Albert Edward Shepherd VC
The branch were informed of the dedication to Rifleman Albert Edward Shepherd would be taking place in Barnsley on 20th November 2017, 100 years to the day the event took place during the battle of Cambrai at Villiers Plouich France.
Albert was born on 11th January 1897 in Royston near Barnsley. He enlisted in the army during WW1 at the age of 20 in the 12th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle.
The Citation reads that R/1 5089 Rifleman Shepherd K.R.R.C.
For most conspicuous bravery as a company runner
When his company was held up by a machine gun at point blank range, he volunteered to rush the gun and though he was ordered not to, he rushed forward and threw a mills bomb killing two gunners and capturing the gun. The company on continuing the advance came under heavy enfilade machine gun fire. When the last officer and the last non commissioned officer became casualties, he took command of the company, ordered the men to lie down and he went back some seventy yards under severe fire to obtain the help of a tank. He then returned to the company and finally led them to their last objective.
He showed throughout conspicuous determination and resource.
He survived the war and lived in Royston near Barnsley until 23rd October 1966 when he passed away ( 69 years old) .
Many members of his family were in attendance at the dedication also the branch was represented by Mr and Mrs Vic Leigh, Mr Mick Medlock, Mr John Bell, Mr Syd Dyson, Mr Chris Harding, Mr Dave Pierce and Mr Colin Wrend. Mr Dave Lowe was the standard bearer.
Dedication of a New Stone to 13th and 14th Battalions
On the 10th of November, branch members attended the dedication of a new stone to the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment. The stone was sponsored by the CO-OP group. We were informed the old stone will now be sited in a private garden.
Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
Members of the branch who attended the Armed Forces Day at Penistone were approached by Mr Joe Pinguey to ask if members would like to attend the 100th anniversary event of the battle of Passchendaele to be held at Penistone Church/War memorial o 21st September at 10:30 hrs. Syd Dyson and Vic Leigh attended with many others that included Angela Smith MP. The church gate had very large pictures of the Menin Gate and pictures of the Tyne Cot war memorial in the graveyard.
A memorable event well represented. Thanks to The Royal British Legion.
Refreshments were served in the church after the event
On Wednesday 29th August 2017, Syd Dyson, from the York and Lancaster Regimental Association, had been asked to accompany Colonel Norton at the presentation for the recognition of the work he and Sir Nicholas Hewitt, Barnsley Chronicle Owner, had done over the years with IMOS (inter allied resistance movement) . The South Elmsall branch of the RBL and IMOS had decided that a plaque, designed by Mr Gil Harrison IMOS UK chairman be presented to them. Also present was Mr Edward Robinson, Mr Frank Clarke IMOS secretary. Both Colonel Norton and Sir Nicholas were presented with plaques.
South Elmsall is the only affiliated branch of IMOS in the UK. Specially designed mugs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme were also presented. The mugs were made by a local company in Cudworth.
Dedication of a Commemorative Paving Stone
The branch was well represented at the dedication of a Commemorative paving stone centenary event at the Sheffield war memorial on August 11th 2017 at 12:30
Attending was Mr and Mrs Leigh, Mr and Mrs Oliver, Mick Medlock, Mr and Mrs Dyson, with grand daughter Amy and friend Cara and Dave Lowe standard bearer for the PWO.
15805 Private Arnold Loosemore VC DSM formerly of the York and Lancaster Regiment then the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment (Sheffield)
Citation for the Victoria Cross
Published in the London Gazette - 14th September 1917
For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the attack on a strongly held enemy position. His platoon having been checked by heavy machine gun fire, he crawled through partially cut wire, dragging his Lewis gun with him. He single handedly dealt with a strong party of the enemy, killing about twenty of them, and thus covering the consolidation of the position taken up by his platoon.
Immediately afterwards his Lewis gun was blown up by a bomb and three enemy rushed him, but he shot them with his revolver. Later he shot several enemy snipers exposing himself to heavy fire each time.
On return to his original post he also brought back a wounded comrade under heavy fire and at the risk of his own life.
He displayed throughout an utter disregard of danger.
Pte. Loosemore was later promoted to Sergeant and returned home to marry his childhood sweetheart and raise a family.
Armed Forces Day
The Branch was well represented at the Armed Forces Day at Sheffield on June 17th 2017. Sheffield hold Armed Forces Day a week earlier than the national event.
We were also well represented at the first Armed Forces Day held in Penistone on June 24th 2017 . Veterans and a fine array of WW2 vehicles paraded through Penistone before re-assembling on the show ground
Thousands of visitors attended throughout the day.
The two main events were a WW2 fighter flying over the show ground and a WW" 25lbs artilllery piece firing its blank shot over Penistone.
Pictures are courtesy of Jack Dyson RN/SY Constabulary
Private Frank Bramall
Born 19/8/1894 Station Inn, Silkstone Common
Died 4th May 1917 Battle Of the Marne, France
A dedication service took place on Thursday 4th May 2017 at the War Memorial In Silkstone to formally adopt Frank's name onto the Memorial to coincide with 100 years to the day since he died " Fighting for King and Country"
Representatives of the York and Lancaster Regimental Association, Silkstone Parish Council and the Rev. Browell form All Saints Church were Present.