WW1 Commemoration Service – St Leonard’s Parish Church – Sunday 3rd August 2014
A special service of commemoration was held in St Leonard’s Parish Church on Sunday 3rd August - the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. Photos from the afternoon are in the church photos section of our website.
This service was not a celebration, nor was it a “Remembrance Service” in the conventional “November 11th” sense. It was intended to remember the sacrifice made by those local men, who went from Heston to fight in the Great War 1914 - 1918. Their names are inscribed on the tablets located in the Memorial Chapel in the church, which was originally dedicated on Easter Saturday 1921. Interestingly, this memorial includes more names than those recorded on the “Soldier” war memorial opposite the church. Some of the servicemen who are buried in the Heston graveyard are not included on either memorial, but they, too, will be recognised during the service.
Our Parish Archivist, Lynda Hardy, has undertaken a great deal of research into the lives and tragic deaths of these men. At various points during the service, some of their short but very poignant biographies will be read out by representatives from local youth groups who have been invited to take part. It is hoped that many people from across the local community in Heston will also attend.
Lynda has also produced a Book of Remembrance, which chronicles by day, month and year, the death of each serviceman. This book will remain on display in the Memorial Chapel for the following four years, along with a Book of Reflection for people to record their personal thoughts and comments.
You can purchase copies of Lynda Hardy’s books “My Dear Warden” &“Military Books 1, 2 & 3” from the back of the church after services, or by visiting the Parish Office during normal opening hours.