First world war soldiers’ lives remembered at church service

L-r: organisers Sharon Poyser, Vicky Ball, Mike Wilkinson, Moyra Parker with the school pupils' exhibition L-r: organisers Sharon Poyser, Vicky Ball, Mike Wilkinson, Moyra Parker with the school pupils' exhibition

Sunday, August 17, 2014
7:03 PM

A special commemorative service was held in memory of servicemen from a village who fought in the first world war.

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St Mary’s Church in Newton Flotman also staged an exhibition on the lives of the 18 men featured on the church’s war memorial.

Children from the village primary school were also involved in putting the exhibition together, along with a church group called Thursday Cell.

A stand featured a folder full of the records of the 18 soldiers and photos of each of the servicemen, while another stand put together by the primary school showed old newspapers from the first world war.

Behind the altar, there was also a timeline detailing the main events of the war, which lasted four years, while some of the medals gained by the soldiers were also on display.

The congregation sang hymns and heard readings of poems relating to the war, including Waiting at the gate by Mike Oldman, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke and For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, while there was also a reading from the Daily Telegraph called One moment in the trenches.

The poems were followed by a two minute silence.

Jean Wilson, one of the organisers of the exhibition, said the exhibition had been running for four days and finished after Sunday’s service.

She added: “We have been really pleased with the response that we have had from the public and we have had a lot of people coming forward with information. We have found the histories of all the people listed on the war memorial.”

What did you think of the exhibition? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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