Forgotten Somme duo to be honoured at High Bradfield

11th October 2016

It might be over a hundred years late, but there’s little doubt it’s an honour their families will cherish forever.
On Friday, 14 October, two of High Bradfield’s forgotten WW1 Somme heroes will finally have their names added to St Nicholas Church’s role of honour to the backdrop of a 50-gun, shotgun salute. 

The names Corporal Arnold Charlesworth and Private Arthur Wingfield top the bill in a day-long commemoration ceremony that will be visible for miles around.

The event includes search lights beamed across the valley direct from WW2 antiaircraft gun platforms, local school children illuminating the skies with LED balloons and a stunning poppy art installation illuminating the church.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Christopher Jewitt, will join hundreds of people in Bradfield as they perform the official ‘poppy switch-on’.

The discovery of the omission of Corporal Arnold Charlesworth and Private Arthur Wingfield from the roll of honour only came to light following last year’s hugely successful ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’ which used the church’s war memorials and graves as the cornerstones of a memorial walkaway, made up with the memories of the lost and fallen captured on red plaques.

Rev Alan Isaacson of High Bradfield Church said: “It’s a sad fact that the upheaval and chaos of war does sometimes mean those that served are not always remembered as they should.

“In this case I’m glad to say that we can try to set the record straight.”

The installation has been designed by Sue Hague of Pinkdotinc Design. The Sheffield-based organisation has previously worked on projects including the Olympics 2012, Epson UK and the Rugby World Cup.

Event running order for Friday, 14 October:

2pm: Church doors open - displays from a number of organizations such as Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Bradfield Dungworth School and local history.
2:15-3:15pm: The local school choir will perform songs.
4pm: A short tour of WW1 graves and war memorials in the church grounds.
5pm: Question and answer session held on the subject of military.
6pm: Search lights will illuminate the valley. Service – Rev Isaacson.
6:30pm: The 50-gun salute will then be carried out, followed by the illumination of red poppies onto the church building which will be turned on by the Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.
7:15-7:45pm: Bradfield Handbells will ring inside the church.
8pm: Church bells ring out from the tower.
9pm: The Loxley Silver band will perform inside the church.
10pm: Service inside the church.
10:30pm: Ceremony ends with buglers outside the church. Poppy and search lights fade out.

The event is free and open to the public.

There will be refreshments served inside the church for the whole day.

Event partners include Peak District National Park, Pink Dot INC, The Royal Hotel, Bradfield Brewery Sheffield, A2B Expeditions, The Print and Copy Shop, Russell Hague Photography and WW1 Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group.

WW1 Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group was formed to commemorate the actions of local people that fought in World War One and study effects on life on the home front.

All the money raised will go to, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, and St Nicholas’ Church Bradfield.

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