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Sheffield gathers for 99th National Day of Remembrance since end of First World War

Sheffield will mark the 99th National Day of Remembrance since the end of the First World War with a special service on Sunday, 12 November, at the city’s war memorial in Barker’s Pool.

The service caps a year where the people of Sheffield have once again remembered the events of the First World War, which claimed the lives of 4,898 members of Sheffield City Battalion, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle Of The Somme.

There has also been a moving and well-attended ceremony for Sheffield-born Sergeant Arnold Loosemore, the third Sheffield soldier to receive a Victoria Cross for acts of heroism during the First World War in the summer.

At the remembrance service, The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, will lead a procession from Holly Street, near the City Hall, at 10.50am.

The ceremony will begin with the Exhortation read by Lieutenant Colonel Inglis of the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital.

The service will be conducted by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Augustus O’ Reilly. On parade will be ex-service personnel together with representatives of uniformed organisations  in the city.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, the Master Cutler and representatives of the services and ex-services, as well as other organisations on parade, will lay wreaths on the war memorial.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy said: “I will be proud to lead the people of Sheffield on this 99th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“On Remembrance Sunday, we remember the heroism of the city’s sons, daughters and comrades and our armed forces serving at home and abroad.”

People can support the Royal British Legion by buying a poppy. Poppy products are also available from the website at www.britishlegion.org.uk.

At the ceremony, members of the public can lay floral tributes on the War Memorial, when the parade has marched past the memorial.