Special remembrance day service to be held in Sheffield this Sunday

The Royal Legion sell poppies each year to raise funds for the armed forces
The Royal Legion sell poppies each year to raise funds for the armed forces

Sheffield’s war memorial in Barker’s Hall will play host to a special remembrance service public this Sunday.

The event will cap a poignant year for the city – which lost 4,898 members of the Sheffield City Battalion in the First World War a century ago – following a moving ceremony for Sheffield-born Major William Allen, who received the Victoria Cross for heroism during the war.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday falls five days short of the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, in which hundreds of thousands of British troops lost their lives.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, will lead a procession from City Hall at 10.50am before an exhortation is read by Captain REJ Crothers of the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital.

Councillor Fox said: “Of course, the heroism of the people of Sheffield, the city’s grandfathers and great-grandfathers, in that terrible conflict 100 years ago have been on the city’s mind more than ever this year.

“I’m proud to have played a leading role in commemorations both in Sheffield and France this year.

“On Remembrance Sunday, we remember those currently engaged in all conflicts across the world and the great heroism shown by our armed services in serving their country.”

Sheffield’s service will be conducted by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain. On parade will be ex-service personnel together with representatives of uniformed organisations in the city. Members of the public can lay floral tributes on the War Memorial, when the parade has marched past.

The poppy has provoked some controversy this year, after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, became embroiled in a dispute between Fifa and the FA over whether England and Scotland’s football teams should be allowed to wear poppies during their match onFriday. Both teams are set to defy Fifa’s ban on wearing ‘political symbols’ and may face a points deduction as a result.