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Battle of the Somme Anniversary

Posted by johndyson24 on 2 June, 2016 at 16:55 Comments comments (0)

On Friday 1st July, it is 100 years since the infamous battle of the Somme began in France. There will be a service at the War Memorial in Penistone, beginning at 10.30am, to mark the event. Pupils from Penistone Grammar School are taking part and there will be a small memorial garden in the Churchyard in which will be placed poppies remembering each of the men lost during WW1.


After the service and wreath laying, there will be refreshments in the Church and a display of photos etc.


Penistone Grammar School

Posted by johndyson24 on 2 November, 2015 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

Penistone Grammar School are holding their annual Remembrance Service on Friday 6th November at the memorial in the school grounds, starting at 10.45am. Afterwards a new book detailing the lives of the young men and one teacher from the school who were lost during the Great War will be launched. This fascinating book tells the stories of the 28 men who died and will be for sale via the school at £10. It will also be available in local shops including Clarks Chemist.



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Visit to France and Belgium

Posted by johndyson24 on 15 September, 2015 at 16:25 Comments comments (0)

We have just returned from a trip to Belgium and France visiting some of the cemeteries and memorials where the boys from our area are buried or remembered. We were lucky enough to take part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on Tuesday, and laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Penistone. It felt very special and very moving. We also left crosses at a number of graves, and wreaths at Tyne Cot , Thiepval and Ploegstreet memorials. Our visit to Belgium culminated with a memorable visit to Talbot House in Poperinghe.


Alec Dyson Memoirs

Posted by johndyson24 on 23 August, 2015 at 16:30 Comments comments (0)

Well known Thurlstone businessman and musician, Alec Dyson, wrote his memoirs in the 1970's and 80's. He was a a baker, who also loved sport, but his first love was music. A part of his life was spent in a POW camp in Germany and he left his memories of that time as well as his life before and after the war. We (Rex and Janet) decided that these memoirs should not be lost, and have published a book based on his memoirs. If you would like a copy, no price is asked, but donations of around £6 would be appreciated, any money will be sent to the National Ex-Prisoner of War Association. Contact: [email protected].

Penistone Grammar School Memorial

Posted by johndyson24 on 2 June, 2015 at 16:35 Comments comments (0)

We have recently been researching the men on the Penistone Grammar School War Memorial who lost their lives in WW1. There are 28 names, 27 ex pupils, and one teacher. We made some very interesting discoveries; one young man returned from Canada to join up, one man had a German father, one man was related to the owners of the Penistone Brewing Co, Brook & Co and two lied about their ages to join up. At the moment the work in progress is with the Governers of the School, we hope they want to take it further and produce a book, watch this space! During our research we discovered that the original memorial, an Oak Plaque that was installed in 1925, was in storage in Penistone Church. It would be wonderful if it could be restored and placed in the Lady Chapel in the Church. I wonder if anyone remembers it from their school days?

We are going over to Belgium and France later this year on a battlefield tour with local company Greenfields Travel. They employ a local man, Fred, as the guide and use North Sea Ferries. Hopefully we will get the chance to visit some of the cemeteries and memorials where our young men are, and leave a wreath or a poppy.

Presentation of Cheques to BLESMA and SSAFA

Posted by johndyson24 on 9 March, 2015 at 17:00 Comments comments (0)

(Copyright of the picture belongs to the Barnsley Chronicle)

Joe Bailey from Thurlstone

Posted by johndyson24 on 1 March, 2015 at 15:10 Comments comments (0)

Joe Bailey features on the opening credits of the BB4 programme "The Great War", currently showing on Sunday evening at 7.00pm. Read about him in our book "The Fallen, Their Stories".

Barnsley Chronicle Feature

Posted by johndyson24 on 1 March, 2015 at 15:05 Comments comments (0)

We were delighted this week to able to officially present £2000 to two military charities. Details of the presentation feature in this week's Barnsley Chronicle.