At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
we will remember them
 
 

Remembering the sacrifice
made by so many in two
World Wars, including eight
men from Bishop Monkton
 
 

At precisely 11 o'clock on Sunday morning an eerie silence fell over Bishop Monkton, marking the moment 100 years ago when the guns stopped firing on the Western Front in the Great War.

This year's joint Remembrance Sunday service was special 
because of this historical significance, but in many ways it was like every other year, remembering again the five Bishop Monkton men who died in the First World War and the three in the Second World War.

The first part of the service was in the Church before the large congregation trooped out quietly to surround the War Memorial with a backdrop of autumn leaves on the ground. A gentle rain began to fall.

The outdoor part of the service began with  US Marine Sgt Dennis Bailey playing on bagpipes the lament, Flowers of the Forest
.

 
Then David Raphs read out the names of the fallen:

First World War: Edwin Bowes, John Dennison Cussans, William Heath, Robert Lowther and John Richardson.  
Second World War:  Reginald James Renton, Stuart Senior Renton and Arthur F. Walden.

An older person (Isobel Wilson) then said:
'They shall grow not old
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn'
.

A younger person (Ellie Bailey) said:
'At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.

And all affirmed:
'We will remember them'.

Then wreaths were laid by Councillor Pam Brown from the Parish Council , another by a member of the Renton family (commemorating Sgt Reginald Renton, RAF) and a third laid  by David Ralphs on behalf of the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and the Fleet Air Arm Auxilliary.


The moving service, led by The Rev. Sheila Murray, ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

A retiring collection was made to support the work of The Royal British Legion.







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