'It is over a hundred years since hostilities were ended in the Great War and 75 years since the end of World War II. Since 1945 there has only been a handful of years when a  British military person has not been killed on operations in the service of  his or her country. All those who have died in service, have done so knowing the risks that they take to defend our Nation and its liberties.

Each year on the 11th November we take time at 11.00am to be silent and remember the fallen. This year has been difficult for all with Remembrance Day Services being cancelled or restricted in terms of numbers and attendance. In my memory it will be the first year we will not see thousands of veterans march past the Cenotaph paying tribute to those who made the final sacrifice and those that serve today. Whilst people mainly associate Remembrance Day with the Armed Forces I always regard it as a day when the Nation pays tribute to all those in uniform who ensure our country’s values are maintained. In particular this year, me like many others, will remember the sacrifices that  those working in the NHS have made on our behalf. On Wednesday 11th November at 11.00am please take time to be silent for a couple of minutes and remember all those who have died in the service of their country and those currently serving whose duty it is to protect our Nation.

Air Commodore Allan Vaughan

Church Warden 

All Hallows

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The Great War 1914 – 1919

Lance Corporal  J E  Airey,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  H  Anken,  Hampshire Regiment

Corporal  A H  Backhouse,  2nd Life Guards

Private  P C  Bangs,  Royal Army Medical Corps

Private  E J  Baverstock,  (Infantry)

Lance Corporal F  Boon  South Wales Borderers,  

Gunner  W  Bowles,  Royal Field Artillery

Rifleman  F C  Bray,  King's Royal Rifle Corps

Private  J C  Bray,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  C  Brown,  Devonshire Regiment

Private  W  Brown,  Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Private  F  Carpenter,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  R J V  Carpenter,  9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers

Able Seaman  R L P  Carpenter,  Royal Navy

Rifleman  A E  Carter,  Rifle Brigade

Private  A J  Carter,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  A W G  Cook,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  E  Cross,  Wiltshire Regiment

Sub-Lieutenant  CG  Denning,  Royal Navy

Captain  J E N P  Denning,  Lincolnshire Regiment

Private  G  Dynes,  Canadian Infantry ( Western Ontario Regiment)

Private  J  Franklin,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  A H  Gates,  Wiltshire Regiment

Private  A  Goodall,  Hampshire Regiment

Corporal  A  Green,  Wiltshire Regiment

Private  H  Hall,  Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

Rifleman  P G  Hanks,  London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)

Private  T I  Holloway,  Hampshire Regiment

Sapper  W A  Holloway,  Royal Engineers

Private  F  Hutchence,  Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Private  W G  Hutchence,  Middlesex Regiment

Battery Serjeant Major  F L  Hutchence MM,  Royal Garrison Artillery

Private  V R  Jarvis,  East Yorkshire Regiment

Private  S  Lawes,  Wiltshire Regiment

Rifleman  M G  Looker,  King's Royal Rifle Corps

Private  C  Mason,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  F  Mason,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  H E  Matthews,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  A  Nightingale,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  F  Pallister,  North Staffordshire Regiment

Able Seaman  Alf:  Pare,  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Private  G R  Perry,  Hampshire Regiment

Corporal  A G  Piper,  Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Captain  O S  Portal,  Household Battalion

Sub-Lieutenant  R S  Portal,  Royal Navy

Private  F  Poynter,  Essex Regiment

Private  F  Reading,  Devonshire Regiment

Private  G  Reading,  Hampshire Regiment

Lance Corporal J D  Rhodes  Hampshire Regiment,  

Private  Alf.  Rumbold,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  Art  Rumbold,  Hampshire Regiment

Driver  E  Rumbold,  Army Service Corps

Lance Corporal   A  Ryan,  Hampshire Regiment

Gunner  A H C  Sainsbury DCM,  Royal Garrison Artillery

Rifleman  T  Sayer,  King's Royal Rifle Corps

Private  W  Smith,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  H C  Upton,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  L B  Vincent,  Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Private  A H  Wakefield,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  F  Wakefield,  Hampshire Regiment

Corporal  E  Wheeler,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  T H  Williams,  Hampshire Regiment

Private  B H  Witts,  Hampshire Regiment

Lance Corporal  W A  Witts,  Royal Berkshire Regiment

The Second World War 1939-1945

SQMS  H  Baxter, R.A.O.C

Pte  H J T  Beal, Durham Light Infantry

Mne  J  Bell, Royal Marines

F/O  F J  Booth, Royal Airforce

Tpr  C J  Bowman, Reconnaissance Corps

A/B  F G  Coe, Cap Ribbon HMS Victory

Pte  W E  Dovey, Royal Hampshire Regiment

SPO  T R  Eastman, Royal Navy

Capt  A E  Ford, R.A.S.C.

