The Act of Remembrance

Sunday 9th November 2014 in The Memorial Gardens, Matlock Bath



2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The servicemen named on the Memorial gave the ultimate sacrifice – their lives. However, there were also many who served and survived, yet had their lives irreparably changed. They are listed on the Roll of Honour which is also currently displayed in the old bandstand just over the Jubilee Bridge. The war also affected those who were ‘left behind’ and the lives of all living in, working and visiting the village. The Parish Council has successfully received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support their project ‘The Great War – Life in the Bath’ which will investigate life in the village during the Great War years. The Memorial and its gardens and Remembrance will be an integral part of this project. The entire project will be documented and archived for all to share in future years.

Quote: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it – George SantyanaRemembrance Poppy Wreath

Hymn: O God our help in ages past

Reading: William Henry Gregory*  read by Annabel MacGregor                          

Reading: Deadly Fireworks*  read by Shelby Hirstwood                                

Reading: Letter from the Front* read by Ellen Hollands                                                        

Readings of work from Holy Trinity Primary School presented by Tony Jones, Chair of Governors

As part of their involvement in ‘The Great War – Life in the Bath’ project, the pupils from Holy Trinity School studied Life in The Trenches. They created some wonderful trench models and used their creative writing skills to imagine what life was like for the soldiers from Matlock Bath living in the trenches. This work was displayed in the summer exhibition in The Pump Room.

Recitation of the Names of the Fallen  Charles Beresford & Mike Greenan

In honoured memory of the men of Matlock Bath who gave their all in the Great War of Nations 1914-1918, also of the men who fought in World War II 1939-1945.

Laying of the Wreaths by:                                                          

  • Cllr Dave Mowle – for the Parish Council
  • Libby Mowle and Lucy Hirstwood – for the residents of the village
  • Councillor Irene Ratcliffe – for Derbyshire County Council

We will remember them.    (Robert Laurence Binyon)

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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Two Minutes Silence


Kohima Epitaph  by Trevor Bowmer

When you go home, tell them of us and say – for your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Hymn: Praise my soul the King of heaven

Reading: 1 Timothy, Chapter 2 vs 1 – 7  read by Rev. Nick Grayshon

Poem: The War Memorial – S J Robinson read by Annabel MacGregor

The National Anthem

We are grateful to the musicians from The Sir Richard Arkwright Masson Mills Band for providing the music.

*Taken from the book ‘The Bath at War’ by Charles Beresford