Remembering the horrors of war
A COMMUNITY came together for a special church service to remember those who died in the First World War.
The Royal British Legion, the parish council and schoolchildren united at a service on Sunday, July 20, to remember the people from the village of Chalfont St Peter who fought and died in the First World War.
The special guests were Deputy Lieutenant Roger Connor, High Sheriff Joe Barclay, vice chairman of Chiltern District Council Mimi Harker and chairman of Chalfont St Giles Parish Council Bill Warren.
Chairman of Chalfont St Peter Parish Council Linda Smith said: “I am extremely proud of this special service which brought to life the horror of this war and the many men from our village who fought for us, 108 of whom never returned. From young Victoria McMullen singing Hero at the start to a rousing rendition of Jerusalem from the congregation at the end, it was a fitting tribute as we commemorated the 100 years since the start of the First World War.”
Children from Chalfont St Peter Church of England Academy had made a giant poppy for the occasion and read war poems and extracts from their own research into local heroes
Chairman of Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles British Legion Keith Bowler, said: “It was a wonderful occasion which truly marked the beginning of the First World War and all its horrors.”
The British Legion will be marking the centenary on Monday, August 4, with a vigil at the War Memorial in Chalfont St Peter from 10pm to 11pm. All are welcome.
FALLEN HEROES: Children from Chalfont St Peter Church of England Academy made a giant poppy for the occasion