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Posted 28 August 2011 - 09:52 am
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:22 am
The names on the memorial I have are also listed on a memorial in the local church. See link to the Addlestone men website below.
Unfortunately the vicar is not that interested; it took me 3 or 4 attempts to gain access to the church to take photo's of their memorial - Their initial sugestion being that I could have "5 minutes" after a service.
Eventualy I negotiated 30 minutes access but when a forum pal later asked me to take some pictures of a pre-WW1 memorial in the same church I had the same problems all over again.
The lack of unrestricted access in this case may be due to the church having been "almost" burnt down in an arson attack a few years ago but it doesn't explain the complete lack of interest from the vicar; even when I told him I used to be a choir boy in the church MANY years ago
Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:36 am
I can only write from my experience.
I felt the need to attend a service,in a Church on Armistice Day 2008,which happens to contain my Uncles WW1 service Memorials.
And yes the Town Pipe Band came to pay due homage,as did the great and good of the Town.
But to try and explain the pleasure and feeling,I had,just being in their Church.You cannot describe.
But then again I am Scots,ex-BB,etc and should not have a view on WW1,as it was fought.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:57 am
Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:59 am
Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:53 am
I know your question is well intended.
But should Churches be seen to be leading the 100 years anniversary or merely used for reflection during the period?
Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:57 am
A number of years ago I visited All Saints Church in Hove and found memorials to two officers whose medals I have in my collection. There is also a very fine memorial for the members of the congregation who fell during the war, and from memory, another to a school which used to be in the area. All the memorials seemed to be in good condition although this may be because they are made from marble or similar, sometimes brass ones are either not cleaned or polished to the extreme by over zealous helpers.
Generally whilst visiting churches I have found people to be most helpful, although I did once experience someone trying to charge me £5 for a permit to photograph the war memorial in the church, which I found a little over zealous!! Generally, I leave a couple of pounds or more in the collection box as a sign of support for the upkeep of the church but was not keen on being asked for a fee for taking a photo!! Perhaps needless to say, I left without either taking the photo or making a donation!!
To answer your question regarding input from churches for the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, then I suspect that this may be the case in some areas but I personally have not come across any mention. I think that this will be down to the local Vicar and his congregation, some of whom will have an interest in WW1 through family connections and may push this forward. Of course there are many local historians who have researched and published books or pamphlets on their local church memorials and with the anniversary looming this may become even more popular.
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