'Bradford Pals' who died in the Somme remembered

A remembrance service has been held in Bradford - to remember 230 'Bradford Pals' who died in the Battle of the Somme.

It's 103 years ago today since they went over the top at 7.30 am during the First World War.

The service, which was held at 11am at the Memorial Garden in the city centre, remembered the sacrifice of the men - who were part of the West Yorkshire Regiment.  

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Shabir Hussain, was joined by Tricia Restorick of the Bradford World War One group.   Lone bugler, Craig Dixon from the Band of the West Yorkshire Police, sounded The Last Post to mark the start of the minute's silence. 

Wreaths were also laid to remember the men who died.  There were also prayers, and the national anthem was sung at the end of the ceremony. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Shabir Hussain said: "The sacrifices of those young men from Bradford, who came together to form the Bradford Pals, and who gave so much during the First World War and particularly the Battle of the Somme, should never be forgotten.

"We should also remember the grief and suffering of those families whose loved ones never returned home."

Of 1,400 Bradford Pals who went over the top on the morning of 1st July 1916, 917 were injured and 230 lost their lives.  






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