St Michael's Church Remembrance Sunday Communion Service will start at 10.55 am on 12th November 2017. At 11.00 am, two minutes silence will be observed where we will remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict.
In additioj to being on St MIchael's Chruch WWI Roll of Honour, Sergeant Edward Pius Bendix is one of those listed in the Rolls of Honour for Bell Ringers that fell during the Great War and WWII. He was at one time a bell ringer at Prittlewell, Southend, Essex.
His entry can be seen at: https://cccbr.org.uk/rolls-of-
and an image of the page his name appears on here: https://cccbr.org.uk/rolls-of- honour/great-war-memorial- book-1/.
Ringers are commemorating his sacrifice with a full peal, likely to take around 3 hours and 20 minutes, at Prittlewell on Friday 13th October, the centenary of his death.
During the Holy Communion Service, Sunday 24th September 2017, we shall specifically remember four more of the 33 men listed on the carved memorial in St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road. These men lost their lives in the period between the 20th September and 24th November 1917.
The four who lost their lives between September and November 1917 were:
Horace Walter Hardy, 7th London Regiment, killed in action, 20th September 1917, and commemorated at the Menin Gate*, Ypres, Belgium.
Sergeant Edward Pius Bendix, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action, 13th October 1917, buried at Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery*, Ypres, Belgium.
Lance Corporal Harold Burgiss-Brown, 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists Rifles), killed in action, 30th October 1917, Belgium, France and Flanders. Burial/Memorial details not known.
2nd Lieutentant Tristram William Jourdain Wilson, 11th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, killed in action 24th November 1917, buried at Voormezelle Enclosure No. 3 Cemetery*, near Ypres, Belgium.
More can be read about these men in the Heroes of Chiswick booklet ‘Commemorating St Michael’s Church’s WW1 Soldiers’ with their stories being told on pages 11 to 12 and 15. A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded via the button 'DOWNLOAD A BOOKLET ABOUT THE HEROES PROJECT AND THE MEN.'
Note: * Indicates place of burial/memorial where known.
Five more men who lost their lives in 1917 from St Michael's WW1 Roll of Honour were remembered earlier this year
During the Holy Communion Service at 9.30 am on Sunday 2nd April 2017, we specifically remembered another of the 33 men listed on the carved memorial in St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road. These men lost their lives in a week between the 29th March and 26th April 1917 . The men were:
Ernest Richard Arundell, Australian Imperial Force, died of wounds, 29th March 1917, Aveluy Cemetery Extension*, France
Corporal Charles Richard Larner, 9th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action, 9th April 1917, Tilloy British Cemetery*, near Arras, France.
Rodney James Mansfield Bowdidge, 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, killed in action 10th April 1917 during the Battle of Arras and commemorated on the Arras Memorial*, France
Robert Dudley (Bob) Gidley, Section Sanitaire Ecossaise 20 attached to the French Red Cross, killed 26th April 1917 driving an ambulance, Suippes French National Cemetery*, France. Awarded French Croix de Guerre as a mark of his devotion to duty.
On 16th July, we also remembered Lance Corporal Howell Whitehead Williams, 10th Battalion Dukes of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) who died of heat stoke in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) on 17th July 1917, Basra War Cemetery, Part II M-Z*.
Note: * indicates place of Burial or Memorial
During the Holy Communion Service at 9.30 am on Sunday 5th March 2017, we shall specifically remember three of the 33 men listed on the carved memorial in St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road. These men lost their lives in the few days between the 24th February and 1st March 1917. The men were:
Stanley Turton, 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 27th February 1917, buried Fonquevillers Military Cemetery, France.
Alfred James Larner, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds, 1st March 1917, buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
More information about these and all the thirty three men can be found at http://www.stmichaels-elmwoodroad.org/heroes-of-chiswick-roll-of-honour/.
100 years ago, at 7.30 am on 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme started. British casualties were some 20,000 men killed in action. It remains the most costly day in Britain’s military history. That day, 5 of the 33 men on St Michael’s Roll of Honour were killed in the diversionary attack on the hamlet of Gommecourt, London Regiments being prominent in that attack.
At the Holy Communion Service on Sunday 26th June 2016, the congregation remembered these men and a special Somme wreath composed of the traditional red poppies interspersed with four cornflowers, was laid at the altar during the service and thereafter by the Roll of Honour inside the Church.