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Service for the Unveiling
and Dedication of the
Cross of Sacrifice in the
Service Plot in St. Nicholas
Friday the 7th day of
October 1949 at 2.30pm
The Service Plot, St. Nicholas Churchyard,
This Service has been arranged by the Parochial Church Council of Feltwell, and the Imperial War Graves Commission, with the intention of providing a fitting dedication of the memorials to the Service personnel, who made the supreme sacrifice during the Second World War, and who are laid to rest in the section of the Churchyard appropriately named the Service Plot, and of others who have been interred in private graves in the Churchyard.
At the outbreak of the war, the Imperial War Graves Commission requested provision for appropriate areas to be set aside for the interment of Service men and women. Service Plots were laid out in accordance with a simple scheme recommended by the Imperial War Graves Commission, who have similar Plots in all parts of the world. At first, the Imperial War Graves Commission supplied temporary wooden crosses, which have now been replaced by permanent headstones. They also provided horticultural aspects together with the Cross of Sacrifice.
This Plot, which will serve as a permanent memorial, is maintained by the Parochial Church Council, and the Imperial War Graves Commission, which makes a contribution towards the cost of maintenance.
The Church and burial ground of the Parish of St. Nicholas, Feltwell, are very ancient, dating back to Saxon times, and form a typically English Village Church and Churchyard, amidst all the peace and natural beauty of the country-side. After a thousand years of history, men came from all over the world to Feltwell, and especially from New Zealand, many of whose sons were stationed here, and went from here on operational flights against the enemy. The Service Plot contains the graves of those who came from various parts of Great Britain and from the Dorninions to fight for freedom and justice.
Order of Procedure
1. Positions will be allotted to:-
The relatives of the Fallen.
The Royal Air Force Parade.
The Royal Air Force Band.
Representatives of Organisations laying Wreaths,
The General Public.
Stewards will be available to make these positions clear.
It is particularly requested that those attending the Service will be in position by 2.15 p.m. at the latest.
2 His Excellency the High Commissioner for New Zealand, The Lord Bishop of Ely, Senior Air Officers Royal Air Force, The Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Station, Feltwell, The Representatives of the Imperial War Graves Commission, The Royal Air Force Chaplain. The Bishop of Ely's Chaplain, The Churchwardens of- Feltwell and The Rector of Feltwell, will assemble in St. Nicholas Church and proceed at2.25 p.m. to their positions in the Service Plot in the following order:-
The High Commissioner and The Rector;
Senior Air Officers and The Station Commander;
The Representatives of the Imperial War Graves Commission;
The Royal Air Force Chaplain;
The Bishop of Ely and Churchwardens;
The Bishop's Chaplain.
3. The Service.
4. The Procession from St. Nicholas Church will reform and return in the same order.
5. The Royal Air Force Parade will march off.
6. The Public are particularly requested to remain in their places and not to leave until the Royal Air Force Parade has left the Churchyard.
7. The Royal Air Force Parade will march past a saluting base erected at the top of the Borough.
Alternative Order of Procedure
1. Accommodation will be provided in St. Nicholas Church, so far as is possible, for those wishing to attend.
2. The Service will be carried out as printed. The Royal Air Force Band will play, while the acts of Unveiling and Dedication are performed.
The No. 2 Regional Royal Air Force Band under the direction of F/0 Newman (by kind permission of The Air Council).
GOD, our help in ages past,
Our hope for- years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
Beneath the shadow of Thy Throne
Thy Saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine Arm alone,
And our defence is sure.
Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the Same.
A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.
Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
O God, our help in ages past
Our, hope for, years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.
Read by THE REVEREND A. W. G. COPE, Rector of Feltwell.
Revelation 21, 1.
I SAW a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God Out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
HIS EXCELLENCY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND,
MR. W. J. JORDAN,
will give an address and unveil the Cross of Sacrifice.
THE RIGHT REVEREND THE LORD BISHOP CF ELY
will dedicate the Cross.
LET US PRAY.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Response: Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
IN the faith of Jesus Christ we dedicate this Cross to the Glory of God, and in grateful memory of those whose earthly remains rest in this Churchyard, who at the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, end finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
THE PLACING OF THE WREATHS.
Wreaths will then be placed at the foot of the Cross.
THE LAST POST.
The Last Post will then be sounded.
Read by THE REVEREND J. M. PAYNE, Chaplain Royal Air Force.
ALMIGHTY God, who through the triumphant Passion of Thine only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, has consecrated the Cross to be the standard of Thy Holy Church, and the symbol of all spiritual victory; accept, we beseech Thee, this sign which has been dedicated to the glory of Thy Holy Name, and the memory of those who fought manfully for righteousness and laid down their lives for their Country arid their Friends; and grant that to us who remain, and to them that come after, to all generations, it may recall their glory, quicken our thankfulness, and awaken in us the same spirit of sacrifice; through Him who endured the Cross and died and rose again for us, Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigrieth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
LORD, who by Thy Son, Our Saviour Jesus Christ, hast promised this blessing to those who mourn, that they shall be comforted; give us faith, we beseech Thee, to look beyond the troubles of this present time, and to know that neither life nor death can separate us from Thy love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
THOU who art the Light of the minds that know Thee, the Life of the souls that love Thee, and the Strength of the wills that serve Thee, help us so to know Thee that we may truly love Thee, so to love Thee that we may fully serve Thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
ABIDE with me; fast falls the eventide,
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away,
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou, who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy Presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death's sting? Where, Grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy Cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. Amen
The Reveille will then be sounded.
The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Ely
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.
The first verse only will be sung.
|G. W. M. Archer||J. R. D. Jones|
|L. L. Bentley||D. C. Joyce|
|J. W. Billing||R. E. D. Kelly|
|J. W. A. Bustin||E. W. Lambert|
|A. S. Cassells||D. B. Lemon|
|K. W. C. Clark||J. R. McCormick|
|W. I. Collett||B. P. McNamara|
|W. L. Colmer||J. M. McKenzie|
|R. W. Dickson||N. Mitchell|
|M. I. Dore||T. M. R. Nicol|
|D. C. Dow||B. J. O'Donnell|
|F. D. Drake||D. R. Richardson|
|C. W. Eames||S. R. Rishworth|
|R. B. Elliott||R. A. Russell-Forbes|
|E. Ewings||A. J. Ryan|
|C. N. Fountain||R. L. N. Simmons|
|E. F. Gannaway||R. S. Sparkes|
|R. J. Grenfell||P. A. Van-Steerteghem|
|P. L. Gurd||G. H. Turcotte|
|H. Hamer||D. A. Watson|
|R. J. Harris||J. A. Watson|
|W. J. H. Hoskins||H. W. Woodham|
|K. W. Johns||A. N. Yeaman|