Each poppy , prepared by the children, had the name of one of the men from St James’ church who gave their lives in the two world wars. These were added to by the congregation on Remembrance Sunday as they remembered members of their own families affected by war or by death in some other way.
On August 4th, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and thus began our nation’s involvement in the First World War. As part of the commemoration of 100 years since this event, St Stephen’s congregation, most of whom have connections with the families who lost loved ones, held a commemorative service at the War Memorial and later a Vigil between 9pm and 11pm – the time at which war was declared.
As part of the commemoration a souvenir of the vigil has been produced and is being sold to raise funds for St Stephen’s Church. The cost of the souvenir is £5 and these can be obtained via the editorial team.
The first three pages of the souvenir have been reproduced here to give those who are interested an idea of what it contains.
St James’ war memorial names 74 parishioners who died in service during the First World War and 11 who died in service during the Second World War
They shall grow not 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
When you go home tell them of us and say –
For your tomorrow we gave our today