Soldiers at Home and Away

Private JJ Glasbey

Title: Private JJ Glasbey
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Wounded and Missing
By Carol Hall

What links a Stainforth grocer, a death in the battle of Passchendaele, and a Look North presenter?

This beautiful studio photo shows the family of John Joseph Glasbey who was born in Swinton in 1888, the son of a local butcher. He set up his own grocery business in Stainforth, married Mabel Hobson, the daughter of a Doncaster butcher and had a daughter, Charlotte.

He joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and took part in the brutal battle in the mud of Passchendaele in 1917. He was captured by the Germans on around October 26th but never made it alive off the battlefield.

John Glasbey is commemorated at Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium and on Stainforth War Memorial.

He is also the great great uncle of Look North presenter, Emma Glasbey, who researched and presented a piece on television about him in 2017, 100 years after his death.

A Scottish Soldier

Title: A Scottish Soldier
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Flower of Scotland
By Ruth Scott-Chambers

It has been said that the toughest soldiers come from North of the Border, forged by ‘blood and steel’. When war began in 1914, all Europe admired the ability of the Scots in the bloody business of battle.

In 1914 the population of Scotland was around 4.6 million. Scottish volunteers made up 13% of the volunteers in 1914-15. This is the ‘blood’.  The reference to ‘Steel’ relates to the shipyards of the Clyde, where battle ships were built. Ironically, as there was only one major naval battle during the First World War, the rivalry between King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany regarding the number of battle ships their fleets contained, was one of the factors leading to the conflict.

The photos below are of Private Newton possibly of The Black Watch Regiment and Lance Corporal Prior who may be of the same regiment, although he is wearing a different version of the kilt and a black sporran.

Burfield Wedding

Title: Burfield Wedding
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From This Day Forward
By Jean Walker

Norman George Collingham Burfield married Elsie May Fry on 18th February 1918 In Balby.

Norman was born in 1895 in York. Before the war he worked as a Clerk on the Railway. He joined the West Yorkshire Regiment on 3rd February 1915 and served in France for almost two years. He caught the flu and was too ill to fight, so was sent back to the UK on the hospital ship Brighton. Norman was released from the Army in February 1919.

While Norman was in France, Elsie lived with her mother at 6 Anelay Road, Balby. In 1919 their daughter Dorothy was born in Doncaster. They must have moved to York as their sons Kenneth and Rex were born there in the 1920s. Norman went back to work as a Clerk at the Railway.