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Drum-Head Service

September 1919

Mexborough and Swinton Times September 27, 1919

Drum-Head Service

By way of tribute to fallen heroes of the Great War, a drum-head service was held at Great Houghton, on Sunday afternoon, when a large number of people from the village and district attended.

Early in the afternoon a procession, headed by the Hickleton Main Colliery Brass Band, was formed at Little Houghton and toured the principal streets.

Among those present in the procession were the representatives of the Dearne Valley Colliery Branch Y.M.A.(with money), great Houghton branch of the Comrades of the Great War (with banner), Darfield and great Houghton continued of Boy Scouts, scholars of the various local schools, and a great number of men interests in local branches of Friendly Societies.

A service was held in the Old Hall Field, Mr T.H. Vollans, of Thurnscoe, presiding, being assisted by Mr W.B. Sharpe.

Throughout the service the Union Jack was flown at half mast, whilst other tokens of respect to the fallen was the playing of the “Dead March” in Saul, and the sounding of “The Last Post.”

A collection was taken en-route and amounted £8 which is being devoted to organisation expenses. The promoters were the Comrades of the Great War, who are to be congratulated on their excellent arrangements.