“ON­WARD CHRIS­TIAN SOL­DIERS”

Evergreen - - Spring 2016 - JEAN HOLDSWORTH, THURNBY, LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE.

MADAM: An item in “Percy’s Post Bag” ( Au­tumn 2015) men­tioned the Rev­erend Bar­ing- Gould. This brought to mind a story my hus­band told me about him. He be­came a cu­rate at Hor­bury in York­shire and my fa­therin­law knew him. While there he wrote “On­ward Chris­tian Sol­diers”. Ap­par­ently the hymn was in­spired by the fact that the church was at the bot­tom of a hill and the church hall was at the top, and the chil­dren marched up the hill singing “On­ward Chris­tian Sol­diers” writ­ten spe­cially for them. I was at a church ser­vice re­cently and was asked to sing “On­ward Chris­tian Pil­grims”. No way! —

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