War Memorial Service Aug 3rd 2014
The crucifix on our War Memorial has recently been renovated by Mr Fulcher and his team of helpers.
On Sunday the third of August, after the 11.30 Mass, the Memorial Crucifix was blessed and there was a short service to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Fr. Tim spoke of his father's wartime service and how the experience impacted on the whole family.
The Rembrance ode was read:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam
Joining in the commemoration was a visiting priest Prof Giorgio Sbuggi
Amongst those remembered on the War Memorial are two Redemptorist Priests who served as military chaplains during the War. Fr. Bernard Kavanagh C.Ss.R who died in Jerusalem and Fr. Charles Watson C.Ss.R who died in Iraq (Mesopotamia as it was then). Both priests had spent time at Bishop Eton though at the time of their deaths Fr Kavanagh was a member of the Clapham community and Fr. Watson of Perth.
Those remembered include Captain Liddell recipient of the Victoria Cross, and three brothers Robert, Hugh and Peter McArdle
For the full list of those remembered on the memorial please click here.