Somme Commemorative Service

Battle of the Somme Commemoration Service

Somme Church 1A service was held at St John’s Church Corby Glen at 7:30pm on the 1st July to remember the nine men from the Benefice who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme. The service was well attended with representation from across the Benefice. As well as remembering the men who lost their lives in the 141-day battle, prayers were said for all who have served and who continue to serve in our Armed Forces.

The Reverend Stephen Buckman gave a short biography of the soldiers before leading the congregation in the act of remembrance. After each biography a candle was lit for each soldier listed below:

L/Cpl Alfred Houghton      2/Lincolns        1 July       Thiepval Memorial
Pte Percy Chamberlain      2/Lincolns        1 July       Lonsdale cemetery
Pte George Asher              10/Lincolns        1 July      Thiepval Memorial
L/Cpl Thomas Allen            1/Lincolns       2 July      Thiepval Memorial
Lt Lionel Abbott                 7/Leicesters   14 July       Flatiron Copse
L/Cpl Tom Stanton  16/Royal Warwicks   27 July     Thiepval Memorial
Pte Earnest Clark                 1/Bedfords      5 Sept     Delville Wood
Pte ‘Henry’ Wass                 8/Lincolns      14 Sept   Ovillers cemetery
Pte Edward Clark 6/Durham Light Infantry 5 Nov Warlencourt cemetery

As part of the service Mick Franklin gave a very moving rendition of the poem “His Mate” by the the WW1 Chaplain Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known to the troops as “Woodbine Willie”.