Church to hold WWI ‘sil­hou­ette’ ser­vice

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Ste­fanie Mc­court

Hamil­ton’s St John’s Parish Church is to host a unique Remembrance Day sil­hou­ette ser­vice.

Twenty-nine men who were mem­bers of the church died in the Great War, and each will be rep­re­sented by a sil­hou­ette that will sit among parish­ioners in the pews dur­ing the ser­vice on Sun­day.

The sil­hou­ettes will in­clude that of Pri­vate Robert Daw­son, who served with the 10th Bat­tal­ion of the Lin­colnshire Reg­i­ment. He was just 22 when he was badly wounded in Can­dle Trench at Poel­capelle, nearypres.

He was taken to a Bri­tish mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in Eta­ples in north­ern France where he died from his in­juries on Oc­to­ber 27, 1917.

The sil­hou­ettes were cre­ated by the There But Not There Ar­mistice Pro­ject and 10 of them were funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust with the re­main­ing 19 paid for by the church.

Rev Joanne Hood, min­is­ter at St John’s, said:“each sil­hou­ette will have a cross placed be­side it and the name of the man it rep­re­sents.

“To have some­thing tan­gi­ble and vis­i­ble to sit along­side is some­thing that will bring that home to peo­ple in a more sub­stan­tial way.

“I do not want war memo­ri­als to be sim­ply a list of names. It needs to be about sto­ries of lives and how they are still in­flu­enc­ing peo­ple to­day.”

Turn to pages 25-27 for more on how the town will be mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of the First­world­war.

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