Church bells in Sheffield to mark death of bell-ringer

St John's Church, in Ranmoor, and the memorial bearing the names of all parishioners there who died in the First World War (pic: Bob Rae)
St John's Church, in Ranmoor, and the memorial bearing the names of all parishioners there who died in the First World War (pic: Bob Rae)
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The bells will toll at a church in Sheffield today in memory of a soldier cut down in his prime during the First World War.

Today (Saturday, July 1) marks the centenary of the death of Arthur Ward, who was a bell-ringer at St John's Church in Ranmoor.

Arthur, who was part of a large bell-ringing family, was just 26 when he was killed in action near Arras, in northern France.

In his honour, a memorial peal lasting more than three hours will ring out at the church today, followed by a quarter peal tomorrow.

Arthur, who served with the York and Lancaster Regiment, was one of five brothers who rang the bells at St John's - four of whom served in the Army during the First World War.