SOMME ANNIVERSARY: VIDEO: Spot where scores of Sheffield men died in WW1 battle

Sheffield Memorial Park in the Somme.
Sheffield Memorial Park in the Somme.
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This memorial in France marks the spot where scores of Sheffield men met their deaths on the first day of the Battle Of The Somme exactly 100 years ago today.

It was on July 1, 1916 that one of the bloodiest battles in human history began as Allied troops and German soldiers fought a relentless firefight in the muddy and blood soaked fields of France. By the time the offensive drew to a close in November the same year, more than one million people lay dead.

And as the world commemorates those who sacrificed their lives, this video footage shows the exact spot where many of the city's soldiers fell and where they are buried.

Nearly 5,000 members of the Sheffield City Battalion - known as the Sheffield Pals - died in the conflict.

Today, councillors including Lord Mayor of Sheffield Denise Fox will take part in a service at the Sheffield Memorial Park, where some 500 members of the Sheffield City Battalion were casualties on the first day of battle.

Pals Battalions began to be formed in August 1914. Following the outbreak of the First World War. Pals were usually recruited from a local area and were nicknamed because Lord Kitchener believed more men would enlist if they could serve alongside their, friends, relatives or work mates.

Sheffield Pals comprised mainly of businessmen, clerics, journalists, school teachers and students from across the city.

They were called the ‘coffee and bun boys’ by the Barnsley Pals because of their middle-class backgrounds.

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The Sheffield Memorial Park remembers the men of the British Army's 31st Division who served with the Pals Battalions. Of the 12 battalions in the 31st Division, all but two were recruited from Yorkshire, one of these being from Durham and the other from Lancashire.