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World War I trenches may be restored near Sheffield

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My grandfather, a machine gunner in the First World War, always laughed about the trenches used in training and how unlike they were to the real thing. It would be smart if these trenches could be pushed to resembling the real thing.

First World War Centenary, 1914-1918

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Remains of World War I training trenches could be restored as part of the Yorkshire city of Sheffield’s commemorations of the Centenary of World War I.

The Sheffield Telegraph reports that the trenches were dug at Redmires, to the west of the city, and were used for the training of the ‘Sheffield Pals’ ¬– 12th battalion, York and Lancaster regiment.

The Pals lost more than 500 men at Serre on the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.

Colonel Geoffrey Norton, chairman of the trustees of the York and Lancaster Regimental Association, said: ‘An application was previously made for £80,000 for the project which was refused but a revised application is now being made.’

Activities in Sheffield during next year’s Centenary will include services at its cathedral to mark the anniversary of the start of the war and the battles of the Somme and Jutland.

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