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Crich Parish in WW1 project

 

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Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund CACN has competed a memorial project to commemorate all those who served during the Great War 1914–18.

In November 2014, the centenary of the beginning of WW1, Crich service men and women were commemorated by the production of a Roll of Honour, a book and complementary website. The ending of this first phase was then marked by Martyn Offord’s production of “Crich Front Lines” in the Glebe Field Centre. This event was very moving and well supported by the community.

Since then research into all those who served has continued resulting in the final phase of the project which is a new amended 2018 Roll of Honour.

The website at www.crichparish-ww1.co.uk continues to be amended and developed and will do so into the future; other than this the project is completed. The purpose of the CACN project was to ensure that all those who served are “more than just a name”. This we believe has been achieved.

 

Poppy crosses

 

On Saturday 10 November Crich Scouts and Cubs assisted in the marking of ninety graves in St Mary's graveyard where past servicemen are now interred or remembered. British Legion poppy-crosses were placed on each known grave by members of the 1st Crich Group. Thanks must go to Simon Johnson for his research into where these graves were and to Anette Love for organising the help of the Scouts.

 

Scouts placed poppy-crosses on the graves of past servicemen the graves are scattered across the graveyard in St Mary's church

 

there were 90 graves to find thank you to the scouts for all their efforts

 

Photos courtesy Roger Phipp

 

Crich Comrades Club

 

On Saturday 10 November Crich Comrades held an afternoon of events to mark the centenary of the Armistice. The Comrades Club was first founded in the 1920s by returning soldiers from the war (their names will be on the Roll of Honour). Many such clubs were formed across the country at this time but Crich is one of the few still in existence.

There was a wonderful exhibition of WW1 memorabilia and information panels including the new 2018 Crich Roll of Honour. Thanks must go to Kevin Oliver(Chair of the Comrades Club), Richard Horton(Secretary), Ade Smith (Events) ,Trish Howard and Debbie Kinghorn.

The WW1 tea was an extensive spread much enjoyed triggering many memories amongst some of the more senior citizens. Over-heard, “I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy polony sandwiches.”

There was a packed afternoon of entertainment which included community singing, recitations, choirs and street organ music.

The Comrades Club members and committee should be congratulated on the success of this commemoration.

 

the new Crich Roll of Honour

 

Remembrance Day

 

On Sunday 11 November the new Roll of Honour was dedicated at the Remembrance Service in St Mary’s parish church.

The Remembrance Service was a moving and fitting tribute to all those who served during the wars. The active participation of youngsters who are members of the Scout movement was most touching.

The reading of the names of those who died during the wars and Martyn Offord’s tribute from his collection “Front Lines” were most poignant.

The day ended with the lighting of Crich beacon and the ringing of St Mary’s church bells joining this mark of remembrance across the whole country. Official and unofficial beacons were lit – Crich has an official beacon.

 

2018 Roll of Honour

 

From there it was taken to the Glebe Field Centre where it replaced the 2014 Roll. Thanks must go to the Glebe management committee for their support in this project and arranging for the public display of the Roll in the Community Centre.

The Roll is a fitting commemoration to all those who can be considered Crich service men and women who served their country at this time. Thanks must go to Steve Ferguson-Swaine for designing the Roll, Keith Fretwell for the framing, Tim Murfin for printing and Simon Johnson for his research and editorial oversight. Not forgetting all those who helped provide the information and photographs recorded on the Roll.

 

In Conclusion

 

Many thanks to everyone who provided photographs and information for the names. We hope we have done them all proud. If any reader still has further information or photographs about anyone on the Roll please contact the www.crichparish-ww1.co.uk webmaster at crich.ww1@gmail.com so that further data can be added to the site.

 

‘Into the Great Beyond’

 

Why do you march Old Man, with medals on your chest?

Why do you grieve Old Man,for those friends you laid to rest?

Why do your eyes still gleam Old Man, when you hear the bugles blow?

Tell me, why do you cry old man for those days so long ago?

I’ll tell you why I march with medals on my chest.

I’ll tell you why I grieve young man those I laid to rest.

Through misty fields of gossamer silk come visions of distant times,

When boys of tender age marched forth to distant times.

We buried them in a blanket shroud, their young flesh scorched and blackened,

A communal grave, newly gouged in bloodstained gorse and bracken.

And you ask me why I march young man – I march to remind you all

That for those apple-blossomed youths,

You’d never have known freedom at all.

 

Anon.

 

With thanks to Cynthia – this poem was handwritten by her late brother-in-law in Fallingbostel POW Camp and was posted on the derbysgen@rootsweb.com forum.