Remembrance Sunday 2023 in Chiswick

Images above: David Beresford (R) with the film director Dr Gareth Jones, whose great-uncle Cdr Walter Sterndale-Bennett DSO is remembered on the panel behind them; last year’s Remembrance service at St Michael & All Angels Church; the war memorial on Turnham Green

Remembering David Beresford, who worked hard so that those who lost their lives in the two World Wars would be remembered

Guest blog by Torin Douglas

St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, is marking Remembrance weekend this year with an exhibition in memory of David Beresford, its former archivist and churchwarden who led the St Michael & All Angels Church World War 1 Project, tracking the lives of the 128 people named on its war memorials. David died on the last day of 2022 at the age of 82.

The church’s Choral Requiem Mass service on Remembrance Sunday, November 12th 2023, will begin at 9.45am to be followed by the procession to the Bedford Park Memorial Seat. All are welcome to attend.

Image above: The memorial seat outside St Michael & All Angels Church 

Chiswick Women in War

The exhibition ‘Chiswick Women In War’ will focus on three women named on the memorials and other Chiswick women with remarkable war stories

  • Violet Long OBE, the only woman from WW1 on the St Michael’s war memorials
  • Violet Long’s sister, Florence Leach – Controller of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
  • Mabel Harmer, the only woman from WW2 on the St Michael’s war memorials
  • Lotte Moore, who died in July this year, and wrote the play Lotte’s War. See obituary by Nicholas Bromley:
  • Anthea Craigmyle and her mother Molly Rich, whose WW1 letters form the basis of A Vicarage in War, illustrated by Anthea and published ten years ago in 2013.
  • Pat Davies, who was 100 this year and won the Legion d’Honneur for her ‘listening’ work linked to Bletchley Park.

From 2014 till 2018, to mark the centenary of WW1, David Beresford created illustrated panels which were displayed in the church, commemorating those who had died in each of the years 1914-1918. The stories of all 128 are told in detail on the St Michael’s WW1 website, with maps and details of the roads where they lived.

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