A fitting remembrance?

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We have recently witnessed a 100-year commemoration services for the soldiers who lost their lives during the World War 1 July-November 1917 battle of Passchendaele village in Belgium.

Troops of the British Empire, (Australia, Canada, India, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom), allied with France and Belgium, fought against the German Empire. Disputed casualties and losses quoted being 200,000/ 448,614 allied forces and 217,000/410,000 German Empire, (including 24,065 prisoners.) Losses of such magnitude in a conventional battle are unimaginable today. The men of both sides ‘going over the top’ to a near certain death would not be ordered by their governments/commanders, nor condoned by the civilian population in this modern age.

They laid down their lives for the sake of gaining a few yards of a muddy battlefield – paying a terrible price in doing so. The government of the day and the military commanders acting under its orders should have had a very heavy conscience when witnessing the consequent futile ultimate sacrifice made by those brave men.

The press and media have shown photographs of the Belgian Tyne Cot military cemetery where so many of our soldiers are buried. The rows upon rows of crosses make for very sobering viewing– the futility of the battle and its terrible cost in human lives.

The graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission together with the local population. They are kept in excellent clean condition and are commemorated by visitors throughout the year. Compare their final resting place with that of some of our local military heroes, buried in unkempt Sheffield graves – now tended to by volunteer community groups/individuals.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, S5

Get things sorted

It seems strange that Wednesday’s manager and his “team” have looked at over 200 central defenders, but found every one of them deficient in one area or another. Goodness knows who, and at what level, they have been looking at.

Then, within 48 hours of a feisty steering meeting with supporters in which the central defender issue was raised, suddenly a player is identified as the one we want and a signing is on the cards. The next minute we hear that the player was released by his previous club because of his long injury problems, which doesn’t seem an ideal scenario, and that he’s had a medical at Hillsborough but that talks with the player have broken down. It sounded like a panic buy! Then, to cap it all, the manager says, “Nobody has given me information that someone has signed for us.”It seems that the manager isn’t kept up to date with what’s going on regarding new players, and that surely can’t be right when he has to face the fans and press to discuss these matters as part of his job?

I do wonder what the setup is at Hillsborough, and if some of the players brought in were chosen by the “hierarchy” rather than the manager? Maybe that explains why players have been brought in but not held down a place in the side. Perhaps the manager didn’t fancy them. The current squad have been together for a long time, yet put in a dismal performance on the opening day of the season. The Star described it as “abject, awful, lethargic, and lacking in pride and passion”. Well, maybe the club should be looking at their setup and asking why this was so. Clearly the motivation from the manager and his coaches was missing, and a group of players who have been together for a long time but can’t string two passes together or muster more than one shot on goal is worrying. I don’t know if it’s the players, the management or the coaching structure, but something clearly isn’t right. It’s early days, but there were clearly problems last season with the performances that unsettled many of the supporters, so I think someone needs to get things sorted pronto, before the squad lose the backing of their wonderful fans.

Baffled Owl

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Why all the fuss?

Who comes up with the headlines for page one? We are only getting another sandwich shop, so why all the fuss? Not exactly making the city centre more attractive. The only people who might benefit from this shop will be the rough sleepers when the shop closes and any food that is left will be given away. So form an orderly queue depending on when the shop opens.

MD

S10

Cole’s corner

It’s good to see that the Cole’s corner site is to be occupied, but I can’t help thinking that a sandwich outlet is a bit downmarket for such a prestige building. Surely some upmarket retailer could have been approached. Pret A Manger may have good food but it just hasn’t got that charisma Sheffield City centre needs.

EB Warris

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Chesterfield Road rescue

I am writing to thank the people who came to the rescue of my girlfriend/partner who fell to the ground and collapsed on Chesterfield Road at approximately 4.45pm on Tuesday, August 8. I would also like to thank the staff at Sandford House, Meersbrook Avenue, who took her promptly home.

Brian Bertie

S6

By any other name

Rather than reprint every map, re-record every announcement, update every web page and make any published directions that reference Shalesmoor tram stop out of date, why not make a simple addition to the tram stop signs so that they read “Shalesmoor for Kelham Island”? Changes to other materials can be made gradually, or not at all.

Names tell a story, even when the reason for their coining has gone. We are proud that Coles Corner persists, and the adjacent street remains the “Far” gate, even though it’s now near the middle. In the centuries since the dissolution of the monasteries, no-one has suggested that Abbeydale needs to change. Leave rebranding to dictators, (St Petersburg to Leningrad), or the pretentious, (upwardly mobile Staines adding “upon Thames”). Sometimes, old names have a way of reasserting their relevance. The concrete jungle of Park Hill and the refuse tip of Parkwood Springs re-emerge as green landscapes, and as trees mysteriously disappear from our streets, Sheffield is once more becoming the “Clearing by the Sheaf”.

J Robin Hughes

Towngate Road, Worrall, S3

Prison sentences

Getting a little bit fed up seeing people escape prison sentences after being found with indecent images of children. Anyone found with these vile images which are graded in their depravity shouldn’t be walking free,.

They are obviously sick in the head so should be locked up until they are not tempted to look at such disgusting things.

Jayne Grayson

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