The soldiers of Shiregreen who fought for their country have been remembered through a poignant display at the Shiregreen Cemetery war memorial.
Ten figurine silhouettes of military personnel, designed to commemorate those lost during the First World War, were on show at last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service – which was organised by Shiregreen residents and 231st Shiregreen Scout Group with funding for promotion from Sanctuary Housing.
The display formed an important part of the event, which also honoured the contributions of Shiregreen’s servicemen and women who served in World War 2 and other conflicts.
This year represents the seventh year the ceremony has taken place since it was founded in 2012 by residents Nicolette Williams and Ann Fellows, whose sons were both killed in action.
Nicolette and Ann came together with the scouts and hundreds of people from the wider community to pay their respects. The service included a parade from the cemetery entrance to the war memorial, where the silhouettes were located, followed by a two-minute silence at 11am before the laying of wreaths.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “It’s an honour to work with Nicolette, Ann and the scouts on this ceremony, which ensures the contributions of Shiregreen’s fallen soldiers will always be remembered.
“This year, the silhouettes have provided a real visual representation of the people lost in conflicts, and I’m sure they will continue to play an important part of remembrance ceremonies in years to come.”
The two Shiregreen mothers worked with Sanctuary, South Yorkshire Police and other local businesses in 2012 to fund the cemetery’s war memorial in honour of Shiregreen’s brave sons and daughters killed in action. The memorial was designed and erected by Sheffield-based stonemason Alexander Hanson.
The grant for the silhouettes was awarded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust though its Armistice and Armed Forces Community programme. They were supplied through the There But Not There project, led by national charity Remembered.
This event was supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.