27th Jun 1919. Congregational Soldiers and Sailors Welcomed


A happy company of returned soldier and sailor members of the Church, with their wives, were entertained to a tea and social at the Congregational Schoolroom, Rugby, on Tuesday, the party numbering about 50. The committee who organised proceedings arranged a well-selected programme, and made the guests thoroughly comfortable. The rooms were artistically decorated with bunting and mottoes, and the Church roll of honour was exhibited, surrounded by a laurel wreath. Appropriate addresses of welcome were made by the Rev. D. J. Griffiths (presiding), Mr. J. T. Clarke, and Mr. R. Thomas (secretary of the committee). Most of the guests individually responded. Each man was presented with a copy of Dr. Weymouth’s “ New Testament of Modern Speech,” and a happy thought was the presentation of books to the relatives of the fallen, with suitable inscriptions. At the concert which followed songs were pleasingly rendered by Mrs. Darling, Mr. Gassett, and Mr. Mochrie ; Mr. P. Dyer being the accompanist, and Miss Twite recited. The arrangements were admirably supervised by Mrs. Thomas, Mrs Gatecliff, the Misses Bird, Cook, Waite, Gilling and Anderson, Messrs. Walton and Clarke.

MEMORIAL SERVICE.—On Sunday week a memorial to the men who had fallen in the war was unveiled. The tablet of Portland stone with the 29 names inscribed upon it, and inscription below, “ Who gave their lives for King and Country, in the cause of Liberty, Righteousness, and Justice, 1914-1919. There name liveth for evermore ” was everted on the wall of the Napton Girls’ School by the Rev. Ronald Irwin, D.S.O., M.C. The greater part of the parishioners were present at the service. The Southam band was engaged to play for the hymns. The Rev. J. Armstrong (Vicar) and the Rev. R. Irwin and Napton choir attended. Mr. C. Watson unveiled the stone. The parishioners greatly appreciate the kindness of the Rev. R. Irwin in erecting the tablet, and tender him their greatest thanks.

WAR MEMORIAL.—A meeting was held in the schools on Friday evening, when it was unanimously decided that a village hall should be erected as a memorial. A discussion afterwards took place as to the form peace celebrations should take, and it was resolved that a tea be provided for all, with sports, etc., to follow. A representative committee was chosen to make the necessary arrangements.


ASTILL.—In Loving memory of Pte. HERBERT ASTILL, who died of wounds received in action June 29th, 1915. Gone, but not forgotten by his Loving Mother and Sisters.

CHATER.—In ever loving memory of our beloved and only child, RFM. W. H. CHATER, 12th R.B., of Dunchurch, who was killed in action at Ypres, June 30, 1916. Still deeply mourned by Father and Mother.

IZZARD.—In loving memory of PTE. CLIFFORD IZZARD, Royal Warwicks, Killed in France June 7th, 1916. Gone, but not forgotten by his Mother, Sister, and Brother.—Also, on 24th June, 1916, THOMAS IZZARD, of Brickill Cottage, Cawston, Father of the above.
“ Three years have passed since that sad day
When those we loved were called away.
God took them home—it was His will,
But in our hearts they liveth still.”
—From his loving Wife and Children.

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