Barnsley Pals Remembered
As part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, Barnsley Catenians held a Mass in Holy Rood Church.
Brothers from across Province 3 were there to remember the sacrifice made by the Pals/Chums battalions raised in the area, such as those of Barnsley, Grimsby and Sheffield.
Mass was concelebrated by Fr Damian Humphries and Fr Shaun Smith, with Deacons Tony Strike and Derek Walton. Tony’s homily, linking the readings of the day to the Somme through reconciliation, was particularly poignant. Mass ended with the Last Post, a two minute silence and Reveille during which the banners of the Airborne Comrades Associate, Prince of Wales own Regiment of Yorkshire and the RAFA were displayed.
After adjourning to Shaw Lane to dine the evening finished with a talk by Vince Donlan which he had entitled “Barnsley Pals Remembered”. It was a fascinating yet sombre end to a beautiful evening of commemoration, appreciated warmly by all who heard it.
Vince ended his talk with a quote from a Barnsley Pal, “A wealth of hopes, dreams and memories left in the mud.”