It was a fairly sunny morning on 11th November 2018. The congregation of St Mary’s Church, Bromesberrow, were greeted by a peal of bells as they walked down the path to the church. Many thanks to Jeff Young and his team of bell ringers. The Rev. John Furst welcomed everybody and led the service to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War 1. There were about 70 people taking part in the service with special contributions read by two pupils from Bromesberrow St. Mary’s Primary School.
The congregation left the church to another peal of bells and made their way to the War Memorial where they were joined by about twenty more people.
As the twelve names of those who lost their lives in the First World War were read out, eight relatives who had been found, laid a wreath for each name.
Those who laid family wreaths were:
Lady Dunne for Major Martin Albright on behalf of the Albright family.
Mickey Cale for Pte Gilbert Allsopp.
Helen Watkins for Pte Frank Casemore.
Martin Hobby for Pte Thomas Averill.
Yvonne Fortey for Able Seaman Jones.
Bob and Stuart Morris for Pte Andrew Morris.
John Stephens for Pte Walter Richardson.
Isobel and Georgie Watkins for
L/Cpl Rueben Watkins.
Robert Palmer for Pte Edward Minchin.
For those with no relatives present, wreaths were laid by:
Two pupils from the school for Pte William Chamberlain and Pte Alfred Cowmeadow.
Glenis Coates for Pte George Tandy.
Morris Lock for Edward Minchin.
A representative of the 1st Regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery, Staff Sgt Jason Markham, who has strong links with Bromesberrow Heath, laid a wreath to the four servicemen who died in the Second World War. They were:
Aircraftman William Dearing.
Lt John Russell.
Pte Harry Haines.
Pte Thomas Taylor
Two further wreaths were laid, one by a representative of the Community shop and the other by Robert Palmer who had travelled from North Devon.
The Two Minute silence was marked by a trumpet playing the Last Post and Reveille. Again the Rev. John Furst led the short service which closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
At the end of the service, Mr and Mrs Andrew Walker invited everyone present to their house for coffee.
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.