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War Memorial Studies: 1

Over the course of the next two weeks, in the run up to Remembrance Day, we are going to feature some of the War Memorial Studies we have recently added to the One Place Studies Directory.

1. Barwick WW1+ and Scholes WW1+

Barwick (full title = Barwick-in-Elmet) and Scholes are neighbouring Yorkshire villages approximately seven miles and six miles east of Leeds respectively.

The study covers both villages and both WW1 and WW2. It includes those who served and survived as well as those who died. It is the work of Nigel Marshall, Christine Hudson and many others who have contributed.

The Barwick War Memorial, comprising a cross with bronze plaques, stands on the base of the ancient village cross. It was unveiled in 1920 by Barwick resident Mrs Kate Childe whose son Derrick was one of sixteen named who died in WW1.

Scholes actually boasts three forms of War Memorial. The first, with stone mounted plaques (pictured below), lists the names of those who lost their lives in each war. The second is an avenue of trees, each one planted to commemorate one of the fallen in each war. The third is a wall-mounted Roll of Honour which lists the names of all the men from Scholes who served during the Great War.

Each person named has a dedicated page on the study website with biography containing family history and service information and, where available, photographs of the serviceman, regimental badge, war grave, cemetery etc.

The page for Gunner James William Precious who sadly died of his wounds one day before the Armistice was signed includes a photograph of the ‘death penny‘ bearing his name.

Example clip from the page remembering Derrick Childe

Learn more now by visiting the study website from which the above information was obtained.

San Marzano Oliveto, Italy

San Marzano Oliveto is the latest One Place Study in Italy to be added to the One Place Studies Directory.

San Marzano Oliveto lies 60km south-east of Turin in Asti Province and, with a height of 300m above sea level, commands panoramic views.

San Marzano One Place Study Asti Piedmont Italy

Researching a war memorial?

If you are researching everyone who is named on a war memorial and going beyond the information on the excellent CWGC website to investigate their lives and family then we take our hats off to you! It will qualify as a One Place Study!

Researching a War Memorial ? It may qualify as a one place study.

If your war memorial project has an internet presence, be it a website, Facebook page or Facebook group, Twitter account bearing the study name or a WikiTree free space page, then let us know so that we can include it the FREE One Place Studies Directory. Just take a minute or two to ‘suggest a study‘ now!

Great Ayton One Place Study, Yorkshire

Great Ayton One Place Study is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

Great Ayton lies on the edge of the North York Moors approximately three miles north-east of Stokesley. The River Leven runs through the village.

Great Ayton One Place Study Yorkshire

The village was the boyhood home of Captain James Cook and a museum bears his name. The study includes Little Ayton and the hamlet of Langbaurgh.

The website is well-worth exploring by One Placers as it contains detailed analysis of population, census and includes reconstitution etc. We shall highlight some of these in future articles on our website.


Andersonia in Mendocino, California is the latest United States one place study to be added to the One Place Studies Directory.

After losing his wife in 1902, Henry Neff Anderson purchased 10,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California. He built not only a lumber mill but a small community named after him to house the almost 200 employees he recruited.

Andersonia One Place Study Clalifornia

Unfortunately, Henry died at Andersonia in 1905 following a mill accident. Litigation following his death caused sawmill operation to cease and an earthquake the following year scuppered the chances of the mill being sold to a new owner. Andersonia became a ghost town.

The Andersonia study is hosted by WikiTree.

Thorpe Bassett

Thorpe Bassett in Yorkshire, England is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

Thorpe Bassett is a small parish lying on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Its population peaked in 1851 at 207. The 12th century church pictured below is dedicated to All Saints.

Thorpe Bassett One Place Study Yorkshire

The study aims to better understand the close relationship with neighbouring Rillington.

Parish Boundaries

Ever wondered where the historic boundaries were of:

  • parishes?
  • civil registration districts?
  • dioceses?
  • poor law unions?
  • hundreds?

Quickly find them using the 1851 Jurisdictions Map thanks to FamilySearch.

Parish Boundaries 1851 Jurisdictions Map
Parish Boundaries in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

If you subscribe to Ancestry, then you can also see IHGS County Maps showing not only parish boundaries, but also the dates the parish registers first date from. An extract for the Purbeck area is shown below.

Dorset County Map Parish Boundaries