St Thomas' Brampton and St Peter's Holymoorside, Chesterfield
St Thomas' World War 1 Commemoration


Events and Services
Morning Service 3.8.14
Vigil 4.8.14
Remembrance Sunday 9.11.14
Graveside Service 31.12.14
The First World War started on 4 August 1914. It lasted until 11 November 1918 when the Armistice was signed. This year (2014) marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. Over the next four years we will be having events and services at St Thomas' and St Peter's to mark key events of the war and to commemorate those who took part.

On this page we will keep you up to date on what is happening and report on events that have taken place.

Events and Services -updated 3.8.14

April/May 2014 -Planting poppy seeds
We have planted 100,000 poppy seeds outside the front of church. They should flower in August and produce 'a field of red' in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. On Sunday 4 May we dedicated the poppies and the ground they were planted in.
Listen to the dedication of the poppy seed planting
Pictures of scattering the seeds

Sunday 3 August 2014 -Service to mark the start of the war.
Our congregations will come together at 10.30am for a joint service.
Listen to the Rector speaking

Monday 4 August 2014 -A Solemn Commemoration of the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1 (11pm 4 August 1914)
From 10-11pm a Vigil Service was held in St Thomas' Church based on the service being held at the same time in Westminster Abbey
More about the service.
The service was led by the Rector. There was quiet music, a historical reflection, readings from scripture and readings of poetry. As the service progressed candles were extinguished and the lights were lowered until the church was in darkness symbolising the then British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey's words "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time". A candle was then lit symbolising the light of Christ -a light that shines through all darkness.
Order of Service
Listen to complete service
Historical reflection: WW1 and the Parish of Brampton -by Pam Brimelow
Listen to Pam reading it at the service     Transcript

Picture here

Sunday 9 November 2014 -Remembrance Sunday    Listen to the service
Our usual All Age Service will start 10am with the Act of Remembrance taking place at the Church Cenotaph at 11am.

11am Wednesday 31 December 2014 -New Year's Eve
Graveside service led by Bill Galloway and attended by a few members of St Thomas' to mark the death of Private Thomas Catherall, who is buried in one of our War Graves. He was killed 100 years ago on New Year's Eve 1914.

Picture here    Order of Service

We believe Thomas Catherall was born in Sheffield in 1888. He was a miner by profession and moved to Chesterfield looking for work. He lodged with Mr John Johns of 22, Barker Lane, Brampton. It was whilst here that he met Ellen Jones, Mr Johns' daughter. They were married at St Thomas' on 31 August 1908 and later had a daughter, Georgina, in 1911.

Thomas joined the local regiment at the outbreak of war in 1914. He enlisted as a private (number 14553) in the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters. Thomas was amongst the first from our community to be deployed.

It is not known how or where Thomas was killed. He may have been killed in France and his body repatriated. However it is more likely that he was mortally wounded in France and returned to England before succumbing to his injuries and passing away on Thursday 31 December 1914. He was 27 years of age.

His daughter, Georgina, married Frank Gore in 1931 at St Thomas'. It must have been a comfort to know that her father's remains were close by. Sadly, nothing more is known as what happened to Ellen or Georgina. Their stories are known only to the Lord.

Taken from the order of service used at the graveside service.
Related pages to WW1
St Thomas' Cenotaph and War Graves
St Thomas' Clock
Captain Frank Bradbury Robinson (Bubbles)
Chesterfield Sherwoods on the Somme

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Official Government Commemoration site

WW1 Week Chesterfield Museum 9-16 August 2014

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Vigil Service
10-11pm 4 August 2014