Sheffield Memorial Park remembers the men of the 94th Brigade of the British Army's 31st Division. One of which was the 12th (Sheffield City) Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, known as the Sheffield Pals. All the Pals Battalions of 800-900 were formed in the autumn of 1914 following a recruiting drive by the War Office. Thousands of men rushed to the Recruiting Offices to join up as enthusiastic volunteers to help with the war effort.
Men were encouraged to sign on together from similar backgrounds of working trades and professions, or sports and social clubs. The tragic consequences of this idea would be played out when these men went into action to fight together.
The Sheffield Pals spent 15 months in training before sailing to Egypt, only arriving in northern France in early 1916 where they began to prepare to take part in the Battle of the Somme. The casualties of the Pals Battalions who went “over the top” on the 1st July were very heavy. The total casualties attributed to the first day were nearly 60,000. Over 66% of the Sheffield Pals had become casualties, killed, wounded or captured.
The Pals and the City of Sheffield were never the same again.
2018 marks 100 years since the end of the first word war. A team of 20 are cycling 400 miles in 4 Days to raise valuable funds for the renovation of the Sheffield Memorial Park at the Somme which is dedicated to the fallen Sheffield Pals.
THE SHEFFIELD TO THE SOMME CYCLE RIDE
21st to 25th June 2018