On Sunday 21st August 2016, and again on Sunday 1st October 2017 members of the British Legion came to evensong in the church to read out the names of those men of Broughton who were killed in the Great War. 2016 was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (two fell there) and 2017 the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele (where one fell). Photographs were also placed in the church.
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Every Man Remembered
Parish Church of All Saints, Broughton on Sunday 21st August 2016 (6.00 pm Evensong Service)
Speaker - Alan Scott, British Legion Just before 7.30 am on the morning of Saturday 1st July 1916 the heavy artillery that had bombarded enemy positions continuously for 7 days, finally fell silent. The whistles blew and over 100,000 men left their trench positions for what had been described to many as a . . . . . . . . ."stroll in the park". So began the Battle of the Somme which would eventually continue to 18th November, 141 days of the most indescribable horror across a 25 mile Front and by the end of that first day of the battle 57,470 men of the British & Commonwealth Expeditionary Forces had become casualties of which 19,240 were killed . . . . and this was just the first day. By the 18th November the British & Commonwealth Forces had suffered 420,000 casualties, the French suffered 200,000 casualties and the German casualties were in the region of 450,000 to 600,000. Countless others experienced the life-long trauma caused by what they had witnessed . . . over 1 million suffering for a few hundred yards of a muddy hell, the numbers make it hard to comprehend!!! Of the 42 lives we commemorate in 2016 from our area, 35 were as a result of this Battle that either died in action or as a result of injuries sustained, and 2 came from Broughton. We remember them today.
Private 20745 Edgar Joseph COLBERT, 1st/5th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regt., formerly Private 768 Hunts Cyclist's Battalion, who died on 18th August 1916 aged 22. Edgar was the son and one of 6 children to Lewis and Emma Colbert of Broughton and worked as a Farm Labourer. Like many Hunts Cyclists, he was posted to the Royal Warwickshire Regt. due to their huge losses on the first day of the Somme. His unit was involved in the Battle of Pozieres Ridge during the Somme Offensive from 23rd July 1916. He fell on the 18th August 1916 and is also commemorated in the Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille.
We remember Private 43120 Albert Fordham ABBOTT, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regt., formerly Private 1682 Hunts Cyclist's Battalion, who died on 4th September 1916 aged 21. Albert was the son and one of 3 children to Jonas and Sarah Ann Abbott of Bluntisham and worked as a Grocer's Apprentice. His unit was involved in the Battle of Guillemont during the Somme Offensive from the 3rd September 1916. He fell on the 4th September 1916 and is also commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.
Liturgy: If I should die think only this of me, That there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England. (Rupert Brooke - "The Soldier")
Alan Scott invited the laying of CWGC Framed Certificate and Floral Tribute. John Ray laid the first of these and Carol Scott the second.
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Every Man Remembered . . . Sunday 1st October 2017 (6.00 pm Evensong Service)
Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping those who have died for their country in war. Especially today we commend those from this village killed during the Battle of Passchendaele, together with all who have lived and died in the service of mankind.
Speaker: Alan Scott
Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became infamous not only for the scale of casualties, but also for the mud. The infantry attack began on 31st July 1917. Constant shelling had churned the clay soil and smashed the drainage systems. The left wing of the attack achieved its objectives but the right wing failed completely. Within a few days, the heaviest rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a quagmire, producing thick mud that clogged up rifles, immobilising tanks and artillery. It eventually became so deep that men and horses drowned in it. In August the attack was resumed, but to little effect. Stalemate reigned for another month until an improvement in the weather prompted another attack on 20th September, the Battle of Menin Road Ridge, along with the Battle of Polygon Wood on 26th September and the Battle of Broodseinde on 4th October. Eventually possession of the ridge east of Ypres was achieved. Further attacks in October failed to make much progress. The capture of what little remained of Passchendaele village was made by the British and Canadian forces on 6th November and resulted in the end of the offensive. It had taken over three months, 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties to achieve very limited military gains.
We remember . . . 15768 Driver George Edward MAILE, 4th Section Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery who died on 29th September 1917 aged 37. George was the son and one of 8 children to George and Rebecca Maile of Broughton and worked as a farm labourer. He married Maria Moulds in 1907 and was father to Albert Edwin Maile, who was born in 1908. His unit was heavily involved in the final push to capture the village of Passchendaele. He fell on the 29th September 1917 at Polygon Wood and is commemorated in the Bard Cemetery, Boezinge.
Exhortation: They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We Will Remember Them (......response)
- Last Post - One Minute Silence - Reveille -
Alan Scott invited the laying of the CWGC Framed Certificate & Floral Tribute. They were laid by Patricia Graham