Barrow Hill and Hollingwood schools, groups and families supported the Armed Forces event with many braving the rain to march in the parade. Children’s work was on show in the marquee and WW1 displays about local men were provided by FOSTA. Hollingwood Residents Association were kept busy helping the event to run smoothly. Copies of the Barrow Hill and Hollingwood WW1 Roll of Honour have also been presented to HRA, Staveley History Society and Hollingwood Primary School.
Guests were invited along to see the Somme 100 museum created by pupils of Barrow Hill Primary School before joining members of FOSTA who laid a wreath at the war memorial to commemorate the first day of the Battle. The Chair of FOSTA presented the school with a copy of the Barrow Hill and Hollingwood Roll of Honour which has been published as part of the lottery funded WW1 project, “Barrow Hill: A Community Remembers.”
Remembering the Barrow Hill pals, soldiers of the 10th Bn., Sherwood Foresters, who were all killed on 14th February 1916. They have no known graves and are remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.
Lest we forget Frank Alton, Fred Brooks, Donald Houston and Lister Wilson.
Remembering today, boy soldier Arthur Wedgwood, 15894, 1st Bn., Royal Scots Fusiliers, who died on 25th September 1915. Arthur was born at Midland Terrace, Barrow Hill and lied about his age to join the army. He was still only 17 years old when he was killed at the 2nd Battle of Bellewarde.