WW1 Centenary – remembering those who fell at the Battle of Loos

From James Butler, Chair of the Cholsey Pavilion Trust:

‘We are almost in a routine now having had so many events to remember those young men from Cholsey who gave their lives one hundred years ago. This Friday, however, deserves to be more than routine.  We have now reached the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Loos.  This turned out to be a significant event for the young men of this parish, and their worried families back at home.

  • Friday 25th September we will be honouring three men who died on the same day – our first multi-casualty act of remembrance.  We will hear the stories of Private Charles Tyrell, Rifleman George Rumble and Private Harry Turner.
  • Monday 28th September, we will again pause to remember Private Stephen Draper.
  • Monday 5th October we will meet again to remember the life and loss of L-Cpl Herbert Abdey, the brother of Alfred Abdey who we remembered on our first event back in August.

All these men fell at the Battle of Loos, I hope you will be able to join me at each of the ceremonies.  As usual, please gather before 11, and we will start promptly at 11.  Everyone is welcome, so please do talk to friends and family who may be interested.  We cannot have too many!  These will be our last ceremonies of 2015, so this would be a perfect time to buy one of the Creative Club knitted poppies ready for Remembrance Sunday.

Please also remember that a copy of Barrie’s excellent book is available to read on the lectern whenever the Pavilion is open.  Copies are also available to purchase online (details are in the copy on the lectern).