Every year on the second Sunday of November we remember all those who died while serving their country. Over a period of a year between Remembrance Sundays we are planning to have individual acts of remembrances for each of the 58 killed, by tolling a bell on the anniversary of their death. The 11th November 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Whenever possible the bell will be tolled at 11.00 on the anniversary, the number of times rung to reflect the age of the person who is being commemorated. For some we do not have an age and so the bell will be rung 26 times as this reflects the average age of the 58 killed whose ages are known.
The bell will be rung as indicate below.
For some of the war dead we have researched additional information. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy this cannot be guaranteed.
Charles William Simpson
On 17 November 1915 Anglia was returning from Calais to Dover, carrying 390 injured officers and soldiers. At around 12:30 pm, 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) east of Folkestone Gate, HMHS Anglia struck a mine and sank in fifteen minutes. The nearby torpedo gunboat HMS Hazardhelped evacuate the passengers and crew. Despite the assistance of the nearby collier Lusitania, 134 people died in the sinking. (Ref. Wikipedia).
HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Often used as a flagship, she participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World Waras part of the Grand Fleet. Barham was then transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet where she covered multiple Malta Convoys. She helped to sink an Italian heavy cruiser and a destroyer during the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941 and was damaged by German aircraft two months later during the evacuation of Crete. Barham was sunk off the Egyptian coast the following November by the German submarine U-331 with the loss of 862 crewmen, approximately two-thirds of her crew.(Ref. Wikipedia).
The war cemetery in Mons has graves for 465 who died in WW1, including Robert Parris. Below shows the commemorative certificate in his memory. Also showing is the graves registration report and even more poignant is his entry in the register of soldiers effects showing the settlement of wages and war gratuity, in this case 6 shillings and 9 pence.