A large group of Southwark Cathedral bellringers went to Belgium in early October.
Led by the Ringing Master, Hannah Taylor a number of our bellringers went to Ypres in Belgium to carry out an act of rememberance for the five Cathedral bellringers who fought and died in the First World War.
On Saturday 6 October a quarter peal was rung at St George's Memorial Church in Ypres which was followed by the laying of a specially commissioned wreath at the Menin Gate War Memorial.
The following day handbells were rung at the grave of Serjeant William Henry Taffender of the Royal Horse Artillery who was killed on the 7 October 1918 aged 31.
The following prayer written by The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark was said.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant William, with the saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.
Loving God, as we remember our brother William
whose life was lost on this land
where he fought for freedom and peace
may we look to that day when wars will end
and we learn to live together in love
to the glory of your name
and the building up of your kingdom.
May these bells ring out for peace.
May these bells ring out for love.
May these bells ring out for William
who rang them to your glory.
We also remember the four other bellringers who rung at the Southwark tower;
Private Frederick James Hardy, Missing presumed killed. 24 March 1918. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment: Ancient College of Youths (Also rang at Southwark, St George)
Rifleman Christopher Henry Hughes, Killed in Action, 9 September 1916. 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps: Ancient Collge of Youths (Also rang at Southwark, St George)
Private Francis James Morley, Missing presumed killed, 15 February 1916. 12th Battalion Royal Fusiliers: Ancient College of Youths
Private Sidney Bowler Weatherston, Missing presumed killed. 1 July 1916. B Company, 1/14th (London Scottish) Battalion, the London Regiment: London County Association