Tommies tell tale of true life in trenches

Dave and Ben Mc Cabe with Dave Riddins and Scott Knowles in uniform on the town hall steps.
Dave and Ben Mc Cabe with Dave Riddins and Scott Knowles in uniform on the town hall steps.
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A taste of life during the ‘war to end all wars’ came to Barnsley during a re-enactment day staged in Centenary Square.

Members of the Great War Society dressed as World War One Tommies in tribute to the bravery of the Barnsley Pals battalion.

Dave and Ben Mc Cabe with Dave Riddins in uniform on the town hall steps

Dave and Ben Mc Cabe with Dave Riddins in uniform on the town hall steps

Period uniforms and equipment captured some of the atmosphere of the times, and society members talked to passers-by about what life in the trenches was really like for the young recruits.

The group also performed military drill and helped to show people how tough their training was for the battles of 1914-18.

The Tommies also showed how people performed every day activities of the time while under immense pressure, creating a display of living history.

Coun Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council, said: “This was an unforgettable experience for everyone who attended.

“The Tommies made a real impact in their efforts to bring history to life, allowing people to discover what the soldiers of the First World War had to endure, including the physical constraints of wearing the uniform and handling the equipment of that time.”