World War I trenches may be restored near Sheffield

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Remains of World War I training trenches could be restored as part of the Yorkshire city of Sheffield’s commemorations of the Centenary of World War I.

The Sheffield Telegraph reports that the trenches were dug at Redmires, to the west of the city, and were used for the training of the ‘Sheffield Pals’ ¬– 12th battalion, York and Lancaster regiment.

The Pals lost more than 500 men at Serre on the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.

Colonel Geoffrey Norton, chairman of the trustees of the York and Lancaster Regimental Association, said: ‘An application was previously made for £80,000 for the project which was refused but a revised application is now being made.’

Activities in Sheffield during next year’s Centenary will include services at its cathedral to mark the anniversary of the start of the war and the battles of the Somme and Jutland.

Colonel Norton is also organising a trip for 100 people to the Somme Battlefield in 1916 to visit locations such as the Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre.

It is also hoped to involve schools in Serre and Bapaume, another town on the Somme, which were rebuilt with financial contributions from the people of Sheffield.

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2 Responses to World War I trenches may be restored near Sheffield

  1. mymindbursts says:

    Reblogged this on That's Nothing Compared to Passchendaele and commented:
    My grandfather, a machine gunner in the First World War, always laughed about the trenches used in training and how unlike they were to the real thing. It would be smart if these trenches could be pushed to resembling the real thing.

  2. Ian kirk says:

    That would be great for them to be restored as locals would have true insight to what life was really like in the trenches.

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