Facebook helps trace the life of former Sheffield policeman who died in WW1

In July, South Yorkshire Police asked their Facebook followers to help piece together a story of former Sheffield City Police officer and fallen WW1 soldier, Sgt Francis Bark, after they found his posthumous military medal at their headquarters.

They had an overwhelming response to the appeal, and Francis’ medal has now been loaned to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment to be put on display at Nottingham Castle.

After working for Sheffield police, Francis enlisted in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters), so the museum in Nottingham is a fitting place for it to be displayed.

Mel Siddons (pictured above, on the right), one of the trustees of the museum said: “I’m hugely proud to be able to put Francis’ medal on display at our new gallery in Nottingham Castle for all to see – we feel lucky to be able to showcase it.

“Once it has been restored to its full glory, it will go on display in the museum at Nottingham Castle and be there for about a year.

“I want to thank South Yorkshire Police for letting the museum display Francis’ medal, so that we can all remember Francis and the sacrifice he made to save a comrade.”

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin (pictured above, on the left) said: “The story of Francis has been a poignant and touching one, and here at South Yorkshire Police we have all felt some kind of connection with Francis.

“We look forward to seeing the medal on display and are pleased that we are able to share Francis’ story and medal with others.”

Francis died in the First World War in May 1918 at the age of 26, after going to the aid of a comrade in a gas attack. He was awarded the military medal following his death.

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