STO II  E D  Gorsuch, Royal Navy

F/O  J  Hampton, Royal Airforce

L/Cpl  G  Hegarty, Royal Engineers

Cfn  G R  Herbert, R.E.M.E.

Gnr  J W  Hide, Royal Artillery

Sgt  C A A  Hill, Royal Airforce

Sgt  H J  Holder, Royal Artillery

Lt  P B  Horncastle, The Kings Regiment

L/Cpl  P C  Kebby, Royal Hampshire Regiment

Pte  R F  Nash, Royal Hampshire Regiment

Stg  C M  Oldham, Royal Artillery

Pte  L F  Peckham, 

F/O  D G  Perry, Royal Airforce

Capt  M J  Pugh, Royal Artillery

Pte  R W  Sims, The Parachute Regiment

Sgt  E J  Sutton, Royal Hampshire Regiment

F/Lt  S W  Taylor, Royal Airforce

Pte  E J  Tolfrey, Devonshire Regiment

SSgt  E  Vaughan, Royal Artillery

Mne  H  Wakefield, Royal Marines

Pte  H W  Waters, Devonshire Regiment

STO II  W E J  White, Royal Navy

Pte  W G  Williams, Royal Hampshire Regiment

Pte  P W  Witts, R.A.M.C

 

 

 

 

A second lockdown is now upon us, which sadly means we cannot have public worship in our churches again for at least the next month. All Hallows and St Mary’s, Tufton will be open for private prayer each Sunday from 9am to 4pm and on Armistice day as well. Revd Mark will be recording his services to be broadcast for St James the Less. This week we have pre-recorded our remembrance service in advance to be broadcast on our Youtube channel this Sunday morning at 10:45am.

 

I will also be at All Hallows Church this Sunday morning  for 11am for a 2 minute silence to mark remembrance. This is not a service but private devotion. Please note there is no zoom service this week.

 

On Remembrance Sunday we look back and reflect on those many people who gave their lives in service of their country. It is right that we do that diligently. We will remember them. We also remember that the cost of war is so great, we must always look ahead and consider how peace must be strived for. As I heard the Roll of Honour being read at All Hallows this week, of so many people killed in service of their country; in many ways they reminded me of how poppies represent the lives of people ruined by war. There is no glorification, triumphalism or jingoism in the poppy, rather, in our remembering, we recognize the waste that war brings and the pain that unravels months if not years after the guns have gone silent.

 

That is why we mark their sacrifice for our freedoms, an inspiration to work for a future hope where the evils of violence must not be allowed to thrive. Wars are seldom ‘over by Christmas’, they only bring years of chaos and conflict over generations, and poppies remind us that the unacceptable loss of life should make war a last resort. In St. John’s Gospel Jesus says: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

Jesus words must inform our living today, a right way to live as human beings. True peace can only come from Christ and Jesus requires our active participation to love as he loved as well. This peace is more than an absence of war, but a responsibility to seek the flourishing of other human beings built on true love and peace. So we remember with thanks those who paid the ultimate price and sacrificed themselves for our relative peace today. May each one, like a poppy, be a symbol of hope as we look forward to build on the peace that they bought for us – We will remember them!

Only the silence of a dying God.

A sonnet for Remembrance Day by Malcom guite

 

November pierces with its bleak remembrance

Of all the bitterness and waste of war.

Our silence tries but fails to make a semblance

Of that lost peace they thought worth fighting for.

Our silence seeths instead with wraiths and whispers,

And all the restless rumour of new wars,

The shells are singing as  we sing our vespers,

No moment is unscarred, there is no pause,

In every instant bloodied innocence

Falls to the weary earth ,and whilst we stand

Quiescence ends again in acquiescence,

And Abel’s blood still cries  in every land

One silence only might redeem that blood

Only the silence of a dying God.

Reverend David Roche

Priest In Charge

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