Remembering start of First World War

Picture to illustrate RBL WW1 event in Ackworth
Picture to illustrate RBL WW1 event in Ackworth

People from across Hemsworth and South Elmsall are expected to come together to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914, and there will be a number of events to commemorate the occasion.

St Helen’s Church will hold a service on Monday from 11am, followed by a blessing at Hemsworth War Memorial, Bullenshaw Road. West Yorkshire Police Band will perform music from the war era at the Hemsworth Town Council Community Centre, Bullenshaw Road, from 7pm on Friday, August 1. There will also be an exhibition of war memorabilia and refreshments at the community centre.

For more information, call 01977 617617.

There will be a commemoration from 10am on Sunday, August 3, at the All Saints’ Church, Barnsley Road, South Kirkby. There will be a requiem mass and the names of the war dead on the town’s memorial will be read out. There will also be a small display of war memorabilia and photographs.

St Mary’s Church, South Elmsall, will hold a vigil service of readings, prayers and music at 4.30pm on Sunday while South Hiendley Recreation Club, George Street, has organised an evening of fancy dress, music and war-themed food. The South Kirkby British Legion will hold a candlelit vigil from 10pm to 11pm on both Saturday, August 1, and Monday 4. Candles will be available.

In Badsworth, St Mary’s Church will hold a short ceremony at 6pm on Monday. There will also be a display featuring people from the parish and the school who are named on the war memorial.

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