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“Well worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery

Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery
Off D919 | Serre Village, Albert, France
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Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Albert
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Ramsgate, Kent, England
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The memorial park consists of about an acre of land which was planted with trees after the war but looks otherwise untouched. The cemetery is at the base of the park down quite a steep slope which could be a challenge for those who are less mobile but there are a number of other cemeteries surrounding the park which are easy to access.

Visited September 2013
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Sheffield, UK
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“Sleep well, lads”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Being from Sheffield this is a dead cert when visiting the battlefields of the Somme. Not the most easily accessible but a homing ground for northerners the woods house memorials to the Sheffield Pals, the Bradford Pals and the Accrington Pals, plus the Railway Hollow Cemetery.

Visited July 2013
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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“The Big Push”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Nothing encapsulates the horror of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme like this now quiet and peaceful spot close to the village of Serre. The individual memorials to the men of the North Country city battalions here on 1/7/1916 cannot fail to move and the small cemeteries situated in what was then no man's land that still contain so many of them seem to this writer to impact as much if not more than the larger ones close by.

As with any site a bit of pre visit research will be valuable but one novel published many years ago about a fictional unit but based on the experience of the Sheffield City Battalion will give depth to an intended visit "Covenant with Death" by John Harris if it can be located otherwise there are excellent modern photo histories such as William Turner's "Pals" The 11th Service Btn East Lancs Rgt ISBN0 9507892 4 0 and others which are prodigies of devoted research.

Visited July 2013
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Lincolnshire, UK
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“Very moving!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I found this area very moving. It is down a long fairly uneven track but is well worth the visit. The Sheffield pals, Barnsley pals and Accrington pals were all based in this small copse prior to going over the top on their assault on the 1st July 1916, when unfortunately there were many losses. It is possible to see the original trench and approximate german position so you can easily imagine what it must have been like. There are information boards which explain what happened and a beautifully kept cemetry in the hollow behind the copse.

Visited July 2013
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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“Very, very moving.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

There is a small cemetery here for the Barnsley Pals. Some of the original trenches remain. Look from the trench line to the cemetery, 75 yards? They are buried at the limit of their advance up the slope. So thought provoking.

Visited July 2013
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