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Armistice Day 2016
With Remembrance Weekend upon us once again, Pen & Sword will be observing a two-minute silence at 11am on Friday, 11 November, as well as attending our local Remembrance parades and services on Sunday, 13 November.

2016 is a particularly poignant year for Remembrance, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. This summer, a group of P&S staff visited the battlefields of the Somme region, paying particular attention to the ground over which the men of the Barnsley Pals battalions fought. Whilst there, in Sheffield Memorial Park, Serre, we read aloud personal accounts of these brave men – some of whom were as young as 14 years old – from Jon Cooksey’s excellent volume Barnsley Pals, describing the events of 1 July 1916 and beyond. The men of the Barnsley Pals are commemorated in a special installation outside Barnsley Town Hall and War Memorial, which will provide a fitting backdrop to the town’s memorial service.

During this battlefield trip, we also visited the area made famous by the Devonshire Regiment during the summer of 1916, and read William Noel Hodgson’s poem Before Action, in the context of the campaign and the 9th Devons’ Great War story. We visited the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and paid tribute to some of the men name in Ken and Pam Linge’s directory, Missing But Not Forgotten – and these individuals will be among those who occupy our thoughts during those moments of silent reflection this weekend.

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