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VILLAGE REMEMBERS THE
DEAD OF TWO WORLD WARS


On Sunday 8th November, the day declared to be Remembrance Sunday, a solemn service of remembrance was held in our Parish Church. So many people attended that extra chairs had to be brought from storage to seat the congregation. For many people the significance of the service was their perception of current events where we see on our home screens the coffins of young men, killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, returning to the UK for burial. This service was a chance to say a prayer of thanks to those young men and women, as well as those who have died in battle since the beginning of the First World War on 28th July 1914.

The service was conducted by the Rev Tony Pugsley assisted by Rev Heather Connell who led the Intercessions before the final prayers, to which the congregation responded. The Rev Tony Pugsley led the congregation is prayer and song as a number of well know hymns were sung.

Poppy wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion, the Parish Council, the Business Association, St Osyth Parish Church, The Methodist Church, The First St. Osyth Scout Group, The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and The Conservative Association. Basil Hutley then read ‘The Kohima Epitaph’, “When you go home tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow we gave our today”. Throughout the service Johnny Austin held aloft the British Legion Standard.



Bell ringers greeted the congregation



A view of the crowded Church



The Last Post sounded



The Kohema Epitaph read



The Royal British Legion


The Exhortation, “They shall not grow old...” was read by Basil Hutley and followed by the playing of ‘The Last Post’. The silence followed with the congregation standing head bowed for two minutes. The ‘Reveille’ was played to end the silence. The two trumpet calls were played by Ann Headworth from the Clacton-on-Sea Cooperative Band.


With heads bowed during two minute silence, the congregation remember the fallen
in all wars, including both Afghanistan and Iraq



Wreaths have been laid on the altar by village organisations. Mr Austin the Royal British Legion Standard Bearer and its leader in St Osyth, stands guard until the wreaths are moved to the Village War Memorial in Cowley Park.



Here we picture some of the youngest participants in our service of remembrance. These young people, who know nothing of war, conducted themselves with the greatest respect for the occasion during which their own flags were presented to Rev Pugsley, who placed them on the altar.


The Cross leads the procession of the Choir, followed by Rev Tony Pugsley and
Rev Heather Connell with the congregation walking behind, past The Bury to
Cowley Park War Memorial, where the refurbished Memorial with additional
names added, is to be rededicated. Wreaths first laid on the Altar will now
rest around the memorial.



Those chosen by their organisations to lay wreaths



Congregation spread around the memorial



Congregation spread around the memorial



Congregation spread around the memorial



Congregation spread around the memorial



Rev Tony Pugsley dedicates the refurbished memorial to those whose name are
inscribed on its surfaces. New names, once forgotten have now been added.
Members of the congregation for whom there was not room round the memorial
can be seen standing on the pavement in Mill Street.



This picture taken from outside the memorial boundary, was provided by Peter
Harvey and gives one an elevated view of the proceedings



15th May 1921.



The Poppy Wreaths in their final destination


The black and white photograph on the left provided by John White (with background colour added to better show the memorial) records the dedication of the original village War Memorial on 15th May 1921.which was unveiled on that day by Lord Byng of Vimy


At the conclusion of the service the congregation lead by the Choir, processed from the Church to the War Memorial at Cowley Park, where the poppy wreaths were actually laid on the recently refurbished Village War Memorial to which eleven names, omitted when the memorial was first erected, have now been added. This work followed research on behalf of the village conducted by Miss Phil Hendy. Over the following week individual residents placed Remembrance Crosses around the memorial.

It is of note that the cost to the Parish Council of work undertaken on the Memorial was in excess of £4,000.


6/12/09
M.J.T



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