This event, which took place on March 4th 1920, was recorded by the local newspaper. The following cutting, entitled the "Comrades of the Great War" minute book of the Shrawley Post, Worcestershire.
War Memorials. On Thursday there was a most interestIng and impressive ceremony at the unveiling and dedicating of the War Memorials to those who fell in the great war. At 4.30 Brigadier General J. A. Gibbon, R.E., of the Southern Command, arrived at the church gate where he was met by a guard honour consisting of the members of the Shrawley Post of the Comrades of the Great War under the command of their Captain, Lieut. H. O. S. Pilkington, R.A.F. The first part of the service, which was conducted by the Rector (Rev. H. T. Boultbee), was taken from the base of the old Churchyard Cross, round which were grouped the school children, with the headmaster, Mr, Thomas, the choir being just outside tho Church porch. After the opening sentences, Psalm 121 was sung, and General Gibbon read the lesson from Rev. 21, 1-7. Then came a hymn "The Supreme Sacrifice," set to music by Mrs Belaribi, of Shrawley, during which a collection was taken for the memorial funds, followed by prayer. Then an impressive little ceremony followed, the Comrades placing a wreath on the grave of Seaman James Powick who died on service. A procession was then formed headed by the choir with processional cross, the Comrades, school children, relatives of the fallen and the congregation who marched, singing the hymn "Saviour, Blessed Saviour," round the road to the wayside cross which stands below the Church, on the main Worcester and Stourport road. Here another hymn was sung, and after a prayer, the cross was unveiled by General Gibbon, and dedicated "To the honour and glory of God, and in proud memory of those whose lives were given in the service of their King and country." Many beautiful wreaths were then handed in, the first being from the Commrades of the Fallen. An inspiring address followed. General Gibbon, speaking on the words, "Lest we forget," impressed upon the large congregation grouped round him, the purpose of such a memorial. A bugler from the Norton Barracks then played the "Last Post." The procession reformed and marched back to the Church, where a tablet inscribed with the names of the 17 men who fell in the war was similarly dedicated and the service concluded outside on a triumphant note with the singing of "Jesus Lives," prayers, and the sounding of Reveille. It was a beautiful afternoon still and sunny, and the large gathering from tho parish and neighbourhood were deeply impressed by the solemnity of the service, which will live long in the memory of all.
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