Posted on Monday 14th November 2016



Sunday November 13, 2016, was a day of remembrance in Barnsley Town centre. Crowds gathered and people were out in force to take part in a wonderful service to honour those who gave their lives so we could live ours.

At 1100 hours, at the war memorial, the Mayor led a beautiful service that began with a two-minute silence and ended with a stunning parade. She was joined by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, the Freeman and the women of the borough, local MPs and other dignitaries.

A member of the public said:

“What a beautiful service, so many people have turned out, thank you Barnsley. Respect.”

Following on from the two-minute silence was the laying of the wreaths, an emotional period to commemorate those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars, led by Canon Reverend Stephen Race and Parish Priest for St Mary's the Virgin Church.

Crochet Poppy at Pen and Sword HQ.

The conclusion of the service was the taking part of organisations including St John Ambulance Brigade, the Yorkshire Regiment, Scouts, Cadets and Veterans in a march past the Town Hall to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice made by the town's service men and women. The Mayor and the Lord-Lieutenant salute.


A wonderful turnout also occurred at 11am on Friday 11 November for the two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day outside Barnsley's Town Hall.

An onlooker said:

“It was so fantastic to see so many kids from local schools and also all the shops in the town centre observing the two minute silence, well done Barnsley.”

Crowd's gathered around the Town Hall for Armistice Day. Photograph from the Barnsley Council.
The two-minute silence in Barnsley Town Centre. Photograph from the Barnsley Council
A Poppy Wreath. Photograph from ITV News.

Who were you remembering?

Here are some of the moving tributes paid by you for your loved ones.


"Master at Arms Richard E Magee 164813 RN Killed 5 September 1914 along with 258 other Officers."

"Company Sgt Frederick James Hamblen, aged 33, died on the Somme exactly 100 years ago today. His body was never found, but he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Eternal Memory!"

George Evans, Barnsley. Served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, although he didn't turn 18 until 1943. After 1945 he joined the Palestine Police Force and was over there until 1948.
War memorial at Barnsley Town Hall. Photograph from Barnsley Council.
Chief Petty Officer, David Firth. The Royal Navy, ship HMS Montrose.
" Big brother watching from above, he sails with god and sends his love. A naval man who loved the sea, how I wish his tide could swallow me. And take me there where he lies, for my love for you never dies. With your sails all torn and your stern so weak, I write these words that we can't speak. To tell you that my heart's your port, for you to sail forever in my thoughts." Poem written by Mark Firth for his older brother David. (Pictured above)

"My paternal Great Grandfather was a boy soldier in the British Army in the late 1800s and served in India, then sadly died in the 1950s. My Grandfather served in World War One and drove the London bus and cab during the Blitz, my maternal Grandfather was in reserved occupation and a train engineer for the British rail during World War Two. My Father was in the RAF from 39 - 46 ground crew, his older brother was navigator in RAF on Wellingtons and Halifax and his other brother was in the British army, my Uncle and his brother were AA gunners in the Shetland Islands my Mother was a WAAF and at present my cousin's son is in the RAF as a helicopter mechanic, so I am thankful to them and the fact they all survived. This would explain my passion for military history. Thank you." - Steve Whines, Brantford Canada.

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