A late call to inform us of a dedication of some stones to winners of the Victoria Cross was to be held at the War Memorial  on the Victoria embankment Nottingham.
One of the soldiers was from the York and Lancaster regiment. The stones had been cut in two foot square paving stones with name Regiment and headed with an image of the Victoria Cross.
The commemoration was timed for eleven o`clock,  The Mercian Regiment were well represented and the antecedent Sherwood Foresters. Vic and Syd represented the branch.


Private Samuel Harvey VC

Born 17TH September 1881

Son of William and Mary Harvey at Bullwell Nottingham. His family also included Emily, Rose, William, Halyn, Fredrick, George, Hennery, Ellen.

The family moved to Ipswich Vernon Street in 1884.

Samuel enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment 1st Battalion in 1905 his Regimental number was 8273, he served seven years in India. The Battalion was sent to France in 1914. (London Gazette 18 November 1915).  Loos France, on 29th September 1915 8273 Private Samuel Harvey 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

For conspicuous bravery in “Big Willie” trench on 29th September 1915

During a heavy bombing attack by the enemy, and when more bombs were urgently required for our front, Private Harvey volunteered to fetch them.

The communication trench was blocked with wounded and reinforcements, and he went backwards and forwards across the open under intense fire and succeeded in bringing no less than thirty boxes  of bombs before he was wounded.

It was mainly due to Private Harvey`s cool bravery in supplying bombs that the enemy were eventually driven back.

 

Private Harvey was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace On the 24th January 1917.

An appeal has been made for information on the whereabouts of Harveys VC, which he lost sometime later.

Private Harvey  died penniless 23rd September 1960 aged 79 in the former work house Stow Lodge Hospital Stowmarket, Suffolk where he had been a patient for sixteen months

His only possessions were his  VC miniature medal group which were next to his pillow.

A HEAD STONE HAS BEEN ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF PRIVATE SAMUEL HARVEY VC WHO WAS BURIED IN AN UNMARKED PAUPERS GRAVE IN IPSWICH OLD CEMETERY.



   
                          



The two paving stones dedicated on 4th December are in front entrance to the war memorial







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During August 2015 we received an email from Sheila Robbins a friend of Stockport cemeteries. We were told that they had found a WW1 grave stone of a York and Lancaster Soldier, and would we send representatives of the association when the dedication was finalised.
The details were eventually sent to us and on Saturday 7th November both Standards along with Rob and Mrs Oliver, Dave Lowe, Syd Dyson, Mick Medlock and Vic Leigh, arrived at Willow Grove Cemetery Stockport.

A well organised commemoration with local ex service, cadets and RBL in attendance. 




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                         Col. Geoffrey Norton signing on behalf of the regiment


            

                                 Carl Noble signing on behalf of the Rotherham Museum 

           


          

                               

         

                               

                              

                                             

                                    

Vivian Sumner Simpson  was born at Beech house Sheffield on 5th Feb 1893 the youngest of 9 children he was educated at Wesley college Sheffield , Between 1900 and 1907 he made 38 appearances as an amateur for Sheffield Wednesday scoring 38 goals including a hat trick  in a 6-0 drubbing of Manchester united. 

When war broke out in August 1914 he was anxious to join up but did not care to enlist as a private except in a battalion of men of his own class . Word  of this reached the Duke of Norfolk and the result was the formation of  the 12th (Sheffield) service battalion York and Lancaster regiment. Vivian was the first recruit on the roll of this battalion who after training in England left for the front line in June 1916 taking part in the battle of the Somme. He played a leading part in the attack on Cordorna trench and as the London gazette reported.  He was the first man in into the enemy trench and was involved in hand to hand combat with the defenders. Later he brilliantly organised the consolidation of the newly won position , for this he was awarded the military cross and mentioned in despatches. 

 In Sept 1917 he was wounded on reconnaissance duty in no mans land. He was invalided home and sent to Sunderland to train junior officers. This was work which he had an aptitude and he was given a chance to remain at home far from the front line. But he preferred to join his comrades at the front.

On 13th April 1918 he was killed by a sniper in the village of Outtersteene whilst moving amongst the men cheering them  with his unquenchable optimism .  He was buried at Outtersteene cemetery west of Lille near the border with Belgium 


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 Gerald Fitzpatrick was serving in the RE  and was selected for a war time commission. He chose to follow his father and grandfather into the KOYLI. The Battalion he was posted to was already in Singapore so he was thrown in at the deep end.
At the service held at Darton Church he told the people attending the service that he was 96 and one week old,  he went on to tell of his experiences when he arrived in Singapore. A very interesting gentleman. His story can be found on the web site under his name.




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The branch standard and members were present at the VJ Service at Darton Church on Sunday 16th August 2015 .
Photograph courtesy of John Bell


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 The branch standard was displayed at the VJ Commemorations held at Penistone Church on 15th August 2015
Photograph courtesy of John Bell



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Members and guests enjoying the pea and pies at the supper held on 15th August 2015. Held at the TA. centre Barnsley.
Photograph courtesy of John Bell





The Three Stooges
Photograph courtesy of John Bell



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Greasbrough Saturday 27th June 2015

This was a  very well attended event of the unveiling of the 
 plaque bearing the names of scholars of Greasbrough National 
School  who died fighting for their country in World War 1.  The Plaque has been reset in a plinth which now stands alongside the town war memorial.
The branch was well represented and both standards were paraded  by Rob 
Oliver and Dave Lowe.
The weather stayed favourable and light refreshments were served. It was a very
good day and enjoyed by all.





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Sheffield 20th June 2015

Members of the branch were again present at Sheffield's Armed Forces Day another well 
attended and well organised day for all to enjoy.
Vic and John are seen in the photograph, it was called marching. The photograph is by kind
permission of Mr John Bell







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On Wednesday 17th June 2015, Members of the Barnsley Branch were present along with the public for
the freedom march through Barnsley.


The Yorkshire Regiment Led by the band and standards march through 

Barnsley.