An award winning poem about World War One, written by Sheffield student Molly Meleady-Hanley when she was 11 years old, has been adapted as a play and performed at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. Me Brother Dan has been read at numerous events this year to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of the Somme. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
World War One hero, Sgt Arnold Loosemore, awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery has been honoured by a plaque unveiled at Barker’s Pool. Sgt Loosemore of the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment won the medal for action one hundred years ago, on 11 August 1917, when he single-handedly engaged with the enemy on the frontline of the war in Belgium. He was one of seven Loosemore brothers from the city to serve in the war. The plaque at the Sheffield Cenotaph is part of a national scheme to remember all World War One recipients of the medal. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
In the early hours of Christmas Day 1914 the German soldiers began to sing Silent Night and lit candles around their trenches. Later on they walked out in to no mans’ land shouting Merry Christmas to the allied soldiers. So began the Christmas Day Truce. German and Allied soldiers exchanged gifts and talked. They took the opportunity to bury their dead. But one of the best know events of the day was the game of football. 100 years on Sheffield Live! Spoke to local organisation Football Unites Racism Divides to talk about football as a uniting force.