Unique tribute paid to tragic Blackburn soldier

Unique tribute paid to tragic Blackburn soldier

Rev David Roscoe takes the service for Cpl Edgar Haydock

Cpl Edgar Haydock

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A COMMEMORATION service took place yesterday in memory of a Blackburn man killed in World War One.

Immanuel Church in Feniscowles hosted the event to remember Corporal Edgar Haydock who was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The 24-year-old, who lived in Springmount, Pleasington, was a member of the 11th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, known as the Accrington Pals.

He died with 600 others from his regiment in the assault on Cerres Fortress and is buried at Thiepvall War Cemetery nearby.

The ceremony, in which a bird bath was dedicated to him, was attended by his two nephews Malcolm and Edgar and niece Pat.

Mayor of Blackburn, Coun Allan Cottam, also attended the event which saw the names on the church’s cenotaph read out.

The relatives donated £100, £1 for each year since the outbreak of the war, to buy and install the bird bath.

Malcolm, 85, who lives in Mellor Brook, said: “This was such a special event for all of us.

“It’s great that so many people attended and the whole thing was absolutely fine. It was a very special occasion for us and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who came.”

Rev David Roscoe, who led the ceremony, said: “The family approached us with the view to providing a feature for our church garden in memory of their uncle.

“We came up with the idea of a bird bath because for one we had not got a birdbath for our garden but secondly we thought that it was a fitting tribute to the freedom and joy and peace that it symbolises with the birds in the water.

“During the ceremony we remembered Edgar, blessed the birdbath and also remembered all those from this community who are on our church cenotaph as we remembered this important occasion in the life of our country and rededicated ourselves to the freedom and peace for which these soldiers fought and died.”

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6:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KYMER says...

Thankyou Sir
Thankyou Sir KYMER
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4:49am Wed 6 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

QUOTE:

“During the ceremony we remembered Edgar, blessed the birdbath and also remembered all those from this community who are on our church cenotaph as we remembered this important occasion in the life of our country and rededicated ourselves to the freedom and peace for which these soldiers fought and died.”


They were not protecting freedom and peace, they were protecting the Empire. The same empire that was acquired by brutal means.
The same empire that the ruling classes were milking of all its resources.
So don't put a bird wash there a more fitting thing would of been a hogwash
QUOTE: “During the ceremony we remembered Edgar, blessed the birdbath and also remembered all those from this community who are on our church cenotaph as we remembered this important occasion in the life of our country and rededicated ourselves to the freedom and peace for which these soldiers fought and died.” They were not protecting freedom and peace, they were protecting the Empire. The same empire that was acquired by brutal means. The same empire that the ruling classes were milking of all its resources. So don't put a bird wash there a more fitting thing would of been a hogwash 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

8:04am Wed 6 Aug 14

Pommie Art says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
QUOTE:

“During the ceremony we remembered Edgar, blessed the birdbath and also remembered all those from this community who are on our church cenotaph as we remembered this important occasion in the life of our country and rededicated ourselves to the freedom and peace for which these soldiers fought and died.”


They were not protecting freedom and peace, they were protecting the Empire. The same empire that was acquired by brutal means.
The same empire that the ruling classes were milking of all its resources.
So don't put a bird wash there a more fitting thing would of been a hogwash
(2 for 5p ridesagain wrote)
what a sad Muppet you are
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: QUOTE: “During the ceremony we remembered Edgar, blessed the birdbath and also remembered all those from this community who are on our church cenotaph as we remembered this important occasion in the life of our country and rededicated ourselves to the freedom and peace for which these soldiers fought and died.” They were not protecting freedom and peace, they were protecting the Empire. The same empire that was acquired by brutal means. The same empire that the ruling classes were milking of all its resources. So don't put a bird wash there a more fitting thing would of been a hogwash[/p][/quote](2 for 5p ridesagain wrote) what a sad Muppet you are Pommie Art
  • Score: 3

8:18am Wed 6 Aug 14

Excluded again says...

On the first day on the Somme, the Accrington Pals was to attack the village of Serre and form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured.

Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes.

235 young men from Accrington and neighbouring towns killed in half an hour. All caused by the failure of several European countries to settle their differences peacefully. Whatever the price of peace, it is far cheaper that the price of war.

Lest we forget.
On the first day on the Somme, the Accrington Pals was to attack the village of Serre and form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. The Accrington Pals were effectively wiped out in a matter of minutes. 235 young men from Accrington and neighbouring towns killed in half an hour. All caused by the failure of several European countries to settle their differences peacefully. Whatever the price of peace, it is far cheaper that the price of war. Lest we forget. Excluded again
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