City band recreates last march of Sheffield Pals Battalion

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A PARADE through Sheffield was held on Thursday to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

The parade recreated the last march of the Sheffield Pals Battalion in 1916, who sang their way to battle in an attempt to capture the heavily-fortified village of Serre in northern France.

They were greeted by a hail of machine gun bullets and shellfire, and 513 men were killed, wounded or missing.

The City of Sheffield Pipe Band was greeted on the Town Hall steps by the Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, who then presented them with a Standard, or military flag, and a Union Flag.

Coun Dunkley said the standards were a symbol of the band’s commitment to Sheffield, and in particular to the veterans of past conflicts.

The parade then moved on to the cathedral, where the flags were officially dedicated to all those who fought and died at the Battle of the Somme.