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New Beer Made In Honour Of Barnsley Soldiers

Wednesday October 29 2014

A BARNSLEY brewery has created a special beer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One and the contribution that the town's soldiers made.

MP Dan Jarvis has joined forces with Darton-based Two Roses Brewery to create the Barnsley Pals' Ale.

Now being sold in local pubs, five pence from the sale of each pint will be donated to the Barnsley Royal British Legion.

The Barnsley Pals formed the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment during the war and they were composed of men who had enlisted in local recruitment drives on the promise of being able to serve with their friends and colleagues, rather than in regular army regiments.

Both Barnsley Pals regiments were part of the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme campaign. In that one day, July 1 1916, the 1st Barnsley Pals lost 275 men, while the 2nd lost 270.

Dan, MP for Barnsley Central, said: "With the 100-year anniversary approaching, it seems fitting that a local business should pay tribute to Barnsley's contribution to the war effort in this way.

"Barnsley Pals' Ale will no doubt be drunk across the town at a time when we will all be reflecting on the sacrifices made by Barnsley people."

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