Church services remember fallen in centenary year

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Events to mark Remembrance Sunday will have an added poignancy this year, as the commemoration of World War One’s 100th anniversary begins to reach its conclusion.

And in the south-west of Sheffield, the focus will be on today’s much more cordial relationship between Britain and Germany – as well as efforts to explore the lives of men listed on a rarely-displayed city war memorial.

At All Saints Church, Ecclesall, two services are being held at 10.45am and 3pm on Sunday, the first of which features a traditional uniformed parade followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial on Ecclesall Road South.

Among the congregation will be many young people, including guides and scouts.

A video message from Sir Simon McDonald, the British Ambassador to Germany, is being played during the service.

Then at 3pm, an oak tree in the All Saints grounds will be specially dedicated in an act of remembrance, while the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, is acting as guest preacher. Some of the prayers will be read in German.

The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, and Mark Green, honorary consul from the German Embassy, are also attending the All Saints proceedings.

Meanwhile at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, the parish war memorial from the demolished St Andrew’s Sharrow church will be on display from 11am to 1pm, with a service at 10.30am.

The memorial is not generally available for public viewings, and around a quarter of the men listed on it were part of the Sheffield ‘Pals’ Battalion, and were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Judith Roberts and Imogen Clout, readers at the church, have been researching the fallen soldiers’ lives, and visitors to the Psalter Lane church will be able to look at the results of their work.

Elsewhere, at the Dore and Totley URC church hall a free exhibition shedding light on local life during World War One is taking place.

Photographs and memorabilia – including documents about conscientious objection – are on show on Saturday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday from midday to 3pm.