The Town Hall square and gardens will be named Barnsley Pals Centenary Square.

Commemorating the Barnsley Pals battalions who lost their lives in the First World War, the naming of this prestigious square comes in time to mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War, a turning point in history which claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe.

"The Barnsley Pals Centenary Square is a very welcome addition to the town centre, perfectly complementing the Experience Barnsley Museum which has welcomed almost 40,000 visitors so far," said Cllr Roy Miller.

"I’m happy that we could dedicate the gardens to the memory of our local heroes, to mark the centenary of their extraordinary bravery and service fighting for their country.

"I hope that as well as enjoying the gardens' beauty, people will take a moment to reflect on the lives lost so that they can enjoy freedom today."

The Barnsley Pals were two battalions during the First World War made up of men who had enlisted together in local recruiting drives, with the promise that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours and work colleagues, rather than being sent to regular army regiments.

Both Barnsley Pals battalions took part in the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme campaign. The 1st Barnsley Pals suffered 275 casualties while the 2nd Barnsley Pals suffered 270 casualties on July 1, 1916.

The name plaque will be officially unveiled on September 13.

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