THE Wargrave Branch of the Royal British Legion held a short service around the War Memorial
THE Wargrave Branch of the Royal British Legion held a short service around the War Memorial on Sunday July, 3 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
The service, attended by fifty parishioners and British Legion members of Wargrave, was led by the Rev John Cook.
This battle that began on July 1, 1916 lasted until November 18, 1916. On the first day the British army had 57,470 casualties, of whom 19,240 were killed.
The congregation remembered especially the five village men named on the war memorial who were killed in the battle. One of those, William Larkin, who died on July 23, 2016, was a pupil at the Piggott School.
Our special thanks are due to Charlie Dart, a pupil of the Oratory School, who played the trumpet for the Last Post and Reveille. The head boy at Piggott School, Tom Langer, after the laying of wreaths from the Wargrave Royal British Legion Branch and Piggott School, read the poem We Shall Keep the Faith by Moina Mitchell, written in November 1918. Head girl, Kate Chalmers, read jointly with Victoria Hermon the moving poem Why Poppies? by an unknown author.
The service ended with the congregation singing the National Anthem in memory of those brave, dedicated men who gave their lives at the Somme so that we could continue in our lives of freedom.