Remembrance – St Michael’s & World War 1: 1914-1918

remembrance-poppies-bannerOur Choral Requiem Mass took place at 9.45am on Remembrance Sunday November 12th 2017, followed by a procession to the War Memorial outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. The sermon was given by the Vicar, Father Kevin Morris: you can read it here.

Once again there is an exhibition in the church about people from our community who fell in the war 100 years ago – see 1917: Ypres and Passchendaele – and also the launch of our new World War 1 Project website.

Since 2014, we have been remembering the fallen from World War 1 in various ways (see pictures above), including a banner of home-made poppies (right), displaying the names of those from St Michael’s and Bedford Park commemorated on our war memorials. Scroll down to read more about our Lottery-funded project to remember them.

The final picture above shows ceramic poppies from the 2014 display at the Tower of London, a number of which have been bought by St Michael & All Angels.

St Michael & All Angels World War 1 Project

In 2014 St. Michael’s embarked on a project to identify and study the lives of the individuals whose names appear on the various war memorials associated with the church, including our War Memorial plaque (right) and the memorial seat outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.

From the 128 names inscribed on the war memorials at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, David Beresford, a member of the congregation, has researched as many individuals as  can be identified from existing public records. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and using original parish documents, contemporaneous news items, national databases and other archives, David has tried to piece together the stories behind their names, learn how their war was fought and how their families and the community were affected.

By recreating the personal stories and developing education presentations, we want to show children and adults alike some of the human impact of WWI on a local Chiswick parish. Children will be able to gain an understanding of the war’s reality for local people and gain some knowledge about how to research stories of their own starting only with a name on a memorial.

Exhibitions about their stories have been shown each year in the church since November 2014:
1914: The first to fall
1915: Remembering 15 more who fell
1916: Remembering the Somme
1917: Ypres. Passchendaele and Palestine








St Michael’s Sutton Court in Elmwood Rood has been doing something similar, through its Lottery-funded Heroes of Chiswick scheme.

St Michael’s & The Great War, as recorded in the Church magazine 1915-1918
St Michael’s and World War 2