World War One Commemoration
On Sunday 31st August, Walton Methodist Church commemorated the start of World War One with a special morning service. The service included: information about the men named on our memorial; a poem written by a member of the congregation about the names and a sermon based on healing.
On the walls of the church wartime posters were displayed to provide the congregation with not only information abouth the war but also to give them a feeling of what it must have been like to sit in our church building 100 years ago.
Below is the poem that was written in commemoration of those members of Walton Methodist Church who lost their lives in The Great War, 100 years ago.
Eight Men Remembered
A Centenary Poem 1914 – 2014
“In affectionate memory of those connected with this Church who laid down their lives for God and Country”
"Are we going to remember our War Dead?"
Left unanswered the question hangs in the air.
We turn in unison to look at the plain plaque,
Bright-brassed poppy-pattern edged, hard polished.
Eight names – dull now - four generations gone.
Quaint. Old fashioned in name. Valentine. Edwin.
Two Herberts. Frank. John. Alexander, and Godfrey
You were bright-eyed, Lion-hearted, duty bonded
to “King and Country”. Someone's Friend? Father?
Son? Or Brother? And, blood given where?
Delville Wood? Passchendaele? Ypres?
Resting peacefully in Foreign Fields now.
All unknown to us. Except the last Herbert -
Grandfather in name only to the one who asked the question.
These centenary words remember your sacrifice.