Sunday 12 November 8.30 am
When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today.
“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
A Two-minute Silence takes place at 11.00 am today.
There will be a short Service at the Formby Village War Memorial to remember the fallen of the two world wars and present-day conflicts around the world.
This is one of the more poignant images reminding us in Formby of the fearful consequences of war. War is often described rightly as the failure of politics - who can forget those wise words 'Jaw Jaw is preferable to War War'.
Here are the graves of Polish airmen who lost their lives in common with many others from overseas, fighting with us from within this country
"When you go home tell them of us, and say
for your tomorrow, we gave our today"
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.
Both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are commemorated formally. In recent years Armistice Day has become increasingly recognised, and many people now attend the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – an event organised by Royal British Legion, a British charity dedicated to perpetuating the memory of those who served in the First World War and veterans of all subsequent wars involving British and Commonwealth troops. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day)
Formby War Memorial
The War Memorial in Three Tuns Lane in the centre of Formby village is a Celtic cross on a square plinth and three stepped bases. The memorial contains the names of those who died in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Behind it facing outwards towards the village is a low concave wall.
The cross is inscribed with the names of all 120 who died in the First World War.
The cross is also inscribed with the following words.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE UP THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
LIEUT COLONEL JOHN FORMBY DL JP OBE
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12TH 1922 Wall: 1939 - 1945
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
The wall is inscribed with 69 names who died in World War II.
On the left of the wall, an individual section is inscribed with the name of a serviceman who lost his life in Afghanistan.
S. Swarbrick, 2nd Sept. 06
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick 120 Squadron Royal Air Force. One of 14 British servicemen killed when a Royal Air Force Nimrod MR2 reconnaissance aircraft accidentally crashed about 12 miles (20 kilometres) west of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 2, 2006
On Saturday 11th November Village life will pause for a few minutes to commemorate Armistice Day led by Formby British Legion members.
The Chindits in Formby
There is a rather nondescript electricity transformer building at the junction a footpath from Proctor Road to Gorse Way, on the Harington Road estate.
Behind a secure iron gate, a small plaque is attached to a wall, largely unnoticed by passers-by it commemorates a so-called unforgotten army. The Chindits who as the 13th Kings Regiment prepared for war in Burma.
I first wrote about this forgotten and largely ignored war memorial in 2009.
"I was photographing the plaque a little while ago, some local residents asked me if I was responsible for it, they went on to tell me that up until about two years ago (2007), an elderly gentleman would lay a wreath on VJ Day. They wondered who he was and what had happened to him because the wreath laying had stopped. I promised I would follow it up, so rather belatedly I told the Formby RBL about it".
"13th KINGS REGT WERE STATIONED HERE, BEFORE MOVING TO
INDIA IN 1942. THEY MARCHED INTO BURMA IN 1943, WITH
BURMESE, GURKHA AND BRITISH UNITS SUPPORTED BY R.A.F.
1st KINGS REGT WERE FLOWN INTO BURMA IN 1944 WITH INDIAN,
NIGERIAN, GURKHA & BRITI5H UNITS SUPPORTED BY
RAF & USAAF
THE CHINDITS MAYANMAR (BURMA)
THE BOLDEST MEASURES ARE THE BEST"
According to my research:
"The Chindits, known officially as the Long Range Penetration Groups, were special operations units of the British and Indian armies, which saw action in 1943–1944, during the Burma Campaign of World War II. The creation of British Army Brigadier Orde Charles Wingate, the Chindits were formed for raiding operations against the Imperial Japanese Army, especially long-range penetration: attacking Japanese troops, facilities and lines of communication, deep behind Japanese lines." (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chindits)
I'm always amazed when so little is made of this important part of our local history around the time when we commemorate all those who served in the Armed Services in defence of our nation.
Posted 5.00 pm 8 November
Still time to buy your Poppy
Posted 10.00 am 8 November
In Flanders Fields
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now-famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
© IWM (WMR-15236)
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Posted 11.15 am 7 November
Is this a unique approach to Remembrance?
Last week I was in Padiham for a brief visit. I enjoyed a coffee and a slice of homemade cake in the Mooch Cafe, opposite the Town Hall.
As I walked back to my car this large container caught my eye.
This is one of two such containers either side of the Town Hall main entrance. I've never seen another example of Remembrance like this elsewhere.
I particularly like the 'personal' touch in this tribute.
Someone, perhaps several people have added an individually handwritten inscription to each of the simple, handmade crosses.
I like the implied care, respect and personal tribute to each of the fallen.
So much more moving than the normal list inscribed on a granite memorial.
Well done Padiham Royal Britsh Legion, the townsfolk in general and Padiham Town Council for a unique and especially moving act of respect.
Posted 8.40 am 7 November
Have you got your Poppy yet?
Leading up to remembrance Sunday we will be out in the village on Wed & Fri 1-4pm - why not stop by, say hello and support the #PoppyAppeal— VillageChurchFormby (@VCFormby) November 6, 2017
Posted 11.05 am 6 November
Formby and Ypres Talk
The next monthly talk at Formby Library will be "Formby & Ypres" by John Phillips on Tues 14th Nov. To book your place contact 01704 874177 pic.twitter.com/QP0fgarIit— Sefton Libraries (@SeftonLibraries) October 31, 2017
Posted 9.30 am 7 November
Sefton Council Remembrance Services
They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 12.
- Aintree Junction of Brickwall Lane/Lunt Road/Bridges Lane, Opposite Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr John Sayers
- Ainsdale War Memorial Village Green 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Lynne Thompson
- Bootle War Memorial King’s Gardens, Stanley Road 10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
- Waterloo War Memorial Five Lamps, Gt George’s Road 10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Paul Cummins
- Crosby War Memorial Garden Alexandra Park, Coronation Road 10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Les Byrom
- Formby Holy Trinity Church Rosemary Lane, Formby 2.50 p.m. 3.00 p.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
- Hightown War Memorial St Stephens Road, Hightown 10.35 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Steve McGinnity
- Ince Blundell War Memorial Lady Green Lane, Ince Blundell 12.05 p.m. 12.15 p.m. Cllr Catie Page
- Litherland War Memorial Town Hall, Sefton Road 10.30 a.m. 10.40 a.m. Cllr Ian Moncur
- Maghull St Andrew’s Church Damfield Lane 9.50 a.m. 10.00 a.m. Cllr Marion Atkinson
- Southport War Memorial Monument Square, Lord Street 10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Ian Maher (Leader of the Council)
Posted 8.30 am 7 November
The morning after the night before
Just a brief thought after bonfire night!
There can be no place in a 21st-century parliament for people with 15th-century titles upholding 19th-century prejudices.
Paddy Ashdown 1941- : comment 24 November 1998
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