8685 Private Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Emma Wilson of 53 Hawley Street, Sheffield. Died at home 6 March 1919. Aged 42.
Born Heeley (Sheffield), Enlsted Sheffield.

(The Service Record for Sapper William Wilson exists. From this it is seen that he enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment on 2 September 1914. He was posted to France on 9 September 1915. He joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (date unknown), and returned to the UK in February 1919. Apparently he caught a severe chill while on the deck of the transport returning him to the UK, and developed lobar pneumonia. He died of this on 6 March 1919.)

Although commemorated on the Screen Wall, William Wilson shares a family grave in the Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery with his wife (Emma, died 10 August 1945 aged 62) and son (William, died 12 JUly 1913 aged 4).

Photo : Stephen Farnell of the Find a Grave website.

A view of Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery with Serjeant Brown's grave under the tree.A view of Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery with Serjeant Brown's grave under the tree.
Photo : Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

The Screen Wall and the Cross of Sacrifice in Sheffield (Burngreave) CemeteryThe Screen Wall and the Cross of Sacrifice in Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery
Photo : Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

The Screen Wall Dedication in Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery
The Screen Wall Dedication in Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery
Photo : Richard Roberts (<richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

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