Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War

and the addition of a new plaque on the War Memorial

To commemorate of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War special events were organised over Remembrance Weekend on the 7, 8 & 9th of November 2014. A new plaque was commissioned by History Group members and positioned at the front of the memorial. The plaque makes it easy to read the existing 17 names of the Fallen and two additional names have also also added. The events were. . .

o  Concert in St Peters Church

o  Great War presentation in the Village Hall

o  Special Remembrance Day service

o  Unveiling and dedication of the new plaque

Concert in St Peters Church

The Goldhanger Jubilee Choir performed a selection of the best known Great War songs in St Peters Church on the Friday evening. The choir were supported by local musicians, together with period performances and readings by members of the local community.

the Jubilee Choir                          courtesy of Den Phillips


Charlie joins up            Illuminated memorial         'Not so quiet' nurse

the Jubilee Choir                                            courtesy of Chris Smith

Some of the songs performed were recorded and can be replayed here:

Pack Up Your Troubles &

Its Long way to Tipperary

Keep right on to the end of the road

We're here because we're here

When this lousy war is over

For the Fallen

They shall grow not old

Great War presentation in the Village Hall

Seven members of the History Group presented the story of Goldhanger's involvement in the Great War as recorded in the Parish Magazines of the day and elsewhere, with special emphasis on the nineteen Goldhanger men who gave their lives in the service of their country. Maldon historian and Mayor Steven Nunn gave a short address to start the evening. Alex Gardner, the great grandson of the Revd. Frederick Gardner the Rector who originally built the memorial had travelled from Hong Kong to unveil the new plaque, was also at the presentation. . .

L to R: David Newman, Stephen Nunn, Alex Gardner, Martin Gebel, Barry Unger

Much of the material presented is already on the Great War page of this site, and this is being updated to reflect new information discovered while planning the new plaque and preparing the talk.


During the presentation a series of photographs taken towards the end of the war by Second Lieutenant Crawshay Frost, were shown. The originals are held in The Imperial War Museum in London and were shown under the terms of their Non-Commercial Licence. . .


Part of the presentation included a virtual tour across Europe showing photographs of the grave sites of the Goldhanger men and the memorials on which they are named. The tour started at the furthest location at the Jerusalem Memorial in Israel, and visited all the sites before finishing in St Peters churchyard. Here pictures of the three graves that were recently restored by a member of one of the families and History Group members were shown. Their graves, and those of the two flying officers buried in the churchyard, were shown with RBL wreaths and regimental insignias placed on them for this special occasion. . .

At the end of the evening Barry Unger presented two rosaries that once belonged to Dick Phillips to his nearest living relative. The rosaries had been passed down through another branch of the family in the village, but had recently been in the possession of an unrelated neighbour who has asked for them to be passed onto relatives. One of the Rosaries has an unusual Stanhope Lens with scenes of the Battle of Ypres at the centre of the cross. . .

Presentation of the Rosaries

Special Remembrance Day service

On the Sunday morning there was a special Remembrance Day Service in St Peters Church with special readings and prayers. The morning began with the half muffled bells of St Peters. . .

sound of the half muffled bells:

Altar arrangement for the remembrance service


During the service Harry Kersley sang 'Sleep' which was composed by Ivor Guerry in 1914. . .

Harry singing "Sleep":

Unveiling and dedication of the new plaque and Act of Remembrance Service

The new plaque was unveiled on the War Memorial by Alex Gardner, the great grandson of the Revd. Frederick Gardner, the Rector who originally built the memorial in 1920. The Rector then dedicated the plaque and the usual Act of Remembrance service took place with additional Royal British Legion wreaths laid on the memorial.

Relatives of the Fallen and residents who attended the unveiling and the Remembrance Day Service

History Group members who organised the new plaque with Alex

and those who took part in the dedication and Act of Remembrance

sound of the Last Post:


zoom in on a recent high-definition image of the War Memorial

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