The names of the 86 young men who died during the First World War and are listed on the Burngreave Commonwealth War Memorial will be read out in a ceremony there this Sunday.

The ceremony commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of The Somme, in which nearly 5,000 Sheffielders lost their lives.

Organisers are hoping that families of the men, who included Privates, Lance Corporals, Gunners and Sergeants, will be able to attend the ceremony which takes place at 10.30am on Sunday 20 November.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, and the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff.

Councillor Fox said: “We will gather at this memorial to pay tribute to Sheffield’s many sons who lost their lives in this terrible war. It also brings to an end the many commemorations we have had in this anniversary year and which I have been so proud to attend.”

Earlier this year, Sheffield remembered one of its bravest sons, whose acts of heroism saved hundreds of lives during the First World War.

A plaque for William Barnsley Allen was unveiled at the Cenotaph war memorial in Sheffield in September.

William Barnsley Allen
William Barnsley Allen

Major Allen, who also studied for a degree in medicine at the University of Sheffield, was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) in 1916, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

The ceremony was the second of three memorial services to commemorate the Sheffield-born recipients of the VCs awarded during the First World War – each will be installed to mark the 100th anniversary since they were awarded.

Last year, there was a ceremony to lay a plaque in honour of Sgt Maj John Raynes and next year, Private Arnold Loosemore will be honoured.