A Service For Remembrance Sunday

A Service For Remembrance Sunday

War Memorial Grove Park Weston-super-Mare

Sunday 11th November 2018

Remembering People from Weston-super-Mare who fell in the Great War

Please click HERE to read order of service.

The four hundred and fifteen members of the Scouts and Guides Associations will be

assembled on the green spaces either side of the War Memorial as a visual representation of the sacrifice the community of Weston-super-Mare made in World War 1. Each young person will carry a wooden cross bearing the name of a serviceman from Weston-super-Mare who fell in the Great War. Before they depart from the Memorial they will plant the crosses to leave an individual memorial for each of the fallen.

Their Leaders will be carrying and planting 25 wooden crosses. The crosses are inscribed with the names of the conflicts that have taken place since World War 1 up to the present day in which British Service Personnel have been killed.

World War 1 Violin played by Toby Mitchell

The violin and bow has only been played once after a hundred years had passed since the outbreak of the First World War. It will be played for only the second time today by Toby Mitchell, aged 16, of Weston Youth Orchestra The restored original violin belonged to Herbert Fenton Byrne, a violinist and musician who performed at dances in Bristol prior to the outbreak of WW1.

The ‘Weston Comrades’ formed in Weston and intended joining the Somerset Light Infantry. However logistics at Taunton was a problem so they offered themselves to the 12th Gloucester’s. All 78 men were recruited and placed in ‘D’ Company. Several of them are remembered on the War Memorial. Herbert was one of the many that did not return home and is buried in France after becoming a fatality while in action during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Due to heavy losses the battalion were disbanded before the war ended in 1918.

Herbert’s great nephew, Anthony Keyes will be reciting his own poem titled “Scarlet Silence”.

Scarlet Silence, a poem by Anthony Keyes

Scarlet Silence refers to the fields of poppies and the devastation on the battlefields, the great sacrifice made for our freedom. Anthony wrote the poem directly after the 2 minute silence while attending a Remembrance Service on 11th November 1999. Scarlet Silence was used in a Bristol production as part of a commemoration in words and music for the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014. Today Anthony will read Scarlet Silence as a tribute to all those that gave their all. We will never forget them.

Following on will be the Remembrance Service of two minutes silence, prayers, the laying of wreaths, a hymn and psalms.

The Weston-super-Mare Branch of the Royal British Legion will be providing a large screen in Grove Park so everyone can see the events taking place around the War Memorial. The World War 1 commemoration events and the Service will be streamed on the internet via YouTube. Click HERE to view live, to set a reminder to watch and to view after the event.

The Mayor says: “The Service of Remembrance will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 and  the many conflicts since then in which our service personnel have given their lives for our Country.”

All are welcome.

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