Soldiers from the 5th Maresfield Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals marched through Maresfield Park this morning to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the village’s St Bartholomew’s Church.
They have spent the weekend in the community, carrying out various tasks in the village, writes Paul Watson.
See this earlier UckfieldNews.com story.
The group of around 40 solders – all officers – marched briskly out of the Park, through the arched gateway, before going into church.
The service was led by the Rector, the Rev Nick Cornell.
St Bartholomew’s was filled and more chairs were brought in to accommodate the congregation, which included the MP for Wealden, Nus Ghani.
The two minutes’ silence at 11am was preceded by the Last Post and ended with Reveille, both sounded by Ray Martin.
Officer Commanding the 5th Maresfield Squadron, Major Jason, Budding, gave the congregation a brief history of the unit and its links with the village.
Two members of the army squadron gave readings from the Bible.
Mr Cornell’s sermon focussed on ‘hope’ and he used, in part, the story of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned by Nazi Germany in Auschwitz.
Children from Bonners Primary School, Maresfield, helped illustrate the story.
The church’s singing group sang an anthem and the collection was for the Royal British Legion.
At the end of the service, Poppy wreaths were collected from the communion table at the altar and the congregation moved to the churchyard and gathered around the war memorial.
As the names of the Fallen were read by one of the visitors, children placed Poppies in memory on the Fallen.
Wreaths were then laid by the MP, Maj Budding and a representative of the church.
Those from Maresfield who Fell in World War One were:
- Edward Billings
- Frank Burrell
- Leslie Evenden
- John Kimmer
- Ernest Morphew
- Albert Morphew
- George Perrin
- Lionel Penfold
- Stephen Steele
- Frank Thomas
- Edward West
From World War Two:
- William Abrey
- Peter Constable
- Rowland Curd
- Frederick Hobden
- Ernest Penfold
- Rudolf Rouse
- Leslie Wilmhurst
• A collection in church raised £566.89. All the money will go to the Royal British Legion.
• This Uckfield News story was written by Paul Watson who also took the pictures and made the video.
• Wealden MP Nus Ghani said afterwards that the Maresfield service was “incredibly moving”.
She added: “Many of our towns and villages across Wealden have had a ong connection to the military and it was poignant to see people of all ages and backgrounds gathered together in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in war.”
The MP said it was a privilege to meet current military personnel serving our nation and to be able to discuss with the Royal Corps of Signals the differences between the lives of officers then and now.
Ms Ghani said: “Whilst Remembrance Sunday provides an important focal point for our remembrance, we must not forget that military personnel serve us year round.”