AQUEDUCT REMEMBRANCE SERVICE SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2011.
A warm, sunny November afternoon greeted the members of the Britannia Aqueduct Historical Society and their guests at the annual Remembrance Service, remembering the fallen of Aqueduct during the two World Wars.
The short, poignant service was conducted by Raymond Haire and attended by local Telford clergy, guest speakers, history society members and residents of Aqueduct Village. The 1st Brookside Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, whose headquarters are in Aqueduct, also participated along with their leaders and parents.
The service opened with a prayer for the community offered by the Reverend Marilyn Peters and was followed by a reading of the poem ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke, read by local historian Neil Clarke.
This was followed by the singing of the hymn ‘Abide With Me’. Peter Walker then recited the Wilfred Owen poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.
The Reverend Henry Morris offered a prayer and led the roll call of the servicemen of Aqueduct who gave their lives in the two World Wars. During the roll call a cross was planted by the Aqueduct bridge for each of the 13 deceased servicemen.
Roll of Honour
Horace Maiden. M.M.
Also Quentin Macphail Shippee.
Of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
This was followed by a two minute silence and the Last Post was played.
Raymond Haire then read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.
The next poem, read by Reverend Fr. Michael Hartley, was ‘Verses for the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon.
The Reverend Nigel Young ended the service with a closing prayer.
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