To help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War, Holy Trinity Church held a service of commemoration in place of the usual Evensong, during which the Last Post was sounded and our bell was rung 100 times at the same time, 7.05pm, as many other churches throughout the land. Earlier our morning Eucharist had also included an act of remembrance again with the Last Post, two minutes' silence and wreaths being laid on the memorial to the men of Southchurch & District who gave their
lives during the Great War.
The anniversary was also marked by a display in church of the details of a random selection of men who died during the Great War or as a result of their injuries, afterwards. This will remain in church until Advent at the beginning of December. We know that at the time our Memorial was erected around 1920, 128 names were recorded. Sadly, a number of men died as a result of the war subsequently, several being buried in our churchyard in Commonwealth War Graves. Information about some of these men is included in the display, although perhaps the most poignant item on display is the details of one soldier who died the very day the fighting ceased, on 11 November 1918. A small number of the casualty details are accompanied by a photograph of the soldier and it is hoped we can acquire more for display in future years.
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