Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

The Somme 98 Years On

“Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying. That was our history.”

John Harris

This morning is the 98 years on since the Sheffield Pals first major engagement of the First World War.

Five of the men joined the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, known as the Sheffield Pals, in 1914. Almost 1,000 men joined the Pals. After training in Redmires, Ripon and Salisbury they sailed to Egypt before transferring to the Western Front in spring 1916.

Their first major engagement began at 7:20am, 1st July 1916, as part of the first British infantry attack at the Battle of the Somme. They advanced into a devastating barrage of artillery, machine gun and rifle fire. Over half of the Pals were killed, wounded or missing in a single day. Frank Hartley, Isaac Haycock and Frederick Moses died within hours and yards of
each other.

You can read more about the Sheffield Pals on the Somme – https://walkleyhistory.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/the-somme-and-sheffield

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About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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This entry was posted on July 1, 2014 by in First World War.
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