Service commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the Pogmoor plane crash

6 01 2014
Message from Simon Hollingworth
Sgt Alex Hollingworth RAAF

Sgt Alex Hollingworth RAAF

The following message was received on 6th January, 2014, from Simon Hollingworth, a close relative of Alex Hollingworth, the RAAF pilot who stayed with his plane to steer it clear of housing and was killed as it crashed in Pogmoor

“Dear Marlene, Barry, Tom, Annabell, Brenda, David, Pauline and all the kind people at Pogmoor Road, thank you so much for the honour you bestow upon the young airmen of Pogmoor.

I really can’t thank you with any words sufficient to express our gratitude. Your efforts every year to honour the fallen airmen of Pogmoor is amazing. I will contact Alex Hollingworth’s surving brother today and read him the service. He is so touched by your ongoing tributes each year. I have no words to explain our feelings. You are the most wonderful people.

As I mentioned to Marlene in a past email. Alex’s death at Pogmoor has a spooky twist. A branch of our family appears to have lived at Old Barnsley circa 1620. Later in 1660, a direct relative, John Hollingworth owned the lands at Pogmoor along with an ancestor to William Wordsworth the poet. So in a strange way, Alex died at a place that has significant meaning to our family.

Again, thank you. We will be with in you in spirit today.
Cheers
Simon Hollingworth”

Pictures from the service

 

Dan Jarvis, MP, pays tribute to the young pilot

Dan Jarvis, MP, pays tribute to the young pilot

The Mayor, Coun Ken Richardson addresses the service

The Mayor, Coun Ken Richardson addresses the service

Coun Penny Lofts congratulates the Residents' Association and the Royal British Legion for organising the srvice

Coun Penny Lofts congratulates the Residents’ Association and the Royal British Legion for organising the service

Tom Parnham, Pogmoor Residents' vice-chair, remembers the loss of life in WW1 in its centenary year
Tom Parnham, Pogmoor Residents’ vice-chair, remembers the loss of life in WW1 in its centenary year

 

 





Whitley bomber crash 70th anniversary ceremony

2 01 2012

There was a fantastic turnout at our remembrance ceremony on 6th January, 2012 to mark the seventieth anniversary of the crash of a wartime bomber  in the quarry that was then at the rear of Cresswell Street. Two of the crew lost their lives as the plane rapidly descended into the quarry. We salute the bravery of these young airmen.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Further photographs from the ceremony are available here.

Here are the detailed order of service and the poster announcing the commemoration ceremony