Joint BIshop Monkton Remembrance Sunday 2019
Published by Pip Garside on Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:42
The joint annual Remembrance Day service at St John Parish Church on Sunday 10 November provided us with a chance again to remember the supreme sacrifice paid by the eight Bishop Monkton men who were killed in the two World Wars. In her address Rev. Dr. Pat Malham explained the importance of continuing to hold Remembrance Day services and continuing to honour the fallen and strive for peace.
Before this the names of the fallen were read out by John Salmon, They are Edwin Bowes, John Dennison Cussan, William Heath, Robert Lowther and John Richardson (from the First World War) and Reginald James Renton, Stuart Senior Renton and Arthur F. Walden (from The Second World War).
The reading of the names was followed, as always, by an older person saying : 'They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn'. Then a younger person said: 'At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’.. And all affirmed: 'We will remember them'.
Then following the laying of the wreaths which this year placed them at the front of the altar instead of in front of the War memorial which was out of bounds this year because it is still within an exclusion zones due to the risk of falling masonry. Two of the wreaths were laid by descendants of two of the Bishop Monkton servicemen who lost their lives in the great wars. Angie Archbold laid a wreath in memory of her great uncle, Edwin Bowes who was killed in 1917 and Sally Linfoot laid another in memory of her grandfather, Sgt. Reginald Renton RAF, who was killed in 1943. Other wreaths were laid by Pam Brown (on behalf the Parish Council), Richard Houseman (on behalf of the Methodist Church), David Ralphs (on behalf of the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and the Fleet Air Arm Auxiliary) and Lesley Taylor (on behalf of Bishop Monkton Stitchers).
Dr. Malham reminded the congregation of the words of Jesus in his sermon on the Mount: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God’.
The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem and a retiring collection to support the work of The Royal British Legion.