Parish recog­nises war dead

Herald Express - - Down Your Way - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

ANEW War Me­mo­rial board in hon­our of the men of Hele and Bar­ton who died in the two World Wars will be ded­i­cated for the first time at a cer­e­mony in Torquay on Sun­day.

The event will take place at St Martin’s Church in Bar­ton, where parish priest Fa­ther Gor­ran Chap­man said: “There has never been a War Me­mo­rial in our Church, and the omis­sion has been keenly felt for some time.

“The ab­sence is ex­plained in that Hele and Bar­ton, which is now a sep­a­rate parish, sim­ply did not ex­ist as a sep­a­rate parish dur­ing the two world wars and was only cre­ated in 1960.

“Un­til then, Hele and Bar­ton were part of the parish of St Marychurch, and those who died from Hele and Bar­ton are com­mem­o­rated on the St Marychurch War Me­mo­rial.

“Some years ago, with the help of lo­cal his­to­rian Edna White, we man­aged to work out which men came ac­tu­ally from Hele and Bar­ton.

“For sev­eral years I have been read­ing out those names from a printed card, and have been as­ton­ished and pleased to dis­cover how much this meant to so many peo­ple who had not been ex­pect­ing to hear the names read out, and who were de­scen­dants of some of the men named.

“I re­alised that this in­for­ma­tion could very eas­ily be lost again, if it sim­ply re­mained on card or pa­per, and I was keen to have some­thing per­ma­nent done.”

The new War Me­mo­rial Board is be­ing funded by the widow of the late Philip Haward MBE, who was a church­war­den at St Martins and was in­volved in many phil­an­thropic projects.

Fa­ther Gor­ran added: “That we are able to ded­i­cate this board at the ex­act minute of one hun­dred years since the Armistice was signed, makes the sig­nif­i­cance of this com­ing Sun­day, and what we are do­ing, all the more mean­ing­ful and pro­found.”

Rel­a­tives of the 49 Hele and Bar­ton men whose names are on the board are wel­come to at­tend the ser­vice.

Ian Caw­ley, Joanne Shar­lott, Linda Den­nis, He­len Smith, and Ed­ward and Gil­lian Gil­lon with pop­pies

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