Severn Valley Railway Remembrance Service November 11th 2012

November 12, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Steam Loco Remembrance Service PhotographSVR 037 My Final Remembrance Service On The Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway Remembrance services held on the 11th of November 2012, remembrance Sunday, was the last of the Railway Remembrance Services that I attended.

Each year the Severn Valley railway marks remembrance Sunday with a service of remembrance on the station concourse.  The stations war memorial records the names of those servicemen from the Great War who worked for the Great Western Railway. Recorded on the role of honour of the names of around 1700 servicemen who lost their lives during the 1914 - 1918 conflict.

A short list of names was taken from this war memorial and those names were edged out during the service as a representation of the great sacrifice that all of these paid for our freedom and liberty. As the names were and so too with their military rank and their role and place of work within the railway before the war.  Giving their names as well as their role in civilian life and is a special poignancy to the service.  These names each represented a life; a life that was lived in the normality of pre First World War British Society.  Some were married with children others were too young to be married. Boiler makers and porters drivers and guards each one person who was loved and cared for by friends and family.  Ticket inspectors and roster clerks, managers and cleaners remember today both as individuals and as a company of brave soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country.

We don't honour, and we don't glorify the notion of war; but we do honour the memory of those Lives' or tragically lost; so that we may not forget and that we may learn from the mistakes of the past and perhaps never again see such a great and tragic waste of life.  Yet we know there are soldiers, Sailors and airmen and women serve to this day to keep us safe from our aggressors.  And to those who served today in our armed services we give our thanks.  We remember so that we do not forget, we honour so that they may not be forgotten, and we give Glory to God that one day there shall be peace on earth.

Severn Valley Railway Remembrance Service Photographs


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