"For the Fallen"
A chance note to contact Kimberley Fisher Office Manager at Yorkshire Association Richmond Informed me that a railway engine belonging to the East Coast Line number 91111 was to be named For The Fallen. Fifty veterans from all commands along the East Coast Line were invited to attend the dedication of the Engine at Kings Cross station on Friday 7th November 2014.
Tickets were made available at the station of choice for anyone who was interested in attend the Commemoration
I contacted Dave Lowe who had passed on the note said he and Dennis Marples PWO. Would be connecting with the train at Doncaster . We arranged a connection from Barnsley terminal and caught a train to London On arrival we managed to negotiate the underground system to Old Street the nearest tube station to The Thistle City Barbican Hotel in which we were to stay. The walk from the tube station was considerably longer than anticipated but we found the hotel. We arrived too early to book into the hotel but fortunately they had a secure room where we were able to leave our luggage.
In the Bar we met a former Green Howard Eddie. Eddie was wheelchair bound but we got to know each other and after a beer we decided to go to see the poppies in the moat at the Tower of London, a sight to behold, well worth the visit with what seemed to be several million other visitors.
On Friday morning we were in a taxi at 06-30hrs heading for Kings Gross station where breakfast was provided. The train was due into platform eight at 08-15hrs .so we had time for a brew and a breakfast in a bun.
We started to assemble on Platform eight at about 07-45 in good time to find the places allocated to us, we were in the company of 1 Scots and The Honourable Artillery Regiment the two regiments providing the guard of Honour.
After the arrival of three or four commuter trains the FOR THE FALLEN pulled into platform eight at 08-30 exactly on time.
A short service and blessing followed by words from Karen Boswell the Managing Director of East Coast mainline. Time was left for photographs to be taken before the train departed for Edinburgh.
Tower of London Poppies
Bringing Home The Fallen
The Re-Burial of Fifteen York and Lancaster Soldiers from WW1 in France
October 22nd 2014
Members of the branch attending the re-burial were
Mr. and Mrs. Dyson
Mr. and Mrs. Medlock
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh
Members of the Yorkshire Volunteers Branch
Also in attendance
Col. and Mrs. Norton
Col. and Mrs. Adlington
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Holroyd
Lt. Col. and Mrs. James
Major and Mrs. Wilkins
Lord and Lady Mayoress Of Sheffield
Mr Karl Noble
At the crossroads of route D62 and D141 along rue de Radingham at the rear of the property on that corner is an insignificant piece of scrub land.
Junction of route D62 and D141.
In 2009 a decision was made to attach the outlets of the septic tanks in the area, directly to the sewer system. During the excavation for the pipe that would connect to the sewer. The machine operator unearthed some bones he fortunately stopped digging and contacted the local mayor who sent for the gendarme who thought that the bones were probably human. An archaeological dig was ordered and in a shallow grave of about three foot in depth the remains found. There were more remains than had first been thought.
Artifacts, buttons and badges found in the grave identified the remains as men from the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
When all the remains were collected they were taken for DNA testing and it proved to be the remains of fifteen individuals.
With the DNA results and the diaries of the men and officers of the regiment who were in that theatre of the war, names could be added to the identification.
A genealogist was able to link the information and proceeded to look for the families of the dead. He was able to locate ten of the fifteen families. The families were then invited to a meeting at Endcliffe Hall Sheffield and informed of the findings.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the MOD. CWGC. The Yorkshire Regiment. The forensic scientist who had carried out the DNA testing. The genealogist and the Army information and publicity branch.
The families were invited to attend the re-internment that would take place at the war graves cemetery at Y farm close to Beucamps Ligney and the soldiers were finally laid to rest on October 22nd 2014.
The York and Lancaster Regiment.
The Regiment was formed between 1868 and 1874 in the Cardwell reforms. With the amalgamation of The 65th Yorkshire North Riding regiment of foot And The 84th Regiment of foot The York and Lancaster Regiment Both regiments had originally been formed in the late 1750s.
Though both regiments had been in existence for many years. On the initial amalgamation they were called the Hallamshire Regiment. Named after the Saxon manors and lands of the house of York and the house of Lancaster which now forms the district commonly known as Hallamshire Sheffield The title Hallamshire Regiment, was strongly opposed by the officers of both Regiments. Finally in 1881 the Regiments agreed to take the name of the junior battalion 84th and became The York and Lancaster Regiment. There is little or no connection to the names of the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Many people assume the Regiments name to be The Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. Though the Regiment has always been a Yorkshire Regiment. Recruiting heavily in South Yorkshire throughout its history. Two Battalions of The York and Lancaster Regiment were raised in Barnsley during WW1, they became the 13th and 14th Battalions. To avoid conscription Kitchener encouraged men to volunteer with friends relatives and work colleagues and so we got the reference Pals Battalions During the battle of the Somme The 13th and 14Th Battalions York and Lancaster Regiment were known as 1st Barnsley and 2nd Barnsley Battalions. On July 1st 1916 at 07-30 with the blast from a whistle the battle of the Somme started for The British Battalions who were waiting in woodland close to a place called Serre near Amiens. Both Barnsley Battalions were involved, the 13th Battalion started the battle the 14th Battalion held in reserve.
As a result, by days end
Dead and wounded were calculated to be higher than 70%.
Armed Forces Day
The Yorkshire Regiment Annual Church Service
The Yorkshire Regiment Annual Church Service took place at the York Minster on Saturday 31st May at 1000 Hrs.
Barnsley branch members who attended were John Allsopp, Syd Dyson, Tony Hurd, Mick Medlock and Rob and Janet Oliver.
Music at this service was played by the band of the Yorkshire Regiment.
The Annual St Georges Day Reunion
The branch standards were displayed at the reunion held at the Fairway / Bluebell banqueting suite in Dodworth near Barnsley.
With only 63 people in attendance we were a bit thin on the ground, however the majority of comments were very favourable.
Although not perfect and because of the fall off in numbers we thought we might have to think of cancelling future events but we were pleaded with to carry on.
It was thought that the Easter break had been a factor, in that people who may have attended were taking an Easter holiday.
At the branch meeting in May we decided to book the reunion so as not to coincide with Easter, and we have made a tentative booking for April 25th 2015 Easter falling on 5th April in 2015.
We hope you all enjoyed the evening and hope to make it even more enjoyable next year.
Bring a friend.