Battle of the Somme Commemoration Service
A 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”.