Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Bury St Edmunds: Project to bring together church cenotaph and regimental chapel

11:49 19 June 2014

Vicar Malcolm Rogers and Tim Davies (Suffolk Regimental Museum) pictured with the Cenotaph in St Mary

Vicar Malcolm Rogers and Tim Davies (Suffolk Regimental Museum) pictured with the Cenotaph in St Mary's Church which is being moved.

Archant

A £50,000 project is under way to bring a cenotaph and regimental chapel together in a large parish church to create a “significant” place to remember fallen soldiers.

shares

The cenotaph has been in St Mary’s in Bury St Edmunds since 1920, but it is separate to the regimental chapel of the Suffolk Regiment which was installed in 1935.

Vicar of St Mary’s and St Peter’s, the Rev Malcolm Rogers, said work had just begun to move the cenotaph to beside the regimental chapel to create a “significant place” for the memorials.

“We are moving the cenotaph and putting all the memorials and colours together. It works far, far better.

“At the moment we have got names of soldiers who died in the First World War in the chapel and the
cenotaph right at the other end of the church. So we are moving the
cenotaph, the memorial around the cenotaph and colours to the new
location, in fact a more prominent location besides the regimental chapel.”

Mr Rogers said it was a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment, the successor of the Suffolk Regiment, who had suggested putting the
memorials and cenotaph together.

He said the plan was for the works to be completed in time for a “key date” in August when there will be a special service at the church with the Rt Rev Dr David Thomson, acting Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

“August 23 is the centenary of the first fatality of the Suffolk Regiment in the First World War, a man called Pte William Flack,” Mr Rogers said. “What also makes that date very significant is it’s the date the regiment suffered, 93 years later, their worst fatalities in Afghanistan.”

Regimental secretary Robert Goodin, of the Royal Anglian Regiment, said three local men, Ptes Robert Graham Foster, Aaron James McClure and John Thrumble, all from the regiment, died in Afghanistan on August 23, 2007.

Mr Rogers said the service at 11am would also commemorate the 6,873 Suffolk Regiment soldiers who died in the Great War and the cenotaph would also be rededicated in its new location.

“I’m really quite proud of what we are doing here. I think it will do the soldiers and people proud,” Mr Rogers added.

Mr Rogers said various permissions were needed for the project to move the cenotaph, including from English Heritage.

He said there were also plans to install a kitchen at the church, which might end up being where the cenotaph is currently.

He added he was sorry some of the family members of the fallen soldiers may not have been aware the cenotaph was being moved.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Crowds enjoyed the scorching sunshine on the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.
Hayden and Sienna Cawston in the beach area.

See your photos from day one of the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park today.

Harriet Gazeley tries her hand at DJ-ing in the skills discovery zone

College students have been painting nails, building stud walls and laying bricks in the learning and skills zone at the Suffolk Show.

Gas works

Concerns have been raised about the knock-on effect on traffic as a result of weeks of gas works in Clare this summer.

Police are investigating the incidents

Police are investigating a third incident of a woman in Ipswich being inappropriately touched.

Suffolk Show 2015 
Food hall

Food retailers at the Suffolk Show have insisted the county has a “growing reputation” across the country for its “exceptional” produce.

Sheep ready for judging head to the Presidents Ring

A role demonstration by a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter was widely praised by spectators at the Suffolk Show today.

Police have closed the road

The A120 in Wix, near Marks Tey has been closed following a serious road traffic crash.

Suffolk Constabulary launch the Special Constables on Horseback scheme at the Suffolk Show.

A police campaign to recruit horseback-mounted special constables to patrol the Suffolk countryside and combat rural crime was launched in the Grand Ring.

Terry Walden is pictured at the back of Bury Railway Station outside the building he is planning to transform into The Milkmaid Folk Music Arts Centre.

An urgent call for fundraising is being made to get a project for a folk art centre for disadvantaged and vulnerable people off the ground.

Police have had the results back

Results from toxicology testing on five suspected drugs overdoses in Bury St Edmunds have confirmed the cause of the medical conditions were caused by the high purity of the substances.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages